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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


Manning’s edict

We've certainly come a long way from the citizen-lawmakers envisioned by our forefathers -- farmers and craftsmen and professionals who would travel from their homes to the nation's capital, tend to the country's business and then go back home. But an even bigger divergence from the founding fathers' vision would be the concept that there is a class of people in this country who are above the law. That's the impression Judge Casey Manning gave recently when he ruled that Attorney General Alan Wilson didn't have the right to investigate possible illegal activities on the part ...

May 16, 2014 | | Editorials


Free speech?

One of the most cherished rights on college campuses across the country is freedom of speech -- unless the tone of that speech doesn't agree with the politics of left-leaning professors and students. The tolerance they so widely espouse gets left in the dust in the case of people who don't share their own political philosophies.

May 14, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 12, 2014

• Happy Mother's Day (plus one) to all Kershaw County mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts and other ladies who help raise generation after generation of children. The recently formed Family Heritage Committee held a Mother's Day festival on May 3, starting with a parade down Lyttleton Street from Camden City Hall followed by a celebration inside Zemp Stadium. Reports are that the event was not as well attended as some would have liked. That's unfortunate, since mothers of all ages and kinds should be honored more often. We would suggest that not scheduling the event at the same time ...

May 12, 2014 | | Editorials


Lois West

Lois Rhame West, a Camden native who died earlier this week at 92, was truly a remarkable woman who was not only a political wife but a partner in the career of her husband, who rose to become governor of South Carolina and ambassador to Saudi Arabia. But it was not only in the realm of politics that she made a mark. She accomplished a variety of things that touched a great number of lives.

May 09, 2014 | | Editorials


GOP not quite dead

If you depended on the national media for all your information, you'd get the idea that it's going to be clear sailing for Democrats in years to come; most metro papers and network news operations purport to be unbiased but in reality are shills for the national Democratic Party. And it's true that the GOP hasn't done well in recent presidential elections, and changing demographics in the country are producing more voters who traditionally fall into the Democrats' constituency.

May 07, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - May 5, 2014

• After months of work by KershawHealth employees, administrators and trustees -- and a lot of speculation by the public -- the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted a week ago to adopt a new strategic plan it hopes will stem a long-running tide of red ink. The plan does not call for any cutbacks in service, but rather the opposite: new facilities in Elgin and Camden in order to expand and strengthen existing services. Some may be surprised that KershawHealth leaders are willing to move forward to transform the former Burndale Plaza shopping center or that a new Karesh Long Term Care facility ...

May 05, 2014 | | Editorials


Fitting honors

One of the good things about living in a small town like Camden is the fact that those who do good deeds often get recognized. People in communities such as ours appreciate those who help, and they enjoy showing that gratitude. There were two recognitions in the last week that are particularly notable.

May 02, 2014 | | Editorials


More on CCTC

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) has leapfrogged in five years from having about 150 students in Kershaw County to 900, and the school's leaders are now touting an expansion of the school's campus at I-20 and U.S. 521. Kershaw County is in the process of committing $5 million towards the expansion, and CCTC and county leaders want the city of Camden onboard as well. That only makes sense, as growth will provide a number of benefits, including more convenience for local students as well as greater economic development opportunities.

April 30, 2014 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 23, 2014

• It's hard to know what to think of Palmetto Utilities' request for county council's support of its permit application to discharge treated wastewater in Spears Creek in Kershaw County. Ten years ago, in 2004, county officials claimed Palmetto Utilities President Stan Jones was using his position on the Central Midlands Council of Governments' (COG) Environmental Planning Advisory Committee to keep Kershaw County from moving its participation in what is known as a 208 Water Plan from the Central Midlands to the Santee-Lynches COG. Within that fight, the county also objected to the Richland County-based utility's plan to ...

April 28, 2014 | | Editorials


Bobby Harrell

Allegations that Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives, illegally funneled campaign contributions to his own use should be examined in the brightest possible light, and that means letting a grand jury decide what happened rather than turning the matter over to the House Ethics Committee, which isn't experienced in such investigations and doesn't have the power to take effective action.

April 25, 2014 | | Editorials


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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


Noted and passed - Sept. 15, 2014

• What a boon the S.C. Equine Park has been for Camden and Kershaw County! And now, with word that a second, larger covered arena will be built -- possibly as soon as this winter -- the park should ultimately bring even more people to the area than it already does. Think on this: even with the arena already in place, the equine park has been booked an average of 30 weekends each year, with an economic impact of $4 million. Imagine if, with the second arena, the park could be booked 45 or even 50 weekends each year. How much would ...

September 15, 2014 | | Editorials


Elgin’s spirit

Elgin is certainly not the same community that it was a few decades ago. The sleepy little crossroads that existed then has now become the primary growth area in Kershaw County, with housing developments having sprung up all over West Wateree. The area is populated not only with citizens who were born and raised in Kershaw County but many who have moved across the county line from neighboring Richland County, and others who have found their way there from throughout the United States.

September 12, 2014 | | Editorials


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