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Sheheen’s message is the right one

(I am turning over my column today to a transcript of State Sen. Vincent Sheheen's speech to the 2017 Class of Junior Leadership Kershaw County, given at the class' annual dinner on April 27. I do this because I think it is exactly what everyone -- young and old -- needs to hear as we continue to deal with some unpleasant truths about our society while growing into an even better country than we already are.)

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Adjust your headlamp

Two weeks ago on a trail found somewhere between the middle of nowhere and a dense forest, 67 passionate, energetic hikers began a 30-mile walk in the park. Well … maybe "a walk in the park" is not the best way to describe it. Perhaps a grueling, elevation-changing, humid, snake-sighting, flash-flooding trek would be a better way to characterize these thirty miles. I should also mention we jumped on the trail starting at 3:30 a.m. wearing headlamps and were required to finish the miles within 12 to 15 hours.

May 12, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Do-right women in a do-wrong world

WASHINGTON -- For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope.

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


Fire good: reprise

I recently bit the bullet and did something I've been meaning to do for about two years now.

May 09, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The win-win twins

WASHINGTON -- Actors Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump are like twins separated at birth. Both became rich and famous -- by hook in one case and by whatever in the other -- each to his own mind born to win.

May 09, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mother's Day 2017

Tink and I stopped by to see my niece, Nicole, and somehow the conversation got around to the adventure I had, on my own, followed when I was barely old enough to vote.

May 09, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Remembering our fallen heroes

On April 25, our city council and mayor pro tem Deborah H. Davis proclaimed the week of May 14-20, 2017, as Police Week in the city of Camden. This is a great honor to the Camden Police Department as well as to officers nationwide. Many local governments make this proclamation annually in unison with the national proclamation which was first initiated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Then, President Kennedy designated May 15 of every year to be "Peace Officers Memorial Day," and the week in which that date falls as "Police Week." Law Enforcement across the nation honors ...

May 09, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reading makes you well-rounded

The British newspaper Independent recently published an article titled "32 books that will make you a well-rounded person." The author was one of the publication's business reporters, Catherine Rice, so I'm not sure how ... um ... literally (yes, I know, you're groaning) I should take the list. In fact, a lot of people commenting on the article's webpage basically called it rubbish.

May 05, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A confederacy of dictators

WASHINGTON -- It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president's ear.

May 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


County nuggets

The brand new Studebaker had a 40 gallon gas tank. In the early 1950s, a nice gentleman stopped at the Gulf station in Cassatt for a fill-up and the locals said the affable man stated he was traveling U.S. 1 from New York to Florida, where he was looking at various business opportunities. Walt Disney thanked everyone for their courtesy and then headed south.

May 05, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden Military Academy is a hidden gem

Like many of you, I grew up in Camden and I love my historic, picturesque community. However, I never really paid much attention or knew much about a hidden jewel in our community: Camden Military Academy.

May 05, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Trump right to focus on manufacturing

I recently read an op-ed from Paul Krugman titled, "Why don't all jobs matter?" In the article, Krugman took issue with President Trump's focus on manufacturing-related jobs. Taking issue with Trump is expected from writers like Krugman, but he shows he does not understand economic development when he equates the importance of manufacturing jobs to all other jobs. For balance, I will first say, of course, all jobs matter and there are steps supported by both Trump and others, such as Bernie Sanders that could be taken to help support jobs in all sectors. The popular sales tax ...

May 02, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Major, major, biggly biggly, enough, enough

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump couldn't be more relieved than this columnist for the end of the blasted first 100 days.

May 02, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Maxine, the Bible and the gun

Maxine, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman. She's exceedingly feminine, gracious, charming and tough as nails under her soft skin. Everyone who knows her loves her.

May 02, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A part represents the whole in WWII service

If one eats a slice from a chocolate cake, he expects the whole cake to have a chocolate taste. If we examine the records of servicemen during WWII from a rural school district in Kershaw County, could we expect this "slice" to be similar to the remainder of the county or perhaps even similar to the state and nation? Suppose we put this hypothesis to a test.

May 02, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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The missing

Thursday marked a tragic sixth anniversary for the people of Saipan, the principal island of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI ...

May 26, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An orb, a sword and a slap

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- By now you're exhausted by all the head-swiveling news -- the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president's trip to Everywhere; and ...

May 26, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pinto beans, cornbread and buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

May 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Pine tree pests and their characteristics

The unofficial start of summer is upon us and with it will come months of high temperatures, periods of no rain and occasional storms accompanied ...

May 26, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Chamber has much to celebrate

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center has a lot to celebrate! On May 12, the chamber hosted its Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony ...

May 23, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good luck, Mr. President?

PALM BEACH - So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar ...

May 23, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

May 23, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Horses, history and a call for help

A Sunday afternoon sitting on the porch talking history, horses and dogs with Janson Cox was almost more than I could ask for. Mr. Cox ...

May 23, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. FOIA is better now

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently underwent some surgery. Things were a little dicey there for a while, but it's doing ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


FOIA reform

It's been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents.

May 19, 2017 | By S.C. Press Executive Director Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


The future of Camden

Former elected officials, namely me, probably have no business writing columns about the city, but many people continue to imagine I can still address what ...

May 19, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


The forgotten fort

Camden is proud of her Revolutionary War heritage. The Battle of Camden and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill play pivotal roles in the history of ...

May 19, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doctor, doctor: part tres

I really dislike going to the doctor.

May 16, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A Trumpian world of shifting reality

WASHINGTON -- Facts aren't facts; truth isn't true; reality isn't real.

May 16, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


City committed to strong infrastructure

Good government is forever working to sustain future prosperity and building for tomorrow. The city budget must always include infrastructure, just as our vision must ...

May 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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