Most of us know that Kershaw County is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and grow old together with family and friends. Our tight-knit community is full of loving and caring people who always seem to go the extra mile when called upon. So, for some of you who may not know one of Kershaw County's best kept secrets, I will now attempt to let the cat out of the bag!
Jurisdictions and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies have been pretty well defined in our area and, of course, we seek perfection in protection of citizens. It bothers me somewhat, however, that we have not reached perfection in Kershaw County in the areas of present responsibility of our elected county sheriff. I have had responsible positions throughout my long life, and while I wanted and desired extra responsibilities, I had to realize that I couldn't be all things to all people. On the sheriff's desire to move into trooper's responsibilities he has his ideas and thinks he can ...
I knew that Camden had become a "Nanny" town when it declared itself a smoke-free city. How nice. Why? As I move about the Nanny town, I have seen posters proudly announcing that Camden is now a smoke-free area (Nanny town). Mainly, I suppose, because the residents don't know what is best for them, they need a Nanny town government. When I go to a place that is "stunk up" with cigarette smoke I either light up a cigar (if I have one) or leave. If the music is too loud and they don't want to mute the ...
While letters to the editor are a forum for folks to comment, question, and present opinions and ideas, I have always considered that one of the ground rules about public discussion should be one of mutual respect, not personal attack. After all, in public discourse the goal should be to right a wrong and move toward a resolution, not to drive wedges or build walls that divide. The goal of this letter is to consider how we might come together to foster an environment where the public debate is about the issues at hand and how we can best address ...
The picture of Kershaw County sheriff's deputies in the Chronicle-Independent Jan. 7 indicated a lack of diversity and was not representative of our county's diverse population.
In reading the various media reports coming out about the General Assembly, it can be extremely difficult to understand the full effect of what is being debated and ultimately decided. Unfortunately, legislation is often written in such a way that its real impact is lost on someone who doesn't deal with legislation all the time. In this particular year, when decisions made to cut the state budget will have profound impact, it is more important than ever for citizens to understand what lawmakers and others are proposing.
In the Jan. 31 Chronicle-Independent top story about the school district office move, the Kershaw County School District superintendent seems to make a mockery of frugality. When asked if new furniture will be purchased, Dr. Frank Morgan says he will even keep his "$69.95 state surplus conference table." The superintendent doesn't seem to understand that the people of this county, who purchased his conference table, stretch their dollars in every way they can. Most of us are average people of moderate means.
I am writing in regard to an article in your paper about our new sheriff, Jim Matthews. I believe he is the best person to be in the sheriff's position.
In a recent op-ed, the writer stated that Sara Palin was getting tiresome with her remarks about the Tucson shootings. Yes, it is true that she is a politician and may be a presidential candidate, but she has the right to give her opinion just like all the people on the left who jumped on the "anti-right, they-are-to-blame-for-all-ills-in-the-world" bandwagon. She is entitled to defend herself when attacked, even verbally attacked by the left. The wording of the op-ed seems to me as if you have no problem by anyone on the left attacking the right. If you pay attention to ...
I would like to applaud Sheriff Matthews for the honor and courage he brings to Kershaw County and surrounding communities. His qualifications and experience far exceed our comprehension as law-abiding citizens.
This is a new year. A new beginning. A time to think about family, friends and acquaintances. A time to think about how much they mean to you.
We at Let Freedom Ring do want to publicly state what happened to Congresswoman Giffords and everyone in attendance at the "Meet the Congresswoman" event at a Safeway Grocery store in Tucson on Jan. 8 was a tragedy and we pray for the full recovery of all who were wounded and pray for the families of those who were slain. I ask the local Tea Party to also make similar public sentiments.
I had an old aluminum jon boat stolen from my property in late August of last year. Imagine my surprise when I received a call from Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Investigator Justin Dill Jan. 14, informing me that they had arrested the individuals responsible for the theft. Although the boat was not recoverable, the suspects were in custody.
It has always been a fantasy of mine to write something that my local newspaper would publish. Thinking too hard, I just could not come up with anything. It's right in front of me now and so easy to write. Easy to say, easy to write. Truth and reality!
I recently came across the following statement, "The Law in the U.S. requires three elements to be present in any crime: the Act, Intent and Damage (mens rea -- willful intent, actus reus -- act or crime, corpus delicti -- body of the crime, the actual damage). It is estimated that 90 percent of the people prosecuted by the courts in the U.S. committed no crime." That is a very powerful statement. Basically what it is saying is that most people in prison today are there because we simply refused to accept their behavior. It has become the norm in America ...
Please permit me to share my thoughts with your readers about Johnny "Mr. Camden" Deal. He was a most deserving recipient of the Jake Watson Award. That award holds a special meaning to me. Jake Watson's grandmother and my paternal great-grandfather were siblings from Greenwood. Jake was a true Camden icon, as is Johnny. Equal only to my own is Johnny's love for our community. Never is he seen without that big, friendly grin. We need more people like him. Johnny is the "Real Deal."
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard over the past year to make Special Olympics such a wonderful and memorable event. Many, many thanks to the Special Olympics Committee, to the countless teachers and volunteers who worked at the event, and to everyone at Camden Military Academy and Headmaster Dr. Eric Boland for hosting the day.
Production workers at Boeing's plant in South Carolina will soon decide whether they want union representation.
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