Most Kershaw County residents will breathe a sigh of relief this morning because they'll no longer be subjected to the constant bombardment of negative political ads which have dominated the airwaves for the past couple months. The so-called political operatives who run campaigns insist negative ads are used because they're effective. We challenge that; such commercials might have worked a few years ago, before they were used by nearly every candidate, but we'd wager that for most voters, they have lost their power.
• Politics is a cruel game. With Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, locked in a tight battle for re-election, there's already a lot of squirming going on in Washington about which senator will become the majority leader if the Democrats retain control and Reid is defeated. It's bad form, of course, for those interested in the position to be too overt, so Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois, both of whom are said to be desirous of being majority leader, are quietly spreading around campaign funds to many different candidates and states, all ...
We suppose writing editorials about voting can be a recitation of clichés – "the most basic right of Americans," "the cornerstone of democracy," those kinds of things. But however hackneyed they might sound, they're true. Never was the power of the vote more evident than two years ago when Barack Obama energized the American electorate as it had not been energized in years. Obama rushed to a landslide win by exciting people about the prospects of changing America in a positive way. Now, if we are to believe polls showing a sizeable Republican win next Tuesday, Americans are saying ...
There's never a good time to raise taxes, and that might seem truer today than ever before. The economy is still struggling to recover and unemployment remains high. In the midst of such conditions, Kershaw County voters are facing a penny sales tax question which will be on the ballot next week. We hope it will be approved, though we say that with some reluctance because of economic conditions and the havoc they have wrought on families.
• With Southern Democratic members of Congress facing a backlash from voters who are fed up with what's happening in Washington, many of them are trying to distance themselves from the policies of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Perhaps Rep. Roy Herron, a Democrat from the Sixth District of Tennessee, has come up with the best verbiage for that. Herron calls himself a "truck-driving, shotgun-shooting, Bible-reading, gospel-preaching, crime-fighting, family-loving country boy." Now that's what we'd call plain southern talk.
The last major economic report before the November elections is not good news for the Obama administration and Democratic candidates campaigning for seats in Congress.
• Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky is locked in a close race with Democrat Jack Conway. Paul, a free-market advocate, wants to do away with the Internal Revenue Service and simplify the tax code. He wants to replace the income tax with a national sales tax, an idea that's not bad but will have a hard time getting traction. But he is exactly right in saying the federal tax code is impossibly complex and onerous.
Military voting has not always been a satisfying or successful experience.
It's no wonder that President Obama could watch his party suffer one of the biggest flameouts in political history next month. There's massive dissatisfaction with politics in Washington, and it starts at the top -- in the White House. On the campaign trail, Obama promised a new way of doing things, an openness and transparency that would allow Americans of all persuasions to look deeply into the government process. Yet he's adopted the same closed-door stance that has led so many Americans to mistrust their elected officials in the nation's capital.
* In nominating Supreme Court justices, many lawmakers and advocacy groups emphasize the importance of diversity on the high court, of having the court "look like" the country at large. We agree with that concept. We do, however, find it interesting that 52 percent of Americans are Protestants but there isn't a single Protestant on the Supreme Court, and we haven't heard a hue and cry over that. We're merely pointing out a statistic, and there's one more we'll throw out: every single member of the high court is a graduate of an Ivy League university ...
We've gone back and forth in our views on the case heard Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court involving a Kansas church which has protested at the funerals of dead American soldiers with such distasteful signs as "Thank God For Dead Soldiers." The issue is whether or not First Amendment free speech rights carry over to disrupting private funerals. Church members say that because the deceased soldier's father was interviewed by a local newspaper that he became a public figure and was thus targetable by a protest. The father's supporters contend that a protest that intentionally ...
The full effects of the Obama health care plan are yet to be seen; indeed, most lawmakers in Washington couldn't possibly have read the entire bill in its voluminous form when they voted to pass it, so we'll be discovering things as we go forward -- and as one publication pointed out recently, some of those things will be completely counterproductive to good government and will, during the administration of possibly the most anti-business president in history, throw huge and expensive amounts of paperwork on small businesses.
* We were pleased to see former Camden resident Claire Bryant receive the prestigious Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, presented recently in New York City by McGraw-Hill Publishing Companies. Bryant, a skilled cellist, has long been involved in teaching others and in spreading the glories of music. Her recognition was appropriate.
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."
What should have been a celebration of a sturdy football win by Camden High School (CHS) turned into an ugly incident Friday night at Zemp Stadium when a brawl occurred as players went through the handshake line following the game. The incident led to a significant amount of publicity across the state, causing a black eye to CHS and the city itself. While various investigations of the fight continue, including scrutiny by the Camden Police Department for possible criminal conduct, it appears the brawl was triggered by Dreher players.
• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...
Here in Kershaw County there are hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, the cruel malady that attacks the brain. There are millions of Americans across the country who have fallen prey to Alzheimer's, yet research efforts to find a cure have been consistently disappointing over the last few decades. But two researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have been successful in essentially growing Alzheimer's in a petri dish, and scientists hope that's going to be a breakthrough in studying possible new treatments for the disease.
For only the second time in its history, the Chronicle-Independent is endorsing a candidate for political office. And, as we did four years ago, we are, again, wholeheartedly endorsing State Sen. Vincent Sheheen for governor of South Carolina.
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