• “The advantage of a bad memory is that we can enjoy several times the same good things for the first time.”

    “It’s sad when the intersection of Number 9 and 151 are so bad the big trucks force the little ones over to the holes to fall in and make it more dangerous for them. Fixing it is only two or three years behind. Maybe it will get done by the end of this decade.”

  • I’m really glad my last couple of columns here have been on happy subjects, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because the news is not always good and this, my firends, is one of those times.
    A crazed gunman goes into a Conneticut elementary school and murders 26 young children, this after killing his own mother at home, a woman who was a teacher at that school.

  • “I’d like to tell everyone they ought to go in downtown Pageland during the evening and see the lights and decorations. They really look nice so go take a look at them. Thank you.”

    “I hate it that Terry Lowery got killed, but I thought the Pageland Journal did a real nice story and pictures about it. He was really a good guy and you made sure that was part of the story.”

  • “I’m calling to reply to and agree with the person that called in last week and said we all should pray instead of just complain and talk about other people. They’re right, but in their call they were complaining and talking about other people, too. I guess like most folks, it’s OK just when you do it but not OK for anybody else. Hypocrite.”

  • “If Mitt Romney knows how to get the economy back on track, why doesn’t he tell Congress and Obama? If President Obama knows how to get the economy rolling again, why doesn’t Obama do it now? Why wait? If either candidate running for president, really wants to help the voters now, then make the oil companies drop the price of gas at the pump, just as fast and just as often as when the price goes up. That will help all of us.”

  • “I’m calling about the guy that wrote in your Speak Out on October 23 about kudos to the band that played at New Heights’ game last Wednesday. The band did not play. I worked the sidelines and the band did not play. I don’t know what game you were at. Thank you.”

    Note: Calls come into Speak Out for several days before the date they are printed in the paper. The caller may have been talking about an earlier game than the one you refer to.

  • “People receive government assistance to help you pay for a babysitter while you’re at work. Just in case you didn’t know, that’s some friendly information from me to you. Oh, yeah, you’re welcome. One more thing. To the lady who is not able to eat steak whenever she wants, perhaps you should find a friend who gets EBT and see if she’ll let you get something off her card. Thanks. Talk to ya’ll next week.”

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

  • “I would like to comment about the school bus routes. They have a ‘first on, last off’ policy. I find this to be extremely unfair and I believe I’m not the only parent. But the school wants the kids well rested. If they get on the bus at 6:30 in the morning, have a school day, get off at 4:30, how are they rested after doing homework, much less have any concentration? Also, there’s no time to be a family. To make it fair why not reverse the route in the afternoon to be fair? That way no child is on for too long. First on, first off.”

  • “I would like to speak out about my background as far as expunging it. The case is, I know of a same person 30 years old that’s my age was able to get on with the county at the animal shelter, had drug charges, had bad check writing and I had one charge on my record. The county expunged her record, but why do I got to wait three years before I can get my record cleared? I am a nursing student and because this one little thing, she had many things on her record. How is it that the county can clear hers for free but I got to pay $310 and that’s for everybody. What is the difference in person.