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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; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -- the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

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 of neglect, fell open to a random page from which leapt the following sentence: "The ancestors of a critical and growing mass of present-day Americans existed in dung heaps of humanity amidst rotting vegetables."

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, eliminated completely. I haven't changed my position.

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." I would venture to say that every institution who collects has confronted this issue. We take pride in our meticulous record keeping and documentation of our collections -- but there is always that errant object or manuscript that creeps into the collection storage. It's that scrapbook, document, or photograph that someone brought in so we could make a copy and then never returned for it; the one that we neglected to do loan paperwork on ...

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 world, along comes the latest bit of internet drivel, something called the Tide Pod Challenge.

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 know that many of you have made resolutions that you intend to stick to for the next 11 months. Or perhaps some of you have already broken your resolutions! (If that's you, it's okay.) In many instances, people start out positive and optimistic and then their old patterns sneak back into their day-to-day lives. Statistically, most people who come up with New Year's resolutions don't follow through on them long term ...

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 week -- coming up with a column. Note: I did end up reading the original "Girl With the…" books and watching two different versions of the movie adaptations. They were all very good.)

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 came South.

January 12, 2018 | By Ronda Rich | 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 without ever having an effect on our emotions? Some situations we sail through with ease, the wind at our backs; others are like swimming in rough waters with no shore in sight. And in those particularly difficult times, we can all hope there's a cavalry of sorts waiting in the wings ready at a moment's notice to unselfishly serve whatever the crisis may be. All of this brings me to tell you about ...

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 open society than apologists might think, something worth considering as we go forward. The resounding influence of Gone with the Wind, a story about a glorious plantation society under siege during and after the Civil War, has perhaps left us with a simplistic portrait of what was in reality a patchwork quilt of cultural complexity and ingenuity. Self-identified Southerners might appreciate what Professor Edward Ayers of the University of Richmond writes about Southern identity: Southern ...

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 use those statements to produce South Carolina's financial report, which is used by lawmakers, credit rating agencies, and others to assess the state's financial condition.

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

Ready to be your voice

Last September, I was supposed to attend my first-ever meeting of the S.C. Press Association's Freedom of Information (FOI) Committee. Unfortunately, the effects of a certain hurricane required us to postpone that meeting. It's been rescheduled for next Friday (Jan. 12), one week from today.

January 05, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

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Column: YOU have the right to know

It's Sunshine Week across the U.S., including right here in Kershaw County, S.C. This is the week the media -- newspapers, especially -- devote ...

March 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Column: A real character

Tink was away from home, working on a new drama series for Sony. He was leading the writers' room where a group of television scribes ...

March 16, 2018 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Column: Hillary, stop. Please.

WASHINGTON -- She can't let go.

March 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Column: A Republican to remember

In the progressive spirit that marked the Republican Party for more than a hundred years from Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to Dwight Eisenhower's ...

March 16, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: My mother’s lovely peach tree

The old folks planted fruit trees. Pear, apple, cherry, wild plum, and peach trees. Pecan trees too. Vineyards of wild grapes … scuppernongs and muscadines. Folks ...

March 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Off to the races -- again

WASHINGTON -- You may have missed the starting shot, but the midterm races officially began last week with the Texas primaries. This coming Tuesday, voters in ...

March 13, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Column: Just two phone calls

I am not a politician. In fact, my only personal experience in the political realm occurred in high school when I was elected class secretary ...

March 13, 2018 | By Janet Williams C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Flowers and your bucket list

This story is one of "small-towner" visits the "big city."

March 13, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: ‘Black Panther’ is everyone’s movie

I knew we were in for a very different movie experience while my sons and I waited in line to see "Black Panther."

March 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Column: Celebrating outstanding women

March is Women's History Month. As announced by the National Women's History Project, the theme for 2018 is Nevertheless She Persisted. The phrase ...

March 09, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Stop first, parse later

WASHINGTON -- At least they're doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida's proposed gun bill.

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

Column: From rear bumper to social media

Some folks collect stamps and coins. Others collect rare works of art.

March 06, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Column: A longing for pine pollen

Cold weather? Stay up North. My dash says it's 48 degrees as I drive by a swamp, yet singing frogs drown out my heater ...

March 06, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Easy doesn’t do it

He doesn't mean it.

March 06, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Column: Tidbits about Wateree River bridge

In 1841, Thomas Whitaker was president and William Lang was treasurer of the Bridge Company. From 1863-70, John M. Desaussure was president and Colin McCrae ...

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


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