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A fresh start

Posted: December 29, 2010 4:51 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2010 5:00 a.m.

As the final minutes of 2010 wind toward midnight, there are probably many people in Kershaw County who won’t be sad to see the curtain fall on this year. The economy remained stagnant; jobs didn’t bounce back as everyone had hoped they would; the housing market is still in the doldrums; and we suffered through one of the most brutal summers in history. Yet there is hope ahead as we move into the second decade of the 21st century.

For the first time in three or four years, economists are agreeing that signs are positive. In noting that, we must admit that we can’t always believe the soothsayers and polls; for instance, on the heels of perhaps the biggest Christmas season in history, when consumers unloosed their pocketbooks in stunning amounts, one poll showed that consumer confidence fell during the month. Somewhere, the pollsters aren’t getting it.

Here in Kershaw County, the election of a new sheriff promises more cooperation among law enforcement than citizens have seen in years. A new county council, operating under a first-time chairman, has an opportunity to erase past divisions and move the county forward in a positive manner. Camden officials are doing all they can to make the downtown area strong and vibrant. Young people continue to come back to the county to live or to move here for the first time. There’s a lot to be thankful for.

Let us take this opportunity to wish all Chronicle-Independent readers peace, prosperity, good health and joy during 2011. A year from now, we hope that everyone can look back and exclaim, “That was a darned good year.”

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