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Where certainty ends....

How do we regard change in our lives? Do we view change as a good thing, simply a revision of the timeworn replaced by a positive update perhaps? Or do we see change as a painstaking event, an alteration of the ordinary? Do we know the timing of change or does it arrive as a complete surprise? Is change perpetual or as random as snow in Camden? There is change that skulks in at the most unexpected moments like an uninvited guest. And then there's the type of change we invite in and embrace with open arms. Some change ...

February 01, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Can the GOP escape its bubble?

Here we go again. Whenever I try to offer a little helpful advice to Republican leaders, I have grown accustomed to hearing from some cranky conservative or two who blow me off, saying they're "not about to take advice from a liberal like you" -- or words to that effect.

February 01, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


On becoming an amateur yogi

One of my new goals in life is to become an amateur yogi.

February 01, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


A buzzing in Charlotte?

Nostalgia must truly be in the air. In a two-week span, NBA fans in Seattle have been treated to the return of the SuperSonics, while a name change in New Orleans may help bring the Hornets nickname back to the city of Charlotte.

January 30, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


The sirens of the Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- It must be true what they say about women -- that they are smarter, stronger, wiser and wilier than your average Joe.

January 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


SC data breach: things to know to protect your ID

As a result of the information security breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) that was detected on October 10, 2012, the Social Security numbers and business tax identification numbers of approximately 3.6 million South Carolinians have been compromised.

January 30, 2013 | | Columns


No patsy now

WASHINGTON -- My inner Pollyanna was basking in blissfulness, rolling in the hay of righteous rhetoric, backstroking through the sunny sibilance of aspiration.

January 28, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The Wheel of Time never really ends

Since last October, I've spent part of my time in another world. For about three months, I reread the massive fantasy series The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The final book, A Memory of Light, came out Jan. 8 and I was smart -- and loyal -- enough to pre-order it from our local bookstore in order to take advantage of a pretty great sale price.

January 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


NRA shoots down its own ideas

Sometimes the leaders of the National Rifle Association don't seem to know how to take "yes" for an answer.

January 28, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Enough about Beyonce

I'm not a Beyonce-hater … but I'm tired of Beyonce. I think she is a great performer and singer and I love some Destiny's Child, but I'm over her.

January 25, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Tree Pruning 101 -- Part 1

Nothing irks me more than to see a tree improperly pruned. Well, improper planting and no watering of new trees irks me too, but I'll save that for another time. Today I'd like to focus on the basics of tree pruning and next month I'll talk about utility line pruning. Being a hands-on person it's usually easier for me to show how-to rather explain how-to but I'll try. There's just so much to explain about the subject that there are text books and day-long seminars specifically dedicated to tree pruning so bear with me.

January 25, 2013 | Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Stay away from Internet ‘soreheads’

A couple weeks ago we talked about the Internet and the opportunities it's opened for everyone around the globe.

January 25, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Obama 2.0: the sequel

President Barack Obama's critics are shocked, shocked to hear him sound in his second inaugural address like what he is, a liberal progressive. One wonders what they expected.

January 25, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Coaches, QBs hold keys to NFL title game

If anyone bet money in the off-season that two brothers would face off in the Super Bowl, the name Manning would have certainly come to mind first.

January 23, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Why I voted against the fiscal cliff ‘deal’

Recently, the Congress approved the so-called "fiscal cliff" agreement. I voted against the final version of deal. The reason is pretty simple: the agreement raised spending. Again. Indeed, its passage seems to reaffirm a disturbing truth about today's Washington: compromises always lead to more spending, more debt, and too often, more taxes.

January 23, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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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


Parker: The love litmus test

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.

February 25, 2015 | | Columns


Tatum: Surfing back to the library

"Seriously, moron? How about just clean up the place already!"

February 25, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Wilson: Another tragic display of South Carolina’s domestic violence problem

On Feb. 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina (USC) received a text message warning "SHOTS FIRED" -- two words which would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.

February 25, 2015 | By Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General C-I guest columnist | Columns


Cahn: ‘This isn’t why I moved down South’

During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."

February 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

February 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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