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Fixing education in South Carolina

Jon Butzon is a big guy and he has some big ideas about how we can fix education in South Carolina. He should know because for years he's run the Charleston Education Network -- he's seen it, lived it and thought about it. He knows where we are as a state; he knows what works, and most importantly what doesn't work.

June 10, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Don’t blame the phone company

A lot of people have become outraged at the idea that Verizon is turning over -- on a daily basis -- huge amounts of data to the National Security Agency (NSA) tied to American cell and other phone usage.

June 10, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The best obituary I’ve read

Last week we talked about the new wave of obituaries which are not only informative but often lively and even funny.

June 07, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Beyond the rubble of disaster….

Time and again, I am moved to emotion at the goodness of Americans particularly in instants of unexpected and horrific circumstances - natural disasters, terrorism, and life-shattering violence. It can be difficult knowing how to talk to our children about the loss and the fear surrounding events like 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown, the Boston Marathon, tornados in Oklahoma, among others. Unluckily, the majority of our kids have seen the disturbing images on television from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers to the devastation in Oklahoma to the unspeakable carnage in Boston. At times, it may seem impossible to ...

June 07, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fight gangs, not each other

It was a kneejerk reaction to a kneejerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.

June 07, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Female breadwinners to cause downfall of society?

I'm not typically one to really keep up with the happenings on FOX News or really any other news type channel for that matter. I don't really watch TV all that often so I tend to get my news from a variety of websites. However, sometime Friday as I scanned my Facebook newsfeed I began to see a trend. There appeared to be some sort of hullaballoo regarding comments said on FOX News. The thing that caught my attention were the variety of people who were posting about what happened. It wasn't just those that refer to ...

June 05, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


The new F-word: Father

WASHINGTON -- News that women increasingly are the leading or sole breadwinner in the American family has resurrected the perennial question: Why do we need men?

June 05, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


End of school and an anniversary

The last days of May and the beginning of June mark a couple of passages for me.

June 03, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Wiley Kelley’s role in filling CSA ‘bread baskets’

Along the eastern edge of Kershaw County flow the Little and Big Lynches rivers. European settlers received land grants along these two rivers in the three decades preceding the Revolutionary War. They began to plant and cultivate crops in the rich bottom lands bordering these rivers and during the next half century, several large plantations developed. One such plantation was that of David and Elizabeth Tyner Kelley and their son Wiley Kelley (1795-1873).

June 03, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Droning about the end of war

WASHINGTON -- It's good to know that the war on terror is finally over. It was all so ugly, what with the beheadings and bombings.

June 03, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Sometimes, the small details are the best

One of the neat things about being a reporter is all the inside scoops you get.

May 31, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


What next? A drone war against the press?

Could a president order drone strikes against journalists? I'm not worried. No, really. Not much.

May 31, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Obituaries are different now

Obituaries are a lot more interesting now than they used to be, though perhaps a bit less truthful.

May 31, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Smiling faces. Beautiful places.

A friend of mine came through town the other week to stay with me for a night as a sort of rest stop on his current road trip. Naturally, he wanted to see all the many sites and attractions that the area has to offer. As we drove through downtown Camden and I pointed out all the historical houses and then crossed over the bridge separating Camden from Lugoff, he said to me "everyone waves here." I was a little confused by this statement. So I asked him what exactly he meant by that. I mean, I understood the words ...

May 29, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Ardent Sentry participation

Although hurricane season does not officially begin until June, Camden's own Charlie Company and the SC National Guard recently underwent training in the event that a large scale storm or other disaster hits our state. From May 16 to 21, the National Guard participated in Ardent Sentry, a major training exercise in South Carolina focused on disaster response and coordination procedures.

May 29, 2013 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tatum: Of Ashley Madison and fame

What's up with this Ashley Madison thing?

August 31, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: Those old sports guys

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called, SEC: Storied.

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Cahn: When journalism is dangerous

Wednesday morning, a Roanoke, Va., TV news reporter and her videographer died, murdered -- during a live report -- by a man described as a disgruntled former ...

August 28, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rampell: N.Y.’s bizarre uproar over topless women

NEW YORK -- The city that never sleeps has good reason to remain sleepless these days. A new terror imperils New York, threatening to destroy all ...

August 28, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - Aug. 28, 2015

If I were creative enough to write a song about the weather conditions this summer and how they have impacted our public trees, I would ...

August 28, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: The Promise Zone

One of the most shameful and enduring problems in South Carolina is the huge gap between the prosperous/urban and poor/rural areas of our ...

August 28, 2015 | | Columns


Rampell: The 2016 field is full of deadbeats

There's a certain demographic in this country -- it's unseemly to mention the specific population by name -- which has no sense of personal responsibility.

August 26, 2015 | | Columns


Phillips: The good, the bad and the ugly

Here at the Chronicle-Independent we are charged with the task of reporting the news. Way to state the obvious, right? But, simply put, it's ...

August 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Burns: Control our destiny; invest in our future

Open for Business! Recently Kershaw County had wonderful news in Economic Development with expansions at Suominen and Haier. Our leaders on the Kershaw County Council ...

August 26, 2015 | By Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Jenkins: Camping with kids

This summer was a busy one. Among other trips, we made our annual pilgrimage to Table Rock State Park to camp and commune. We've ...

August 26, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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