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Moment of Nature - June 28, 2013

Summertime is traditionally a time of outdoor fun and fellowship. Its unofficial beginning is marked by Memorial Day weekend with the recognition of and thanks to those who have served our country. This is quickly followed by congratulations and celebrations of high school and college graduations. Now that the weather has warmed up and it's here to stay, everyone is out and about with landscape improvements, backyard barbeques, block parties, boating at the lake or just hanging out on the front porch. Through it all we have opportunities to visit with family, friends and especially neighbors who perhaps we ...

June 28, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The heartache of Gettysburg

A hundred and 50 years ago next Tuesday, chaos descended on the small market town of Gettysburg, Pa.

June 28, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Jury of peers

WASHINGTON -- The headlines were immediate: all-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial.

June 26, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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


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Parker: Wife of the party

WASHINGTON -- The life of the wife of a presidential candidate can sometimes be like the government. Taxing.

May 06, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Tatum: The world keeps turning

If I were a bit more of a religious man, I might be seriously worrying about the end of the world here.

May 06, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cahn: What now, Baltimore?

Six Baltimore, Md., police officers are facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American resident who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury while being arrested April 12.

May 04, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Historical Society Column - May 4, 2015

When the 15th and 17th Corps of Sherman's Army entered Kershaw District on February 23, 1865, at Peay's Ferry on the Wateree River west of Liberty Hill, then crossed the district in three days, and were poised to exit it on Lynches River at Young's Bridge, Tillers Ferry and Kelly's Bridge, locally the war was all but over.

May 04, 2015 | | Columns


Rich: Tink and the chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get him out of my hair.

May 04, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Tucker: The raw boys of summer

Baseball and cursing have been a pair since the first days of the game.

May 01, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Fear of free speech

WASHINGTON -- True words are often said in jest, it has long been said. But a harsher idiom has been taking shape in recent years: Jest is becoming the only way to express truth.

May 01, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: Protesters versus those who riot

I like to write my weekly column on humorous topics when possible. During my months here, I've managed to sprinkle in some stories of goofy things that have happened in my life and there are more I would love to convey to you. I'm probably not as funny as I sometimes think I am, but those are still the kinds of musings I prefer.

May 01, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Scully: In the community

I wanted to share with you selections from recent speeches I delivered in and around Camden, two on April 11 and one on April 18.

May 01, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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