Call your congressman to vote for the Marketplace Fairness Act.
I read Simone T. Owens column on "Social media is to blame?" today with interest and I have to agree with many of her comments. Her comment "to allow people to connect instantaneously and see and read what close acquaintances and friends were doing anywhere in the world" is quite true. It allows anyone reading Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others to read what that person has posted unless they have made every effort for their posts to be private. Even then "private" has a lot of holes in it.
I am not sure who chooses the artwork of the editorial page, but I have to question the taste and integrity of the piece published on Monday, December 1, 2014, where the elephant is beating the "dead" donkey labeled "Benghazi."
It would ill-behoove me to verbally joust with the Kershaw Count school superintendent over matters of academia. I merely want to reflect on his response to my recent letter; then I am done.
It has been said practically every major issue that passes through our GOP-elected officials' state house -- from education to healthcare to the selection of judges -- has racial undertones. And our GOP-elected officials may have passed the crossroad beyond which to get these evil spirits that loom over our state house in order.
Regarding your editorial in the Nov. 14 C-I regarding "Pit Bulls," I was disappointed that you chose to use the two recent incidents in Kershaw County as an opportunity to condemn a particular breed of dog, instead of focusing attention on the actual problem, which is the lack of responsible pet ownership. This would have been an appropriate time to support the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior. These include measures that hold owners of all dogs accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs ...
I read Mr. Charlie Humphries' letter in Friday's Chronicle-Independent with interest. In the letter, Mr. Humphries implies that because the school district is producing strong results, and it is, making investment in the future isn't really necessary right now. As he puts it, the "If it ain't broke" philosophy.
On Monday, the Chronicle-Independent reported the Kershaw County School District earned an "Excellent" rating on our state report card issued by the S.C. Department of Education. Our KCSD superintendent, Dr. Frank Morgan said, "Our schools are producing outstanding results and I am extremely grateful for the hard work of our students, families, teachers and administrators." I would include Dr. Morgan and the school board and say how proud I am of their accomplishments. Kudos to all of them.
The committee to study whether or not Kershaw County should enact some type of firearms discharge ordinance finally came back with its finding. As I fully expected, there will be no ordinance of any kind to deal with this growing problem. William Tetterton, a criminal defense attorney, former prosecutor and friend of mine chaired this committee. Mr. Tetterton was against any kind of firearms discharge ordinance from the beginning, so it seems a little disingenuous that a man who was strongly opposed to any firearms discharge ordinance would chair a panel deciding on whether or not one should be enacted.
In regard to your article in Friday's (Nov. 7) paper about the defeat of the KCSD referendum. It would seem that the school district is missing the boat. Mrs. Few and CANT have obviously scoped this whole thing out and feel they can operate and expand the school district to every ones satisfaction within the current budget. The school district should take advantage of this knowledge and perhaps have a public meeting where they describe their program.
I object to your editorial of October 29, 2014, in which you endorsed the actions of censorship committed by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in their current show. Institutions which ask an artist, musician or thespian to place in a show or to perform a work in a show must trust the integrity of the artist or curator to show the truth of his/her insight. If there are limits to what can be shown, those limits should be published as policy to the participants before they commit to the presentation. No single board member should ever censor ...
Recently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his retirement. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged that Holder's tenure had become increasingly difficult, saying (there were) a large number of issues … many of them very complicated, some of them, maybe controversial.
Regarding the S.C. High School League decision concerning the so called "brawl" after the Camden-Dreher football game, the league has the legal authority to assess such penalties since the schools are, by their own action, voluntary members. And I understand the league's objective of trying to emphasize that such conduct is not acceptable and should be dealt with appropriately.
I am writing this letter about the concerns of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. Our animal shelter has its pros and cons. The benefits of an animal shelter is it provides protection for those individuals that cannot afford the proper care for their animal. Think about it: what would our city look like if we did not have an animal shelter? There would be dogs and cats running around freely. Every day I ride down Hwy. 1, I see a helpless dog on the side of the rode with its ribs sticking out from lack of nutrients.
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907:
I write this based on a fear for the well-being and future of America. If I am wrong, somebody set me straight, please. The historian philosopher Arnold Toynbee said, "Civilizations die from suicide, not murder, and start to decay when they lose their moral fiber and the cultural elite turns parasitic, exploiting the masses." In other words, they die from within. The history of the rise and fall of great civilizations lends support to this.
I just wanted to say thanks to the person who paid for our dinner at Shoney's on April 12.
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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