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Moment of Nature - July 26, 2013

I do not consider myself an alarmist nor do I normally get overly excited about things, but there is definitely cause for concern regarding a recent find in town. In late May, I performed a residential tree check in the Kendall Lake area. As a general rule, I do my best not only to look at the tree of concern but also to walk the property to make sure other trees are OK as well. In doing so at this particular property, one tree caught my eye. Then I saw another and another and another. My first thought was, "Uh-oh ...

July 26, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why Detroit’s bankruptcy matters

We who live in other cities ask what drove Detroit into bankruptcy. What we really want to know is whether it could happen to us.

July 26, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Everyone works

In typical cop humor, the brothers are nicknamed 'flash bang' and 'speed bump.'

July 24, 2013 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doubling down on double standards

WASHINGTON -- Redemption is in the air, we keep hearing. Americans don't care about a person's sex life because, well, they have one, too, and, hey, we all have weeds in our garden.

July 24, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dream job no more

There are few things more startling than seeing the face of an infamous bomber on the cover of your favorite publication (ex-favorite publication, I should add). When I pick up an issue of Rolling Stone magazine, I expect to see a well-known artist or up and coming one, not the face of a terrorist. But, not the latest issue. Instead, Rolling Stone chose to decorate its latest cover with the face of accused Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

July 24, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


The road to bedlam

WASHINGTON -- It is easy to understand how everyone in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case feels.

July 22, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


SC’s Trayvon Martin and the Civil War

As this was written, no one knew how the jury would decide the Trayvon Martin case. And no matter what the jury decided, the verdict will surely arouse strong emotions and debates about race, violence and American society.

July 22, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


SC Supreme Court makes right call

A decision made by the S.C. Supreme Court Wednesday made national headlines ... if you're a journalist, that is. There's a great blog maintained by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, of which I'm a member) called FOI FYI.

July 22, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Quarter-life crisis

The quarter life crisis is real, ladies and gentleman.

July 19, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


‘It’s a WHAT?’

There are rewards for diligence. We have been rearranging the collections storage stacks at the Camden Archives and Museum for the past month. Three of us going through each box, each folder, each book and object making sure that it is listed in the collections database correctly. My task is to check the oversized materials -- the things that need to go in a map case and the large books stashed around the stacks. It's not scintillating work but it has to be done -- so we plod through one more stack of books and the next shelf of storage boxes ...

July 19, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


How Zimmerman won

As the father of a young man who is close to the same age, size and build as Trayvon Martin, I sympathize with his parents.

July 19, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Random thoughts on a summer afternoon

• Good rule of thumb:

July 19, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The Mt. Rushmore connection

My only personal reference to Mount Rushmore was a background to Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and an American icon. But after my three-year involvement with "tourism," both from Historic Camden's perspective, as well as city/county "tourism initiatives," when I toured Mount Rushmore last week the answer to "Why Mount Rushmore?" was startling. I naively assumed this National Monument was created as a tribute to presidents and homage to our nation and that Mount Rushmore was the ideal location. But that's not the core reason. Surprisingly, the answer was simply, "tourism."

July 17, 2013 | Tray Dunaway | Columns


Stepping out of the comfort zone

I'm not completely sure who said it, but I frequently hear the quote "life begins at the end of your comfort zone" posted anywhere from social media sites to scrawled on the covers of journals. I've always had issues with doing things alone. Not necessarily that I have issues being alone but more along the lines of eating at a restaurant or seeing a movie in theatres; things that I'd prefer to do with another person or a group of people. I have no qualms in shopping alone or doing other activities independently but outings such as ...

July 17, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


The GOP’s principled suicide

WASHINGTON -- Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs.

July 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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The missing

Thursday marked a tragic sixth anniversary for the people of Saipan, the principal island of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI ...

May 26, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An orb, a sword and a slap

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- By now you're exhausted by all the head-swiveling news -- the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president's trip to Everywhere; and ...

May 26, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pinto beans, cornbread and buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

May 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Pine tree pests and their characteristics

The unofficial start of summer is upon us and with it will come months of high temperatures, periods of no rain and occasional storms accompanied ...

May 26, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Chamber has much to celebrate

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center has a lot to celebrate! On May 12, the chamber hosted its Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony ...

May 23, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good luck, Mr. President?

PALM BEACH - So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar ...

May 23, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

May 23, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Horses, history and a call for help

A Sunday afternoon sitting on the porch talking history, horses and dogs with Janson Cox was almost more than I could ask for. Mr. Cox ...

May 23, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. FOIA is better now

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently underwent some surgery. Things were a little dicey there for a while, but it's doing ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


FOIA reform

It's been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents.

May 19, 2017 | By S.C. Press Executive Director Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


The future of Camden

Former elected officials, namely me, probably have no business writing columns about the city, but many people continue to imagine I can still address what ...

May 19, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


The forgotten fort

Camden is proud of her Revolutionary War heritage. The Battle of Camden and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill play pivotal roles in the history of ...

May 19, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doctor, doctor: part tres

I really dislike going to the doctor.

May 16, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A Trumpian world of shifting reality

WASHINGTON -- Facts aren't facts; truth isn't true; reality isn't real.

May 16, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


City committed to strong infrastructure

Good government is forever working to sustain future prosperity and building for tomorrow. The city budget must always include infrastructure, just as our vision must ...

May 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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