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!
Here is my take on the law escort fee for funerals. I agree there should be a fee, just not as much as proposed. It was stated that it takes deputies away from their patrol. If this is the case the school board has to be charged for the traffic control before and after school, because we have more schools in this county than SROs to handle this task so that takes deputies away from their patrol. There has been times when there are two or three deputies in the highway at Jackson School in the afternoon just standing around.
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 ...
The kings and queens who rule over the education of our children and spend 42 cents of every dollar they receive on them are building a new and wonderful palace. Their kingdom is vast as they are the largest employer in all of Kershaw County. They purchase property across this land, sometimes at higher than market value. The kings and queens lay off teachers first while keeping the palace staff; after all, they must have a large staff to look over their vast kingdom. Now that their subjects have denied more funds, they have decided to show their subjects that ...
Recently, a moron driving a green tractor, S.C. highway department, I suppose, mutiliated a beautiful tree in a couple's front yard while they were at work.
There is help, there is healing. Many descriptions describe the downward plunge; the things that hold you down and the things that take you out. The common known things are drugs, alcohol -- addictions to things with chemical reactions that are bad for the body. The body is a chemical reaction chamber; all it needs is a catalyst and it's a brand new chemical which can put that nail in your coffin. The reactions or side effects are the worst. It's reaction and then interaction and reaction and maybe interaction again.
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