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The trouble with Washington

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke earlier this week to reporters, he unknowingly commented on one of the reasons Americans are fed up with Washington and what elected officials there are doing. "We may not agree on much, but I think with rare exception all 100 senators want to get out of here and get back to their states," Reid said. Translation: we're not going to address the massive budget problems this nation has because we need to go campaign so we don't lose our cushy jobs."

October 01, 2010 | | Editorials


Education basics

Every time test results are released from public schools in South Carolina, including those here in Kershaw County, there is either celebration or hand-wringing. Some years scores spike upwards, and in others years they disappoint. And here, as across the United States, various theories are advanced about what measures can be taken to improve school performance. Smaller schools and class sizes are often favorite subjects when it comes to "here's what we need to do." And of course, that involves pushing more taxpayer dollars towards education.

September 29, 2010 | | Editorials


Noted and passed for Sept. 27, 2010

* Sometimes politicians become so accustomed to hearing what they want to hear, they can't comprehend reality. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska lost in the recent Republican primary to Joe Miller, a Tea Party-backed candidate. Murkowski conceded, then announced she'll run as a write-in Republican in the general election. This is a different circumstance than when Joe Lieberman ran as an independent after losing a primary, and we aren't even sure what a "write-in Republican" is. We hope, however, she'll hear the voters loud and clear when they reject her for a second time.

September 27, 2010 | | Editorials


Harry Reid

This week's refusal by the U. S. Senate to repeal the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits gays from openly serving in the military, was just one more example of the partisan bickering that has paralyzed the lawmaking process in this country. Republicans and Democrats couldn't come to an agreement on procedure, and the loser was again the American people. Top military officials, including the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, favor rescinding the policy, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted on attaching a number of other ...

September 24, 2010 | C-I editorial | Editorials


Jimmy Carter

One of those doctored photographs is making the round on the Internet these days – circulated by Republicans, no doubt – in which former President Jimmy Carter is shown in a happy mood, saying, "I'm no longer the worse president!" It's a slam at President Obama, of course, but it brings up what is certainly a sore point with the former Georgia governor and president: that many regard him as one of the worst chief executives in history. When many people think of Carter's administration, they remember high interest rates, soaring inflation and the embarrassment of the Iranian hostage ...

September 22, 2010 | | Editorials


Voter discontent

For most of the last 50 years, a curious phenomenon has existed among the American electorate, even when things weren't going well for the country and people. In bad times, people tended to disapprove of the job Congress was doing as a whole, but they didn't blame their own Congressman. That explains the fact that people get elected over and over in Washington. But a recent New York Times/CBS poll shows a dangerous sign for Washington incumbents: the highest proportion of voters in two decades say it's time for their own member of Congress to be ...

September 17, 2010 | C-I editorial | Editorials


Government vs. private business

Most private companies which have a significant number of employees will agree that their abilities will run fairly close to the "bell curve" that college professors often used in the past to assign grades to their students. In that concept. about 10 percent of employees aren't doing as well as they should and must either improve or be terminated; on the other end about the same percentage are the most outstanding workers in the company, those who are leaders and get the most promotions. Between those two extremes are people ranging from below average to average to above average ...

September 01, 2010 | | Editorials


Noted and passed

• When Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 and became chairman of the Republican National Committee, revealed that he is gay, it was pretty much a non-story, which is a good thing. Conservative Republicans are focused on financial issues and the inability of Washington to control spending rather than what's going on behind the doors of private homes. That's reasonable and places focus where it should be; it also indicates increasing tolerance among all Americans.

August 30, 2010 | | Editorials


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Elgin’s spirit

Elgin is certainly not the same community that it was a few decades ago. The sleepy little crossroads that existed then has now become the primary growth area in Kershaw County, with housing developments having sprung up all over West Wateree. The area is populated not only with citizens who were born and raised in Kershaw County but many who have moved across the county line from neighboring Richland County, and others who have found their way there from throughout the United States.

September 12, 2014 | | Editorials


Truett Cathy

Folks in Kershaw County were excited a year or so ago when Chick-fil-A opened a store between Camden and Lugoff. The fast-food restaurant is one of the favorite quick eateries in the United States, especially in the South, where fried chicken has been a staple for centuries. We note that Truett Cathy, the founder of the 1,800-outlet chain, died recently at the age of 93.

September 10, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Sept. 8, 2014

• On the opposite page, you will see a column from S.C. Press Association (SCPA) Executive Director Bill Rogers on how two Lowcountry school board members left a meeting early and another one decided to not attend at all because of what they felt was an improper and possibly illegal executive session to discuss proposals to renovate an old school into district offices. We applaud those Jasper County school board members as well. However, we are also concerned with other recent S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) violations. For example, and also from the Lowcountry: Beaufort City Council failed ...

September 08, 2014 | | Editorials


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