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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


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


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Power, divided

We've always believed the United States government works best when power is divided -- that is, with a president from one party and a Congress controlled by the opposite party. As of now, of course, we have a Democratic president and a split Congress, with the House of Representatives controlled by Republicans and the Senate dominated by Democrats. There are multiple forecasting models out there for the upcoming election, with most of them giving the GOP a better-than-even chance of gaining a majority in the Senate while retaining control of the House.

October 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Football brawl

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.

October 22, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• 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 ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials


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