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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


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


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


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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New girl navigating the pressroom and Camden

I completed my bachelor's degree the first week of August, so I was thrilled to snag a job at the Chronicle-Independent a little more than a week later.

August 27, 2014 | Simone Owens | Columns


Corporate tax returns should be public

Tax inversions. Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich. Spinning off tangible assets into real estate investment trusts. Son-of-BOSS shelters.

August 27, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pride and humility

It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.

August 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The storytellers of Dillon County

Our family has spent many a pleasant summer day with several families from the Dillon area and the experience is always enjoyable and the manner in which they address their friends, neighbors and kinfolk is like taking a step back in the "Old South." Everyone seems to have a prefix or you are a tourist just stopping by.

August 25, 2014 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America still has a long way to go

There is no longer any doubt that America still has a long way to go before it can say that it has grown beyond the prejudices and fear and tragic cycle of action and reaction when it comes to relations between blacks and whites.

August 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.

August 22, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mob mentality

I have admitted in this column many times that I have become a "grumpy old man." Well, folks, here I go again. I often blame technology and the instant sharing of news and opinions on many of society's ills, and that's what I'm doing again today.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


How to grow grass under a tree

I have many colleagues who are of the turf persuasion and we have come to an understanding to agree to disagree. I think grass is a weed, they think a tree is a weed -- in nature the two aren't meant to meet. This is why only grass grows on the Great Plains and only trees grow in the forest. But since we aren't on the Plains or in the forest, we try and get plants to co-exist in arranged landscape designs we like to see.

August 22, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


When practice just kills time

Last week we spent a few minutes talking about being the best in the world in a particular field.

August 22, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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