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Are cell phones destroying our communication abilities?

I recently spent a weekend in the Appalachian Mountains with a few friends. Upon arrival, we all noticed one disturbing thing: no cell phone reception. I'm talking maybe one bar of service in one spot in the backyard, slim to no luck with getting one in town and the scary "NO SERVICE" notice among the hiking trails. Basically, for the weekend, we realized we had no access to some of the things we value the most. No Facebook. No Twitter updates. No posting pictures to Instagram. And you better believe there was no way of loading Snapchat. As we ...

June 26, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


The IRS scandal

I'm not much into Washington scandals. Generally, I think they tend to distract us from the fundamental problems that we face as a nation. Sometimes it seems that our nation's capital would much prefer to focus more on some general's girlfriend than it would on things like balancing the budget. I've also learned that something that might be a front-page scandal to one party when it is in the minority is easily ignored by that same party once it wins a few elections.

June 26, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Didn’t talk... must be guilty’

This week's headline is based on the premise that someday, perhaps someday really soon, a prosecutor -- or a solicitor, as we call them here in South Carolina -- might say something like it in a courtroom.

June 24, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Fertility rites

WASHINGTON -- Distilled to a slogan, politics of late goes something like this: "I'm more fertile than you are."

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


Red bird

Education was much different when I was a child! Children did not receive awards just for attending class. In fact, even in the first grades, students became what is known today as "labeled." I was very disappointed when the teacher told me I was to be a blue bird, the division for the quicker students. I pled with her to let me be a red bird, the other division, to no avail. I remember she said, while patting me on the head, "Oh, honey, you don't want to be a red bird." Oh, yes, I did, no matter what ...

June 24, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A legislative update

We have come to the end of another legislative session. Any vetoes the governor may make on the budget and a handful of bills that were passed last week will be addressed later this week. However, I want to share some important bills that have passed.

June 24, 2013 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


You don’t always need a plan for goals

A woman I went to college with recently posted a blog about achieving goals.

June 21, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Dipping into the mailbag again

How to impress a woman: Wine her, dine her, call her, hug her, hold her, surprise her, compliment her, smile at her, laugh with her, cry with her, shop with her, give her jewelry, buy her flowers, hold her hand, write love letters to her, go to the end of the earth and back again for her.

June 21, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Fast-food workers echo Occupy spirit

Labor unions have been knocked back, knocked down and knocked out for so long that a new generation of organizers is beginning to try something new. Instead of unionizing and then protesting, they're protesting first.

June 21, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Camden’s town plan ‘Revolutionary!’

We can thank William Penn of colonial Pennsylvania fame for the plan of Camden! By the time that Joseph Kershaw moved to this area in 1758, Philadelphia, Pa., was three quarters of a century old. Penn developed and published plans for Philadelphia, our country's first capital, between 1681 and 1683. In 1683, Penn's Surveyor General, Thomas Holme, published the plan they developed in "Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia." A revolutionary plan at the time, the new city of Philadelphia was to be built around a central public square of 10 acres. In each quadrant of the city ...

June 21, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Don’t shoot the messenger

I've always heard the phrase "don't shoot the messenger" throughout my life. I somewhat understood what it meant -- don't take your anger out on someone who is simply relaying unwanted information. It wasn't until I started my career as a reporter that I developed a deeper and more meaningful relationship with this quote. Being a journalist means that not only do I get to be the bearer of good news involving our community, but sometimes it also involves me being the bearer of bad news. In an ideal and perfect world the only news available to ...

June 19, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Googling ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!"

June 19, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Statehouse ethics: just tell the truth

When I was a young boy growing up and my mother confronted me with something that I knew I had done wrong, I often stammered around, making excuses and trying to avoid fessing up. My mom's response was always the same: "Let's begin by just telling the truth."

June 19, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noted and passed

** A new Gallup poll indicates that Americans rank the performance of Congress at the lowest level since polling on the subject began. Only 10 percent of citizens say they have confidence in Congress, with no discernible difference among those who call themselves Democrats and those who say they're Republicans. Congress rates last on a list of 16 institutions, with the American military ranking first. The Gallup organization has been asking opinions of Congress since 1973, and confidence has been less than 20 percent since 2006.

June 17, 2013 | | Columns


Crisis of faith in government

WASHINGTON -- It is reassuring that in the midst of so much government dysfunction, the IRS has resolved the question of when and whether to tax tanning beds under the Affordable Care Act. Do not be concerned about that giddiness you feel. You are not having a nervous breakdown but are suffering a symptom commonly associated with recognition that the absurd has become the accepted norm -- and that you are, in fact, alone. Indeed, the IRS' tanning ruling comes in the nick of time. Amid incessantly breaking news -- NSA surveillance, IRS political targeting, DOJ seizing, and CIA shrugging -- Americans were beginning ...

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


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A possible end to gerrymandering?

Two special elections grabbed headlines this week. There was the U.S. House District 5 special election here in South Carolina, the outcome of which ...

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Can words be lethal?

WASHINGTON -- Words matter, journalists are fond of saying.

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


Water power

The Camden Archives and Museum will mount an exhibit about Camden's cotton mill era in late January 2018. Most museum exhibits take months to ...

June 23, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The best schools in the U.S. and S.C.

Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?

June 23, 2017 | | Columns


The dream v. the reality

If you missed Ag&Art weekend in Kershaw County, you missed out on a truly unique, fun and interesting event.

June 20, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Our new life in the dugout

WASHINGTON -- Kelley Paul had gone to bed Tuesday night as usual, with her cellphone set on "Do Not Disturb," except for family and close friends ...

June 20, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Headless and history

Hobkirk Hill is named for a village and civil parish in Scotland.

June 20, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Seniors look back

One of the groups I meet with regularly is Student Cabinet, which is made up of student council officers from every grade from each of ...

June 20, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Behind the scenes

As you can probably imagine, it's impossible to, literally, include everything about a particular event, person or issue in a single article or even ...

June 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of ...

June 16, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


First responders are superheroes

When the call comes, they have the training, equipment and courage to respond. Be it during dinner or Sunday school, these superheroes work long hours ...

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


The role of business in legislative affairs

Recently, I've been thinking about the role of businesses in legislative affairs. My perception has been that larger businesses are the ones who get ...

June 16, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scratching my head, again

I swear, one of these days I'm going to either scratch my head completely bald -- I'm already more than halfway there -- or just ...

June 13, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rodney teaches

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in ...

June 13, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - June 13, 2017

One of the most exciting things to happen in NASCAR in a very long time didn't happen during a race. Rather, it happened when ...

June 13, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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