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Column: Free press, free people

Donald J. Trump is a bully and a thug. I could tell you he is a liar, but you and everyone else in America -- even his Republican minions in Congress, know that already.

August 10, 2018 | Jay Bender, S.C. Press Association Attorney C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: The clothes line

When Hurricane Irma unleashed her callousness on the Rondarosa, it was hard to see the trees, decades old, fall.

August 10, 2018 | Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Here's to you

Bill Basden, Professor Baldwin, Booger Pierce, Hutch, Louise Boykin, Daddy Mac, John Villepegue, Coota Montgomery, Tina DuVal, Miss Ada, Big Daddy, Miss Salmond, Red, Mr. Richards and Ruby Dominca Lindler Zimmerman. These mentors are weavers of a community legacy. This list is one of a few individuals who may have impacted your life or those of your family members.

August 10, 2018 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Just the facts

Ronald Reagan created the mantra, "Let's Make America Great Again" for his 1980 presidential campaign, a point of view we are now repeating -- and repeating. The fact is, this country and this world have never been greater, unquestionably for women, children, minorities, and in no particular order, science and the arts, invention, technology, general health and life expectancy -- time to smell the roses. And the data.

August 10, 2018 | Tony Scully | Columns


Trump and Putin’s do-si-do

WASHINGTON -- It's a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war.

August 07, 2018 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Lay-by?

One often finds references to the term "lay-by" in historical works, in literary writings, in songs, in educational materials, etc. What is its origin and what does it mean? Does it have present day meaning and significance?

August 07, 2018 | Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


They never had their marbles

I can stand on the brick patio Dad laid down in the 1980s and show you right where we boys shot marbles. There in the 1950s, long before the bricks came along, we'd scratch a circle into the ground, fill it with marbles, and shoot 'em out. We didn't complicate things with fancy words. We just threw our marbles into the ring and took turns shooting. If a buddy knocked your marble out, it was his. We played for keeps.

August 07, 2018 | Tom Poland | Columns


Column: Under the roadbed

About 15 years ago, former Camden City Councilman Nick Lampshire asked me to meet him in the KFC parking lot on East DeKalb Street. It was a little of an unusual request -- he usually dropped into our offices on the other side of downtown when he wanted to talk about something.

August 03, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Spirit invades body, wreaks havoc

The channelization business, where the spirit of somebody who has been dead for thousands of years moves into your body and starts talking out of your mouth, may be new and exciting to people like Shirley MacLaine, but not to me.

August 03, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Column: The pulse, the beat

I would have to say I believe the most precious assets in our lives are living in ways and by actions that fill us with love, happiness and good health. We don't all use the same formula responsible for securing these valuable commodities, but I imagine we rank them extremely important. Regardless of what we accomplish and accumulate over the course of our time on earth, we are unable to take it with us. We all know this. Is it not our relationships with others, our human connectedness that strongly contribute to this wealth? Our personal bonds bring profound ...

August 03, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Uncle Rudy rattles the rafters

WASHINGTON -- Thank God for Uncle Rudy.

August 03, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: What Irma wrought

When Hurricane Irma was closing in on coastal Georgia, it never occurred to us that the Rondarosa, located more than an hour's drive north of Atlanta, would be vulnerable to its viciousness.

July 31, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: It wasn’t plastic

The year was 1958. On a cutting board beside a white enamel sink, Mom pounded fresh red cube steak with a green Coca Cola bottle, tenderizing a tough cut of meat. On other days she used that bottle capped with a perforated top to sprinkle water across white cotton shirts. As she ironed, the crisp fragrance of steaming cotton filled the kitchen. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Coke bottle wasn't going to end up in a stream, lake, or the sea.

July 31, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Still waiting on some answers

Since the news broke in May of former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) administrative assistant Sam Connell's arrest for allegedly embezzling no more than $10,000 from a sex offender registry fund, I've been trying to get answers to all sorts of questions.

July 27, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: S.C. looks good on fiscal transparency

My office was pleased to receive national attention recently for our efforts to shed light on how your tax dollars are spent.

July 27, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


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Column: Weird news is the new normal

It's like they say: No matter where you go, there you are.

November 13, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Rural Route One

When I was a child growing up, our address was simply Rural Route One. Our road had no proper name and, for the first five ...

November 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Relief is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning ...

November 13, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Paula’s journey -- Part Two

Paula suffered agoraphobia early in life. This anxiety disorder makes you fear and avoid places or situations that might induce panic and feeling trapped, helpless ...

November 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: The election

Election Day 2018 turned into one of the more interesting mid-term elections of recent memory.

November 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Consider Antigua

Summer vacation may be over, but it is always the right time of year to travel somewhere new. For a long weekend, we're lucky ...

November 09, 2018 | By Stuart Pennebaker C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Remember Khashoggi

WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got -- Donald Trump is still president.

November 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Paula's journey, Part One

When you see glistening oyster beds what comes to mind? An oyster roast? A mucky, perilous place? A driveway white with sun-bleached shells? Well, some ...

November 09, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Today is the day

For what it's worth, today is the big day. Election day. A moment for major change, a repudiation of an evil direction and intent ...

November 06, 2018 | | Columns


Column: The praying place

It was back in the summer, when the sun hung high and hot in the sky and the droplets of humidity fell like unwanted drops ...

November 06, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Our prince of scribes

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- As the famed author Pat Conroy began his journey from this earth two years ago, he might have dreamed of weekends like ...

November 06, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker | Columns


Column: The customer and the power company

When I was growing up on our family farm in the Cassatt Community, 1938-46, the Duke Power Company had high tension electric lines mounted on ...

November 06, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Column: Shalom

I was born Jewish, but haven't been in a synagogue since at least the 1990s. I've considered myself a secular Jew: someone who ...

November 02, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Southern Doo Dads

The female mosquito is the one which bites you and she is attracted to carbon dioxide. Have you ever put Windex on a bug bite ...

November 02, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: That hidden beach world

I just returned from eight days at what some call the North Coast. That would be the stretch of coastline along Highway 17 that runs ...

November 02, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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