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Noted and passed - July 21, 2014

• It looks like it's full steam ahead for KershawHealth and its strategic plan. In recent weeks, we have reported on the creation -- after several years of hard work -- of a general surgery division; the recruitment of a new orthopedic surgeon; the signing of an agreement with Orthopedic Advantage to create a top-level orthopedic center in Kershaw County; and an already established agreement with Team Health to transform KershawHealth's emergency department in order to fast-track non-emergent patients allowing staff to focus on those in true emergency situations. Dr. T. Chris Tran, the new orthopedic surgeon, joined Camden Bone & Joint ...

July 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Not so transparent

President Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history, has delivered perhaps the least transparent. Following the trend of other recent presidents, Obama has kept a tight lid on the press, rarely interacting with reporters in a spontaneous fashion and instead relying on the spin of his White House press directors. And it has gotten worse the longer Obama has been in office; one report last week indicated that the administration was denying access on a variety of subjects with increasing regularity. The Associated Press reported, "In category after category -- except for reducing numbers of old requests and a ...

July 18, 2014 | | Editorials


Obama and race

Attorney General Eric Holder's recent statement that race plays a part in some Americans' opposition to President Obama's policies has stirred strong reaction from both liberals and conservatives, and reaction has highlighted the fact -- no surprise here -- that blacks and whites often look at issues of race differently. We suspect that Kershaw County would mirror the national opinions of a recent Gallup poll in which people were asked whether this country's criminal justice system is biased against blacks. More than two-thirds of whites said no, while about the same percentage of blacks said yes.

July 16, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - July 14, 2014

• For years, the public and the media have made fun of celebrities for mangling The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting and other major events. While we didn't hear of any particular instances this Independence Day, we did hear of one local "star" who did their hometown proud: 12-year-old Louisa DeLoach. As we related on our front page Wednesday, Louisa is a rising seventh-grader at Camden Middle School. She played percussion in the sixth grade band and also plays guitar. She also sings our national anthem. The first time most people heard her do so was at this year's Carolina ...

July 14, 2014 | | Editorials


Harrell ruling

We were glad to see the S.C. Supreme Court rule that Alan Wilson, the state's attorney general, can continue his probe into possible improprieties by Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives. Lawyers for Harrell had attempted to have Wilson removed from the case. Wilson had originally asked a state grand jury to investigate whether Harrell had broken ethics laws in several different instances.

July 11, 2014 | | Editorials


War on cancer

The war on cancer, begun with so much optimism several decades ago, has not proven to be as successful as scientists and physicians had hoped. Though there have certainly been breakthroughs, especially in the field of early diagnosis, cures for many forms of cancer have remained elusive. And the hope of eliminating the dread disease altogether isn't any more a reality today than it was long ago.

July 09, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - July 7, 2014

• We hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend, with fireworks, grilling out and generally having fun. We should all remember, of course, that the Fourth is Independence Day, commemorating that day 238 years ago that the original 13 colonies declared their independence from the British crown. Actually signed on July 2, final approval came on July 4 and, so, with that date on the publication, Americans came to celebrate that date as its independence from England. Since then, brave men and women have fought and died both to secure that independence and maintain this country's freedoms. Among those ...

July 07, 2014 | | Editorials


The presidency

It's not easy being president these days. If you doubt that, look no further than a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, a respected non-partisan entity that doesn't have an ax to grind with either major political party. The new poll shows that President Obama is now regarded as the worst president since World War II, surpassing George W. Bush, who was previously considered the worst. It's no coincidence that the two chief executives at the bottom of the standings are the last two to serve in the Oval Office.

July 04, 2014 | | Editorials


Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is already being anointed by some Democrats as the party's next presidential nominee, but some people have short memories. Clinton also was being handed the party's crown prior to the 2008 election, but a man named Barack Obama came along and Clinton abruptly slid into second place. Now, after giving up the secretary of state's position, Clinton's poll numbers are already falling, and she's starting to make some gaffes that are dimming the luster.

