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Are we willing to pay for increased public safety?

Kershaw County public safety is at a crossroads. The sheriff's office is greatly understaffed and deputies are compensated for their mandatory overtime work by an antiquated and grossly unfair payment system. The solicitor's office is working with half the staff it needs to properly prosecute the cases it receives every month and the jail is barely able to keep sufficient staff to meet state standards.

May 15, 2013 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns


Benghazi redacted

WASHINGTON -- Mistakes were made.

May 15, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gatsby? What Gatsby?

If there's anything I've learned in life thus far it is that the book is always better than the movie. I'm sure there are some exceptions to this but I have yet to encounter them. Regardless of how the movie version of a beloved novel or series turns out, I've always still had respect for directors who attempt to bring the book to life on the silver screen as long as they still manage or at least attempt to capture the feeling the book left its readers when viewers of the movie leave the theatre. I ...

May 15, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Another view of Plan B

In "Getting it wrong about Plan B," Ruth Marcus ends her column by stating that the debate over the proposed Plan B policy "isn't about the government coming between parents and children or society condoning teen sex. It's about preventing teen pregnancy."

May 13, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Columns


Are you (fill in the blank) enough?

WASHINGTON -- Enough with this "enough" business.

May 13, 2013 | | Columns


Reflecting on 100 years of success

KershawHealth recently completed a week of celebration commemorating the opening of the Camden Hospital in 1913 and a century of outstanding care. One of the things that struck me during those activities was the incredible amount of community support the hospital has always enjoyed, and the amazing things that strategic thinking and teamwork can accomplish.

May 13, 2013 | By Donnie Weeks, KershawHealth president and CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What Sanford win says about S.C.

Somehow, the man who walked the Appalachian Trail all the way to Argentina to see his mistress got elected to Congress last Tuesday in a voting outcome that almost defies belief.

May 13, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Running from life

Brenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla.

May 10, 2013 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Yes on Plan B, but with parents

The decision to sell the Plan B morning after pills without a prescription has caused a debate among women's rights advocates, government officials and religious groups.

May 10, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Of God and evolution

Color me dense, but I don't quite understand why everyone involved with science is having a hissy fit over the theory of intelligent design.

May 10, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Getting it wrong on Plan B

WASHINGTON -- As a mom, I can't help but cringe.

May 08, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Friends are the family you get to choose

Last week, two poignant events occurred in my life. The first was that I celebrated turning another year older, the second being the death of one of my very best friends' mother after a brutal battle with cancer. During the course of the week, I experienced a variety of conflicting emotions from utter heartbreak of losing someone close to me and also "celebration" that I was able to turn another year older. This was difficult due to the fact that some of the people closest to me, including myself, were grieving the loss of a life during a time that ...

May 08, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Still moving foward

The present concern of the city council, working with the Camden Business Alliance led by Jonathan Bazinet and Patricia Richardson, remains our downtown. Without question, the Lowes/Walmart/Kmart shopping district on the west side of town will continue to thrive, as it should, but for most people driving into Camden off I-20, downtown Broad Street sets the tone of who we are and makes a statement about our community identity.

May 08, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Prude or prudent?

WASHINGTON -- They lost me at the word "women."

May 06, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Public records are public everywhere

I should really add the following to the headline of today's column: "...or at least they should be."

May 06, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Parker: Who’s the studliest of them all?

WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

May 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Noble: S.C. profiles in courage

As a very young boy of 9 years old, I first became interested in politics when my father off-handedly encouraged me to watch the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in 1960. It changed my life -- literally.

May 27, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Note to self…

The great comedian Bill Engvall coined the catch phrase, "Here's your sign."

May 27, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cahn: The news from next door

I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.

May 25, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a $100 bill in hand.

May 25, 2015 | | Columns


Tucker: Prom night

I was browsing through a community newspaper recently -- not this one -- when I came across photos from the senior prom at a particular high school.

May 22, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.

May 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: All flash and no substance

I am a musician, so I am, of course, also a big music fan. As far back as my memory can stretch, way before I ever learned to play an instrument, I loved to listen to music. Mostly it was on the radio, but my parents and older sister had a few record albums, too.

May 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 22, 2015

Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.

May 22, 2015 | | Columns


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