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The skinny on the Common Core Standards

When I'm traveling between schools, I alternate listening to sports talk radio, political talk radio and Motown CDs (showing my age, I guess). Recently, I was listening to a nationally syndicated radio show, and I heard the host ranting about the Common Core Standards and government brainwashing. I know we live in an age of overstatement, but this seemed over the top. It might be useful for someone working with the Common Core Standards at the ground level, versus in the sensationalistic world of talk radio, to provide some information about this topic. To be sure, I don't ...

October 21, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Uncle Pete and the shutdown

(This column was written prior to the end of the federal shutdown.)

October 21, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

An hour in the classroom

I spent an hour Thursday morning with Erica Peake's writing class at North Central Middle School (NCMS).

October 21, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

‘I Love Lucy’ Day

"I Love Lucy" Day was this week and I have to admit that "I Love Lucy" is, hands-down, my favorite TV show.

October 18, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

Quaker Cemetery and rural garden cemeteries

A group of Irish Quakers were the earliest group of colonists to settle Camden, arriving here via the Wateree River in 1751. In 1759, Quaker Samuel Wyly gave the Friends, as the Quakers were called, 4 acres of land in the southwest corner of the town limits to be used as a burying ground. The burying ground tract is noted on the 1832 plat by tract "D." The small section denoted "C" was exclusively reserved for the Quakers, who from the beginning, it seems, planned to allow others to be buried outside that plot of land. The Quaker Meeting House ...

October 18, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Godfather IV

(This column was written prior to the compromise bill hammered out by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama to end the federal government shutdown.)

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

Just how famous is that food?

"Enjoy our famous smoked salmon."

October 18, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

The awesome English language

The rules for correct grammar usage are many. They, however, are equaled to or exceeded by the exceptions. No one believes me when I tell them I never write without a dictionary and thesaurus by my side; after all, I taught English for many years. One student asked me, "When are we going to do something else except grammar?" I am not sure I consoled her when I replied, "We will soon study literature and composition." She sighed with relief until I said, "However, grammar plays a part in both of these." I should have mentioned it is also a ...

October 16, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns

The absolute, ultimate, most awesome best thing ever

There's no denying it, whether you want to admit it or not, the holidays are practically upon us. That realization tends to affect people in one of two ways: excitement or dread. I am more of the excitement school. I do like the holidays for the most part, with the exception that it leaves me pretty broke when it's all said and done.

October 16, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns

The stories they told

My parents told great stories. I've told you that. How they would both weave long, intriguing tales from not much of a story or one that was so good to begin with that it took little embellishment.

October 16, 2013 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

KershawHealth impacts people’s lives every day

What a difference a week can make. That point was driven home to me by three stories of care provided by KershawHealth during the middle of September. In the midst of all the discussion about healthcare and budgets, leadership and mission, it's easy to overlook the impact KershawHealth has on people's lives every single day. These three stories put that in perspective.

October 14, 2013 | By Donnie Weeks, KershawHealth president and CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Go ‘Noles, not Redskins

WASHINGTON -- As a fan of tradition, my knee-jerk reaction to the Redskins controversy -- should the name be changed out of respect for offended Native Americans? -- was, well, knee-jerk.

October 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

We are your community watchdog

Last week was National Newspaper Week, the one week of the year during which -- with the Newspaper Association Managers' (NAM) leadership -- newspapers remind readers of their importance to their communities. This year, NAM's theme was "Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life," while the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) narrowed the focus even further to newspapers' role as community watchdogs.

October 14, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

The importance of the chipped bowl

Just as Tink started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully as he balanced a bowl and a cup of coffee to keep them from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched, and debated silently as to whether to speak.

October 11, 2013 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Both sides wrong in SUV vs. motorcycle incident

The story about the New York motorcyclists and the man in the vehicle with his wife and his child is another sad story and example of a lack of respect for our fellow humans. A man driving a SUV was attacked by a group of motorcyclists after the man bumped into one motorcyclist and ran over another, leaving the second paralyzed, according to media reports.

October 11, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

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Cahn: Other things for which I’m thankful

I'm thankful for my family, my job, where I live and the fact my car hasn't completely broken down.

November 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: Cry havoc, followed by milk & cookies

WASHINGTON -- It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead ...

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

'Wood' you believe we get so much from trees?

The holidays are a good time to reflect on all of the blessings we receive and have as a nation and community. One of the ...

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

Op-Ed: Let’s try for judicial independence

If South Carolina does it one way, and most other states along with the federal government do it another way, we might wonder how likely ...

November 27, 2015 | By Cecilia Brown S.C. Policy Council | Columns

Tatum: Thankfully yours

For awhile there, the older I got, the more I wondered how that happened.

November 24, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Parker: Crazy is as crazy does

WASHINGTON -- One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?

November 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Rich: Thanksgiving 2015

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one ...

November 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Walker: Saving lives with your life’s passion

How fitting to write this article for the Chronicle-Independent because the Chronicle sparked a flame which has benefitted hundreds and hundreds of homeless pets.

November 24, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-ed: Eminent domain and the new threat to property rights

On Tuesday, October 20, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of ...

November 24, 2015 | By Shane McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


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