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Editorial: Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. John McCain of Arizona have been buddies for a long time, and they're cut out of the same cloth: moderate Republicans who are willing to cross the aisle to get legislation passed. The far-right wing of the GOP makes a lot of noise about whacking Graham down to size, but he keeps winning elections by sizeable margins. That suits us fine. We'll have to admit we thought it was pretty funny recently when McCain said he'd like to see his "illegitimate son, Lindsey Graham" make a run for the ...

January 21, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Jan. 19, 2015

• A major tip of the C-I hat to newly installed District 5 Kershaw County Councilman Dennis Arledge, briefly hospitalized in recent days and, therefore unable to attend his first council meeting. It would have been easy for anyone in his situation to ask to take his oath of office at council's next meeting. Instead, he arranged to take the oath, with his wife at his bedside, from former Councilman Gene McCaskill on Jan. 13. Later that afternoon, at the official swearing-in ceremony, those gathered to see others take their oaths applauded enthusiastically when shown a picture of Arledge taking ...

January 19, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Equine park arena

The horse industry in Kershaw County took another sizeable leap forward this week thanks to the awarding of a $250,000 grant to fund a second covered show ring at the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) in the Charlotte Thompson community. This is a welcome addition to an already thriving facility and should help funnel more tourism and visitor dollars into Camden's and Kershaw County's business community.

January 16, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Obama and France

The relationship between the United States and France since World War II, when American soldiers saved the country, has sometimes been tense. The French have a tendency towards arrogance, and this often afflicts its leaders; certainly, Kershaw County residents who have visited Paris have seen "French attitude" first-hand among city denizens and businesspeople. Those who live in the countryside are generally more welcome and still appreciative of the long friendship between the two countries.

January 14, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Jan. 12, 2015

• We note the passing of Debi Davis, former director of special needs for the Kershaw County School District. According to her obituary, Davis died after a year and a half-long battle with pancreatic cancer. In Friday's edition, co-workers, administrators and a parent of a special needs child all lauded Davis' work with the district. The district pointed out she was one of Doby's Mill Elementary School's first teachers when it opened. A co-worker noted Davis' passion for her work in making sure special needs students were taken care of Kershaw County. Her passion extended to another aspect ...

January 12, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Yes, it’s cold, but…

Oh, sure, everyone's been complaining a bit about the bitterly cold weather we've been having here in Kershaw County this week. And, yes, it's been unseasonably frigid, with the temperature nearly reaching single digits Thursday morning, with a wind chill considerably lower than that. But a few days of shivering are a small price to pay for a climate that is superior to most others in this country. In fact, it gave us South Carolinians a chance to experience some of those temps we see when watching weather broadcast from Minnesota or North Dakota -- on a temperate ...

January 09, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorials: Harvard and PETA

We can't help but chuckle -- and shake our heads in dismay, at the same time -- at two recent incidents which clearly spotlight today's tendency to advocate a particular position, no matter what the consequences. In these cases, far-left groups are involved, and it's obvious that if they've ever heard the expression "what's good for the goose is good for the gander," they have no idea what it means.

January 07, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and Passed - Jan. 5, 2015

• We mark with sadness the recent death of S. Parker Young, who was one of the top leaders at DuPont's May Plant during its glory days, when more than 4,000 people were employed there. Born in Dalzell, Mr. Young graduated from Clemson and then the University of Illinois before returning home -- he was born in Sumter -- with DuPont. He rose to a position of influence through his hard work, steady demeanor and good humor. Mr. Young was active not only at the May Plant but in his community, serving his fellow citizens in a variety of ways. He ...

January 05, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: GOP

We mentioned in an editorial earlier this week that Republicans in Washington have great opportunity ahead of them; the country is tired of deadlock and is looking for an effective Congress which will pass legislation and put much of the partisan bickering behind. But if the GOP is to move ahead, especially with Hispanic and African-American voters, it must put behind it the long history of party members associated with race-tinged organizations or statements.

January 02, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Hello, 2015

As we wind down 2014 and enter another new year -- could 15 years possibly have passed since the vaunted millennium? -- there is much to look forward to here in Kershaw County and across the country. For the first time, there appears to be some traction in the economy, both locally and nationally, following a downturn that has been the worst financial period since the Great Depression.

December 31, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Dec. 29, 2014

• On the face of it, it appears the deal for Capella Healthcare to take over KershawHealth with the Medical University of South Carolina is a good one. As reported Friday, Capella will pay KershawHealth $45 million (actually, $36 million following a nearly $9 million discount for "cash, cash equivalencies, marketable securities" and so forth) to lease the healthcare organization's real estate for 40 years and purchase its remaining, non-real estate assets. In addition, Capella is promising to spend $55 million during the next 10 years on capital expenditures. In effect, this is a nearly $100 million shot in the ...

