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This is not Mayberry

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. They especially know it if my cell phone happens to ring, as my ringtone is the song "The Fishing Hole," more commonly known as The Andy Griffith Show theme song. When it goes off, how can you not picture Andy and Opie coming down the dirt road with their fishing poles?

March 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Little chance of corporate reform

Conservatives are mightily concerned -- rightly so -- about runaway entitlement spending in this country. Various social programs enacted since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society began in the mid-1960s are at a boiling point.

March 21, 2014 | | Columns


A very big deal: S.C. ranked seventh in digital learning

No, this is not a typo or misprint. No, we did not leave out a number, and South Carolina is not 27th, or 37th or 47th. We are indeed tied for the seventh spot in the country in overall online leaning. Amazing -- but true.

March 19, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Shakespeare speaks the truth

One of my favorite poems of all time is William Shakespeare's "That time of year thou may'st in me behold." It's one of Shakespeare's famous sonnets, one I studied in high school, undergraduate and graduate school. I've always loved it because it's not your typical love poem. It begins, "That time of year thou may'st in me behold/When yellow leaves, or none or few, do hang/Upon those boughs which shake against the cold."

March 19, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Noah’s ark of triumph

WASHINGTON -- There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie.

March 19, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Time to spread some Sunshine again

"Open government is neither a Democratic or Republican issue. It is an American value that we all must uphold." --Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), March 11, 2014, chairing this year's annual Judiciary Committee hearing on government transparency.

March 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The S.C. state superintendent of education

In South Carolina, the State Superintendent of Education's position is an elected office. I suspect having to raise megabucks and participate in South Carolina's hardball politics prevents a lot of very qualified people from running.

March 17, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Looking to help

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying.

March 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ferngate

WASHINGTON -- I must need to smoke pot.

March 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


It’s time to close, and lock, the ‘-gate’

The Watergate scandal. It all started with the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters inside the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and resulted more than two years later in the first resignation by a sitting U.S. President. I was 14 at the time of the break-in and I remember it well. It seemed like that was all that was on the national TV newscasts for that entire two years and beyond. If Hollywood is to be believed, the break-in was first noticed and reported by a simple man from Greenbow, Ala., named Forrest ...

March 14, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Southern Charm isn’t charming

I'm not much for reality shows on television, but when I saw an advertisement for Southern Charm, a show set in Charleston, I thought I'd take a look.

March 14, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Wired to connect

Can we fully live without human connectedness? I believe I will rely on researchers at Psychology Today or the like to tackle and decipher all the answers to this tough question, but will safely say in my opinion, a life without human contact would not hold significant worth for most of us. We can attest to this by the relationships, the connectedness we hold with family, friends, with perfect strangers. It is the daily connections we have with our mom, our dad, our sister, our brother, our neighbor, our best friend, our co-worker. It is the guy in front of ...

March 14, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


How ‘bout that?

How 'bout riding in the backseat of a car driven by someone who uses the method of driving where you speed up until you're almost on top of another car and then you hit the brakes hard? How 'bout that indeed?

March 12, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Amazonian adventures

The printed page has been an introduction to dreams and anticipations for me since I was a child. When my Aunt Eva brought a large house and barn from the heirs of a very old spinster woman, I found a treasure trove! Back then, children were not as restrained as they are today with various activities and parents' eyes constantly upon them. The treasure trove was not gold, but a stash of National Geographics, some possibly as old as the magazine itself. When my mother told me reading was a waste of time, the activity took on even more delight ...

March 12, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doing the big hard right thing

We in South Carolina love our history. As William Faulkner said of the South, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

March 12, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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The scary part of Trump’s speech

I wrote today's column twice. I originally wrote a fairly straight-forward, "safe" examination of President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nation's ...

September 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The yankee and his music

Tink returned from a trip to Los Angeles and was recounting a conversation between himself and a friend during lunch. (Many in Southern California continue ...

September 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Main Street program showcases downtown Camden

Our hottest months are behind us as we begin to enjoy many upcoming events and activities. Our hours of day and night are roughly equal ...

September 22, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


More on the nuclear scandal

With each new revelation, our state's ongoing scandal of SCANA, Santee Cooper and their political dealing is providing new insights into how thoroughly corrupt ...

September 22, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lessons from the critters

A pretty funny thing happened just the other day. I won't say where, because that doesn't really matter, but the upshot of it ...

September 19, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


How Democrats won the presidency

WASHINGTON -- Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty.

September 19, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 15, 2017

Dear Danica Patrick,

September 19, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


School construction projects update

Last November, voters in Kershaw County approved a two-question $129 million referendum to move forward with a number of critical school construction projects. These projects ...

September 19, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Who’s an ‘illegal immigrant’?

On Tuesday's front page, we published a story I wrote about 42-year-old Gheorge Iordache, who pleaded guilty in late August to 60 of 97 ...

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shouting for joy

On occasion when I was child, we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her "home church," meaning it was the church ...

September 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


McRae’s Superfine Flour

Camden has long been known for its wheat flour production during the pre-Revolutionary period and for several decades after the war. "Fine Carolina flour" was ...

September 15, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Disasters and such

As Irma bore down on the U.S. mainland, the hysteria got more and more pronounced. It's only Friday as I write this -- she ...

September 12, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen.

September 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 12, 2017

Labor Day weekend 2017 at Darlington Raceway was the best of times … and then it got better or, depending on where your personal driver allegiances ...

September 12, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scandal, corruption, accountability

The current scandal of SCANA's (S.C. Electric and Gas parent company) and Santee Cooper's nuclear debacle is arguably the biggest scandal in ...

September 12, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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