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home : opinions : letters December 17, 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

Praises for Officer Thomas Luther

Traveling to vacation and celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary at Myrtle Beach on Aug. 26 we ran over an object on the highway that thankfully did us no harm but damaged our vehicle. It is still in Hartsville as I write this letter to the editor. We feel it necessary to allow your fine community knowledge of a wonderful highway patrol officer who never left our side as duties needed to be done to get us back on the road to the beach. After calling 911 we were connected with Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Luther. This fine gentleman took control of our situation and stayed with us giving every ounce of attention and help needed. My husband and I agree he surely went beyond the call of duty. How proud your town, county, his family, and state must be of officers of this deep compassion of others. We will always remember Hartsville and Trooper Thomas Luther. Wayne ad Judy Phillips, Morganton, NC


Tuesday, October 7, 2014








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