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On state budget, lawmakers should try following the law

If you're like most well-informed South Carolinians, you have absolutely no idea what's in the state budget until the late spring or early summer, and by that time it's about to pass into law. If you want to know what's in the budget before it's too late to make a difference, you'll need to come to Columbia and spend three days a week from January to April, and attend a variety of budget subcommittee and committee meetings -- and even then you won't have any firm idea of which programs and agencies state leaders ...

January 13, 2014 | By Barton Swaim S.C. Policy Council | Columns


The bow maker

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a package well wrapped.

January 13, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


KershawHealth: a solid foundation for the future

There is no doubt that 2013 was a stressful and challenging year for KershawHealth. But it was also the year this healthcare system celebrated its centennial, and I can assure you, there are very few hospitals that have duplicated this accomplishment. It's easy to see why. In the short time that I've been at KershawHealth, I've already seen tremendous strengths here that are a huge benefit, not only to the hospital, but to the community at large. It's clear that KershawHealth has a solid foundation to build on for the future.

January 13, 2014 | By KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doing a lot with a little

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released its crime statistics for 2013 and most categories of offenses were noticeably down from 2012. Kudos to the KCSO for having such a productive year. I won't go very deep into that here, as a story on the subject is planned for an upcoming issue of the Chronicle-Independent.

January 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Women’s lot in the past

Women have certainly achieved a higher place in society than in the past. They are educated, liberal and independent. Most modern women, however, have no idea how little power women had in the past. Society was a masculine one.

January 10, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dipping into the mailbag again

* My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County tells me his 3-year-old grandson went into the bathroom, and his mom was concerned he'd been in there for quite awhile, so she went in to check on him.

January 10, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The meaning of words

WASHINGTON -- In politics, it's all in how you say things.

January 10, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


There they go again

WASHINGTON -- If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore.

January 08, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


SC 2014: Are you better off…?

As the calendar turns to an election year here in South Carolina, all the usual political suspects are starting to offer up all the usual political rhetoric to try to win your vote, with one side telling you that our state's current economic forecast is cloudy with a chance of Armageddon, and the other insisting that prosperity, or at least whatever passes for it these days, is right around the corner.

January 08, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sherman’s war on S.C. civilians

Prior to invading South Carolina, Sherman stated his intentions in a communication with General Grant. "I do sincerely believe that the whole United States, north and south, would rejoice to have this army turned loose on South Carolina, to devastate that state in the manner we have done in Georgia…."

January 06, 2014 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Healthcare industry blues for 2014?

As I spelled out near the end of last month, the biggest local story of 2013 was KershawHealth. As faithful readers know, as the healthcare organization celebrated its centennial, it became further bogged down by losses caused primarily by external factors. Those factors include continuing shifts -- thanks to the economic fallout of the last few years -- from inpatient to outpatient volumes, cuts in governmental and commercial reimbursements and South Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid.

January 06, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The way she was

The way she was was a long way from what she became. I can't help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

January 06, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The insufferable whistleblower

WASHINGTON -- Time has not deflated Edward Snowden's messianic sense of self-importance. Nor has living in an actual police state given the National Security Agency whistleblower any greater appreciation of the actual freedoms that Americans enjoy.

January 03, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New year, new leaf

As the memories of Christmas fade behind us and we enter a new year, it is time once again to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead.

January 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Murph on...

Like many Americans, I continue to be amazed at the tremendous valor and humility of our military past and present fighting and protecting the very freedoms we welcome everyday. I never want to take their selfless service for granted. Since 9/11, our armed forces have been fighting what some would describe as the impossible -- the Global War on Terror -- including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They train and train then train some more. They answer the call of duty from their commander in chief swiftly and without hesitation. Most will tell you they are simply doing their ...

January 03, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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Parker: There he goes again

WASHINGTON -- From Shanghai to Paris to Moscow, the world has been watching to see how the U.S. election is affected by the latest terrorist ...

June 17, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Richardson: Staffordshire in Camden!

I grew up on James Island in the 1960s before the rampant development took over Charleston and the Sea Islands. James Island was a place ...

June 17, 2016 | By Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: People to legislature -- How long?

In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie "Unforgiven" won the Oscar for the Best Picture of ...

June 17, 2016 | | Columns


Op-Ed: Pols often put campaign funds in own businesses

Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, frequently has a need for office supply goods. Fortunately for him, he happens to own an office supply store.

June 17, 2016 | By Taylor Estes S.C. Policy Council | Columns


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