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A look in alternative mirrors

When I was very young, up to perhaps early junior high, I wanted to be a doctor. I thought it would be neat (and, even then, I probably thought profitable) to be a physician. I imagined myself being the kind of doctor kids would love to see -- the kind who would make even getting shots not so bad.

April 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shutdown showdown

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President.

April 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dying oceans and home rule

Over the 40 years I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife's political antenna. When she says something about a politician or an issue, I have learned that it's best to pay attention.

April 28, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parks are important and necessary

Growing up, I was fortunate to live on a cul-de-sac, which was next to 10 acres of woods. All of us kids would spend hours during the summer in those woods; the girls would play with their Barbies, the guys would play with their G.I. Joes and make bike paths and jump ramps. I suppose that's where my love of the outdoors and trees first sprouted -- as well as my knowledge of poison ivy!

April 28, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Keeping the county working for you

This whole recent focus on a certain airline treating a passenger as "The Incredible Hulk" did with Loki in the movie fight scene has confirmed my conviction: organizations can act like idiots – especially when they forget the fundamentals.

April 25, 2017 | By Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Kudzu and change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been battling to gain the upper hand of the rapidly growing plant since the 1800s.

April 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The cousin towns

It is a well-known fact that Joseph Kershaw designed and laid out the two-phase plan of Camden. He designed our fair city based upon the Philadelphia town plan, with wide streets placed on a grid and interspersed with open public squares. What we Camden residents may not remember is that he also was involved in the design of another of South Carolina's charming Old English District towns -- Cheraw.

April 25, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A sad lesson about dogs and mold toxicity

Doing the right thing is rarely easy. This month we're focusing on a foster dog's story that includes an important lesson for all pet owners. It's not a happy story, but it's a story that should be told. Her story may help to save another life.

April 25, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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. Veterans Day. But, none are better than having the opportunity to celebrate with our military members on a local level. Camden is so fortunate to have active duty military members, veterans, aspiring military members and retired military members living in the community. And, Camden is fortunate to have Ft. Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base and Joint Base McEntire in such close proximity, as well as Camden Military Academy.

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 two years have caused damage at the courthouse and some of you may be wondering why the damage hasn't been fixed promptly. I have learned very quickly that preservation is a process and sometimes progress is slow.

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 themselves out of the gene pool and improving our overall species.

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 your head. It's a story that hasn't changed my behavior, but it certainly gives me pause to think of dressing for Easter in another way.

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