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Why do these things happen?

I'm 64 years old, and I'm no closer to figuring out life's why-things-happen-the-way-they-do mystery than I was when I was a teenage pup.

December 07, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Command presence matters

A Nov. 16, 2012, op-ed by Lucian Truscott IV published in The New York Times declares that our post-World War II military leadership has traded true fighting spirit for "talk shows and photo spreads" and "military-spec business suits" and, therefore, has failed to succeed in battle since "the stalemated Korean War." Truscott's linkage between alleged military failures and a general officer population of "strutting military peacocks" is readily contradicted by the two men he invokes, George Patton and Lucian Truscott Jr., his own grandfather.

December 07, 2012 | By John S. Rainey C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Michael’s legacy: a commitment to change

I've heard that one of the hardest things to do in life is to bury your own child. I can't imagine, but don't think I'm too far off in thinking that it would be especially hard when a young son or daughter has lost their life to other young sons and daughters.

December 07, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Enter Prince Charming

Good things come to those who wait. And in this story, the good things are truly wonderful and have emerged as being undeniably worth the wait. At times, this "wait" was home to several Mr. Wrongs and one or two Prince Charming wannabees. But over the years, the reservoir of patience reached a high and its depth paid off in an unexpected way. You see, my sister, two years my junior, is getting married this weekend. Her patience is the victor here, and life, the joy decided to happen, as she was busy making other plans.

December 07, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The fly sees all

WASHINGTON -- Much speculation has followed the private luncheon between President Obama and Mitt Romney, about which little is known.

December 05, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A reversal of fortunes in the Southeastern Conference

Nobody will be as excited for spring as the University of Missouri. With the school's rude awakening to SEC football finally over, the Tigers' time to shine is almost here with the conference's basketball season set to begin in only a few weeks.

December 05, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Moving forward

At the beginning of my mayoral race, we conducted a survey to identify the concerns of Camden voters. Given our apparent community division about recreation, we found to our surprise that voters were mainly concerned about jobs. Recreation was fifth on the list.

December 05, 2012 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An ox, two ‘hands,’ a crosscut saw and an old truck

After graduating from Bethune High School in 1936 where he played football for four years, for a short time a young Carroll G. King drove a log-hauling truck for a timber company. The title of this column describes the next venture of Carroll's, establishing his own timber company.

December 03, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


American complex

WASHINGTON -- As events have unfolded in what shall ever be known as "The Petraeus Affair," one cannot escape noticing that the women in this sordid saga have been handed the short end of the shtick, as though the men are mere victims of ambitious, hormonally driven vixens.

December 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gang shooting was ‘shock to system’

I shivered slightly when I realized that this Friday night, Dec. 7, is the exact five year anniversary of the night 17-year-old Camden High School student Michael Smith died of a single gunshot blast to the chest, the first and so far only Kershaw County victim of a gang-related shooting.

December 03, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Deck the halls… and streets and trees

Our Public Works Department's street and electric crews have been diligently working to decorate the city for Christmas. Thanks to their efforts, you will see some new and different additions to downtown. Earlier in the year, an ad-hoc committee was formed to assist in enhancing the holiday décor along DeKalb and Broad streets. The committee consisted of several downtown merchants, two other business representatives with good design sense (in my opinion) and two city staff -- with yours truly as the ring leader. We presented our recommendations to city council this fall and they were approved after a few ...

November 30, 2012 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cyber Monday, Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is the new Black Friday.

November 30, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


The holiday party

Christmas is upon us and with it the holiday party scene. A few of us guys were sitting around the other day talking about having a little get-together to celebrate the season.

November 30, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


If, at first, you don’t secede...

What a coincidence. It is intriguing to watch Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" biopic about Abraham Lincoln at a time when the current president is receiving secession petitions via the Internet.

November 30, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Barkley, Smith top QB prospect list

As the college football season winds down, players with next-level potential will be getting even closer attention from NFL scouts. While some general managers may have a sour stomach after missing out on last year's top choices Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, this year's class is still intriguing. There may not be as many sure bets as in 2012, but an abundant of talent exists, particularly at the quarterback position.

November 28, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.

July 24, 2015 | | Columns


Moment of Nature - July 24, 2015

The mere mention of the word "root extraction" concurs up images of the dentist chair, Novocain and the shrill sound of the drilling tool, which ...

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


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My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and ...

July 22, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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