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Jenkins: A helping hand and fortunate feather

This time of year, I am like the hermit thrush, retreating into the woods and intentionally disconnecting in all ways possible. I seem to go through these burnouts with each winter solstice, and the rain only intensified it this year. I've come to accept this cycle and to engage with it in a way which makes it productive. This year, I've used my energy to create habitats for various species. This may seem misplaced. Usually during the Christmas season, humanity reaches out to its own kind. But some days, I have more hope for other species than for ...

January 07, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Our bias, ourselves

WASHINGTON -- Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer American cops are racist and a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.

January 07, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Cahn: We made it to the future

(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)

January 05, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: History is better than fiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.

January 05, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: De Blasio needs a better script

There's about as much love between New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city's police department as there is between Sony and North Korea.

January 02, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Scully: A time to remember

Happy New Year to all. Thank you especially to those bright spirits for whom the glass is always half full. Thank you to those who give others the benefit of the doubt. Thank you to those who see the advantages of moving forward with new projects and new ideas, regardless of possible complications and delays. Thank you to those who understand that you get what you pay for. Thank you to those who know from long experience that Camden has the most exceptionally kind and understanding people on the planet.

January 02, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Phillips: My new adventure

I think everyone should try something new every now and then. After all, variety is supposed to be the spice of life, so they say. Maybe that sounds odd coming from me, as I have openly admitted on these pages that I prefer watching old TV shows and movies over and over no matter how many times I have seen them before.

January 02, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Parker: The joke's on us

WASHINGTON -- A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines.

December 31, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Owens: This I will keep

In less than 24 hours, we will be in a new year. Many of us will make New Year's Resolutions and few of us will act on and keep them. As I said in my column about two or three weeks ago (my year in review), the second half of 2014 was rough for me but the unfortunate happenings opened my eyes and made me realize something important, something that I have not quite been doing.

December 31, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Noble: S.C. New Year’s resolutions

This is the time for New Year's resolutions and I have a few for our state.

December 31, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: ‘Mr. BB’ is my Person of the Year

I could very easily name my Person of the Year as the Person of the Decade and a Half.

December 29, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: Looking back before I look forward

When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.

December 29, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: Xmas Score: Scrooges 4, Me 14

Here we are, in the midst of the Christmas season, and the Scrooges of the world have once again tried to ruin it for everybody.

December 26, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: Quotas could harm women’s careers

Women deserve more seats in the highest corporate echelons. But a mandate is the wrong way to get there.

December 26, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Phillips: It’s been a mighty good year

As a new year comes along, it's a time when most of us naturally reflect back on the previous 12 months and think about our accomplishments, our failures and other things that fall somewhere in between. For me, the end of the year has a very special meaning, since my first day on the staff of the Chronicle-Independent was Dec. 30, 2013. Happy anniversary to me. Yes, indeed, it is.

December 26, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

February 20, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as ...

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days ...

February 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball ...

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think ...

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

February 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle ...

February 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

February 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat ...

February 13, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: I wrote about it, then suffered it

I've written about the flu here in Kershaw County twice. It seems only fitting I should experience it, right? Well, no, actually I don ...

February 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: #Fairness

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes before the start of President Trump's State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page ...

February 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Jazz

In 1903, when historian and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois heralded the Negro spiritual as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side ...

February 09, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A call to civility

"I'm sorry."

February 09, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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