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Sending in the drones

Congress is hotly debating media leaks about President Barack Obama's "kill list" of terrorists to be targeted by unmanned drones. They should be debating the drone policy itself.

July 09, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Returning to the Land of Oz

If you've heard the rumors that Disney and former Spider-Man movie director Sam Raimi are making a "prequel" to The Wizard of Oz, you heard right. It'll even star Raimi's Spider-Man co-star James Franco. It's all about how the humbug carny man (Franco) got swept to the the land of Oz and became the great and wonderful Wizard.

July 09, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Words of a fool

For reasons unbeknownst to me, I've not been completely familiar with the hateful motives of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) of Topeka, Kansas; perhaps I've chosen to ignore the disturbing; I'm not exactly sure -- until now -- when last week I received an email from a member of my boys' soccer club in Lexington. It was this communication that brought the odium-filled beliefs of the Westboro Church in to my view. My findings were so unsettling; it was inevitable that I impart them to others. In the email, those who could were asked, "if your conscience guides you ...

July 06, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Some recent observations

You can observe a lot just by watching, Yogi Berra once said, and I've been doing some observing lately.

July 06, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Health care déjà vu

Now that Chief Justice John Roberts has upheld President Barack Obama's health care law, the chief has fallen off so many conservative Christmas lists that some sound eager to revoke his citizenship.

July 06, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Planting teaches life lessons

Late this past spring I ventured into uncharted territory: I planted a garden. I didn't do any research about how to take care of plants, the proper setting for individual plants or how long they would take to grow, I just picked up a few babies from the Kershaw County Farmer's Market and let them do what they do. The only thing I've watched grow from seed to herb is parsley, and it's just now getting to the point where it looks edible. Still, I am proud of my little venture into creating a garden. It ...

July 06, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Look for surprise winner at the Open

The phrase "expect the unexpected" should really become the new slogan for the PGA Tour. Fifteen different players have come home with victories in the last 15 major championships with nine of those being crowned major winners for the first time.

July 04, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Justice Roberts' resurrection

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruling on health care reform was like Palm Sunday in reverse: first they crucified Chief Justice John Roberts, then, upon his ruling, they hauled out the palm fronds.

July 04, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Making the moral case

Conservatives, beware: you can have reams of information, piles of studies and folders of charts at your fingertips. And you can still lose the debate.

July 04, 2012 | By Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Local tokens

Tokens were small cardboard, brass, copper or aluminum items, usually in the shape of coins, which were issued by private enterprise ventures such as textile mills, merchants, etc. These items took the place of coins and were redeemable at the issuing entity. A study of these items reveals much about the history of S.C. and its counties.

July 02, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


On facts, lies and Sarah Palin

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." --Sarah Palin, Aug. 7, 2009

July 02, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


The Citizens United and immigration decisions

As Independence Day approaches, I'm disheartened by two recent Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decisions. Both were split decisions on how certain laws will be applied. (I'll save Thursday's healthcare decision another time.)

July 02, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Helping Mr. Romney with his NAACP speech

Dear Mitt Romney: I was pleased to hear that you have accepted an invitation to speak in July before the 103rd convention of the NAACP in Houston. In anticipation of that event, I have taken the liberty of writing a speech for you. It's only a beginning, space limitations being what they are, but it should get you off to a solid start and you can take it from there. So, here it is:

June 29, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


The immigration question

Illegal immigration is a tricky topic. The Supreme Court ruled three of four parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law unconstitutional Monday. States with similar immigration laws, such as Alabama, know now what will and will not be allowed in the quest to enforce stricter immigration policies.

June 29, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


No more partying until dawn

"Early to bed and early to rise," said Benjamin Franklin, "makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

June 29, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Me Inc. offers plenty of dividends

WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."

July 30, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The legend of Lloyd Seay

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


51 days in a car with boys

If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.

July 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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