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The Little Red-Haired Girl lives in Boston

She didn't know before I wrote this, but there's a woman in Boston who I've long thought of as my Little Red-Haired Girl. (My mother nicknamed me Charlie Brown for a while, so...)

November 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Can we do it again?

Several years ago, I struck up a friendship with a reader named LaTrelle. It began because she was on the mailing list of my weekly newsletter so she'd often reply with her thoughts and comments on what I had written.

November 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


We will never forget

Regardless of the small percentage called to serve and protect our nation, it is probably reasonable to assume that most of us know someone who has served or is serving in our military, whether the service member is part of our family, our neighborhood, our circle of friends. Because Veterans Day this year falls on a Saturday, the national holiday will be observed on November 10, a week from today.

November 03, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


How politically correct can you be?

In my continuing quest to be politically correct, I've been trying to decide what sort of American I am.

November 03, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Happy All Hallows, or some such

Today is Halloween and what better time of the year than now to trot new and exciting banalities at which to become offended?

October 31, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Statuary brawl

WASHINGTON -- Latest to the vandals goes Teddy Roosevelt, whose bronze likeness astride a horse in front of New York's American Museum of Natural History recently received a splash of red paint upon its base.

October 31, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Our fears

In the last month or so, local and national weathermen hourly and daily chronicled over television and in print the paths of hurricanes across portions of the United States, the Caribbean basin and the Gulf of Mexico. One of these hurricanes became very personal for me. You see. It was given my first name, Harvey!

October 31, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Sports programs at CMA

I am often asked if Camden Military Academy offers sports since we are such a small, private school. The answer is an emphatic YES! CMA uses sports to help fill some of the free time of the cadets. In fact, the academy requires all cadets to participate in some type of sports! Cadets have the choice to participate in either interscholastic or intramural sports. It is a belief of Camden Military Academy that in order for a young man to develop fully, participation in athletics is as essential as academic, military and spiritual development.

October 31, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sorry, but taxes are necessary

Life, death, taxes. You know the saying. Taxes are nearly as old as civilization, with historians pointing back to ancient Egypt between 3000 and 2800 BC in the form of either forced labor or tithes. The Persian Empire had a taxation system back around 500 BC. European governments have collected taxes since at least the 17th century, many of which are still in use today.

October 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The cousins

It was a typical Sunday family dinner, all of us fresh from our churches and gathered together for the sake of being together. Conversation bubbled over in six or seven different conversations, a cacophony of various pitches. No one really listens to anyone at these dinners.

October 27, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Oct. 27, 2017

Like different types of music, conversations can have their own distinctive rhythm.

October 27, 2017 | | Columns


What’s in a name?

WASHINGTON -- If there's any redeeming news this week, it's that no one will ever forget La David Johnson's name.

October 27, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Donald, dearest

WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush's speech last week at a forum hosted by his eponymous institute might as well have been titled "Dear Donald." The 43rd president all but called out the current president by name as he lamented the tone and character of today's political rhetoric.

October 24, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What is a ‘no kill’ shelter?

I often find myself engaged in conversation about the no-kill movement. The conversation can either be cringe worthy or one of enlightenment. The term no-kill is often used as a uniting cry to create a movement towards rejecting euthanasia of healthy or treatable pets due to lack of space or a seeming lack of options. No-kill is also used to define a new way of operating shelters and engaging communities in saving lives.

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


How I somehow lost my folks at the South Carolina State Fair

In 1955, at the tender age of 4, my parents decided to take me to my first S.C. State Fair. I remember most of what took place that evening. What I did not remember was comically retold at nearly every family gathering for a decade. One can imagine a tapestry of a young family, under the glitter of the lights. Norman Rockwell could easily have drawn such a scene as our parents watch us happily consume candy apples and cotton candy.

October 24, 2017 | By Rusty Major C-I guest columnist | Columns


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Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

February 20, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as ...

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days ...

February 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball ...

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think ...

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

February 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle ...

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


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

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


Column: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat ...

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


Column: I wrote about it, then suffered it

I've written about the flu here in Kershaw County twice. It seems only fitting I should experience it, right? Well, no, actually I don ...

February 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: #Fairness

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes before the start of President Trump's State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page ...

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


Column: Jazz

In 1903, when historian and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois heralded the Negro spiritual as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side ...

February 09, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A call to civility

"I'm sorry."

February 09, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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