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Albany, Ga., needs us

On the Rondarosa, we have such frequent phone and DSL problems, that we've become good friends with our repair guy, Mike. Such good friends that we have his cell phone number.

November 17, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What did he say?

WASHINGTON -- Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: "I believe the women."

November 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The Price House

The Archives and Museum recently applied for a South Carolina state historical marker for the Price House. Administered by the S.C. Department of Archives and History, the marker program dates back to 1936. Over the years, more than 1,500 markers have been placed at various sites throughout the state, designating important places in our history and making it easy for the public to learn about the past. Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford decided, shortly after taking office, that the Price House needed to publicly take its place in the history of Camden, and particularly in the African-American community. So ...

November 17, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


It’s a crock

Paint me insane, but if I was stranded on a deserted island, I believe the one thing I would want -- besides a couple of beers, of course -- is a great big ol' crock of soup boiling merrily away atop my signal fire. I can even smell the ingredients – fresh seafood, probably whatever creatures I could catch in the shallows, possibly flavored with a little hint of wild sage or lemongrass.

November 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Pedophiles and polar bears, oh my!

WASHINGTON -- Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn't do what he's alleged to have done, which might give the U.S. Senate another Democratic vote.

November 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Celebrating our accomplishments

Autumn's crisp air and bright colors encourage us to venture out and enjoy our exquisite hometown. This delightful time of the year inspires us to reflect upon our many accomplishments and to envision a future with limitless potential. This is a time when our great nation pauses to remember the valor of our beloved veterans and when we count our blessings, embracing a thanksgiving state of mind. It is indeed a beautiful time of year!

November 14, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 14, 2017

NASCAR's playoffs -- which I'm still stubbornly calling the Chase just because I think it's a better name -- are nearly finished, and I'm not feeling so great.

November 14, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Election 2017 a better reflection

There were no votes to be cast Tuesday here in Kershaw County, S.C. Nonetheless, looking at the outcome of Election 2017 across the country affords everyone -- including those of us here at home -- a chance to gauge the direction America is taking.

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Charlie, the patriot

It was on the eve of our national election that I ran upstairs to file a couple of things in my office. As I started to leave, a large storage box caught my eye. I had not noticed it before. I opened it and discovered that Charlie Tinker was wanting to talk again.

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


One year ago

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016.

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


The landscape of the soul

"The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due." - Winston Churchill, 1938

November 10, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Some gave all

Veterans Day is Saturday and no doubt there will be a number of opportunities to commemorate that special day this week.

November 07, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A quarter century of Clintons

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States -- and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place.

November 07, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 7, 2017

There's a giant billboard currently on display at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) proclaiming that "Chase Elliott is the People's Champion."

November 07, 2017 | | Columns


Six seconds to live

What we didn't know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

November 07, 2017 | John F. Kelly C-I guest columnist | Columns


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Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

February 20, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as ...

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days ...

February 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball ...

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think ...

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

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


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle ...

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


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

February 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat ...

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


Column: I wrote about it, then suffered it

I've written about the flu here in Kershaw County twice. It seems only fitting I should experience it, right? Well, no, actually I don ...

February 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: #Fairness

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes before the start of President Trump's State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page ...

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


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 ...

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


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