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It’s a different world

As time goes by, I find myself more and more slipping into the role of the "grumpy old man." I guess that's a natural evolution for most of us as we age, but I now often find myself saying things like "back in my day" or "things were a lot different when I was a kid." Well, those statements are true; there's no denying it.

August 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

The sky’s the limit … literally

Look up above…in the sky! It's some kind of bird; no it's a small plane. Wait, it's neither. Now I see. It's an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, "UAV." Or perhaps you know it as "RAV" or Remotely Aerial Vehicle or as "RPV," Remotely Piloted Vehicle. An even more current term is "UAS," Unmanned Aerial Systems. For now, I'll stop with all the technical terms and use the name most of us novices are familiar with -- "drone." Merriam-Webster defines the particular "drone" I speak of here as "an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control ...

August 08, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns

Who’s your boss?

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes, under certain circumstances, McDonald's Corp. might be held partly responsible for its franchisees' bad behavior. Maybe. So announced the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, a sort of independent prosecutor, this week.

August 06, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Don’t worry, your gun won’t be confiscated

Hey, gun owners! Smell something burning? That is the smoke screen generated by Congress, the NRA and the panic button pushers.

August 06, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns

Five good things happening in S.C. -- and why

Newspapers and the media are often accused of only reporting the bad things that happen -- and there's some truth in this. And it's particularly easy to fall into this trap in South Carolina where it seems that there is a lot more bad news than good.

August 04, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Youthful choices and mistakes

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom -- a driver's license -- and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

August 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Getting by giving

While a small child and later, my parents tried to teach me the moral and religious principle, "One gets by giving." The lesson didn't "take" until later in life when I came to understand more fully the principle, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

August 04, 2014 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns

The last of the Enola Gay

There may still be about 1.4 million U.S. veterans of World War II still living, but the passing last week of Capt. Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 93, in Stone Mountain, Ga., in many closes the story of that war.

August 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

The man who played Tony’s piano

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, Church of Our Father sits nestled among the hills near a small harbor called Hulls Cove.

August 01, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Smart people, smart ideas

When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Sick? Some of you can stay home

NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.

August 01, 2014 | | Columns

New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns

Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns

Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns

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Tink was away from home, working on a new drama series for Sony. He was leading the writers' room where a group of television scribes ...

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WASHINGTON -- She can't let go.

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In the progressive spirit that marked the Republican Party for more than a hundred years from Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to Dwight Eisenhower's ...

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The old folks planted fruit trees. Pear, apple, cherry, wild plum, and peach trees. Pecan trees too. Vineyards of wild grapes … scuppernongs and muscadines. Folks ...

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Column: Off to the races -- again

WASHINGTON -- You may have missed the starting shot, but the midterm races officially began last week with the Texas primaries. This coming Tuesday, voters in ...

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

Column: Just two phone calls

I am not a politician. In fact, my only personal experience in the political realm occurred in high school when I was elected class secretary ...

March 13, 2018 | By Janet Williams C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Flowers and your bucket list

This story is one of "small-towner" visits the "big city."

March 13, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: ‘Black Panther’ is everyone’s movie

I knew we were in for a very different movie experience while my sons and I waited in line to see "Black Panther."

March 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Column: Celebrating outstanding women

March is Women's History Month. As announced by the National Women's History Project, the theme for 2018 is Nevertheless She Persisted. The phrase ...

March 09, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Stop first, parse later

WASHINGTON -- At least they're doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida's proposed gun bill.

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


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