•  The opinions expressed in “Speak Out” are strictly those of the callers and not the Progressive Journal.


    I would just like to speak out and say it’s very disappointing to know that 71 percent of registered voters of Chesterfield county did not come out to vote. 


  •  The comments expressed in “Speak Out” are strictly those of the callers and not the Progressive Journal.


    Just want to say congratulations to the Central High School Class of 2014. I went to my granddaughter’s graduation; got soaked along with everyone else. I guess the powers that be have never heard that old expression, “He doesn’t have sense enough to come in out of the rain.” 


  • The opinions expressed in Speak Out are strictly those of the callers and not the Progressive Journal.

    Well, I just wanted to speak out about Sam Parker filing for sheriff. I think he’s an idiot if he thinks anybody’s gonna vote him back in. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s gonna have something really negative to say about it.

    Yes, I think Mr. Parker is entitled to a mistake and he should be forgiven, but not back out in the public because how can you trust a man of that type.

  • “Start Where You Are” is a book by Chris Gardner (Pursuit of Happyness) that shares life lessons on how to get from where you are to where you want to be.
     We love the title. Because no matter where you find yourself in life, you can pull yourself up by the bootstraps and begin again.
    That was the purpose of our newspaper community assessment survey. We wanted to know where we stood with you; how you felt about us. We wanted to take inventory so we would know how to improve.

  • The opinions expressed in Speak Out are strictly those of the callers and not the Pageland Progressive Journal.
    Yes, I'm calling to voice my opinion. On a recent trip to Hartsville, I noticed in that in that end of the county that our former sheriff Sam Parker has campaign signs up.
    I can't believe it after all the controversy of him in office . I understand he hasn't been to court yet, but I can't believe he expects the people to trust him again and re-elect him. I guess a good thing you want it back. Just wanted to voice my opinion.

  • After two long days and one late night of debate, the House (last) week overwhelmingly approved a $24 billion budget plan for state agencies and programs for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, beginning in July.
    Out of 111 amendments offered by House members, 49 were adopted. Most of the adopted amendments were minor, meaning the House largely left intact the budget that was developed and approved by the Ways and Means Committee last month.

  • I was talking with a close friend the other day who told me his 93-year-old mother said she was tired of living. She was ready to go to Heaven.
    That revelation stung my emotions at first. Although up in age, she is fairly healthy, has a good appetite and can pretty much take care of herself. So why rush the transition?
    She lost her husband a few years ago so I imagine it is loneliness feeding this desire to exit life as she knows it.

  •  South Carolina legislators returned to Columbia on January 14 for the start of the second half of the  120th  legislative session.  We immediately faced a full legislative plate, resulting from the multitude of bills pre-filed before the start of the session and many bills carried over from last year.  

    The second year of a two-year session tends to be more productive, since bills are rolled over from  the first year, and we don’t have to start from scratch in the legislative process.

  • I’ve heard several comments around town that the speak out column has been pulled out of the paper, because someone said something about someone and they didn’t like it. I sure hope this is not the case. I’ve never read nobody’s name in speakout that could offend anyone personally, but if something did offend you then it’s like the old saying goes – if the shoe fits, wear it. I sure hope y’all put it back in the paper because I enjoy reading other people’s opinions. Thank you!

  • Across South Carolina, county councils are letting state legislators know that H 3290, which passed the state’s House of Representatives last year, would be a boon for out-of-state waste corporations, but a disaster for local communities.
    Thirty-eight of South Carolina’s counties have said “no” to more out-of-state trash. In doing so, they are aligning with their constituents versus big trash companies like Waste Management and Republic Services that already control most of South Carolina’s garbage.

  • To the editor:
    More than 15 years ago my father was served by Hospice of Chesterfield County.  This service was such a blessing. When our family was told in August, 2012 that our mother should be placed in Hospice care, there was no doubt; we wanted Hospice of Chesterfield County.  



    “A bully is a just like a hole in a doughnut. Neither one serves any useful purpose at all.”


  • By Shane McNamee
    Despite its gun-friendly citizenry and reputation, South Carolina law doesn’t go out of its way to protect Second Amendment rights. Ours is one of only six states that impose an outright ban on all forms of handgun “open carry,” for example, and one of only three states that prohibit concealed weapons permit (CWP) holders from carrying weapons into restaurants that sell alcohol.
    Unfortunately, state law isn’t the only thing South Carolina gun owners need to be concerned about. Another is federal coercion.

  • “This poor man’s taxes are helping to build a $200 million auto metal stamping plant in Texas. And I may never get to visit the place or get a dime’s worth of profit from it. God bless the poor man.”

    “When I look back over my life, I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. And to all those people who said I would never amount to anything, I hope you are half as happy with yourself as I am with what I  have accomplished. Thank you.”

  • “Hello, Speak Out. I’m calling to congratulate the Central JV Eagles for an excellent 4 and 0 game. Way to go, JV. Keep it up. So far a 4 and 0 season. My fault. I’m rooting for you. Thank you for letting me speak out.”

    Note: This call came in after the JV Eagles defeated Lee Central on Sept. 26. They have since beaten the Chesterfield JV Rams on Oct. 3 and are still undefeated at 5-0. See the story of that game on Page 11.