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Three lives for Christmas trees

I've always liked Christmas tree farms. There's something nostalgic about them, plus I've always liked the way they look. Like toy soldiers standing at attention, Christmas trees are stately, orderly, dressed for service and have a presence in the landscape. They may also have as many as three lives.

December 28, 2012 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


NRA vs. common sense

When the National Rifle Association promised "meaningful contributions" to prevent another massacre like the recent horror in Newtown, Conn., I didn't expect much, but I hoped for more than what we got.

December 28, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


West Coast clubs set to continue success

After the 1994 strike in Major League Baseball, only one West Coast team made it to the World Series in the years leading up the turn of the century.

December 26, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


KCSO need more funding

Last year the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office responded to approximately 43,000 calls for service. We did this with at most, 6 deputies per shift. Today as I am writing this we have 4 deputies covering the entire county. Most people in Kershaw County don't know that the Lancaster Co. Sheriff's Department also answered about 43,000 calls for service last year. (Lancaster County is significantly smaller in area than Kershaw County. They have about 10,000 more residents.)The difference is they handled this with 12 deputies per shift. As a result Lancaster's response times ...

December 26, 2012 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns


Through a lens, lightly

WASHINGTON -- In today's world of social media, where everyone's every little thing is on display, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time when exhibitionism wasn't ubiquitous and was, in fact, not admired.

December 26, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Getting through the holidays

This is turning out to be one of the tougher holidays for a lot of Americans. The economy continues to be a problem as we nervously wait to see if we'll go over a fiscal cliff, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has cast a pall over the holiday spirit.

December 24, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Was it really Santa Claus?

Childhood is a wonderful time! A small child really believes he or she could "catch a falling start and put it … in a pocket." Nothing is impossible. Also, the warmth of love and acceptance comes from family and friends. Nowhere are the problems of finance or payment. Some children even tell their parents, when told they are big boys or girls, "I don't want to grow up." Even the story Peter Pan concerns a group of children who fly off with Peter, who has never had to grow up.

December 24, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A ‘right to’ words that work

Words have power. If anyone wonders whether conservatives have taken the lead in effective political catch phrases, the term "right to work" should remove all doubt.

December 24, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Shhhhhhhhhh...

WASHINGTON -- It is a conundrum of wordsmiths that sometimes events are so horrible that words escape us. Bereft of the tools of our trade, we are left with what is perhaps the only appropriate response to something as heart-stopping as the massacre of children: silence.

December 24, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


After Newtown: Will we finally act?

Do not turn your eyes from the horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children, their teachers and aides, their school principal shot repeatedly, in some cases beyond recognition, by a 20-year-old wielding a semiautomatic assault weapon.

December 21, 2012 | Rev. Jesse Jackson Chicago Tribune | Columns


A WWII Christmas story

Every six or eight years I relate to you a Christmas story first told to me by Max Ford. Here goes:

December 21, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


KershawHealth Centennial

(The following is the second portion of Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson's keynote speech at the Baruch Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 15, 2012. Further portions of the speech will be printed in later editions of this column.)

December 21, 2012 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Are gender-neutral toys the right fit?

A 13-year-old girl from New Jersey has campaigned to get the makers of Easy-Bake Oven to put gender-neutral colored ovens on the market.

December 21, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Un-hitching the middle class

WASHINGTON -- As politicians compete to prove who loves the middle class more, they're missing the elephant and the donkey in the room.

December 19, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Blue Devils, Wolfpack will set pace in ACC

If there's one thing that will be true this year in ACC basketball, it's that the Duke Blue Devils will be aiming to avoid another upset to the likes of Lehigh University. After being knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round last year by the Mountain Hawks, Duke will be moving into conference play with a purpose, hoping to show teams they're legit contenders.

December 19, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


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Another tale from the Pulitzers

A Facebook post by a friend of mine reminded me that there was another Pulitzer Prize winner I wanted to mention last week.

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Murder while you watch

WASHINGTON -- The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable.

April 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Salute to our armed forces

As Americans, we have several opportunities to celebrate the military members who stand and defend our great nation every day. Memorial Day. Armed Forces Day ...

April 21, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Preservation can be a lengthy process

You may have seen signs stating "Preservation in Progress" around the first floor of the historic Robert Mills Courthouse. Unfortunately, weather events over the past ...

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


Darwin is watching: reprise

By now, everyone knows the Darwin Awards -- honorable mentions given to people, posthumously of course, who have died while doing bizarrely stupid things, thus taking ...

April 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Naked self-interest

Another week, another heretical speaker bullied and physically intimidated on an illiberal college campus.

April 18, 2017 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Still dressing up for Easter

It's funny how someone's opinion or a story will stick with you, how it will trail like a mist of a cloud over ...

April 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


EOC: overdue for reform or elimination

In addition to other weighty issues, this year's General Assembly is discussing whether or not the state superintendent of education should be appointed by ...

April 18, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Small papers can do big things

As of 2015, there were 1,331 daily newspapers. That includes dailies in smaller communities, but the vast number of "small" communities is where weekly ...

April 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Low rent for big bucks

WASHINGTON -- Despite recent revelations that Fox News and anchor Bill O'Reilly had settled five complaints of sexual harassment against him to the tune of ...

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


Going off the grid

One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer. An hour later with still no ...

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


A teacher, a family and a state

This column is about three stories -- about a teacher, a family and a state. They are both historic and modern. But they are really about ...

April 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


'You will be assimilated...'

If you watched 60 Minutes Sunday, you might have seen the latest scare piece about how Silicon Valley is working very hard to warp and ...

April 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The tractor

It was time for spring cleaning around the Rondarosa which seems to always start with a ton of limbs, twigs and branches that have fallen ...

April 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My brain on NASCAR

It is an awful feeling, and in the manner of grim surprises since the beginning of time, you never see it coming.

April 11, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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