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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


Editorial: Police officers

With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It's interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make "reasonable mistakes" in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don't include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...

December 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Dec. 15, 2014

• A tip of the C-I hat to Kershaw County Deputy Fred Tiah, a school resource officer at Stover Middle School in Elgin. Tiah, as we reported Friday, is from Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries in this year's Ebola crisis. Recognizing he has been welcomed to and is finding success in America, Tiah says he wants to help children in his native country who have been orphaned by the deadly disease. He's put his idea into action, raising money to help pay for the children's education and medical supplies. Tiah also wants to be a role model ...

December 15, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: KershawHealth deal

If people in Kershaw County had their druthers, they'd probably prefer that KershawHealth, the facility that grew out of the old Kershaw County Memorial Hospital, would be locally owned. But in a day when consolidation and economies of scale are bywords, it finally became impossible, and KershawHealth trustees voted unanimously Monday night to sell the hospital to a company partnered by Capella Healthcare of Tennessee and the Medical University of South Carolina. A caveat: some might argue with the word "sell," since the transaction is a complicated arrangement, but in essence, that's what it is.

December 12, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: Term limits

The concept of term limits peaked and then declined a few years ago, but the basic idea of putting a stopper on the time people can spend making laws is a sound one. The S.C. House of Representatives, in the wake of the Bobby Harrell scandal, is now moving to limit a speaker to no more than five terms, or 10 years. And nationally, voices are beginning to sound alarms which would prevent career politicians from continuing to pull the levers of power for decades.

December 10, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Dec. 8, 2014

• We note Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley's decision not to run for reelection in February. Hanley said increased responsibilities with his full-time job would make it difficult to keep up with the day-to-day responsibilities of mayor. Although he will be missed as mayor, we believe Hanley is exercising great responsibility in making this decision, recognizing the need to make way for someone who can fully commit to Elgin's mayoral duties. In his four years as mayor, Hanley has performed a tremendous job, leading the way on a variety of issues -- most importantly, keeping Spears Creek free of additional pollutants ...

December 08, 2014 | | Editorials


Editorial: Spending run amok

Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has long waged a campaign against the excessive government spending that has become the rule rather than the exception in Washington. For several years, he has published his "wastebook," which details some of the most egregious money-wasting projects of the federal government. Coburn's stepping down from his senatorial slot, and has released the last of his wastebooks. Some, as usual, defy comprehension. Here, according to one national media outlet, are some of the most glaring examples of how Uncle Sam can throw your money away.

December 05, 2014 | | Editorials


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Editorial: Clemson’s will

Major college athletics -- football and basketball, specifically -- have been on the radar recently as various proposals for paying athletes have been made. Additionally, the entire atmosphere surrounding big-time sports has been discussed, and individual universities are all examining their own programs. The entire subject is too complex to address in one editorial, but Clemson recently advanced a plan with one proposal we particularly like.

May 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 4, 2015

• We stand with Kershaw County Council in recognizing Bobby Jones on his long years of service not just to his hometown of Bethune, but the entire county. From his many years as a teacher, coach and principal to his time on and chairing the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission to serving as a counselor at The ALPHA Center, Jones epitomizes public service in Kershaw County. He is also a very nice man, giving hugs to men and women alike, and surprising folks with pound cakes, mostly of the lemon variety. But it is his contributions, large and small, to ...

May 04, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Boston bomber

Lawyers, court officials and others who end up spending time in criminal courtrooms in Kershaw County and elsewhere have no doubt heard many defendants' attorneys try to burnish their image after they've been convicted of crimes. The purpose, of course, is to try to grab a bit of leniency from the judge or jury which is going to hand down a sentence. "He's a good boy" is one of the favorites, often portraying the convicted person as a high knight of society who just happened to make a mistake, perhaps murder or armed robbery. "I just snapped" is ...

May 01, 2015 | | Editorials


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