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What is S.C.’s civic health?

As with so many things about South Carolina, when it comes to trying to assess the "civic heath" of our state, there are no easy answers. The answers are that we are both healthy and weak, consistent and conflicted, simple and complex.

July 02, 2014 | By Phil Noble S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Part Deux

There's this stranger who yells at noisy kids, shakes his fists at speeders in the neighborhood, glares at youngsters who thump the subwoofers in their cars at sub-atomic testing, and has yet to understand most of the applications on his cellphone.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Tatum Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Columns


The politeness of the South

There are many things I love about the South. We're fiercely patriotic. We're neighborly. We're storytellers without equal. We're unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We're proudly hospitable. But here's what I love just a little bit better than all the rest: We believe mightily in courtesy and manners.

June 30, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Court ruling shows FOIA needs revision

Two years ago, I applauded a S.C. Court of Appeals ruling that Saluda County Council violated the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 2008 by adding to an already published agenda for one of its regular meetings. I did so because I, as I believe my fellow journalists do, that a) publishing an agenda provides proper notice to citizens of what a public body intends to consider at its regular meetings, and b) that adding items to an established agenda during a meeting is unfair to those citizens not in attendance who didn't know about something ...

June 30, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘I’ve got a question about my tree…’ Part 2

Having received positive feedback to last month's column, tree questions - part 1, I thought it appropriate to continue the series at least for another month, maybe even for the rest of the summer, as there are lots of questions about trees!

June 27, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Funerals that liven things up

Back in the 1970s, a guy I knew keeled over dead of a heart attack.

June 27, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Common sense isn’t so common any more

Early this week I had an interesting conversation with a downtown Camden businessman. I was walking the area doing our weekly "Sidewalk Survey" feature for Wednesday's paper and I went into this gentleman's store to see if I might find a survey participant. I did find one.

June 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Turned off by legal pot

BETHESDA, Md. -- From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana.

June 27, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Outsider on a mission

WASHINGTON -- Some politicians know they want to be in public office and scramble to come up with the reason why. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is an accidental, improbable politician -- a self-described "outsider" -- who knows exactly what she wants to accomplish on the inside.

June 25, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Of luck and love

Romantic comedies tell us that love is often funny. I don't believe in romantic comedies anymore than I believe in the Easter Bunny, but I do agree that love can be very funny at times … not funny as in laugh so hard you wet your pants, but funny in the sense of leaving you scratching your head and wondering what in the world has just happened to you.

June 25, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


The other 70th WWII anniversary

Most Americans -- and many Europeans, too -- celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day a few weeks ago. I've read some very touching accounts of veterans in their 90s, mostly American and British, getting the chance to visit Normandy one last time. But there is another 70th World War II anniversary to remember: June 15, 1944, a little more than a week after D-Day.

June 23, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Slavery in South Carolina today

What a shocking headline, but our Attorney General Alan Wilson says it's true – and he's right.

June 23, 2014 | Phil Noble | Columns


Precious Memories That Really Are

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.

June 23, 2014 | Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


“In the Heart of the Pines: Camden During the Hotel Era, 1882-1941” opens on July 7, 2014

It all really began with the Haile Gold Mine. The Eldredge family of New York – the Hobkirk Inn Eldredges – purchased the mine in 1880. The family owned gold mines in California, Virginia, and Mexico. Son, Frank W. Eldredge, was installed here as manager of the Haile mine. Frank's son, Inman, wrote that the living quarters at the mine "were a bit crude," so when his mother was expecting in 1882 his father bought Pine Flat from Mrs. William Shannon.

June 20, 2014 | | Columns


The strange business called politics

It was good to see a decent number of voters turn out for last week's primary election. Percentage-wise, it still could have been much better, but primaries are not known for having long lines to the voting booth, especially in an "off year" such as this one.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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Saving S.C.'s natural treasures: the Edisto River

Recently, I was invited to speak to the Friends of the Edisto and I met Hugo Krispyn who lives on the headwaters of the North ...

December 02, 2016 | Phil Noble | Columns


Fire follows drought

Kershaw County is currently 6-8 inches behind the average rainfall for the year. The rest of the state, for the most part, is experiencing the ...

December 02, 2016 | | Columns


No tears for Fidel

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes history doesn't have to wait to judge -- and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn't either.

December 02, 2016 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Garbage on television

How are cable companies maintaining stability in this present day? I am curious because a few of my friends from college and even the ones ...

December 02, 2016 | | Columns


Garbage on television

How are cable companies maintaining stability in this present day? I am curious because a few of my friends from college and even the ones ...

December 02, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


No tears for Fidel

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes history doesn't have to wait to judge -- and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn't either.

December 02, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Some thoughts on the "biased media"

As we dig out from the aftermath of a bizarre election season, I have noticed the screaming, gloating and finger pointing never ends. One continuing ...

November 29, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The only perks of the holidays

By the time you guys put on your peepers to read this, I will be in Summerville either sleeping hard or my mother will be ...

November 25, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Columns


The meaning of Mitt

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump's flirtation with Mitt Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state has injected a sliver of hope and change ...

November 25, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Truth and consequences

WASHINGTON -- Of all the losers in this season of discontent, the mainstream media top the list. I don't say this lightly and sincerely fear ...

November 22, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Grateful to so many for so much

We're coming into that season where being thankful is allegedly supposed to be front and center in our thoughts and deportment. I like to ...

November 22, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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