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Trump right to focus on manufacturing

I recently read an op-ed from Paul Krugman titled, "Why don't all jobs matter?" In the article, Krugman took issue with President Trump's focus on manufacturing-related jobs. Taking issue with Trump is expected from writers like Krugman, but he shows he does not understand economic development when he equates the importance of manufacturing jobs to all other jobs. For balance, I will first say, of course, all jobs matter and there are steps supported by both Trump and others, such as Bernie Sanders that could be taken to help support jobs in all sectors. The popular sales tax ...

May 02, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Major, major, biggly biggly, enough, enough

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump couldn't be more relieved than this columnist for the end of the blasted first 100 days.

May 02, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Maxine, the Bible and the gun

Maxine, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman. She's exceedingly feminine, gracious, charming and tough as nails under her soft skin. Everyone who knows her loves her.

May 02, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A part represents the whole in WWII service

If one eats a slice from a chocolate cake, he expects the whole cake to have a chocolate taste. If we examine the records of servicemen during WWII from a rural school district in Kershaw County, could we expect this "slice" to be similar to the remainder of the county or perhaps even similar to the state and nation? Suppose we put this hypothesis to a test.

May 02, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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


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Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their ...

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


Alexander Young

From 1807 until his death in 1856, Camden was the home of an extraordinarily talented and intelligent individual named Alexander Young. He was born on ...

July 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 21, 2017

On July 8, under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won his third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, although in this ...

July 21, 2017 | | Columns


Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular of presidents sometimes do great things.

July 18, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

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


A very good year!

Once the end of the school year arrives and the dust settles a bit, we are in full planning mode for the coming year, and ...

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


Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


We were told there’d be dirt

WASHINGTON -- That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother ...

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


The joy of a good mud hole

It's hard to find a good mud hole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

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


Coding movement sweeping the world, nation and state

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding ...

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


Lessons from a ‘local’

Recently, during a visit to Gorges State Park in the North Carolina mountains, I was privileged to see an amazing, rare and, yes, somewhat unnerving ...

July 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump's lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that ...

July 11, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New life at Mather

I recently visited the new Cedarbrook apartment community and quickly realized it is perfectly suited to bring new life to the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property.

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


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