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The writer in you

Over lunch the other day with friends -- all in the newspaper business -- I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

November 18, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


‘Flexibility,’ or throwing the baby out with the bath water?

I've been doing this work for a long time, almost 39 years. I've seen probably every educational fad, movement, silver bullet, innovation, reform, program and change you can think of, and then some. The flavor of the month in South Carolina is elimination of minimum standards and quality control in the name of "flexibility." This "reform" comes up every so often as the grand solution to solve all of our problems. On the surface, it's not a bad concept. But because it's rarely done with some level of measure or common sense, it usually falls on ...

November 18, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Payments deferred

Many of the most important occupations receive the smallest salaries. For example, policemen are notoriously underpaid, as are firefighters. Teachers, entrusted with children, the most valuable items for both the parents and the world, receive the least for the most. I remember my first salary to be $2,785 a year! In spite of the fact that I was certainly better looking, more energetic, idealistic and gullible enough to think all students wanted an education and bringing an "A" diploma and teaching certification, the payment was small in terms of money. However, little did I expect or anticipate that the ...

November 18, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Obamacare’s gift to the GOP

WASHINGTON -- In spite of everything -- the GOP's internal scrimmages, the government shutdown, the party's transparent attempts to derail Obamacare -- Republicans keep getting second chances.

November 15, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Chris Christie in the White House?

Who's become the favorite whipping boy of both the left and the right?

November 15, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Gaga to perform in space

Lady Gaga will be the first artist to perform in space.

November 15, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Hunley submarine replica returning to Camden

A 43-foot-long replica of the H.L. Hunley will return to the Camden Archives and Museum from on Dec. 13 and 14. The replica last appeared in Camden in May 2012.

November 15, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Celebrity blues

One of my friends was griping to me recently about "the problem with my generation." He's slightly older than me and enjoys lecturing me every now and again on the troubles of the youth of America today. He said the problem with my generation is that we believe everything we see on YouTube.

November 13, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


A sorry state of affairs

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist.

November 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fixing our elections

In many places in South Carolina, we just finished with our local elections. And, as usual, we are now hearing folks talking about what's wrong with our election system.

November 13, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Legality and laughter

Contrary to the opinion of most people, schools have always had to serve all types of people. In fact, I remember a lawyer and legislator who was appalled when I suggested that drivers' licenses be taken from young people who broke the law instead of having them pick up trash when their parents could not or, wisely, would not pay their fines.

November 11, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A museum I’d want to be a part of

I may just have to look for part-time living accommodations back up in the Washington, D.C., area. Why in the world -- or, more precisely, why in the whole universe -- would I want to subject myself to living up there, even part-time?

November 11, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Last Lap

Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called The Last Lap. It is now 15 years old, but tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock car racers.

November 11, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Front steps

The small boat slid quietly from the soft, muddy bank and righted herself in the anxious waters of Lake Moultrie. She was eager for this return to her element and the buoyancy made her feel at home as she waited patiently for her crew and belongings to be gathered and stowed. Feet and hands clamored aboard and small eyes became big with anticipation. They were on a short journey, some 75 years in the making, to the old house at the bottom of the lake.

November 08, 2013 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A new Sound of Music

What do you get when you combine one of today's most electrifying performers with the grandest, most phenomenal, sappiest sound track of all time?

November 08, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


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Say 'no' to H. 3931

Where does your tax money go?

March 28, 2017 | By Jay Bender, S.C. Press Association attorney C-I guest columnist | Columns


Governing by ultimatum

WASHINGTON -- In a week that felt like a month, Americans got a clear view of Donald Trump's governing style and also of his fabled ...

March 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Two strangers linked forever

Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as ...

March 28, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Military veteran continues to save lives

"It takes a village" to save unwanted pets in our community and there are large and small roles available for everyone. Disabled army veteran Elizabeth ...

March 28, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


So, this is middle age?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, you are considered middle aged if you are between 45 and 65 years old.

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Neil Gorsuch steals the week

WASHINGTON -- Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States.

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


Asthma, allergies and tree sex...

Welcome to spring! For many people this is their favorite time of year, for many others it is a miserable time of year. According to ...

March 24, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Oh, if only I were king for a day

If only I were king for a day! That's a phrase declared by people who believe they can solve a problem if given the ...

March 24, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I guest columnist | Columns


Bob Vila does not live here ...

And I can prove it.

March 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Workforce is number one business concern

The number one concern of businesses considering coming to central South Carolina, and therefore, Kershaw County, is workforce. Mike Briggs, President and CEO of the ...

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


The downtown duck pond

In 1798, a committee composed of James Kershaw, John Kershaw, William Lang, James Chesnut and Samuel Mathis surveyed the land which would be called "The ...

March 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Paying for enrollment growth

Kershaw County is growing, to be sure. The County's "Vision 2030" Plan, a very thorough and visionary document, contains a projection that the population ...

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


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Irish among us

As the first Grand Marshall of the -- I hope annual -- Montessori Leprechaun Parade, I'm thinking today might offer an opportunity to comment on the ...

March 17, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


A perfect place to enjoy S.C.

If ever there is a perfect place to enjoy South Carolina, it is here, right here in Camden. Our hometown is quintessential Southern. We have ...

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


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