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Noted and passed - Aug. 26, 2013

• The U.S. Congress is a picture of inefficiency, and as we all know, members seem to bear little inclination to compromise. But lawmakers in Washington look like the model of decorum when compared to the Thai Parliament, which descended into chaos last week, with a brawl erupting between police and some members of that body after Parliament debated controversial proposals to amend the country's constitution. Perhaps an old-fashioned fistfight is what we need on Capitol Hill; our elected officials could perhaps beat some sense into each other.

August 26, 2013 | | Editorials


One-and-done

Chris Paul, the former Wake Forest basketball star who is now regarded by many as the best point guard in the NBA, has taken over the presidency of the troubled NBA Players' Association. Many people have more than a little trouble understanding why athletes who are paid millions of dollars a year for playing a game even need a union. We won't open a debate on that, but one issue on which Paul could have a positive influence is the ridiculous "one and done" rule which affects college basketball.

August 23, 2013 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Aug. 21, 2013

• Within a month, Camdenites will no longer have to look at the rotting Maxway building at the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets, as the city plans to tear it down soon. The city purchased the building, which has been vacant for about a decade, earlier this year, and there's some chance a small park will be built on the site. But even vacant, it will look better without the old building, and everybody will be glad to see it go.

August 21, 2013 | | Editorials


Mike Bunch

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees' decision authorizing Chairman Paul Napper to negotiate a contract with Mike Bunch to become the healthcare organization's new CEO is the right call.

August 19, 2013 | | Editorials


Merger roadblock

Kershaw County residents were no doubt surprised when the U.S. Justice Department earlier this week threw a giant roadblock in the all-but-completed merger between US Airways and American Airlines. The feds hadn't thrown up similar obstacles in previous airline mergers, and this one looked as if it was ready to be finalized. Joined by attorneys general from six states, the Justice Department said the merger would lessen competition and raise fares for passengers. The two airlines say the merger would give passengers more options and better service. Many Kershaw County travelers who use the Charlotte airport rather than ...

August 16, 2013 | | Editorials


End-of-life

As baby boomers move towards their latter years -- here in Kershaw County and across the country -- many are concerned with end-of-life issues and the fact that they want to be able to leave the world with dignity. Living wills, which were created decades ago, have served a useful purpose in letting people lay out their wishes for their last years and moments, but many people today are looking at a more specific document called The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm. It goes beyond previous instruments by creating medical orders signed by a doctor, based on a patient's ...

August 14, 2013 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Aug. 12, 2013

• Former president George W. Bush, one of the most active chief executives the country's ever had, was diagnosed recently with a blocked artery and had a stent inserted to correct the problem. We've stated before that Bush might not have been a great president but is a fine man, and he has never said critical things about President Obama despite Obama's constant blaming of Bush for the country's ongoing economic problems. We found it interesting that when a reporter asked Obama spokesman Jay Carney if the president had contacted Bush to wish him well after his ...

August 12, 2013 | | Editorials


An old trick

One of the oldest political tricks in the book is for a candidate to make a statement that goes like this: "I'm running an honorable campaign and I will never repeat the accusations I've heard that my opponent is an embezzler." There are other variations: "Some refer to my opponent as a rotten scoundrel, but you'll never hear me say anything like that."

August 09, 2013 | | Editorials


Media change

In a rapidly changing world, perhaps nothing has been altered more radically in the last decade than the way people in Kershaw County and across the country receive their information. A generation ago, many families here subscribed to two or three different newspapers -- a local one, a morning "national and world" newspaper and an afternoon one to update them. They tuned in to one of three network television stations that would deliver clear reception if the antenna was pointed in the right direction and the weather was clear.

August 07, 2013 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Aug. 5, 2013

• Misconduct among airport screeners employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has risen dramatically during the last three years, including many incidents of theft, groping and other abnormal behavior. Also, some screeners are often late for work or don't show up at all, delaying the travel process for many passengers. Going through security is trying enough under perfect circumstances and can become nearly unbearable when screeners are unprofessional. The TSA needs to deal with this situation and get rid of the bad apples as soon as possible.

August 05, 2013 | | Editorials


The tax code

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Dave Camp, a Republican who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, are trying to overcome partisan rancor to begin structuring a long-needed new platform for the U.S. tax code. As it is, the code is impossibly complex and cumbersome.

August 02, 2013 | | Editorials


Ho Chi Minh

Largely ignored by the mainstream media has been the comment made last week by President Obama that former Vietnamese dictator and mass murderer Ho Chi Minh was inspired by Thomas Jefferson and the ideals of independence as espoused by the Founding Fathers of the United States in the Declaration of Independence. While it is true that back in 1945, Ho did frame the Vietnamese constitution on some of the same principles -- or claimed to -- that concept was left by the wayside as he killed hundreds of thousands of people in his successful quest for power.

July 31, 2013 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - July 29, 2013

• When it comes to professional golf, there's probably not a more popular player than Phil Mickelson, who's always nice to people and is incredibly conscientious about signing autographs and making himself available to his fans. So it was a popular victory he achieved recently at the British Open, when he shot 66 in the final round to come from behind and win. Tiger Woods once again got to the weekend in contention but his putter failed him, as it seems to do in every major championship.

July 29, 2013 | | Editorials


The 41st

George H. W. Bush just might be the best ex-president this country has ever seen.

July 26, 2013 | | Editorials


Blue light blitz

We're glad to see law enforcement officers, especially state troopers, blanketing Kershaw County roadways this week in an effort to help stem a disturbing trend in traffic-related deaths this year. From today through Saturday, troopers will saturate the area, and they will be assisted by cooperating officers from the Camden Police Department, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and Elgin Police Department.

July 24, 2013 | | Editorials


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