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Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Me Inc. offers plenty of dividends

WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."

July 30, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The legend of Lloyd Seay

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


51 days in a car with boys

If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.

July 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The hand that rocks the ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women -- the so-called "Beyoncé voter" demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.

July 23, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


S.C., immigration and ‘Us vs. Them’

First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact.

July 23, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Developing the FEP Phase 2 referendum

Phase 1

July 21, 2014 | | Columns


S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Impeaching the president

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.

July 18, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Finding inspiration in new planets

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced this week that scientists using its Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a total of seven roughly Earth-sized ...

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The community dipper

Many years ago, out of nostalgia mostly, I ordered a dipper from a local hardware store. If you're younger than 30, you might not ...

February 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Naming a new KCSO K9

Chase, Shark, Skye, Charlie, Mario, Amigo, Sonic, Crush, Blackie, Rags and Bones. Get-him, Safie, Hunter, Kersh.

February 24, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An extraordinary family

"You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air ...

February 24, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


A failure to communicate

WASHINGTON -- To sum up President Trump's first month in office, he has exceeded everyone's expectations.

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


We need to tone down the hysteria

Is anyone else hearing Michael Stipe from REM singing, "It's the end of the world as we know it?" The reaction to President Trump ...

February 21, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I guest columnist | Columns


Chamber plan identifies goals

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine De Saint Exupery

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


What happens in Columbia matterse

I feel like a broken record (there's an archaic cultural reference for you) every year when I say this, but what happens in the ...

February 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dispatchers, EMS are heroes, too

After writing up my recent stories on 3-year-old Brayden, the little boy who survived a drowning incident several weeks ago, I received an email from ...

February 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Meet Rick. Meet the football. Hike!

WASHINGTON -- By now a few million Americans have met "Rick," the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear "football" for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago ...

February 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


World War II in Camden

of another world war. The First Army held their second 1941 field maneuvers in Camden. Their first attempt to prepare the Army for the possibility ...

February 17, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mayor forms econ development task force

For more than 300 years, together as one, we have successfully addressed numerous challenges here in our beautiful and historic city of Camden. We have ...

February 17, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cupid, take back your bow

Here we go again.

February 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Gator

A while back, we were in Canada for a movie that was filming there. One night, the shooting lasted until late so it was about ...

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


What’s gonna happen in 2000s?

Ever since the 1980s began, I've been counting down to the new century.

February 14, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


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