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Washday blues

Dirty clothes -- the constant, consistent chore -- is still one of the most odious banes for women. Jingles for commercial tout the truth that "mama keeps the house clean…," but what the woman must face every day is soiled linen! Most men's use of the same temperature for everything and their employment of the "smell test" – if it doesn't smell too bad, wear it again -- may explain the female's acceptance of the laundry chore. No matter the cause, the modern woman has no idea how different keeping presentable clothing was in earlier days.

June 27, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The essentiality of journalism

In 2005 when their city drowned, the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune stayed in it longer than common sense and simple prudence would dictate. People who had lost homes, loved ones, and their city itself concentrated on gathering the news and putting it out. They finally left huddled in newspaper delivery trucks, water up to the headlights, decamping to Baton Rouge, 75 miles away, where they went right back to reporting the news.

June 25, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Down to the wire

Often as summer officially begins, the General Assembly is wrapping up its business for the year. However, when legislators returned to Columbia on June 19 there were several important issues left to be addressed. During the week, progress was made on one major issue, another major issue died, and one still remains to be resolved.

June 25, 2012 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden is the right place to be

At various points since joining the C-I, people have asked me whether I'd ever be interested in working for a larger newspaper or for a paper in a larger market.

June 25, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Retirement choice

When I retired, one of my friends asked me what I was going to do with my time. I told her I was already volunteering and working out. She looked incredulous and remarked, "Well, I don't know what I will do, but certainly will not do those two." She had no idea how entertaining, healthful, and fulfilling these activities are. I have also met many charming, amazing, and different people there. I had the same choice that most have -- vegetate or activate. I chose to activate when family matters allowed. My life is much fuller because of my involvement.

June 22, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


On the death of a hapless icon and his question that had to be asked

There was always something hapless about Rodney King.

June 22, 2012 | | Columns


Crime beat, more full of lessons for new reporter

Being a crime reporter is as interesting, fun and challenging as I imagined.

June 22, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Conspiracy theories never really die

Ralph, who runs a roadside nursery business on the Maine island where Nancy and I spend time, is a conspiracy theorist of the first order.

June 22, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The banality of Watergate

WASHINGTON -- Forty years ago, all of America learned the name of a particular condominium, hotel and office complex along the Potomac in the nation's capital.

June 20, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Local saints and sinners

Which current major university was once located in Winnsboro?

June 20, 2012 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Southern support will be hard to gauge

"A hootenanny" -- that was the scene 48 years ago in Oct. 1964 on the campus of North Carolina State University.

June 20, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Googling anti-Obama racism

On the night of Barack Obama's presidential election victory, Americans seemed to shed our troubled legacy of racism. Or did we?

June 18, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Another great year!

Every year in May, a community member named Bob Watkins invites me to speak to the Golden Club, a really fun group of local retirees that meets for breakfast once a week. Generally, I use this opportunity to talk about the accomplishments of school year. I thought I'd share some of the same highlights in this month's column. It's been another great year! Our students and our staff continue to achieve at an impressive level. Following are just a few examples:

June 18, 2012 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A balance of the good and the bad

Bear with me as I put a little of my comic book geek on to make a point about what makes the front pages of this newspaper.

June 18, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Too many choices can paralyze

Time's old adage says, "More money, more problems," but I think the problems come when people realize they have more choices available when they have more money.

June 15, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


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Driving therapy

Music has the power to influence. It has the power to evoke deep thoughts, which ultimately lead to a flow of emotions and feelings. Driving paired with music seems to increase that flow of emotions. Maybe it is the sometimes calm rhythmic movement that the steady turn of the wheels creates that appeal to the mind and body. I make a 45 to 50 minute drive to and from work five days a week, so I get plenty of time to daydream, think and devise plans of action for any situation that is heavy on my mind. No one is ...

September 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

September 17, 2014 | Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

September 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What the president said

Last week, I called for going after ISIL (or ISIS or IS, the Islamic State as it wants to call itself now), in full force. Admittedly, I wasn't very specific about that. Some may have thought I meant "boots on the ground," as opposed to only the air strikes the U.S. has already participated in.

September 15, 2014 | | Columns


Pretending to eat Southern

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Marilyn’s place:

Around this time of year I get the hankering to head for the hills -- the North Carolina mountains, actually -- and this year the itch is coming on pretty heavily.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Tatum Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Columns


What hotel advertising REALLY means

Years ago, Holiday Inn had a slogan: "The best surprise is no surprise at all."

September 12, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Only college graduates need apply

You've heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation.

September 12, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lessons from the front lines

"No day shall erase you from the memory of time." - Virgil

September 12, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


‘Your hometown newspaper’

It's been said, with some degree of accuracy, the newspaper business is dying. At the Chronicle-Independent we're inclined to disagree with that, at least when it comes to this paper, and I'll tell you why. Let me assure you, it's not because it's where we work and where our paychecks come from, although we do honestly appreciate it. It's because we simply are the only source our readers have for the news that really matters to them on a local, personal level.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


The one fight to have before your wedding

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

September 03, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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