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Reading makes you well-rounded

The British newspaper Independent recently published an article titled "32 books that will make you a well-rounded person." The author was one of the publication's business reporters, Catherine Rice, so I'm not sure how ... um ... literally (yes, I know, you're groaning) I should take the list. In fact, a lot of people commenting on the article's webpage basically called it rubbish.

May 05, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A confederacy of dictators

WASHINGTON -- It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president's ear.

May 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


County nuggets

The brand new Studebaker had a 40 gallon gas tank. In the early 1950s, a nice gentleman stopped at the Gulf station in Cassatt for a fill-up and the locals said the affable man stated he was traveling U.S. 1 from New York to Florida, where he was looking at various business opportunities. Walt Disney thanked everyone for their courtesy and then headed south.

May 05, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden Military Academy is a hidden gem

Like many of you, I grew up in Camden and I love my historic, picturesque community. However, I never really paid much attention or knew much about a hidden jewel in our community: Camden Military Academy.

May 05, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Trump right to focus on manufacturing

I recently read an op-ed from Paul Krugman titled, "Why don't all jobs matter?" In the article, Krugman took issue with President Trump's focus on manufacturing-related jobs. Taking issue with Trump is expected from writers like Krugman, but he shows he does not understand economic development when he equates the importance of manufacturing jobs to all other jobs. For balance, I will first say, of course, all jobs matter and there are steps supported by both Trump and others, such as Bernie Sanders that could be taken to help support jobs in all sectors. The popular sales tax ...

May 02, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Major, major, biggly biggly, enough, enough

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump couldn't be more relieved than this columnist for the end of the blasted first 100 days.

May 02, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Maxine, the Bible and the gun

Maxine, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman. She's exceedingly feminine, gracious, charming and tough as nails under her soft skin. Everyone who knows her loves her.

May 02, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A part represents the whole in WWII service

If one eats a slice from a chocolate cake, he expects the whole cake to have a chocolate taste. If we examine the records of servicemen during WWII from a rural school district in Kershaw County, could we expect this "slice" to be similar to the remainder of the county or perhaps even similar to the state and nation? Suppose we put this hypothesis to a test.

May 02, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


A look in alternative mirrors

When I was very young, up to perhaps early junior high, I wanted to be a doctor. I thought it would be neat (and, even then, I probably thought profitable) to be a physician. I imagined myself being the kind of doctor kids would love to see -- the kind who would make even getting shots not so bad.

April 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shutdown showdown

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President.

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


Dying oceans and home rule

Over the 40 years I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife's political antenna. When she says something about a politician or an issue, I have learned that it's best to pay attention.

April 28, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parks are important and necessary

Growing up, I was fortunate to live on a cul-de-sac, which was next to 10 acres of woods. All of us kids would spend hours during the summer in those woods; the girls would play with their Barbies, the guys would play with their G.I. Joes and make bike paths and jump ramps. I suppose that's where my love of the outdoors and trees first sprouted -- as well as my knowledge of poison ivy!

April 28, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Keeping the county working for you

This whole recent focus on a certain airline treating a passenger as "The Incredible Hulk" did with Loki in the movie fight scene has confirmed my conviction: organizations can act like idiots – especially when they forget the fundamentals.

April 25, 2017 | By Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Kudzu and change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been battling to gain the upper hand of the rapidly growing plant since the 1800s.

April 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The cousin towns

It is a well-known fact that Joseph Kershaw designed and laid out the two-phase plan of Camden. He designed our fair city based upon the Philadelphia town plan, with wide streets placed on a grid and interspersed with open public squares. What we Camden residents may not remember is that he also was involved in the design of another of South Carolina's charming Old English District towns -- Cheraw.

April 25, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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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


What I wish my graduation speaker had said

At the end of this month, our high school seniors will be walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. High school graduation is a ...

May 16, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sheheen’s message is the right one

(I am turning over my column today to a transcript of State Sen. Vincent Sheheen's speech to the 2017 Class of Junior Leadership Kershaw ...

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Adjust your headlamp

Two weeks ago on a trail found somewhere between the middle of nowhere and a dense forest, 67 passionate, energetic hikers began a 30-mile walk ...

May 12, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Do-right women in a do-wrong world

WASHINGTON -- For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope.

May 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fire good: reprise

I recently bit the bullet and did something I've been meaning to do for about two years now.

May 09, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The win-win twins

WASHINGTON -- Actors Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump are like twins separated at birth. Both became rich and famous -- by hook in one case and by ...

May 09, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mother's Day 2017

Tink and I stopped by to see my niece, Nicole, and somehow the conversation got around to the adventure I had, on my own, followed ...

May 09, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Remembering our fallen heroes

On April 25, our city council and mayor pro tem Deborah H. Davis proclaimed the week of May 14-20, 2017, as Police Week in the ...

May 09, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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