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Distracting ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval of time for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led nowhere.

October 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic.

October 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Join the team for child car safety

Our children are the most precious parts of our lives. My own kids mean the world to me, and not too long ago I was blessed with one of the most important titles I've ever had: "Granddaddy!" With this joy of children in mind, I'd like to steal the spotlight of your family dinner conversation tonight and ask you to discuss the topic of child vehicle safety. It's imperative that everyone visit and re-visit this topic, as technology, travel, recreation, and materials change and advance with every breakthrough and discovery. To start off, I'd like to ...

October 10, 2017 | By Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Country store memories

Each time the big rock hears a rooster crow, it spins completely around.

October 10, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

October 06, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


I think not…

Most of us awoke Monday morning to the horrific news coming out of Las Vegas of a lone gunman killing 59 people at a country music concert Sunday night. The incredibly sad and tragic event continues to dominate our conversations and the news. How could it not? If it hasn't affected you directly, surely it has indirectly, moving anyone with a heartbeat in a deeply emotional way. We have heard story after story of people dying in their loved one's arms; friends saving friends as they ran for cover from the spray of bullets; strangers driving as many ...

October 06, 2017 | Paula Joseph | Columns


The people of the mills

In his book "The Most They Ever Had," the Southern writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg writes, "As a boy, I was a little afraid of the people of the mills. They had the look of a people who had not lived as much as endured it, as if they had walked out of a fire."

October 06, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Just a guy and the search for meaning

WASHINGTON -- The horror, the horror.

October 06, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Stranger than strange

WASHINGTON -- The political resurrection of Alabama's Roy Moore -- the Moses of the South -- and the mortal end of Hugh Hefner are not entirely unrelated.

October 03, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Good journalism is real

Fake news. It's a phrase that became the most memorable takeaway from Election 2016 and the political hangover that still resonates today. It should come as no surprise that Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed the 2016 word of the year to be "post-truth," an appropriate adjective for an era in which some news consumers are less concerned with whether or not something is true than they are with how it makes them feel.

October 03, 2017 | Dr. Tom Reichert C-I guest columnist | Columns


Science fiction or documentary?

"History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…" Blue Oyster Cult, "Godzilla"

October 03, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Henry P. Kendall, collector

Along Camden's eastern border flows Little Pine Tree Creek. A textile mill and lake named Wateree had been located on that creek since 1899. In 1916, Henry P. Kendall, an industrialist from Massachusetts, purchased this mill and thereafter it became known as the Kendall Mill and lake. He purchased a home in Camden called the Sycamores in 1924 and lived there for 35 years until his death in 1959.

October 03, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Where the real journalism is

Next week, Oct. 1-7, is National Newspaper Week.

September 29, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rocket Man and Dotard in Toontown

WASHINGTON -- Pity the Pacific, a portion of which faces ultimate destruction should "Rocket Man" follow through on his reported threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the ocean in response to recent anti-North Korea comments from President "Dotard."

September 29, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - Sept. 29, 2017

Growing up in New York state, leaf-raking was an annual event and right-of-passage, almost as important as learning how to ride a bicycle. As kids, we made the best of it, raking the leaves into huge piles and then running and jumping onto them, much to my father's disapproval. I don't remember what my dad did with the leaves after we raked, but I can tell you what he should have done and what all of us should be doing with them: using them for mulch.

September 29, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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In a galaxy far, far away…

Tonight, or tomorrow afternoon, my sons and I will see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." As father and sons, we are big Star Wars fans.

December 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An unchanging family

The newspaper was laying on the kitchen island so when I picked it, I flipped it over and glanced over the list of obituaries. I ...

December 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Season’s reason

More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could only find rest in a stable among cattle and ...

December 15, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Women’s rage unleashed

WASHINGTON - That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.

December 15, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

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


A fondness for old gas pumps

Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself ...

December 12, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lead kindly light

Lead Kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead thou me on!

December 12, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

December 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

December 08, 2017 | By Jay Bender C-I guest columnist | Columns


Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a "very small town," I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

December 08, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

December 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

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


Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

December 05, 2017 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

December 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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