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Forever, Dick Clark, so long

I think Wednesday, April 18, 2012, will be one of those dates I might have a hard time forgetting: the day we said so long to Dick Clark for the last time.

April 23, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Unanimous support for online voter registration

According to a February 2012 report, "Inaccurate, Costly and Inefficient: Evidence that America's Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade," from the Pew Center on the States, indicates that one in eight registrations is inaccurate or out-of-date in some way. Nationwide, Pew reports that nearly 2 million deceased individuals are listed as voters, and approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.

April 23, 2012 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Regional tastes

Camden native Ford Graham, who's going to live in Germany as head of South Carolina's European industrial recruitment efforts, says he's going to convert natives of that country to boiled peanuts.

April 20, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Hard times were really easy!

When older people talk about the Depression years -- before, during, and after -- they always talk about hard times, what they did not have. Actually, they have seemingly forgotten the positive sides. People can either remember the good times or the bad. In reality, hard times were really easy.

April 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden in good company

At the recent National League of Cities conference, Leslie Wollack, program director for federal relations, placed Camden in "good company" with other cities nationwide when he noted the importance of local infrastructure. As Camden continues to operate with a balanced budget, I believe infrastructure is a primary focus.

April 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drafted into the Mommy Wars

Oops! Just as President Barack Obama's campaign was enjoying a big favorability advantage with women, a prominent female ally tripped over an old unwritten rule: Lay off your opponent's kinfolk.

April 20, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A tradition that shouldn’t change at Augusta

What happened to all the camo shirts and beer helmets at the Masters this year? A guy named Bubba just won the thing, right?

April 18, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Taming 'Taxmageddon'

Many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief as they finally managed to file their income-tax returns. No need to worry about taxes again for another year, right?

April 18, 2012 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Whispering campaigns

WASHINGTON -- All it takes is one little twit. Or a tweet, as the case may be -- not that the two are mutually exclusive.

April 18, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Another flawed silver bullet

A few weeks back, I was honored to be present to see the Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council receive the Dick and Tunky Riley School Improvement Council Award. What made it a particular privilege was the fact that former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley was there to present the award. The opportunity to meet him was truly memorable for me.

April 16, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Romney’s woman woes

Mitt Romney's trying to talk his way out of his gender gap, but, take it from me, women like guys who listen. My wife told me that.

April 16, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A whispering campaign

We've come a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt's famous saying "Speak softly and carry a big stick." President Barack Obama's policy apparently is to whisper slyly and compromise our security.

April 16, 2012 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Zimmerman’s arrest the right thing

I have held back on writing about the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Fla., a few miles north of Orlando. The fallout from 17-year-old Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman has been fraught with charges of police corruption; hand-wringing over Florida's self-defense law; and, of course, racial overtones.

April 16, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rediscovering entrepreneurship in all organizations

Everyone agrees that entrepreneurship is a good thing. But what exactly is entrepreneurship?

April 13, 2012 | Dr. Anthony Woodlief President, Bill of Rights Institute | Columns


An old narrative that never dies

Hollywood's version of Harper Lee's brilliant novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" turns 50 this year, which offers President Barack Obama a rare opportunity. For once, he can venture, however cautiously, near the touchy topics of race and justice without risking too much of a political backlash.

April 13, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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The man who played Tony’s piano

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, Church of Our Father sits nestled among the hills near a small harbor called Hulls Cove.

August 01, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Smart people, smart ideas

When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sick? Some of you can stay home

NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.

August 01, 2014 | | Columns


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


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