December 29, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: FOIA for 2015

Freedom of information (FOI) issues don't make for juicy reading, as some things involving the General Assembly do. They're fairly mundane and generally don't attract the interest of too many people. But such issues are extremely important, and there are several of them which are surfacing in the legislature for the coming year.

December 26, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: Christmas story

As we celebrate the holiest day of Christendom, we pause to wish our readers of all faiths a joyous season, and we hope the yuletide spirit will be pervasive throughout Kershaw County. For Christians, it is always comforting to read the Christmas story from the second chapter of Luke, and we pass that along to you, from the King James version of The Bible:

December 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Dec. 22, 2014

• Beverly Hope Melton's murder on Dec. 26 three years ago shocked Kershaw and Chesterfield counties. Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 26, continues to be held at the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) after he reportedly confessed to abducting Melton in Chesterfield County, repeatedly raping her and then beating her death with a baseball bat in Kershaw County. Miller even led authorities to Melton's body. Despite his reported confession, Miller has yet to work out a plea deal or face a jury. And he won't, as we reported Friday, until Feb. 9, 2016, more than four years after his arrest ...

December 22, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: Court decisions

Two prominent decisions in South Carolina courts this week have been just and fair -- exactly the way most people would like to see the legal system work. The first was a decision by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen to overturn the 1944 conviction of a 14-year-old boy who was sent to the electric chair back in the Jim Crow days of this state for the murder of two girls.

December 19, 2014 | | Editorials


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Editorial: An eyesore

In the most recent installment of our "Is Kershaw County being left behind?" series of articles on economic development, we looked at some non-industrial pieces of the puzzle. One highly visible sign of economic health in a community -- successful or poor -- is the number of active storefronts, whether individual buildings or as part of shopping centers.

April 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Social Security

Lawmakers in Washington have long ignored the fact that the Social Security system in this country is broken. On the brink of insolvency, Social Security needs major revamping, whether it comes in the form of benefit reductions, tax increases or both. Congress has refused to consider benefit cuts decades out in the future, even for young adults who are just now starting to pay into the system. They are turning their backs on such simple fixes as delaying the age by a year or two at which people can start receiving their monthly allotments. Bear in mind, we aren't ...

April 24, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: GOP needs to broaden appeal

The Republican presidential field is already getting crowded, and the South Carolina GOP primary is often viewed as a bellwether for White House hopefuls. Because this is a conservative state, candidates in past years have often moved to the right while campaigning here. But a new poll shows Republican voters in South Carolina might be moving away from some of the hard-line social issues they have embraced in the past. As a side note, many political observers believe the party "had better get out of people's bedrooms if it wants to broaden its appeal."

April 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 20, 2015

• Last week's seizure by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Old Armory Steak & Seafood on Rutledge Street marks at least the temporary loss of one of Camden and Kershaw County's premier restaurants. It is an unfortunate blow to the downtown Camden economy. Each business provides potential traffic to another and the loss of any one diminishes such beneficial ripple effects. Locals cheered the Old Armory's opening in 2006 so soon after the closing of the previous tenant, The Paddock. Many people and businesses have celebrated the holidays, proms, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, birthdays and more at the Old ...

April 20, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Jordan Spieth

With Augusta being only a couple hours away from Kershaw County, the Masters golf tournament holds a great deal of allure for this area. The azaleas at Augusta National are famous for their popping colors and their beauty, but they're no prettier than those which are currently at their peak in Camden, we might add. But there's something magical about the Masters, which is ranked by many players as the one tournament they'd like to win more than any other.

April 17, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Improving the city

There have been many great additions to the Camden landscape in recent years -- to name a few, the statues of Joseph Kershaw and King Haiglar at the Town Green; the Bernard Baruch and Larry Doby statuary at the Camden Archives; and the new pocket park where the former Maxway building stood. All these have added to the town's appearance and ambience.

April 15, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 13, 2015

• Congratulations to Johnny Deal and Richard Walkirch for receiving, respectively, the United Way of Kershaw County's Jake Watson and Ann Dallas awards. Deal, often known as "Mr. Camden" or "Mr. Facebook" around town, is one of many people's favorite personalities. That doesn't necessarily win you awards. What does is a commitment to community involvement, which Deal has in spades, working with the Camden Jaycees, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Community Medical Clinic, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, the United Way and more. As for volunteerism, we can't imagine a more worthy recipient for the Dallas ...

April 13, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Fringe groups

We're not too high on elected officials who hew to positions on the fringes. Like many, we believe adherence to strict political philosophies is one of the primary reasons for the polarization in American politics today. There just aren't many lawmakers in Washington today who are willing to sit down and work things out despite their political differences, as there were for decades.

April 10, 2015 | | Editorials


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