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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


Noted and Passed

• So, voters will have to go back to the polls a week from Tuesday, thanks to runoffs for one local race and two state races. While it wasn't inevitable, having three people vie for the Republican nomination for Kershaw County Council chairman certainly increased the chance for a runoff. At one point during election returns, it appeared Julian Burns hit the magic 50.1 percent to avoid a runoff, but voters turned out to be too split between him and challengers Gene Hartis and Ben Connell. Hartis came in second, but decided not to face Burns a second time ...

June 16, 2014 | | Editorials


Graham and Cantor

Politics is often surprising, and trends don't always develop the way the so-called political pundits predict. Nowhere was that more evident Tuesday than in South Carolina and Virginia. Sen. Lindsey Graham swept to a resounding Palmetto State victory over a host of primary opponents, winning the nomination without having to endure a run-off, while in Virginia, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went down to a surprising defeat, knocked off by a little-known, under-financed Tea Party candidate.

June 13, 2014 | | Editorials


Eyes on Pinehurst

The eyes of the sporting nation will be focused on the Carolinas -- Pinehurst, N.C., to be specific -- for the next two weeks as the men's and women's U. S. Open golf championships are held at the classic Pinehurst Number Two course, designed by famed golf course architect Donald Ross, who also crafted Camden Country Club. It will be the first time men and women pros have played their championships on the same course, and many are calling the back-to-back competitions a stroke of genius. Indeed, women pros, who've never garnered as much attention as their male ...

June 11, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - June 9, 2014

• Tuesday is primary day and, as we always do, we urge everyone to go out and vote. Primaries tend to have a lower turnout than the general elections in November, but this year's primary may turn out to have a high participation rate. That's because several important races will be decided on Tuesday rather than in the fall. The biggest of these, of course, is that for Kershaw County Sheriff. With two Republican candidates and no Democratic contenders, Tuesday is the one and only time this year voters can decide who will be their next sheriff. The race ...

June 09, 2014 | | Editorials


Texting ban

At long last, the S.C. General Assembly seems poised to pass a bill that will ban texting while driving. The move is overdue; South Carolina is one of only three states in the union which don't have such a law, but we suppose that late is better than never. House and Senate solons agreed earlier this week to a measure that will make texting while driving illegal. The law, if approved as expected, will take precedence over local laws passed by various communities, including one in Camden.

June 06, 2014 | | Editorials


Tourism director

Tourism is more important than ever before to our economy, not just in the city of Camden and Kershaw County, but throughout South Carolina and the Southeast. It is especially important to Camden, however, as the general economy has remained sluggish despite recent turnarounds.

June 04, 2014 | | Editorials


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She’s back

No couple in America stirs emotions like Bill and Hillary Clinton, so when she showed up at an Iowa political festival acting more and more like a presidential candidate, it caused quite a flap among those who have begun such movements as "Ready For Hillary," and also among those who'd rather see anybody than her become president. But it proved one thing: that even after decades in the spotlight of the political arena, she still commands attention.

September 19, 2014 | | Editorials


The Harrell case

It was another black eye for South Carolina last week when Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives, was indicted by a Richland County grand jury on nine counts, including illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, filing false campaign disclosures and misconduct in office. Harrell suspended himself -- how's that for an oddity? -- and will now face his government accusers. South Carolina certainly doesn't have a monopoly on political malfeasance but the Palmetto State has had more than its share of governmental scandal. We say that fully recognizing that Harrell is innocent until proven guilty.

September 17, 2014 | | Editorials


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