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Cahn: Getting executive sessions right

Listen up, local public bodies: the S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in a North Augusta case which I hope will make clearer -- if not settle once and for all -- how you enter executive sessions.

June 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: A father to remember

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gilland: The Snake Tree (Part 2)

(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)

June 26, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Take it down

WASHINGTON -- In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late Monday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.

June 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Noble: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney

One of the questions of the tragic killing of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is, why him? And, why now?

June 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Phillips: The lost art of playing

I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Tatum: Father’s Day memories -- reprise

(This is one I wrote a number of years ago. In honor of my father, I am re-running it for Father's Day. May all fathers out there be as great as mine, and may they all know, wherever they are, how much they mean to us.)

June 22, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Walker: Critter calls

Would you welcome seven fawns, six flying squirrels, four prairie dogs, nine tortoises and nine cottontail rabbits into your home … all at once? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" if you are Camden resident Margaret Buckelew. Buckelew is the founder and operator of Pine Tree Hill Wildlife Care and Exotic Rescue, and she answers the call of duty for wildlife and exotic animals in Kershaw County and several surrounding counties.

June 22, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: A time to grieve

WASHINGTON -- Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.

June 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: ‘Nawlins’ a worthwhile trip

My father and I managed to arrive before sundown, the downtown New Orleans skyline spread before us on I-10 as it jogged through the city before heading further west. Our actual destination: a small home in Metarie, La., just outside the Crescent City, where we would stay for the next four nights on my first-ever visit to the Big Easy, a belated 50th birthday present from my Dad.

June 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Jeb!

WASHINGTON -- If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.

June 19, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Richardson: Preserving Camden’s heritage in the era of the modern age

"Why is Camden unique?" This is the first note on a faded yellow legal pad sheet found in a folder of papers from 1971 through 1973 found in the collection of the Camden Archives and Museum. These notes from the "Camden Committee" reveal the concerns of a group of Camden citizens in the early 1970s as Camden hurtled forward in the "modern age." We'll revisit this group's efforts in a bit. My advice, in hindsight, would be that they should have talked to Reid Buckley, who at the same time was writing a manuscript about his feelings about ...

June 19, 2015 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Bill's Clintonesque rebuttal

WASHINGTON -- It had a familiar ring:

June 17, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: The stuff some people pay for

Although the "official" first day of summer is still a few days away, around here we don't need the calendar to announce the arrival of the season.

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Rogers: Cell phones best option for police oversight

Hardly a week goes by now without the surfacing of a cell-phone video of police abuse, often of minorities.

June 17, 2015 | By Bill Rogers, SCPA Executive Director C-I guest columnist | Columns


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Cahn: Has it really been 15 years?

By mid-June of 2000, I was so fed up and frustrated, I needed counseling.

July 03, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Michelle Obama’s evolution

WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

July 03, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Scully: Vision and process

Many extraordinary people offer visionary ideas, especially here. "Wouldn't it be great if we had a river rafting business on the Wateree?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a downtown boutique hotel?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a Bluegrass Festival the week of the Colonial Cup?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a cottage development, or better yet, a new Kershaw County library on the former Mather property?" "And another restaurant or two!" The answer is predictably, "Yes, of course yes! Thank you for your great ideas," followed by necessary questions: "Where ...

July 03, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: The mourning after

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.

July 01, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Tend to your own issues

Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.

July 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Tatum: Getting our just desserts

When I was a wise-elbowed, wet nosed kid barely out of college, a lot of people used to annoy me with questions about what I wanted to do for a living.

June 29, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Waiting for Obama

(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)

June 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


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