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Opinion

  • “I’d like to speak out and say the state should put some stop signs on North Pearl Street at the Sutton Street intersection. That way the trucks from Tucker Lumber Company would be able to cross Pearl Street without being impeded by oncoming traffic, as they seem to disregard the stop sign anyway. Yesterday I was less than fifty feet from the intersection and a truck just rolled right on through and I had to slam on my brakes and then he looked at me like I was in the wrong and I should have stopped anyway because he was working. Thanks.”

  • “I want to speak out about the police and the sheriff deputies doing these roadblocks around here. I think they might be a good idea to a lot of people, but I think they use racial profiling when they make the arrests at these things. It just seems like it’s always African Americans whose cars get searched and are suspected of doing something wrong. If they’re going to do it, they should at least make it fair to everyone. Thank you.”

  • “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.”

  • “I would like to know how far out of town and how fast that a city, county or state highway patrolman are allowed to chase a car. This is regarding an accident where someone was hit from behind due to a chase of a car out of town. This is ridiculous. They need a reasonable amount of speed that they need to go because this can hurt other people. It caused an accident. An innocent family was hurt.”

    “A child becomes an adult when he or she realizes that he or she has a right not only to be right, but also to be wrong.”

  • “This is in response to Coach Mangum not having his contract renewed. I firmly believe that he will prosper wherever he goes and I also firmly believe that when a door closes God opens a window and wherever he goes I hope the best for him.”

    “It’s about Coach Joey Mangum. I think the people need to let the younger people in there and he has served his purpose and it’s time another person comes in there and tries to build up Central High and not go towards the public to keep your job. Thank you.”

  • “I’m calling about the signs that say Shop Local. I called two air conditioning guys to come to my house and one never answered and the other one promised to come and never came. We can’t get haircuts on Saturday. There a lot of things that if you can’t go local and they want you to shop local. I now have to go out of town to find an air conditioning guy. We’re an elederly couple and I called two people. What am I supposed to do?”

  • The House set aside the week of March 12 through16 to debate the budget plan for state agencies for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1. House legislators are going through the budget section by section and discussing whether to approve each section as proposed, or to amend it.  
    The budget proposal under discussion was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee in late February.   In my next Capitol Report, I will summarize the major changes that House members make to the budget plan.

  • “I  just want to say what a pleasure it is to read your paper and see the sports editorials and sports reporting by Shug Haigler. He does a tremendous job, a great job. It’s unusual in a small community to have someone with that much talent related to sports reporting, but he does a great job and his ‘Where are They Now?’ is a great feature and sometimes the whole page is items he’s put together. Just a pleasure to read his items. So accurate and so smooth. It’s just a great job of reporting.”

  • “I would just like to say that I think the Pageland Police Department is doing a great job, they really are, but I would just like to see them visit the businesses more, on foot or in cars, it doesn’t matter. I think some of the places need to have policeman to be seen there at some time or another. Thank you so much. You’re doing a good job.”

  • “Does anybody want to buy a trash container? I happen to know where several thousand are that have been rendered useless.”

    “Due to circumstances in our town of Jefferson weeks ago, we should have a moment of silence before any baseball game.”

  • “I am calling about a article that was in this week’s paper, in the paper Progressive paper. It was talking about a student was recognized in a two-column article on making the Dean’s List and my friend, Avery Olivia Gaddy, only had one sentence for the President’s List, which is a higher honor than the Dean’s List. The President’s List is a 4.0 grade average. The Dean’s list is only a 3.5. I would greatly appreciate it if you would give her, Olivia, the recognition she deserves. Thank you.”

  • “I’d like to express my appreciation to Conbraco for the awesome American flag they have erected in front of their facility on Highway 151. I see it every morning, each day waving in the sunrise and again in the afternoon as I travel to and from my job at New Heights Middle School. I am blessed by its beauty and majesty and it always reminds me of how thankful I am for our great country.”

  • In a spirit of uncommon bipartisanship, Republican and Democratic members of the House have joined hands and unanimously approved several measures aimed at making our state safer, cleaner and more prosperous.  

  • “I bought gas today, Friday the 13th, in Pageland and it never seems to amaze me that gas anymore is at least 10 to 15 cents cheaper than it is in Chesterfield or Cheraw. Just amazed.”

  • “Get ready to be amazed. You’ll see a lot more effort put forth to protect the safety and the rights of the alleged murderer, than there ever was before or during the horrible crime that happened in our area several days ago. We’ve heard that one murder does not make a town a bad place. Good luck getting the family to accept that.”

  • There’s something very special about the beginning of a new year. After all, look at the way we celebrate it. In New York City, thousands of people from all over the world and from all walks of life gather at Time Square to celebrate and watch the ball drop to bring in the New Year. Even more watch the event on television while participating in their own celebration.