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Column: Jazz

In 1903, when historian and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois heralded the Negro spiritual as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side of the seas, the singular spiritual heritage of the nation, he had little idea of the cultural hurricane and the resulting tsunami that heritage would engender. Spirituals proved to be the bedrock beginnings of jazz, the most transformative music of the last hundred years. Jazz, originally "jass" from the Irish word "teas" -- pronounced "chass" or "jass" -- meaning heat, passion, excitement, has marked the world we live in with its ever evolving intellectual and emotional charge.

February 09, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: A call to civility

"I'm sorry."

February 09, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Creeping up on a creepy holiday

Valentine's Day will soon be here and chances are, hapless guys all over America will be in the doghouse one way or another on that special, special day.

February 06, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Column: The legend of Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker was the most memorable kid in my first grade class. I spent 12 years matriculating with Bobby, but it was in the first months of those school years that he carved an impression on me that would always bring a smile or gentle laugh when I remembered him.

February 06, 2018 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Column: Teach them to be loud...

Last week, a former physician for the American gymnastics team, who is not worthy of being named, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for the molestation of young, aspiring athletes under his care dating back as far back as 1997. It is truly difficult to understand the shocking number of gymnasts this trusted team doctor was able to abuse, a number that has reached a disturbing 265 with the sad likelihood of growing. Dozens of parents were in court as their children testified about the abuse. Wiping away tears, mothers and fathers stood silently, stoically in support ...

February 06, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Connections between Thomas X Roads and Camden

If you journey north out of Camden on Stagecoach Road, you pass Goodale State Park. About 10 miles farther, you will cross a road that leads to Cassatt three miles away on U.S. 1. Next, you will traverse the Sandy Grove Community. Five miles farther, you cross the Bethune-Bishopville Highway at the Tiller's Ferry Community. A mile farther north, your journey takes you across Lynches River into Darlington County.

February 06, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns

Column: It’s been a long, hard week

This has been a tough week of hard news.

February 02, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Column: Living in extreme winter

Maybe we'll get a light snow or two this winter. Being home with hot chocolate, soup, and coffee makes a snowy day a beautifully peaceful day. But what if you lived alone in a cabin in 12-foot snow and your nearest neighbor was 60 miles away? What if the power you rely on is bottled gas. No electricity. Just firewood. Long ago, I traded letters with a writer who faced that situation each winter. He lived alone in the remote reaches of Alaska, the Land of the Midnight Sun.

February 02, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: It was a good speech

WASHINGTON -- It was a good speech.

February 02, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Beauty product makeover

Makeup and skincare companies must think we're pretty shallow. Not only do their commercials promise the ability to defy the laws of nature by turning back the clock, but they also imply that we care for nothing beyond ourselves. The implication is that we'll buy any product just because, to paraphrase L'Oreal, "we're worth it." This idea certainly insults the intelligence and compassion of the women I know. Sure, we like to look good, but we also want to do good and the sad truth is that many companies today are trying to trick consumers into ...

February 02, 2018 | By Janet Williams C-I guest columnist | Columns

Column: Perchance to dream, darkly

The other night, I had a seriously weird dream. I don't know if it was from drinking too much cough syrup or if it was a combination of cough syrup, Hunter S. Thompson and Kung Pao Chicken, but whatever it was, it was a real corker. I'm still wondering if I need a week in the Bahamas, or something.

January 30, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Column: Tink and the car

My husband is a simple man. This comes as a surprise to folks because of the high-profile family from which he comes and the job which he does.

January 30, 2018 | By Ronda Rich C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Shenanigans and tomfoolery

For two years I worked as a ticket agent for Southeastern Stages and Greyhound while going to graduate school at the University of Georgia. It was the most entertaining job I've ever had. I worked with a great group of ticket agents and baggage handlers. We came from all over Georgia. I was a wide-eyed innocent seeing things I'd only heard about. It was in the bus station lobby that I saw for the first time a man passing himself off as a woman and there that I saw a man shoot himself. As he approached the ticket ...

January 30, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: From fake news to witch hunt

WASHINGTON -- Conspiracies. Secret societies. Witch hunts.

January 30, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Column: So, it’s been a year already

It was this week one year ago that I returned to Camden and this newspaper.

January 26, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

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Column: To mock or to mentor

WASHINGTON -- There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that's heading later this month to the ...

April 10, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

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