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The world is your runway

I've always admired people who take chances, who step out into the world and do something that seems scary and bold. I'm not always that way, so when I see someone take a step out of their comfort zone and into something new, I'm quite impressed.

December 18, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Holy suckitude!

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck."

December 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Wagging the Dog

A few months ago, I was talking with a mother of a private school student, and I asked her if she minded telling me why she chose a private school for her child. I've asked this question to numerous private school parents over the years, and I always learn something. But the answer I got in this case was one that I hadn't heard before. This mother said, "I don't want my child to be a test score." She went on to tell me that in her opinion, standardized testing in public schools had become more important ...

December 16, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Remembering those who left us this year

As we approach the end of 2013, I thought about those who have left us -- those whose deaths are notable either because of who they were or the circumstances of their passing. While everyone notes the passing of luminaries, what about the people we've lost this year in Kershaw County? My list is not long, although there were certainly a lot of obituaries to go through; some even made the front page.

December 16, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Where Charlie Tinker lies buried

(This is a three-part series on Charlie. This is the first installment.)

December 16, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What was the question?

Verbal communication can be very surprising. Sometimes it can be annoying. It can also be so amazing that the listener hardly has a reply except a gasp.

December 16, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


American Party of S.C. hot at State Fair

Like tens of thousands of other South Carolinians, I went to the State Fair in Columbia a few weeks ago. It was great fun, and all the usual attractions were there. But there was something new this year -- and it was hot.

December 13, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Clearing the clutter at year’s end

I walked into my room the other day and some horror movie music should have started playing, because it was a nightmare in the 29223 zip code. After standing in the doorway looking at all of my stuff, I made it my mission to get rid of everything I don't need, properly store what I'm not using and better organize everything that I use on a daily basis. I don't know too much about feng shui, but I'm pretty sure the concept is accurate. I couldn't remember the last time I'd opened my blinds ...

December 13, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


‘The Christmas Letter’

It's that time of year again, when "The Christmas Letter" arrives from friends.

December 13, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Make a girl laugh

WASHINGTON -- Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

December 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The pope and the president

WASHINGTON -- We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.

December 11, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Why Christmas is just awesome

I went with my friend, Jody, and her daughters recently to see the Christmas lights at Swan Lake in Sumter. It was so fun to spend an evening with the excitement of children at Christmas. I have a real love for driving around with the heat blasting in my face, Mariah Carey Christmas turned up and singing, as loudly as I can, "All I want for Christmas is YOU!"

December 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


What comes after the welfare state?

The welfare state is now omnipresent in every part of the United States. The federal budget is dominated by entitlement spending, with 45 percent of federal spending in 2012 going to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (among other health care entitlements). Simultaneously, states are struggling under the fiscal burdens imposed on them by mandatory entitlement programs: for example, spending by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (primarily on Medicaid) has averaged $1.21 billion over the last three budget years.

December 09, 2013 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


The 11th hour: Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina

What if I told you that it's the 11th hour, and that the proof is Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina?

December 09, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drop off our kids safely, please

I'm the parent of a Camden Middle School (CMS) student. Each weekday morning, I drop him off after taking his brother to another school.

December 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Why Guam matters (the CNMI, too)

"North Korea attack on hold," the banner read on CBS This Morning on Tuesday. I'm betting folks on Guam felt a little better after ...

August 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Summer intern program successful

During the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to partner with multiple organizations in our community to work on projects that are ...

August 18, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Busting a few myths about the landmarks commission

As the oldest inland city in South Carolina, Camden is home to many historic properties. In an effort to help preserve the historic nature of ...

August 18, 2017 | By Shawn Putnam C-I guest columnist | Columns


In search of Joseph Kershaw’s plantations

Perhaps the most visible symbol representing Col. Joseph Kershaw, Camden's founding father, is the replica of his town house built in 1977 on the ...

August 18, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Stage etiquette: reprise

The following came to me several years ago from a fellow musician. It sums up what every band out there has experienced at one time ...

August 15, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


City slickers

Bree, my niece, Nicole's, 8-year-old daughter, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of the ...

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


My Brain on NASCAR - Aug. 15, 2017

In a bizarre NASCAR twist that I never saw coming, the relationship between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch has taken a turn for the nice.

August 15, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The grit to say ‘Watch me!’

In my old age, I've been re-asking myself questions that I asked myself a lot when I was younger. Meaning of life kinds of ...

August 15, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cleaning out, looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

August 11, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columns


NIP underway in the city

The city of Camden has many projects underway, including utility infrastructure, the new tennis/pickleball complex, launch of a Main Street SC program and many ...

August 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Small town papers have local role

HILLSBORO, Ohio – I don't read many of the online comments following my op-eds because I'm an old-fashioned journalist who prefers signed letters to ...

August 11, 2017 | By Gary Abernathy, editor (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette | Columns


S.C.'s nuclear meltdown: what next?

Here's the issue: SCANA (the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas) and Santee Cooper (the state-owned utility that provides power for 11 ...

August 11, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Monday, Monday...

Note: this happened awhile back. But it still smarts...

August 08, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cosmopolitan with a twist

WASHINGTON -- What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between ...

August 08, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Try to be that good example of a safe driver

Like every summer, people across the nation have been enjoying vacations and outdoor activities. This is a great time of year (as it usually increases ...

August 08, 2017 | Joseph M. Floyd | Columns


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