Deputies deserve a raise

First of all, no member of Orangeburg County Council has contacted me about what I am about to say.

I have the perfect solution to raise the salaries of the sheriff's department deputies. Instead of sitting around the table scratching their heads trying to figure out how to spend the next round of 1-cent tax levied on the citizens, council should take some of the money and give it to the sheriff so he can give the deputies a much-needed raise. I guess the council members would rather see where they can build another building.

I have always supported law enforcement and I have never understood how they risk their lives every day for the money they make. I have several friends who have left the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office to go to Richland and Lexington counties for more money.

I think council members should ask themselves if they would work for those salaries.

Give the deputies a raise. They deserve it.

-- Walter Bates, Norway

Judges not on 'good behavior'

In the curious case of the recent hold of the president’s travel ban by the 9th Circuit Court, several facts indicate the judges involved have been playing with fire.

The court failed to enforce, or even cite, the law giving the president the ability to implement an entry ban, even though it was expressed by the president and others prior to making their decision.

The law (U.S. Code, Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, part 2, 1182) dating from the 1950s, and used repeatedly by several presidents, makes clear that the president has the unquestionable authority to restrict entry of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants whom he finds detrimental to the interests of our nation into the USA by proclamation for any period of time he deems necessary.

There is no provision in the law for that decision to be reviewed by a court. The court’s claim that any constitutional issue is reviewable becomes valid when an act exceeds its delegated power, which in this case, it did not.

The court deliberately ignored several well-publicized incidents in the recent past, for which the perpetrators from named nations in the ban were tried and convicted.

The court deliberately lied when it stated that no immigrant from the affected nations has been arrested or linked to terrorism, and it was upon this lie that they based their decision.

Article 3, Section 1 of the Constitution states in part: “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”

It appears that the judges making this decision for the 9th Circuit Court have run afoul of the constitutional requirement for “good behavior," and have put themselves in a position to be removed.

“When you meddle in the affairs of dragons, you may discover that you taste good with ketsup.” -- Karl Denninger

-- Sam Brice, St. Matthews

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The spirit of offense

There is a spirit of offense in the land. It is not a person or a group. It is a spirit.

We have to separate ourselves from offense. Do not engage in unforgiving activities and entertain evil thoughts. This means if you are offended and you are a follower of Jesus, then you must forgive the offense; otherwise your Savior won't and can't forgive you.

Is it easy to forgive? No, it is very difficult. That is why God went the Holy Spirit -- our great comforter -- to help us. If you forgive others, God will forgive you. In your relationship with Jesus, we need no roadblocks between our sweet Savior and our weak selves.

You may not be able to change the world and your circumstances, but you can allow yourself to be changed. Permit the Holy Spirt to change your heart.

A dear friend and mentor of mine suggest these steps:

First, say this out loud: "As an act of my will, I will choose to forgive ..."

Second, say: "With the Lord's help, I choose to bless ..."

Third, ask the Lord to show you how to be a blessing to ...

-- Kimberly Still, Orangeburg

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