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South Carolina without the FOIA

(Sunday is the beginning of Sunshine Week, a national celebration through March 18 of access to public information.)

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not your daddy’s marines

WASHINGTON -- An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will "go wild on them" for eternity.

March 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My brain on NASCAR

I watched the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 with my hands covering my face, peeking though my fingers like a skittish teenage girl at a scary movie. When it comes to frightening incidents, unpredictable plot twists and surprise endings, Stephen King has nothing on NASCAR.

March 10, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. is 50th in education

Some will think this is too strong. I don't. Just read on and make up your own mind.

March 10, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


More sensory overload

There's something about longer days and warmer weather that really tickles the senses.

March 07, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


RIP, DNC

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support.

March 07, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Senior times and customs

What was the "lay by" period for cotton farmers?

March 07, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Across Gov. Richard I. Manning’s desk

About three dozen of the items crossing Manning's desk dealt with the operation of his plantations, his agent in Charleston and his banker. Manning was having to handle the availability of cotton seed, price of horses for sale, lumber for a house, shipping 350 bushels of corn, cleaning and scalding bacon, receiving a report that "the mill and [mill]dam has been completed since you left" and a "bill of repairs for Sulky for his Excellency Governor Manning."

March 07, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Too much testing going on

On April 9, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) into law. To many political historians, it is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of education-related legislation.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Who I am

The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me to your fan club and you will never hear a word of it. But here it goes anyway."

March 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Be home for dinner

In the year leading up to our past presidential election, I would often tell my children -- especially the ones of voting age -- being in the know about current events had never carried more weight than it did in that moment. They are forming their own opinions about the important issues, and our conversations on politics, religion, our economy and the like has taken on new life which is proving to be quite refreshing. Much of what they have learned and continue to grasp in present news comes predominantly from their life experiences, discussions with friends and family, and from plenty ...

March 03, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Big reform idea people love, politicans hate

It's a given that South Carolina's statehouse politics are dysfunctional on a good day and thoroughly corrupt on most days.

March 03, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Language and other lessons

People are still out there, after all these years, screaming about Political Correctness. It's a tired old argument. It's been beaten to death. We all know PC anything is vitally important to civilized communication in the 21st century. Either that or it's an idiotic, frivolous waste of time.

February 28, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Adjectively speaking

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note.

February 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Restroom busters welcome

The Fabulous Pointer Sisters appeared in Atlanta recently at an outdoor amphitheater and there was much made over the fact there were several drug busts during the performance.

February 28, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


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So, this is middle age?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, you are considered middle aged if you are between 45 and 65 years old.

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Neil Gorsuch steals the week

WASHINGTON -- Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States.

March 24, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Asthma, allergies and tree sex...

Welcome to spring! For many people this is their favorite time of year, for many others it is a miserable time of year. According to ...

March 24, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Oh, if only I were king for a day

If only I were king for a day! That's a phrase declared by people who believe they can solve a problem if given the ...

March 24, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I guest columnist | Columns


Bob Vila does not live here ...

And I can prove it.

March 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Workforce is number one business concern

The number one concern of businesses considering coming to central South Carolina, and therefore, Kershaw County, is workforce. Mike Briggs, President and CEO of the ...

March 21, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The downtown duck pond

In 1798, a committee composed of James Kershaw, John Kershaw, William Lang, James Chesnut and Samuel Mathis surveyed the land which would be called "The ...

March 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Paying for enrollment growth

Kershaw County is growing, to be sure. The County's "Vision 2030" Plan, a very thorough and visionary document, contains a projection that the population ...

March 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Irish among us

As the first Grand Marshall of the -- I hope annual -- Montessori Leprechaun Parade, I'm thinking today might offer an opportunity to comment on the ...

March 17, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


A perfect place to enjoy S.C.

If ever there is a perfect place to enjoy South Carolina, it is here, right here in Camden. Our hometown is quintessential Southern. We have ...

March 17, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The silent majority needs to help the sheriff

It's budget time in Kershaw county and agency heads are required to submit their budget requests to county council. For the past six years ...

March 17, 2017 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns


Same old, same old

Will we ever get out of this spiral of polarization? Has Big Brother finally won?

March 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Congress's grizzly betrayal

WASHINGTON -- In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding ...

March 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The dimestore

As best I can recall – and I've been thinking hard about this – I have only written one fan letter in my life.

March 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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