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Opinion

  • “I for one think the voters of District One in Pageland made the right choice in electing Mr. Harold Hutto onto the council. He has the experience and intelligence to make a positive difference in Pageland, and it’s obvious a lot of other people feel the same way. Congraulations, Mr. Hutto. I know you’ll do a great job on the council.”

    “I want to know why my Speak Out comments don’t hardly ever get into the paper. Sometimes they do, but not always. I think I follow all your rules, so what’s the problem?”

  • Both the House and Senate are trying to wrap up most legislative business before June 6, the official end of the legislative session. The House had nearly 30 bills on its calendar this week and the Senate stayed late finalizing action on its version of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Even if we finish our work, however, the House expects to return to Columbia during the week of June 17-20 to vote on conference reports and vetoes by the governor.

  • “I just want to say how much I enjoy reading the Speak Out section of the Pageland Journal. It sure is entertaining to see what people have to say about. I like it how you print things just the way people say them, too, and don’t correct their bad grammar. That adds to the entertainment for me. Thank you.”

  • To the editor and all Chesterfield County residents:
    Please remember the STAMP Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 11.  Your postal carrier will pick up nonperishable food in a non-breakable container.  Local food banks will pick up the donated food from the post offices.  Each food bank prioritizes helping residents in their town.  
    Please open your heart and your pantry to help your neighbors.  
    Thank you,
    Margaret Plettinger Mitchell
    United Way of Chesterfield County

  • “Would someone please explain to me what the difference is between a pressure cooker bomb being left by someone to kill an innocent 8-year-old child in Boston, and someone who uses a baseball bat to stalk, kidnap, assault and murder an innocent female here in South Carolina simply because of the victim’s skin color.”

  • So, here we are in the year 2013. The first question to be asked by everyone is where has the time gone? May 27 is coming up very soon and will be the 50th anniversary of the Jefferson High School graduating class of 1963. Graduating high school was probably the first significant achievement we accomplished in our relatively short lives. It was, nonetheless, an achievement and one to be proud of.

  • “I’d like to give a big ‘praise God’ for all the people that helped out after the water meeting Saturday to help each other, to push each other out of the mud and everything and that helped me also. That was God’s mighty hand that worked that showed the love for everybody that helped out and I just want to praise God and thank Him and thanks a lot. Thank you very much.”

  • “I certainly agree with the writer about having prison inmates clean our roadsides. We need them and they need us. They would certainly like to get outside a while or having them do some other things. Look in the Charlotte Observer, Tuesday, October 2 newspaper. You’ll see how North Carolina inmates are working in garden centers. They aren’t only helping themselves, but they’re helping the community. They are learning skills so that when they, the North Carolina inmates, get out they may be able to get a job.”

  • Every year, the Palmetto Poison Center receives thousands of calls from South Carolinians regarding their medications.
    Many of these callers are elderly persons who have questions about their prescriptions or recommended dosages. This specific sector of our population is oftentimes prone to uncertainty, which can stem from a number of sources, including loss of memory or confusion resulting from a large volume of prescribed medications.

  • “I’m just calling to thank the ones that voted for our president for the simple reason I pay $120 per week insurance, but cannot afford to go to the doctor because the deductible is so high that I have to meet. I just want to say thank you for the ones that never voted until, just read between the lines. People who haven’t voted before voted for him for one reason.”

  • “I’m calling about the comments of the school children put on the team. I agree with the caller, because that does happen they pick out the kids because of who they parents are and they kin to the coaches or whatever. The kids do not get treated fair. I agree. Thank you.”

  • For years, I have been aware of the poor conditions of the roads and bridges in our county and state and have sought greater funding for infrastructure improvements.

    A strong infrastructure is needed not only to attract  industry to our state, but also to ensure the safety of  our drivers. 

    Deteriorating bridges and roads with dents and potholes can cause major accidents and unsafe driving conditions.

  • “I would like to speak out about the bus drivers are driving the buses with children on it and talking on their cell phones. I experienced three times last week bus drivers while driving the buses and talking on the cell phones and some of the children are standing up. I think this is a serious issue and Chesterfield County needs to check into it because there’s a lot of times the kids need the attention instead of the driver talking on their cell phone. Thank you.”

  • To the editor:

    Our Mother, Pearl Sowell Arant, used to tell us how she and her friends would  walk to school and observe the house being built at 501 W. McGregor Street.  

    She knew John Armstrong Arant was having the house built for himself. The   bricks were all hand-scratched which was something done to provide jobs as it was being built during The Great Depression. The house also was constructed with walls that were two bricks thick to provide an unusually solid structure.