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Editorial: Social Security

Lawmakers in Washington have long ignored the fact that the Social Security system in this country is broken. On the brink of insolvency, Social Security needs major revamping, whether it comes in the form of benefit reductions, tax increases or both. Congress has refused to consider benefit cuts decades out in the future, even for young adults who are just now starting to pay into the system. They are turning their backs on such simple fixes as delaying the age by a year or two at which people can start receiving their monthly allotments. Bear in mind, we aren’t ...

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 9:33 a.m. | Updated: apr. 24, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Editorial: Social Security Comments 0 Comments

Editorial: GOP needs to broaden appeal

The Republican presidential field is already getting crowded, and the South Carolina GOP primary is often viewed as a bellwether for White House hopefuls. Because this is a conservative state, candidates in past years have often moved to the right while campaigning here. But a new poll shows Republican voters in South Carolina might be moving away from some of the hard-line social issues they have embraced in the past. As a side note, many political observers believe the party “had better get out of people’s bedrooms if it wants to broaden its appeal.”

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 8:58 a.m. | Updated: apr. 22, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Editorial: GOP needs to broaden appeal Comments 0 Comments

Noted and passed - April 20, 2015

• Last week’s seizure by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Old Armory Steak & Seafood on Rutledge Street marks at least the temporary loss of one of Camden and Kershaw County’s premier restaurants. It is an unfortunate blow to the downtown Camden economy. Each business provides potential traffic to another and the loss of any one diminishes such beneficial ripple effects. Locals cheered the Old Armory’s opening in 2006 so soon after the closing of the previous tenant, The Paddock. Many people and businesses have celebrated the holidays, proms, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, birthdays and more at the Old ...

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 2:12 p.m. | Updated: apr. 20, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Noted and passed - April 20, 2015 Comments 0 Comments

Editorial: Jordan Spieth

With Augusta being only a couple hours away from Kershaw County, the Masters golf tournament holds a great deal of allure for this area. The azaleas at Augusta National are famous for their popping colors and their beauty, but they’re no prettier than those which are currently at their peak in Camden, we might add. But there’s something magical about the Masters, which is ranked by many players as the one tournament they’d like to win more than any other.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 9:08 a.m. | Updated: apr. 17, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Editorial: Jordan Spieth Comments 0 Comments

Editorial: Improving the city

There have been many great additions to the Camden landscape in recent years -- to name a few, the statues of Joseph Kershaw and King Haiglar at the Town Green; the Bernard Baruch and Larry Doby statuary at the Camden Archives; and the new pocket park where the former Maxway building stood. All these have added to the town's appearance and ambience.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 9:17 a.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Editorial: Improving the city Comments 0 Comments

Noted and passed - April 13, 2015

• Congratulations to Johnny Deal and Richard Walkirch for receiving, respectively, the United Way of Kershaw County’s Jake Watson and Ann Dallas awards. Deal, often known as “Mr. Camden” or “Mr. Facebook” around town, is one of many people’s favorite personalities. That doesn’t necessarily win you awards. What does is a commitment to community involvement, which Deal has in spades, working with the Camden Jaycees, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Community Medical Clinic, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, the United Way and more. As for volunteerism, we can’t imagine a more worthy recipient for the Dallas ...

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Posted: apr. 12, 2015 1:22 p.m. | Updated: apr. 13, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Noted and passed - April 13, 2015 Comments 0 Comments

Editorial: Fringe groups

We’re not too high on elected officials who hew to positions on the fringes. Like many, we believe adherence to strict political philosophies is one of the primary reasons for the polarization in American politics today. There just aren’t many lawmakers in Washington today who are willing to sit down and work things out despite their political differences, as there were for decades.

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Posted: apr. 09, 2015 8:41 a.m. | Updated: apr. 10, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Editorial: Fringe groups Comments 0 Comments

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