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home : opinions : letters August 27, 2015 

Trump versus Trump
Since my first involvement in the political world I cannot remember anyone getting the media, the general public and both of the major political parties so, let’s say excited. I have to ask for help in understanding why all the commotion? Why are people getting upset and jumping all over, even condemning, the one person who is saying things many of us want to say or at least have asked ourselves?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The truth about guns
Have those of you who let it be know you are against guns ever considered that everyone who knows that is aware you are vulnerable? Unless of course you don’t practice what you preach, which is exactly what a North Carolina legislator did several years ago. It became know when he shot an intruder at his home.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Whatever happened to free speech?
Much is already being made of the recent Supreme Court opinion forcing approval and implementation of gay marriage on all 50 states, regardless of the will of the citizens. The effect of this decision has already escalated in the form of an announcement by a newspaper in Pennsylvania, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg. The Patriot-News publicized that it will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.” Whatever happened to free speech?
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Execution costs can be lower if common sense is applied
If in fact it costs $1.1 million more to convict and execute a person for capital murder than it does to imprison them for a potential 60 years, something is incredible wrong and it has to change. I have served on half a dozen or so juries. As I recall, before deliberation the judge instructs that you must decide beyond a “reasonable” doubt that the defendant is guilty as charged to convict.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hurricane season 2015 - preparation key to community resilience
Hurricane season is here, which brings renewed focus on how simple preparations can save lives in the event of a major disaster. Our local community tells a tale of resilience. Following Hurricane Hugo and subsequent tropical storms, tornados, and the recent spate of home fires, our community demonstrates the progress and prosperity possible when a community’s leaders, businesses, and citizens communicate and work together. The American Red Cross has been one of those foundational leaders for many years and will continue to lead in years to come. 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

RE: ringing cell phone that interrupted concert

The ringing telephone robbed the director, the musicians, and the audience from the final resolution, that second of silence that signifies the satisfaction of months of hard work, and allows a soft landing right before the applause. It was like being pulled from the clouds and plopped into mud, and taking the whole building with you. But it did not ruin the entire experience, because there was great satisfaction in doing this work, and great satisfaction in hearing it done well, and nothing can take that away. You can rob the group of the last second, but you can’t take away the hour and a half that preceded it. It was a grand experience of epic proportions. I will always be grateful to Dr. Will Carswell for taking the piece to task and then bringing it to life. Ann Nichols

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ringing cell phone interrupted concert
On Sunday evening, I attended a really fine concert at the performing arts center of Francis Marion University. The Masterworks Choir and orchestra presented the Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi under the direction of Dr. William Carswell. It was very well done, with wonderful soloists, a well-prepared choir that sounded beautiful, and it was an overall excellent experience. (Great thanks to Nucor Corp., underwriter of the concert, which to our surprise was free of charge!) 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Random thoughts about our society
Why aren’t politicians required to pay ethics violations promptly? Ed? Novel idea for the media: if a known rhetorical radical calls for a press conference, don’t go. Maybe they will just go away. Ed again? Is a civil lawsuit after a criminal acquittal really not double jeopardy? Do constantly repeated TV commercials drive you nuts too? Most especially those ambulance chasers. How would America be different if no abortions had ever taken place? If you keep scraping a scab off a wound it will never heal.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

If you don't vote, shame on you

The citizens of House District 63 are very fortunate to have three very capable conservatives running Feb. 24. Regardless of the outcome I think we will be well represented. However, my opinion is that there are way too many lawyers making laws and not nearly enough business people. That being said my selection is between two bright young business men. Both of them could get my vote and I may not make that decision until I step up to the voting machine. A college degree does not provide wisdom. Why are there no women in the hunt? If you don’t vote shame on you. Dave Hicklin, Florence

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kiwanis International celebrates 100 years
Did you know that Kiwanis International helped eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disorder in the world (which was the #1 cause of mental retardation)? Currently the Carolinas District of Kiwanis has raised enough money to save over 10,000,000 babies from dying from Maternal Neo Natal Tetanus. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Over the coming year, Kiwanis clubs worldwide are celebrating Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Take a stand against family violence
Many times I have heard my dad say, “Son, if you really want to get something done, you need to do it yourself.” While this may be true in some situations, there are those times when only a concerted effort of teamwork and the shared vision of many will culminate in attaining the hoped-for goals. Such is the case for the work of Pee Dee Coalition (PDC). There have been several instances when mentioning Pee Dee Coalition to someone I was in conversation with, that person’s response was, “What is Pee Dee Coalition?” While this organization might not be known to some people, the very issues it addresses are at the forefront of the public spectrum today.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thanks for the support

The Marine Corps League Julian D. Dusenbury Detachment 410 wants to thank the businesses and everyone who donated their time picking up routes, making phone calls, filling orders, or giving money or toys to help Toys for Tots this past Christmas. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and we were able fill over 1300 applications this year with your help. Charlene Keating, Web Sergeant Marine Corps League Detachment 410

