LETTERS: Take an interest in consolidation


The editor,

Do you think the education of our children is important for their future and for the future of our country?  Do you think that “local” control of our schools is important or should we just let the state decide what's best for our community? Do you think school administration should be decided by what's best for administrators or for parents and local citizens?

Do you believe generally smaller class sizes are better than large ones, and that smaller community schools are better than large ones? So would it make sense that smaller school districts would be better than large centralized districts? If you are interested in these and other questions related to possible school district consolidation happening here and around the state next year, please come to the School District Consolidation Debate, by Rep. Mike Pitts and Keith Tripp September 24 at the Clinton YMCA. The debate will begin promptly at 7 pm and end at 8:30 pm.                  

For those who think this issue is completely dead, so why bother, I would remind you that once bad legislation gets into the minds of lawmakers, it's like wild onions in  your lawn, you think you have gotten rid of them but the keep popping up next year. 

I want to thank the Clinton Chronicle for making this information available to their readers. 



Keith Tripp



The editor,

In this current political climate, now more than ever, it is time to be reminded of who has served, is serving and hopes to serve the people of South Carolina - many of whom are not given a voice and thus, depend on members of Congress to speak for them. 

The Laurens County Democratic Party is excited to honor one of our own, Jim Bryan, a democratic state senator, who has demonstrated through his work in the state legislature, his deep commitment to bettering the lives of those in Laurens County and South Carolina as a whole. The Laurens County Democratic Party will host the inaugural “Jim Bryan Dinner” fundraising banquet on Saturday, October 6, to celebrate this kind of dedication to the betterment of the people of Laurens County. It is a great honor to have Congressman Jim Clyburn as the keynote speaker. 

As the third highest ranking Democratic House member, Clyburn  has shown impressive diligence in improving the lives of the citizens of South Carolina. I urge you to join us on October 6th to be reminded that we all can serve one another; that we all can be a voice for those not listened to.  On that Saturday we come together to celebrate Jim Bryan, be inspired by James Clyburn and most importantly find our own voice.  

This November we will vote with this in mind. Not everyone holds the same ideals and values and we are given the opportunity to vote our conscience. Come meet the candidates on October 6th and be educated about who you are voting for and why. Your vote is your voice!


Kelly Gallagher-Kiley



The editor,

We hear every day another life is lost from an overdose of drugs. I lost a nephew to drugs and alcohol. He had so much talent, yet it was lost to addictions.

His mother kept so many poems and short stories Joey wrote while he was in prison for writing bad checks to pay for drugs and alcohol. She compiled them, in a book she entitled, “Beauty Behind Bars.”

This poem I’ve enclosed is on page 166 of this book. I have never read such a true description of withdrawal symptoms.



Your intestines knot and ties, moans, groans, pants and sighs. You scream and wail in fear. Your guts are tearing and hell is near. The head on your shoulders is lost. In pain your mind is tossed. You think you are going insane. Your eyes roll back in your head. You think about suicide to end the pain and wish to God you were dead.

With all these things you’re relating, your blood seems to stop circulating. With fever you seem to be baking, the hands are balled up and shaking. There’s one thing to blame for it all, extensive use of drugs or alcohol. It makes grown people crawl; it’s the symptoms of wicked withdraw.


Joey did try suicide at one time in the past. His mom is an ordained minister. She fasted one meal for over a year for God to save her son. A few hours before Joey left this world, his mom’s prayers were answered. God wrapped His loving arms around Joey and gave him peace at last.

Thank you for listening. I hope this poem will touch a heart that may be on drugs or thinking about starting. It will kill the body and the soul.


Pat Simpson



The editor,

Beyond the widely reported devastating impacts of Hurricane Florence on the Carolinas, there is one more - of the self-inflicted variety.

North Carolina is home to thousands of factory farms that raise millions of pigs, chickens, and other animals for our dinner table. Their feces are stored in huge open pits, labeled ironically as “lagoons.” The excess rainfall from Florence is very likely to spread much of this waste onto nearby housing developments, farmland, and waterways, including those supplying drinking water.

This is exactly what happened when Hurricane Floyd struck North Carolina as a Category 2 storm in 1999. According to the Associated Press, "The bloated carcasses of hundreds of thousands of animals bobbed in a nose-stinging soup of fecal matter, pesticides, fertilizer and gasoline so toxic that fish flopped helplessly on the surface to escape it."

Although none of us has direct control over the weather, we each have direct control over our demand for animal food products: the very food products that cause so much damage to our environment and to our personal health. The advent of Florence presents a great opportunity for each of us to start reducing that demand.


Chuck Cicero



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