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Forgotten creatures of politics

Even the best batters have to take batting practice sometimes. But it seems Barack Obama didn't heed such advice during the debate last Wednesday night. His lack of preparation was strikingly evident, only giving further credence to the idea that the president just doesn't seem to like the game of politics all too much.

October 10, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Newspapers continue to deliver

As a teenager in Pennsylvania, I delivered The Morning Call and The Evening Chronicle to customers in a suburb of Allentown. On rainy days, I'd try to make sure the paper stayed dry inside the screen door. Now, I get The State and the New York Times delivered to my driveway in plastic bags, though the Times delivery is erratic. I can, of course, also read the Times on my iPhone, iPad and desktop computer.

October 08, 2012 | By Charles Bierbauer Dean, USC College of Communications and Information Studies | Columns


We are the cornerstone of Kershaw County

Once or twice a year while living in the Washington, D.C., area as a child, my father would drive me and my sister to New York's Long Island to visit my grandparents, Ira and Barbara Cahn. They lived in Wantaugh, but spent much of their waking hours -- as well as time they should have been sleeping -- a little east of there in Massapequa.

October 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Revisiting Wilson’s ‘truly disadvantaged’

Twenty-five years after sociologist William Julius Wilson's important study of urban decline and vanishing "marriageable men," poverty is still with us. At least, we're finding lots of new ways to argue about it, even if our theories are no less sharply divided than the rest of our politics.

October 05, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


It’s OK ‘Honey Boo-Boo’ is a hit

Move over Duggar family, TLC has a new hit show on their hands.

October 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Blue Transition

Six weeks have passed since my oldest son walked through our back door. The mere mention of this makes the stretch seem even longer. Of course, aside from a normal dose of missing their brother, for his siblings, this time represents six weeks of more slices of pizza at dinner, shorter waits for the bathroom, and total control of the TV remote. For me, it suggests more intangibles. It is the void, the missing place setting at our table, and the one less body charging down the stairs for breakfast like a horse running for open country.

October 05, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


We’re not really getting smarter

Research tells us Americans are getting smarter as time goes by.

October 05, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


G-L-O-R-I-A

WASHINGTON -- Gloria Steinem is unmistakable.

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ryder finish gives glimpse of 2013 tour

The European's triumph during the final round of the Ryder Cup Sunday may provide a preview of things to come on the PGA Tour.

October 03, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


A visit with Coota Montgomery

That morning, a piano tune from boyhood days echoed down the halls of Pinedale, a senior citizens care facility located near Camden. As we drew abreast of the piano player's room, there sat Neva Shannon ("Coota") Montgomery with her near 100-year-old, yet nimble fingers "tickling the ivories" into the song "Jesus Loves Me."

October 01, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


A mouse tale of not so epic proportions

If there's one thing I have an unnatural fear of, it's insects of both the crawling and flying variety. I've known that about myself since I was at least 12 years old when a huge bumblebee landed on my head. Not knowing what it was, I reached up and grabbed it only for it to -- naturally -- sting me. Luckily, I'm not allergic, but, boy!, did it hurt. Why that translated to a fear of crawling insects, I'm not sure except that I remember a giant millipede (or something like that) crawling up my bedroom wall ...

October 01, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Emergency rooms aren’t free

Amidst a necessary, but life-threatening, debate on the future of health care for millions of Americans, presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed why it's OK that almost 50 million Americans are uninsured. Romney said in an interview with a TV broadcast news program that people who are uninsured are "care(d) for" with the help of America's emergency room services:

September 28, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Time to take a ‘joyology’ test

You might not be finding much to laugh about these days.

September 28, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Dail Dinwiddie: Once upon a disappearance

WASHINGTON -- I've written variations of this column a couple of times during the past 20 years, but certain occasions bear revisiting -- and surely the disappearance of a friend is one.

September 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Arbor Day: a 25-year local celebration

With the official start of autumn last week and the holidays soon upon us, my thoughts turn to a truly unique American holiday. No, not Thanksgiving but Arbor Day. Perhaps you may recall celebrating Arbor Day in elementary school, perhaps you remember hearing John Denver singing "Trees for Your Tomorrow" on television or radio on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation or perhaps you've seen an article about it in The Chronicle Independent with a photo of people standing around a newly planted tree.

September 28, 2012 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Tucker: A mix of casinos, liquor and blackjack

"Hey," said the guy next to me at the blackjack table, "you know what they call people who hang around casinos?"

March 27, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Wacko birds nesting in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON -- President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

March 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Take the money and run

Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.

March 27, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - March 27, 2015

Spring is here in the City and the Bradford pears look so pretty.

March 27, 2015 | Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - March 27, 2015

If I had to list the drivers people have asked me about over the years, Kurt Busch wouldn't be in the top 10.

March 27, 2015 | | Columns


Parker: Let’s not talk

WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish it to be.

March 25, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: Take my tent … please!

Today's reflection is about things I just don't do anymore.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Wilson: Fighting back against food stamp fraud

Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint and their homes are not burglarized. But, they are the victims of theft just the same. Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.

March 25, 2015 | By Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General C-I guest columnist | Columns


Cahn: ‘Madam Secretary’ is terrific TV

From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.

March 23, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The American Dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised I sometimes see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with the disagreement.

March 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: Revving engines is sound of adventure

Flowers are blooming, the sky's blue and it's motorcycle-riding season.

March 20, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Phillips: The times, they are a-changin’

OK, so the time changed nearly two weeks ago, but this week's installment of my thoughts and musings is about the recent time change and the proverbial "extra hour of daylight" we get to enjoy from now until autumn.

March 20, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Richardson: Spring fever brings summer bounty

The daffodils are nodding their pretty yellow heads all over town. To me, they are the harbingers of spring, blooming long before the weather is really warm. They give us hope the warm days really will return soon. In my yard, they pop up in the bed by my yard's Victorian cast iron fence -- in the bed I meant to transform into a perennial cottage garden wonderland. Twenty-one years ago, when we moved in, I dug a vegetable plot in the back yard and the long border bed out front. Back then, when I was doing historic preservation consulting ...

March 20, 2015 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sunshine Week: Emails are subject to FOIA

The controversy encircling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina.

March 20, 2015 | By Trisha O'Connor, SCPA FOI Committee Chair C-I guest columnist | Columns


Parker: Hillary Clinton’s secret mess

WASHINGTON -- On March 2, the story broke Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.

March 20, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


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