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Absentee father

I never knew my father; he died when I was five months old, leaving my mother with me and my 3-year-old brother. We were not his first family. He had nine children by his first wife, eight girls and one boy -- five little graves attested to the mortality rate in earlier times. Many first wives died before their husbands, not surprising since childbirth was so dangerous and the mortality rate so high. I cannot imagine having more children -- especially since my father was 63 when I was born and my mother was 40. Back then, people just had the number ...

June 08, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


It's good to be queen

Being queen is a heck of a job.

June 08, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


A budget plan that adds up

It has been more than three years since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. The last time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fulfilled his legal responsibility, Conan was still on NBC, Tea Parties hadn't come together, and the iPad hadn't yet been introduced.

June 06, 2012 | By Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Formerly fruitless Falcons may fly high in 2012

With the start of the NFL season less than 100 days away, the proverbial clock is now ticking for every franchise hoping for success in 2012.

June 06, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Awash in undisclosed cash

WASHINGTON -- To grasp the clear and present danger that the current flood of campaign cash poses to American democracy, consider the curious case of Post Office Box 72465. It demonstrates that the explosion of super PAC spending is only the second most troubling development of recent campaign cycles.

June 06, 2012 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A new direction, the same promise

For those of you who noticed that my name wasn't popping up on the front page a lot lately ... now you know why.

June 04, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Obama's pot reform goes up in smoke

I would shrug and say "So what?" to the latest details from President Barack Obama's pot-smoking past, except for one thing: he stirred so much hope as a candidate for sensible marijuana policy reforms but, as president, has delivered so little change.

June 04, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


When Camden was the capital of South Carolina

Governor John Rutledge and his Privy Council left Charles Town in April 1780 before the British siege of the city closed all escape routes. He journeyed north to Camden, arriving there in late April or early May. That he should go to Camden was to be expected since Camden was the only town of any size in the interior of the state at the time. Roads to Camden were relatively good and Rutledge knew and had done business with Joseph B. Kershaw for several years.

June 04, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Eagle webcams addictive

Technology is bringing the magic of nature -- specifically, the majesty of America's symbol, the bald eagle -- into our living rooms.

June 01, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The power of social media unleashed

I have had my fun with social media, but as I get older and accrue more responsibilities, the need to be "social" on the internet has declined and my need for face-to-face time has increased. My 18-year-old sister, however, is just getting started.

June 01, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Obama's effect: Are gay 'rites' a black thing now?

Conservatives warned, often with glee, that President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage would spark a backlash from African Americans. But less than a month later, guess what? Polls show black voters dramatically swinging the other way, closer to Obama's view.

June 01, 2012 | | Columns


Depth of the ocean water

I believe it to be a true assumption that the role-reversal between parent and child appears suddenly and is generally preceded by few warning signs. Described as an extremely challenging family dynamic, the exchange of roles often comes in the form of a caregiver. Many of us are likely care for a parent or other significant person at some point in our lives. More than 65 million people, about 30 percent of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours ...

June 01, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cory Booker's pain

WASHINGTON -- The past several days of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's life have been painfully amusing to watch.

May 30, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A lesson in finance

The J. P. Morgan fiasco of two billion dollars plus the flagging economy and lack of jobs made me start to think of bank closings of the past. During the Depression, the poor and the elderly did not have multiple organizations to help them such as Food for the Soul, Christian Community Ministries, and the Community Medical Clinic-nor was Social Security in existence. I still fear the possibility of a return to times when no one had much of anything except each other, a chicken yard, and a garden plot. I remember my lesson in finance perhaps too well as ...

May 30, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Hardnosed Haley hurting legislative progress

If S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell suddenly makes a push for state funding of time machine technology, we'll now know why.

May 30, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


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Parker: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

WASHINGTON -- When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A -- Sarah Palin.

January 28, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Beckham: The local homefront

The gliders landed in the Boykin fields and pastures and the German POWs worked in Lugoff and Boykin, while a Lugoff native and a Camden businessman partnered together to raise millions of dollars for the war effort.

January 28, 2015 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: The $123 million scandal

"Someone needs to go to jail."

January 28, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Random thoughts for a Monday morning

OK, so I'm actually writing this on Friday, but you're reading it Monday, so that's why it's random thoughts for a Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: What I love about my South

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

January 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: The Abbeville decision

While I was taking a finance class as part of my doctoral program in Virginia in the early 1990s, one of the topics we discussed was a lawsuit that had been filed in South Carolina, now called the Abbeville case, which challenged South Carolina's structure for funding public education. Life takes funny turns. Here I am 21 years later in South Carolina when the case is finally settled.

January 26, 2015 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: Uber vs. taxis

You've probably heard of Uber, the ride-sharing service taking the world's cities by storm.

January 23, 2015 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: Dangerously in denial on climate change

Last year, government scientists tell us, was the hottest year on record.

January 23, 2015 | | Columns


Phillips: When duty calls

Last week, I wrote about some of the many cultural and recreational opportunities we have here in Camden and Kershaw County. It's impressive we have so many offerings and they are thanks to the vision, effort and hard work of those involved, be it the Fine Arts Center, the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department, the equine industry and so many more.

January 23, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Gilland: ‘Dung on a twig?’

How would you like to be called dung-on-a-twig? There certainly are worse things in life, but certainly much better things as well. Dung-on-a-twig is one of the root meanings for mistletoe, which grows on trees. This common name comes from two parts of Anglo-Saxon speech. "Mistel" a common word for dung, and "tang" the word for twig, combine to form the word mistletoe or "dung on a twig." This name became prevalent as it was noticed that mistletoe would appear where many birds had landed on branches and deposited their excrement, nice. This puts a whole new context on the ...

January 23, 2015 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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