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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. When I see a proud old pump, its dispensing days behind it, I feel a surge of pride tinged by sadness. Veterans of another era, they have been put out to pasture.

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 the Judicial Screening Commission.

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 ground. Boulders. I'm passing over land where hard crystalline basement rock meets softer sedimentary rock. I'm leaving the coastal plain for the piedmont. The juncture of these two zones creates the Fall Line. Great Falls sits on it and I'm headed that way.

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 his conversation with a Russian ambassador.

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 their duties, such as attending important meetings or recruiting economic development prospects. Even then, however, the return on travel costs sometimes can be hard to determine.

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, he had many South Carolina connections. Today, his Columbia boyhood home is a museum.

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


Never forget

I don't usually do this, but I'm going to use today's column to tell you about a story that hasn't been published yet. The story will appear this coming Tuesday and, in my opinion, it's a very important one.

December 01, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Economy of words

Sometimes, Tink -- usually in a gentle way but a bit abrupt at other times -- will tell me I'm taking too long to explain something. This happens never when he has time to enjoy a long story, but when he's in a rush with much to do.

December 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Coming home

Funny thing about holiday rituals is they can, at times, resemble the dreaded double-edged sword to some family members. But know I use the word "dreaded" loosely and with humor. The "dread" often comes in the form of eye-rolls, uncomfortable sighs, snickers and whispers, and on occasion, the outright refusal of participation. The double edges represent the enjoyable and the not-so-appealing sides of our family holiday traditions and rituals. Suffice it to say most of us strive and hope to create an affable environment during the holidays for our children and extended family coming home. The task at hand can ...

December 01, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fake news will out

WASHINGTON -- The phrase "the truth will out" has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.

December 01, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


To boldly go ... somewhere

I recently read where a guy who was planning to take it upon himself to prove the earth is, in fact, flat, hit a roadblock, or rather, a rocket block, as it were.

November 28, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Big boxes and small towns

WASHINGTON -- Even though an estimated 115 million Americans rushed to malls and big box stores for Black Friday sales, others were reporting that the annual spend-a-thon has lost its bang.

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


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Column: ‘…or of the press…’

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ...

January 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Buckley, Trump and immigration

CAMDEN, S.C. - While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip ...

January 19, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The EOC agenda

Last year, I wrote a column about the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and why this superfluous group needs to be fundamentally reformed, or even better ...

January 19, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Duncan and Mary 'Found in collection'

Museums and archives have coined a term for those unexplainable objects or documents they inevitably have in their care. They are labeled "Found in Collection ...

January 19, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Darwin is calling

As if I needed yet more proof that the idiocracy is here, now and firmly established as the new normal in our society and our ...

January 16, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Gratitude in 2018

Hello 2018! A new year is upon us, and I am so excited about all the great things in store for our beautiful city! I ...

January 16, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


I couldn’t come up with anything, so…

(Remember "Noted and passed"? Let's go back six whole years to Jan. 9, 2012, when I had a little trouble -- like I am this ...

January 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Cooking in Connecticut

It is well known, by this point, that I married a Yankee from Connecticut. One who never knew the joy of comfort foods until he ...

January 12, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Sully’s purpose

Why do certain life events grab hold of our heartstrings so tight as though they'll never let go and others just pass right by ...

January 12, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cornbread and Carolina Gold

Granted that most cultural mythologies embody truths or would-be truths, studies of the South nevertheless reveal it to be a more complex, more fluid, more ...

January 12, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Richard dances with the angels’

It was one of the more cryptic messages I've ever received.

January 09, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Like a child

WASHINGTON - I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for him.

January 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


CMA’s 2018 looks bright

How was your 2017? Did you keep your new year's resolutions? Did you exceed the goals that you set for yourself?

January 09, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Timely financial reporting is vital

Each October, many state agencies -- including public colleges and universities -- are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. I ...

January 09, 2018 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


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