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A family history of love through sacrifice

Like many of her neighbors, Margarette Cunningham Moss grew up "very poor." Moss' mother, a housewife, taught her seven daughters to do the household chores typical of those who owned a farm and an orchard on Crooked Island in the 1940s. A typical day might include hand-washing clothes; cleaning their one-bedroom home; making homemade bread, accompanied by tea with leaves picked fresh off a tree; spending a few hours in their fields picking pigeon peas, cassava, fruit and anything else her family planted that season; sewing for the Red Cross and herself; and infrequent trips to neighboring "settlements." The family ...

December 28, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Three lives for Christmas trees

I've always liked Christmas tree farms. There's something nostalgic about them, plus I've always liked the way they look. Like toy soldiers standing at attention, Christmas trees are stately, orderly, dressed for service and have a presence in the landscape. They may also have as many as three lives.

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


NRA vs. common sense

When the National Rifle Association promised "meaningful contributions" to prevent another massacre like the recent horror in Newtown, Conn., I didn't expect much, but I hoped for more than what we got.

December 28, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


West Coast clubs set to continue success

After the 1994 strike in Major League Baseball, only one West Coast team made it to the World Series in the years leading up the turn of the century.

December 26, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


KCSO need more funding

Last year the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office responded to approximately 43,000 calls for service. We did this with at most, 6 deputies per shift. Today as I am writing this we have 4 deputies covering the entire county. Most people in Kershaw County don't know that the Lancaster Co. Sheriff's Department also answered about 43,000 calls for service last year. (Lancaster County is significantly smaller in area than Kershaw County. They have about 10,000 more residents.)The difference is they handled this with 12 deputies per shift. As a result Lancaster's response times ...

December 26, 2012 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns


Through a lens, lightly

WASHINGTON -- In today's world of social media, where everyone's every little thing is on display, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time when exhibitionism wasn't ubiquitous and was, in fact, not admired.

December 26, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Getting through the holidays

This is turning out to be one of the tougher holidays for a lot of Americans. The economy continues to be a problem as we nervously wait to see if we'll go over a fiscal cliff, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has cast a pall over the holiday spirit.

December 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Was it really Santa Claus?

Childhood is a wonderful time! A small child really believes he or she could "catch a falling start and put it … in a pocket." Nothing is impossible. Also, the warmth of love and acceptance comes from family and friends. Nowhere are the problems of finance or payment. Some children even tell their parents, when told they are big boys or girls, "I don't want to grow up." Even the story Peter Pan concerns a group of children who fly off with Peter, who has never had to grow up.

December 24, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A ‘right to’ words that work

Words have power. If anyone wonders whether conservatives have taken the lead in effective political catch phrases, the term "right to work" should remove all doubt.

December 24, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Shhhhhhhhhh...

WASHINGTON -- It is a conundrum of wordsmiths that sometimes events are so horrible that words escape us. Bereft of the tools of our trade, we are left with what is perhaps the only appropriate response to something as heart-stopping as the massacre of children: silence.

December 24, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


After Newtown: Will we finally act?

Do not turn your eyes from the horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children, their teachers and aides, their school principal shot repeatedly, in some cases beyond recognition, by a 20-year-old wielding a semiautomatic assault weapon.

December 21, 2012 | Rev. Jesse Jackson Chicago Tribune | Columns


A WWII Christmas story

Every six or eight years I relate to you a Christmas story first told to me by Max Ford. Here goes:

December 21, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


KershawHealth Centennial

(The following is the second portion of Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson's keynote speech at the Baruch Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 15, 2012. Further portions of the speech will be printed in later editions of this column.)

December 21, 2012 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Are gender-neutral toys the right fit?

A 13-year-old girl from New Jersey has campaigned to get the makers of Easy-Bake Oven to put gender-neutral colored ovens on the market.

December 21, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Un-hitching the middle class

WASHINGTON -- As politicians compete to prove who loves the middle class more, they're missing the elephant and the donkey in the room.

December 19, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Tatum: Of Ashley Madison and fame

What's up with this Ashley Madison thing?

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Rich: Those old sports guys

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called, SEC: Storied.

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Cahn: When journalism is dangerous

Wednesday morning, a Roanoke, Va., TV news reporter and her videographer died, murdered -- during a live report -- by a man described as a disgruntled former ...

August 28, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rampell: N.Y.’s bizarre uproar over topless women

NEW YORK -- The city that never sleeps has good reason to remain sleepless these days. A new terror imperils New York, threatening to destroy all ...

August 28, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - Aug. 28, 2015

If I were creative enough to write a song about the weather conditions this summer and how they have impacted our public trees, I would ...

August 28, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: The Promise Zone

One of the most shameful and enduring problems in South Carolina is the huge gap between the prosperous/urban and poor/rural areas of our ...

August 28, 2015 | | Columns


Rampell: The 2016 field is full of deadbeats

There's a certain demographic in this country -- it's unseemly to mention the specific population by name -- which has no sense of personal responsibility.

August 26, 2015 | | Columns


Phillips: The good, the bad and the ugly

Here at the Chronicle-Independent we are charged with the task of reporting the news. Way to state the obvious, right? But, simply put, it's ...

August 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Burns: Control our destiny; invest in our future

Open for Business! Recently Kershaw County had wonderful news in Economic Development with expansions at Suominen and Haier. Our leaders on the Kershaw County Council ...

August 26, 2015 | By Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Jenkins: Camping with kids

This summer was a busy one. Among other trips, we made our annual pilgrimage to Table Rock State Park to camp and commune. We've ...

August 26, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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