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Moment of Nature - May 24, 2013

In countries around the world, the oak tree is the symbol of strength, fortitude and endurance. In the U.S., the oak was designated in 2004 as our national tree. Despite this status as a stalwart of the forest and city alike, oaks in our native and urban ecosystems face tremendous challenges from diseases, insect pests and human-caused disorders.

May 24, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Life and death with the eagles

Last year about this time, I talked with you about how technology is bringing the magic of nature -- specifically, the majesty of American's symbol, the bald eagle – into our living rooms.

May 24, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

A trifecta with little payout

WASHINGTON -- Folks, deep breath time. This is not the end of the Obama presidency. It's a bad stretch with an unfortunate confluence of unfortunate events. None of which will make the first paragraph -- not even the first page -- of the account of the Obama administration in the history books.

May 22, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

A short vocabulary lesson

This past weekend, I had the rare, but always enjoyable, visit from my grandparents. I don't know about you, but anytime I have the opportunity to spend time with them I learn something new; sometimes about myself, sometimes about life, but always it's something.

May 22, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns

Landscape, architectural history professor visits Camden

Camden welcomed an extraordinary visitor and new friend last week: Nina Antonetti, an "urbanist." She's been teaching about cities at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., for the last 15 years.

May 22, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Not such strange bedfellows

WASHINGTON -- Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt -- the benighted Mainstream Media.

May 20, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Seniors reflect

I meet with a lot of groups and committees over the course of the year, and I think it's important for me to do so. One of my favorite groups is Student Cabinet, which is comprised of student government leaders from each of our high schools. We meet four times a year over lunch. What I love and value about students is that they don't hesitate to tell you what's on their minds, but they're also very open to hearing other points of view. Meeting with these students always makes me feel very confident about the ...

May 20, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns

A matter of conscience:

In 1929, my family moved from Chesterfield County to a farm adjoining the farm of Donald Holland's parents in the Cassatt community. I was a year old at the time but before many years passed, Donald and I established a friendship lasting until Donald's passing in 2003.

May 20, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal C-I guest columnist | Columns

When DOJ targets press, we all lose

To say I was stunned was putting it mildly. I was shocked to learn about the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision to seize phone records belonging to the Associated Press (AP). The C-I does not belong to the AP; I have never written for the service. That doesn't negate my outrage at DOJ's actions.

May 20, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Fredericksburg Township explored

Our grand city of Camden is a beautifully preserved town laid out in an 18th century plan devised by Joseph Kershaw. We are proud of our historic homes and buildings, carefully placed public parks, wide streets, and beautiful trees. So it is easy to forget that this was not the original plan for the "town" that was to develop in this area of South Carolina. The original plan was a part of the "Township Scheme" put together by colonial Governor Robert Johnson and enacted in 1730 by the Board of Trade in London.

May 17, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns

What was the IRS thinking?

Well, this is a fine mess.

May 17, 2013 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns

Are we willing to pay for increased public safety?

Kershaw County public safety is at a crossroads. The sheriff's office is greatly understaffed and deputies are compensated for their mandatory overtime work by an antiquated and grossly unfair payment system. The solicitor's office is working with half the staff it needs to properly prosecute the cases it receives every month and the jail is barely able to keep sufficient staff to meet state standards.

May 15, 2013 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns

Benghazi redacted

WASHINGTON -- Mistakes were made.

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

Gatsby? What Gatsby?

If there's anything I've learned in life thus far it is that the book is always better than the movie. I'm sure there are some exceptions to this but I have yet to encounter them. Regardless of how the movie version of a beloved novel or series turns out, I've always still had respect for directors who attempt to bring the book to life on the silver screen as long as they still manage or at least attempt to capture the feeling the book left its readers when viewers of the movie leave the theatre. I ...

May 15, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns

Another view of Plan B

In "Getting it wrong about Plan B," Ruth Marcus ends her column by stating that the debate over the proposed Plan B policy "isn't about the government coming between parents and children or society condoning teen sex. It's about preventing teen pregnancy."

May 13, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Columns

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Parker: Don’t do it, Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON -- The worst job in the world, it turns out, isn't the U.S. presidency but speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Rich: A childhood friend and lesson

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same ...

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Noble: Race, guns, culture and change

I love South Carolina and the South -- I really do. And I consider myself a reasonably serious student of our history and culture.

October 13, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Arrants: The impact of cats - Part 2

(This is the second in a two-part series on the impact of cats on the natural world. In the first installment -- which elicited several comments ...

October 09, 2015 | By Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns

National Newspaper Week highlights power of the press

The power of the press should never be underestimated and must never be abused.

October 09, 2015 | By Jim Zachary C-I guest columnist | Columns

Cahn: ‘Disasters’ I’ve lived through, or missed

I've been very lucky.

October 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: A Rose for racial reconciliation

OXFORD, Md. -- Long before there was a "Black Lives Matter" movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose -- an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago ...

October 09, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Joseph: The sun will shine

After the storm, comes the sun. No matter how dark it gets, the sun will shine again. Or perhaps we should say, no matter how ...

October 09, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns

Tatum: By the time you read this...

...I will be long gone. Out of sight; out of mind; not a moment too soon. It's vacation time and boy do My Beloved ...

October 06, 2015 | | Columns

Parker: The GOP (New) McCarthyism

WASHINGTON -- The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the ...

October 06, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Rich: Collecting stories by talking to everyone

Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

October 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Teal: Hard Times Café changes owners

A few months ago, Steven and Jessica Mooneyhan of Cassatt purchased the Hard Times Café from H.C. Robinson. H.C.'s customer base has ...

October 06, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns

Rogers: In age of misinformation, newspaper media shines

It's National Newspaper Week and our theme this year is The Power of the Press.

October 06, 2015 | By Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


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