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Column: Big hat Texan

Most Texans are good people, but you can unfortunately bump into one who has done it quicker, better, faster and had it cost more or less, depending on which answer is appropriate. "It" being any task, project or endeavor. This story is one of comeuppance.

July 17, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Saving NATO from Donald Trump

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to President Trump, it's hard to pick his worst decision from the plethora he has provided.

July 17, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The news process isn’t fake, either

Strange things happen in the nation's capitol everyday. It's pretty much a given considering Washington, D.C., is where Congress meets, the President lives and the Superme Court presides. There are times when headlines seem like they belong in the National Inquirer instead of The Washington Post.

July 13, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: The kindness of a beauty queen

It is rarely the large kindnesses or generosities that are remembered (unless, of course, your name is on a building). It is generally the small kindnesses that people cherish and often recall. Those are the ones that make the biggest difference.

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


Column: City making great progress

I have a friend who lives in New Hampshire. She says they have two seasons, "winter and road construction." She is always interested in what is happening in Camden, which prompted me to be thinking about all the great things that are progressing in our area. It hardly seems like two years ago, but it has been, when the 2016 election cycle primary topics were determined.

July 13, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Amending the agenda

I was in Mount Pleasant recently. It had been years since I had driven north of Shem Creek on Coleman Boulevard. My drive north in search of lunch put into context the Save Shem Creek movement and the desire of many residents to slow development in the town.

July 13, 2018 | By Jay Bender, SCPA Attorney C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Marquette conservatives wrong

WASHINGTON -- Free speech won; decency lost.

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


Column: Optimism from Boys, Girls states

Each year, hundreds of South Carolina high schoolers get a close-up lesson in how government works as part of the Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State programs.

July 10, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: ‘Gotta serve somebody’

Bob Dylan's 1979 hit song, "Gotta Serve Somebody," is about a diverse group of people who have one simple truth in common. Here are the words to the chorus. "You're gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you're gonna have to serve somebody." Bob Dylan wrote this song during his "Christian gospel period," so it was an intentionally spiritual song. The song received mixed reviews, but was blasted by John Lennon who said, "No, you have to serve yourself."

July 10, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: KC and the state superintendent

Recently, the General Assembly placed on the ballot in November the question of the state superintendent of education ceasing to be elected by the people but becoming an appointed cabinet position under the governor. Some historical background on that office and its relationship to Kershaw County over time might be of value to county voters in deciding how to vote on this question.

July 10, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Column: 18 years and counting

Thursday marked my 18th anniversary with the C-I. I celebrated by doing what I usually do on Thursdays: polish up my latest article (in this case, my interview with new Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins); proofread some pages (including this one, so if you find any mistakes ... uh ... talk to the editor); and load up today's articles, columns, obituaries, etc., on the C-I's website.

July 06, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Grandma’s petunias

Vintage petunias. I had forgotten them, those flowers grandma loved. Surely I saw them in youth. As I sort through my mental album I think I recall them. Pale colors, pastel petals of white and pink, possibly lavender, and a delicate softness. Seems Grandmother Walker grew them on her porch, a wide, columned porch destined to burn. There, on that doomed veranda, they grew in pots, over-spilling, upside down, their blooms a bit like inverted antebellum skirts. In the flowers' throats, dark veins converged, a floral case of perspective.

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


Column: Message in a bottle

As I walked down the beach on this July 4th admiring all the spirited displays of American pride, my mind kept wandering to thoughts of our Founding Fathers. Looking down at the surf, I imagined seeing a glass bottle rolling in with the surf. Of course, this bottle contained a message, a note of sorts from George and friends. It would tell us the United States was not born in peace but in conflict. They would be speaking from their own experiences inside Independence Hall almost two and a half centuries ago where our Constitution was debated and, in 1788 ...

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


Column: Supreme hysteria

WASHINGTON -- If Chicken Little and Cassandra had a baby, they'd name him Jeffrey Toobin.

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


Column: My July 4 reflections

I occasionally am accused of repeating myself, but, hey, some things bear repeating.

July 03, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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Column: Florence in the age of ‘fake news’

When I think about Hurricane Florence, two images come to mind.

September 21, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Campbell Street Corridor to be showcased

The African American Cultural Center of Camden opened its doors to the public on Feb 24. Located at 517 York St., the center is an ...

September 21, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson, Camden Archives and Museum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Change is good; you go first

As I craft my first article as the new Superintendent of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), replacing someone who dedicated 11 years to our ...

September 21, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?

WASHINGTON -- In one of Brett Kavanaugh's responses to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was in high school, a charge ...

September 21, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Reflections before the storm

OK, first I should apologize for last week.

September 18, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: The rest of the story

Now that I think back on it, I see how I was prepared and schooled at every turn to be a storyteller. Stories fascinated me ...

September 18, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Of Serena Williams and pay gaps

Earlier this week, I had some interesting "conversations" on Facebook after I commented on two posts by Vox. One story focused on an Australia newspaper ...

September 14, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Southern women love high heels

Recently, a friend was telling me that her mother, a most charming Southern woman, had to give up her high heels. She is 76 and ...

September 14, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Things left behind

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite ...

September 14, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: FireFest coming soon

Each fall, our Camden Fire Department (CFD) organizes a terrific, family-friendly event that is free and open to the community. If you have yet to ...

September 14, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Sometimes, I wonder...

Seventeen years ago, I strolled into the offices of the Beaufort Gazette around mid-morning. I had been up late covering some government meeting or another ...

September 11, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: No, I’m Spartacus!

WASHINGTON -- It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator.

September 11, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: ‘Going Bill’

I lost a very good friend three weeks ago. His name "is" Bill, not "was" as I find it too hard and too soon to ...

September 11, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Social media could destroy us

I am convinced that in less than 100 years, historians will conclude that the widespread adoption of social media was the catalyst that ended the ...

September 11, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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