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What are the General Assembly’s priorities on taxes?

South Carolina is known as a "red state" and a "conservative" state, and so one might be led to believe it's a place where non-"progressive," free-market policies reign. Certainly, South Carolina has a reputation for being a "low tax state." But the reputation is unearned. A brief look at the legislature's record on tax policy -- perhaps the most fundamental free market issue -- reveals a profound disconnect between reputation and reality.

May 05, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Our friends in blue

I have several different duties and assignments here at the Chronicle-Independent, but picking my favorite is not something I have to think very hard or long about. It's covering crime news and the activities and efforts of the Camden Police Department (CPD) and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). There's always something different, sometimes humorous and never boring. Every now and then it's tragic and that part is not fun at all, but our job is to get the news into the hands of the people, even if, or especially if, it's not good news.

May 02, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Going forward

In honor of all mothers in South Carolina -- "for all that they do," the newly formed Family Heritage Committee is sponsoring the First Annual South Carolina Mother's Day Festival this Saturday at Zemp Stadium. The inclusive event will celebrate mothers from all communities and backgrounds in our state. The festival includes a parade from City Hall to Zemp Stadium, a program with Dr. Brenda Williams as keynote speaker, food vendors, live entertainment, and kids' activities. Admission is free. If you want your mother in the parade, the fee is $10. All proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center; Sistercare; New ...

May 02, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mind your mouth

WASHINGTON -- Say what you will, but you'd best check for recording devices. Alternatively, you might check your thoughts.

May 02, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The emotion of Appomattox

(Note: this column first appeared in 1990.)

May 02, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


GOP: Choose wisely or reap the whirlwind

WASHINGTON -- The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections.

April 30, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Saying goodbye to a friend

I've used my column to express various opinions, ideas and experiences I've had. I've used it as a way to make others smile or laugh and a way to share my passion for various aspects of life. Today, I use it in a more somber way, to remember the life of a friend who was recently lost.

April 30, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


We in S.C. are generous -- aren’t we?

We in South Carolina like to think of ourselves as caring and generous people -- willing to give our time and money to help our fellow man. This is how we see ourselves.

April 30, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


State chamber’s on the wrong side of almost everything

What's the difference between the terms "pro-free market" and "pro-business?" The former refers to policies that limit or remove government interference in economic activity: low taxes, fewer regulations, the absence of government subsidies, etc. The term "pro-business," by contrast, can mean almost anything. For the state Chamber of Commerce -- as well as a number of local chambers -- it usually means more government spending; government interference in education and healthcare; and wealth redistributions from taxpayers to favored businesses.

April 28, 2014 | Dillon Jones - S.C. Policy Council The Nerve.org via SC News Exchange | Columns


I dream of an airport museum

Recently, I took my sons on what we called the Cahn All-Boys 2014 Spring Break to see my father in Upper Marlboro, Md., about 30 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.

April 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Men of war

We had a funeral at church the other day which was not unusual. Rodney laid his work aside and came to direct the choir. That, too, was not unusual. I sang in the choir. Now that was very unusual.

April 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


N.C. and S.C.: How do we compare?

I have always had a thing about North Carolina. Simply put, I don't like them.

April 28, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Butterflies are free

As I have written here at least once before, only to be proven wrong, Spring is finally here. I really hope I am right this time, but I guess we're never completely immune in April to a cold front coming through that would bring a rainy day or two and then the drop in temperature that always follows. But, let's keep the optimism up and say, with faith, that Spring really is here to stay.

April 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grandmother Hillary

WASHINGTON -- The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

April 25, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A simple phone call

It was a simple phone call, out of the blue, from someone I'd known years before.

April 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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In a galaxy far, far away…

Tonight, or tomorrow afternoon, my sons and I will see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." As father and sons, we are big Star Wars fans.

December 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An unchanging family

The newspaper was laying on the kitchen island so when I picked it, I flipped it over and glanced over the list of obituaries. I ...

December 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Season’s reason

More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could only find rest in a stable among cattle and ...

December 15, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Women’s rage unleashed

WASHINGTON - That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.

December 15, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

December 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A fondness for old gas pumps

Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself ...

December 12, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lead kindly light

Lead Kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead thou me on!

December 12, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

December 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

December 08, 2017 | By Jay Bender C-I guest columnist | Columns


Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a "very small town," I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

December 08, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

December 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

December 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

December 05, 2017 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

December 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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