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Cupcakes

Being reared by a mother who was a wonderful cook, I rarely had the chance to do so, Mother's idea being for me to watch her do it. As most teenagers, I had little time for this inactive pursuit. Finally, Mother allowed me the honor of preparing a cake with her being the watcher. Since the cake to be baked was a pound cake, I thought this was a one-step procedure requiring little effort. How wrong I was! Mother had no mix master or electric appliance; the cook beat and beat and beat by hand. I had a much ...

February 25, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Time for a RINO Rebellion?

WASHINGTON -- RINO-hunting, the long popular political sport that morphed in 2008 into a sort of hysteria-driven obsession, lately has become a suicide mission.

February 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


It’s Citizens United all over again

Last July, I wrote about how disheartened I was that the Supreme Court of the United States refused, on a 5-4 partisan vote, to reconsider one of its worst decisions ever: Citizens United. The original 2010 ruling opened the door for "super" political action committees (Super PACs) to accept unlimited contributions and, in at least some cases, without full disclosure on where that money's coming from.

February 25, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A Civil War history lesson

On the slope of Malvern Hill is where John Young saved Henry Truesdale's life. Jim Sheorn and W.S. Kirby were on each side of Young.

February 25, 2013 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Being a preacher isn't easy

Many years ago, when I was a fresh-faced, full-of-spit-and-vinegar young reporter, I wrote a story indicating that a local church had hired a new minister.

February 22, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Boys in the back of the class

Every year, millions of well-intentioned American kids show up at kindergarten or first grade woefully unprepared to learn. Some can't even tell you their own complete name, let alone spell any of it.

February 22, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Tree Pruning 101 -- Part 2

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for Tree Care Operations for Pruning states "The purpose of utility pruning is to prevent the loss of service, comply with mandated clearance laws, prevent damage to equipment, avoid access impairment and uphold the intended usage of the utility space." When I worked for the S.C. Forestry Commission, I quoted this statement many times at community forums in places such as Elloree, Charleston, Walterboro and Beaufort. These events were always in response to a utility provider coming into town, unannounced, and "doing their thing." While the majority of cuts were technically correct, their ...

February 22, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Bowling for sanity

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When President Obama said in his State of the Union address that "This time is different," referring to his push for tighter gun-control laws, he wasn't just whistling Dixie.

February 20, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Newcomers have most to prove at Daytona

Although Danica Patrick's pole position will give her the brightest spotlight at next week's Daytona 500, other up-and-coming drivers will have the most to prove as the green flag drops on NASCAR's season.

February 20, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


The changing face of adult education

One of my favorite events each year is the Adult Education graduation ceremony. It's a particularly special occasion for me because it celebrates the accomplishments of people for whom school didn't work out the first time. The genius of American education is that there is always another chance, another opportunity to take care of unfinished business. As we know, the same can't be said in most countries in the world.

February 18, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The feminist mystique at 50

WASHINGTON -- Now is the time for all good women to pay homage to Betty Friedan, who 50 years ago wrote the game-changing manifesto "The Feminine Mystique."

February 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Grammys reflect mixed bag of music

I did not watch the Grammy Awards this year. Such affairs have lost their shine for me as I've matured and, especially when it comes to pop music, this former radio announcer quickly realizes he's lost touch with today's modern sounds.

February 18, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Time will tell if drink makes the mark

Maker's Mark fans may not need to order their drinks on the rocks anymore.

February 15, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Obama’s license to kill by drone

If you really want Washington's chattering classes to pay attention to something, an old saying goes, leak it to the media.

February 15, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Revisiting the raising of Pope Benedict XVI

You're no doubt aware that Pope Benedict XVI has announced his upcoming resignation, becoming the first pontiff to step down in 598 years.

February 15, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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Tatum: Absolutely, free range kids!

So I read recently where some New England town has banned sledding, allegedly in the name of safety, but more in fear of possible lawsuits.

March 04, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: The GOP -- a tragedy in 52 acts

WASHINGTON -- I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception they're incapable of governing.

March 04, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: Net neutrality is finally here

For those of you who believe in an open internet in the United States, the fight is still on. For the moment, though, we can bask in the glory of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote last week to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on internet service providers (ISPs).

March 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Don’t throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.

March 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Teal: The story of temperance becoming abstinence

Throughout Old and New Testament times, most Jews and Gentiles consumed distilled liquor and believed it a healthy part of their daily diet. These beliefs and practices continued from the times of Christ through the settlement of America and the establishment of the United States.

March 02, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Tucker: Lies, lies and more lies

Lying is in the news these days.

February 27, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Twitter as America’s conscience

WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.

February 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: For the love of animals

One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.

February 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - Feb. 27, 2015

Murder is a strong word and truth be known it's not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop.

February 27, 2015 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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