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Speak Out - May 1, 2012

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“Why is a reception being held for the three candidates in the running for superintendent this week? What is the purpose? It is clearly obvious that we as a community do not have a say as to teachers, coaches or prinipals so we know we could never have a say in who the next superintendent is going to be. It’s such a waste of money, but we definitely need to see a change in our district. Hopefully the school board is next.”

“It’s been a couple of weeks ago, but I want to respond to a ‘Speak Out’ item you had when someone was criticizing people for taking gun classes and said they are not Godly when they arm themsleves and that we should trust in God to protect us. Do you know the people in that story who took the class? I know some of them and they are good Christian people. I believe in God, but where was He when Hope Melton was being killed? I know, he has a plan for all of us, but I’m finding it hard to believe he wants or even allows such terrible things to happen. If she had been armed that day I do believe that situation would have had a much different outcome. We all have the right to protect ourselves and even a duty to protect our loved ones who can’t protect themsleves, like our children. Anyone who tries to attack me with a basebball bat would soon learn the foolishness of taking a baseball bat to a gunfight. Thank you.”

“I’m responding to the letter in your paper about the caring associate at the K-Mart in Monroe, abhout the lady whose daughter was having a tantrum. A job well done. My applause to the associate. That’s what this world is lacking, care, love and honestyfor mankind. None of us are perfect. We all have flaws. Your paper, a good job well done giving people a chance to voice their opinion.”

“Whatever happened to parents keeping control and discipline over their children when they are out in public? I was in Food Lion last evening and a mother was there with a boy and a girl and they were running all through the store yelling and getting in people’s way and the mother was talking on her cell phone and every now and then would stop long enough to tell them to stop, but it didn’t stop them one bit. They knew there would be no consequences and the mother was only making empty threats. They continued to act like little heathens all through the store. I guess there have always been brats in this world, but really it’s the parent’s fault for allowing it to go on. I hope that woman reads this and realizes it’s her.”

“If having your taxes used to bail out huge corporations wasn’t hurtful enough, we now learn that at the time of the bail out of one of those corporations, the corporation was paying golfer Tiger Woods $25 million per year just to have a car name printed on Tiger’s golf bag. Talk about insult to injury.”

“I want to take a minute to thank the Pageland Police Department for doing these checkpoints they do to catch drunk drivers and other criminals and get them off  the roads. It may be a little bit of an inconvenience, but I think it is well worth a little bit of inconvenience to get dangerous people out from behind the wheel of a car or truck before they kill somebody. If you’re legal then you have nothing to worry about and you’ll be through the checkpoint quickly. It’s the lawbreakers who need to be worried.”

“You often hear it said around here that we need to have more things for the young people to do and that would help keep them entertained and out of trouble. That, of course, is a great idea, but who is going to do it and how? Things cost money and most people just don’t have much money to spare these days. Things like the recent Heritage Festival are great for our kids, but that’s just one weekend a year and takes a tremendous amount of planning and money to put on. We need someone to step up and take the lead and try to come up with some solutions to this. Maybe the churches could help, especially if they agreed to work together. Maybe the town recreation department can offer some more activities. These kids are just bored.”