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Thoughts on this and that
A few thoughts . .. . Imagine the world if everyone just abided by the Golden Rule. Are all politicians crooked or just 99%? What happened to the United States of America? Divided instead of united seems to fit better now. Does Congress still have a job in Washington or have executive orders taken their place? Must you have light skin to be a racist or Muslin to be a radical? The love of money is said to be the root of all evil. Government thinks it is the answer to all problems. If you build it they will……have to be maintained. 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DDRA thanks 2014 members
As we prepare for a new year, the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) would like to take a moment to recognize and thank our 2014 DDRA members publicly for their support of our efforts to promote and grow our business community. Our members for 2014 include: Accountable Insurance Partners Inc. (Nationwide), Burt Jordan Realtors, Carolina Bank, Causey Law Firm, Chase Oil Company, City Council member Dyan Cohen, Darlington County Cultural Realism Center, Darlington County Water & Sewer Authority, Darlington IGA, Darlington Kiwanis Club, Darlington Lions Club, Darlington Office Supply, Darlington Raceway, Dedicated Community Bank, Deatrice Barrett-Curtis Attorney at Law, Diamond Hill Plywood, Duke-Progress Energy, Eads Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Fast Track Convenience Store, First Citizens, Flower Baskets by Becky, Gardner Law Firm, Hardees, Housing Authority of Darlington, Kilgo Law Firm, Moore Insurance Agency, The News & Press, North American Construction Co., Nucor Steel, Palmetto Breathing Solutions, Pam T. Sherrill & Company, Paulling & James Law Firm, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, Raceway Ford, Rotary Club of Darlington, Sonoco Products Company, SPC Credit Union, State Farm Agent Bill Moore, Retired Fire Chief James C. “Jim” Stone, The Dairy Bar, Vaughan Insurance, W.H. Bristow Oil, and Wilson Senior Care. 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WWII veterans invited to May Honor Flight
I was appointed as the civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army in June 2014 and I have been very committed to sharing the message about the value of our service members and their families to our communities.  I am also the founder of Honor Flight of SC and very proud that our organization has provided an opportunity for over 2,000 WWll and Korean War veterans to travel to Washington, DC to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices. Thanks to your newspaper publishing stories about Honor Flight, we have received many applications from your area.  Our organization helped organize the Honor Flight programs in Charleston and Myrtle Beach.  Honor Flight SC has scheduled the next Honor Flight. It will depart on May 13, 2015 from the Columbia Airport.  
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hunting is not a sport

I am completely disgusted by the photograph in last week’s issue of your newspaper of the man and the boy standing next to the deer they killed. The deer’s eyes appear to be focused on the camera, which makes the photo look macabre. I get furious every time I think about it. Wow. What an accomplishment. Eleven years old and the boy already knows how to kill. And not only that, someone wanted to boast about it in newspaper. The photo and article made me sick. From now on the New Journal is going straight into the trash. Hunting is not a sport; if it was, the deer could shoot back. I try to understand that there is an overpopulation of deer, but teaching a boy to kill and brag about it is nauseating. Ann Moore, Florence

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Glynn Willis is proven leadership
The Florence citizens who wish to see our city continue to grow and prosper should vote to re-elect Glynn Willis. Mr. Willis is the consummate peoples’ councilman who has consistently worked to build bridges of communication among his fellow Council members, Mayor Wukela, city staff, County Council, and the tax payers. If there is anyone on City Council who personifies bipartisanship with no personal political agenda, it is Glynn Willis. Glynn has collaborated tirelessly on the improvement of downtown Florence, the arts venues, and the future development of the wonderful sports facilities, all of which have become attractive industry recruitment instruments.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This year we have choice
In the Florence City Council election, we have a choice to make. I have worked with both individuals running for this seat, Glynn Willis, with whom I served as a member of Florence City Council, and George Jebaily, with whom I served on numerous boards and committees. When deciding upon which candidate to support in this race, I choose George Jebaily. George is a proven leader with strong family values and religious beliefs, as well as a small business owner who has worked tirelessly to help make Florence a better place for all of us. George was the founding chairman of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, board member and past president of the Florence Little Theater, board member of the Florence Chamber of Commerce, as well as many other not for profit organizations. 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vote 'yes' on Amendment 2 to allow governor to appoint adjutant general
Should the Chief of Staff of the US Army be selected by the public in a popular election? Obviously, the answer is a resounding no. Should any military commander be elected by popular vote? Again, the answer is clearly no. Then why do we in South Carolina elect the adjutant general, the commanding general of the SC Army and Air National Guard, in a popular election? The question begs an answer. Amendment 2 on the general election ballot on Nov. 4 will ask South Carolina voters to make an important choice. Will we continue to be the only state to elect the commander of its military? An election is a popularity contest, and that is a ridiculous way to choose a military leader. We don’t require any qualifications of the candidates. 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why I support George Jebaily for council
No matter what you achieve in your life, there is the highest probability that “community members who care” have helped you along the way – without expecting anything back in return. It follows, then, to return the favors that nurtured your successes, by giving freely of your cultivated talents to the community that raised you; such is a logical virtue. George Jebaily epitomizes this virtue as he gives freely of his time and talents in an effort to cultivate Florence to the heights of its potential. When I first met George Jebaily he bought me lunch at the old 301 Drive-In. My wife, Lee Ann, and I are both from Florence, and we had recently made the move back home from Charleston, prompted by a catastrophic death in our family. As a young lawyer, I was looking for mentors in the profession who shared my commitment to public service. 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thanks for supporting Marine Corp League barbecue

The Marine Corps League Julian D. Dusenbury Detatchment #410 would like to take time to thank all those who supported the Membership Drive and Schoolhouse BBQ fundraisers. Your donations, purchasing a dinner or giving of your time made these events a success. Your support is greatly appreciated and allows us to help many others through our programs such as Toys for Tots. We are always looking for a few good men. Any honorably discharged Marine or new recruit. Let us know when you are graduating from boot camp and you may just see us at your graduation. For more information call Commandant Don Jones 843-667-9697. Check us out on Facebook. Charlene Keating, Marine Corps League Detachment #410

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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