July 02, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - June 30, 2014

• We think most Camden residents will be pleased at the prospect that the city will -- assuming second reading of an authorizing ordinance passes on July 8 -- purchase what used to be Camden City Hall and the Camden Opera House. It's been nearly 60 years since city offices moved out of the top floor of the building atop which the King Hagler Clock Tower sits on the southeast corner of Broad and Rutledge streets. The building, currently the home of a thrift store and former home to Peebles and B.C. Moore's department stores, served as Camden's fourth ...

June 30, 2014 | | Editorials


Thomas Ravenel

A few years back, Thomas Ravenel had the aura of a rising political star in South Carolina. Though he'd lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2004, two years later he was elected state treasurer, a fairly meaningless position that nevertheless provides exposure for politicians jostling for higher office. That didn't last long, as Ravenel was arrested on cocaine charges and resigned; he later pled guilty and spent 10 months in federal prison.

June 27, 2014 | | Editorials


VA changes needed now

As new evidence emerges on a regular basis showing the poor state of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, all Americans should be aggrieved that those who fought for this country have been treated, in many instances, so shabbily. The latest charges came Monday in a letter from the U.S. Office Of Special Counsel to the White House revealing the lack of attention paid to psychiatric patients. In one case, the letter said, a veteran with a service-connected psychiatric condition was in a facility for eight years before he received a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; in another case, a ...

June 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and Passed

** The City of Camden has come up with a good interim solution for the former Maxway building site downtown, electing to turn it into a green space at a minimal cost. Having a "mini-park" downtown, where visitors enter from the I-20 interchange, will help spiff up the town and provide an appropriate welcome.

June 23, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Editorials


Editorial - Thomley’s lawsuit

When people decide to run for public office -- to hold themselves up to scrutiny among voters -- they are in effect saying they're willing to subject themselves to the kind of comment, investigation and criticism that private citizens can avoid. That's what David Thomley did on two occasions, running for sheriff four years ago and then again this year. So we find it curious that two days after being soundly defeated by incumbent sheriff Jim Matthews, Thomley filed a $2-million libel/slander suit charging he'd been defamed by comments Matthews made during an investigation at Camden Military Academy ...

June 20, 2014 | | Editorials


Tenure laws

A California judge did a good service kids when he declared unconstitutional that state's teacher tenure laws, which virtually prevent classroom instructors from getting fired, no matter how poorly they might perform. The concept of tenure -- granting job permanency to teachers -- first arose decades ago on college campuses, where it was argued that it was needed to allow professors so speak their minds without having to worry about being fired. Today, with all sorts of free-speech guarantees, it's an outmoded concept, and even more so at the elementary and high school level.

June 18, 2014 | | Editorials


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Noted and passed - July 28, 2014

• Friday's report that Amtrak is going to spend the next several months refurbishing Camden's passenger rail station off West DeKalb Street is welcome news. Built in 1937, it has shown its age for decades and never more so than now with holes in the platform's canopy, rotting timbers and other problems that make it a less than desirable place to stop. Amtrak says their No. 1 priority is making the facility Americans with Disabilities Act compliant -- and that's a very good thing -- from the parking lot to the station and onto the platform and train. But ...

July 28, 2014 | | Editorials


Rhame Arena

We're glad to see that the city of Camden is exploring alternatives for aging Rhame Arena. The building is becoming more dilapidated with each passing year, and something needs to be done, whether it's razing it or restoring it. Of course, money is a factor, just as it is in all government decisions these days. We will say that city officials have overworked the bureaucratic jargon in their appraisal of the situation, saying an "adaptive reuse" could be a possible alternative. We are assuming "adaptive reuse" means repairing the building and making it feasible for some type of ...

July 25, 2014 | | Editorials


A disturbing trend

We wrote recently of the disturbing trend in the White House of spinning every issue through press spokesmen rather than engaging in open questioning about issues of interest to Americans. A lack of transparency isn't limited to the federal government, as the S.C. Supreme Court has recently issued two troubling rulings which limit public access in the Palmetto State.

July 23, 2014 | | Editorials


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