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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


Noted and passed - June 2, 2014

• There is no doubt that the Ross E. Beard Jr. gun collection -- really it is so much more than that -- has energized interest in what is already one of Camden's crown jewels: the Camden Archives and Museum. Beard loaned a significant portion of his collection to the city more than a year ago. Friday's exciting news that the city is contemplating purchasing the entire collection outright means that the guns, photographs, spy gear and other memorabilia could be permanently housed at the archives. As of last August, just months after the Beard exhibit opened, Archives Director Katherine Richardson ...

June 02, 2014 | | Editorials


Lake safety

With Memorial Day just behind us, the "official season" at Lake Wateree has begun, and between now and Labor Day, thousands of Kershaw County residents will be taking to the lake to enjoy summer fun. Duke Energy recently released a summer safety document, and we'd like to join in urging people to use sound judgment and common sense at the lake, lest recreation turn into tragedy.

May 30, 2014 | | Editorials


VA brouhaha

Noted conservative commentator and writer George Will made a valid point recently in discussing the crisis at the Veterans Affairs Department. The federal government, he said, is really good at one thing: writing checks. But when it comes to operational matters, Uncle Sam seems to regularly find new and innovative ways to foul things up. The VA brouhaha is a classic example.

May 28, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 26, 2014

• As KershawHealth begins to reveal more details and implement its recently released strategic plan, it's good to see strong support coming from both the KershawHealth Foundation and Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA). As published Friday, the two organizations are showing that support in the form of a more than $1 million investment -- a $675,000 grant from the foundation and another $345,000 in CCRA donations raised from past Cups -- to install a new nurse call system at the main campus' medical center. As KershawHealth's press release pointed out, the new system doesn't merely upgrade a patient ...

May 26, 2014 | | Editorials


Moderates win

If Republicans hope to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats this fall, the party will need to have broader appeal than the support of the Tea Party and other hard-line conservative groups. Tuesday's elections opened that door across the country as in several states, moderate Republicans won primary victories over well-financed challengers from the right.

May 23, 2014 | | Editorials


Head to the polls

Politically, it's a bit of an unusual year here in Kershaw County and South Carolina. Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell is stepping down to become the president of the College of Charleston, and those in line to succeed him say they don't want the thankless and mostly meaningless job. But in the meantime, there are four candidates running for that post in the June Republican primary, so it obviously appeals to somebody. We suspect there is the lingering hope that becoming lieutenant governor is a stepping stone to the governor's office, although it hasn't been so in ...

May 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 19, 2014

• Polo. For many, the word immediately conjures up the phrase "the sport of kings." It's origins date back to, possibly, as early as the 6th century B.C. in Persia, apparently used as a training game for the king's guard or other elite cavalry units. Today, polo is played professionally in 16 countries. It is also played in Camden on the nation's second oldest polo field, built in 1898. Visitors from around the world gathered to watch polo matches on that field for the next 50 years. Interest waned in the latter half of the 20th century ...

May 19, 2014 | | Editorials


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Spurrier v. Swinney

Everyone knows that when it comes to sports, football reigns supreme here in Kershaw County and South Carolina. Whereas basketball might be the top sport in neighboring North Carolina, it's a distant second -- or probably even third -- here in the Palmetto State. And these are heady times for gridiron enthusiasts of both the University of South Carolina and Clemson; both teams have enjoyed success in the past few seasons, and that momentum has carried over into recruiting, in which both schools are piling up classes that are among the nation's best.

August 01, 2014 | | Editorials


Negative ads

Kershaw County residents are getting ready to face what other voters across the country are going to see in the next few months: an onslaught of political ads, many of them nasty in character, and a high percentage of them paid for not by candidates but by special interest groups which have amassed millions upon millions of dollars to spread their messages. And, of course, the bulk of those messages will be negative. These groups are both Democratic and Republican, conservative and liberal. Altogether, according to news reports, such factions are going to buy $2 billion worth of ad time ...

July 30, 2014 | | Editorials


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


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