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This is not Mayberry

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Little chance of corporate reform

Conservatives are mightily concerned -- rightly so -- about runaway entitlement spending in this country. Various social programs enacted since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society began in the mid-1960s are at a boiling point.

March 21, 2014 | | Columns


A very big deal: S.C. ranked seventh in digital learning

No, this is not a typo or misprint. No, we did not leave out a number, and South Carolina is not 27th, or 37th or 47th. We are indeed tied for the seventh spot in the country in overall online leaning. Amazing -- but true.

March 19, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Shakespeare speaks the truth

One of my favorite poems of all time is William Shakespeare's "That time of year thou may'st in me behold." It's one of Shakespeare's famous sonnets, one I studied in high school, undergraduate and graduate school. I've always loved it because it's not your typical love poem. It begins, "That time of year thou may'st in me behold/When yellow leaves, or none or few, do hang/Upon those boughs which shake against the cold."

March 19, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Noah’s ark of triumph

WASHINGTON -- There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie.

March 19, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Time to spread some Sunshine again

"Open government is neither a Democratic or Republican issue. It is an American value that we all must uphold." --Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), March 11, 2014, chairing this year's annual Judiciary Committee hearing on government transparency.

March 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The S.C. state superintendent of education

In South Carolina, the State Superintendent of Education's position is an elected office. I suspect having to raise megabucks and participate in South Carolina's hardball politics prevents a lot of very qualified people from running.

March 17, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Looking to help

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying.

March 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ferngate

WASHINGTON -- I must need to smoke pot.

March 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


It’s time to close, and lock, the ‘-gate’

The Watergate scandal. It all started with the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters inside the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and resulted more than two years later in the first resignation by a sitting U.S. President. I was 14 at the time of the break-in and I remember it well. It seemed like that was all that was on the national TV newscasts for that entire two years and beyond. If Hollywood is to be believed, the break-in was first noticed and reported by a simple man from Greenbow, Ala., named Forrest ...

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Southern Charm isn’t charming

I'm not much for reality shows on television, but when I saw an advertisement for Southern Charm, a show set in Charleston, I thought I'd take a look.

March 14, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Wired to connect

Can we fully live without human connectedness? I believe I will rely on researchers at Psychology Today or the like to tackle and decipher all the answers to this tough question, but will safely say in my opinion, a life without human contact would not hold significant worth for most of us. We can attest to this by the relationships, the connectedness we hold with family, friends, with perfect strangers. It is the daily connections we have with our mom, our dad, our sister, our brother, our neighbor, our best friend, our co-worker. It is the guy in front of ...

March 14, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


How ‘bout that?

How 'bout riding in the backseat of a car driven by someone who uses the method of driving where you speed up until you're almost on top of another car and then you hit the brakes hard? How 'bout that indeed?

March 12, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Amazonian adventures

The printed page has been an introduction to dreams and anticipations for me since I was a child. When my Aunt Eva brought a large house and barn from the heirs of a very old spinster woman, I found a treasure trove! Back then, children were not as restrained as they are today with various activities and parents' eyes constantly upon them. The treasure trove was not gold, but a stash of National Geographics, some possibly as old as the magazine itself. When my mother told me reading was a waste of time, the activity took on even more delight ...

March 12, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doing the big hard right thing

We in South Carolina love our history. As William Faulkner said of the South, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

March 12, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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The missing

Thursday marked a tragic sixth anniversary for the people of Saipan, the principal island of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI ...

May 26, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An orb, a sword and a slap

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- By now you're exhausted by all the head-swiveling news -- the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president's trip to Everywhere; and ...

May 26, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pinto beans, cornbread and buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

May 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Pine tree pests and their characteristics

The unofficial start of summer is upon us and with it will come months of high temperatures, periods of no rain and occasional storms accompanied ...

May 26, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Chamber has much to celebrate

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center has a lot to celebrate! On May 12, the chamber hosted its Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony ...

May 23, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good luck, Mr. President?

PALM BEACH - So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar ...

May 23, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

May 23, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Horses, history and a call for help

A Sunday afternoon sitting on the porch talking history, horses and dogs with Janson Cox was almost more than I could ask for. Mr. Cox ...

May 23, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. FOIA is better now

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently underwent some surgery. Things were a little dicey there for a while, but it's doing ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


FOIA reform

It's been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents.

May 19, 2017 | By S.C. Press Executive Director Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


The future of Camden

Former elected officials, namely me, probably have no business writing columns about the city, but many people continue to imagine I can still address what ...

May 19, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


The forgotten fort

Camden is proud of her Revolutionary War heritage. The Battle of Camden and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill play pivotal roles in the history of ...

May 19, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doctor, doctor: part tres

I really dislike going to the doctor.

May 16, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A Trumpian world of shifting reality

WASHINGTON -- Facts aren't facts; truth isn't true; reality isn't real.

May 16, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


City committed to strong infrastructure

Good government is forever working to sustain future prosperity and building for tomorrow. The city budget must always include infrastructure, just as our vision must ...

May 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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