Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 18, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
‘TAKE DOWN THAT FLAG
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Former Sen. Rick Santorum was the guest speaker at the Aiken Republican Club's kickoff luncheon at Newberry Hall on Monday.
Santorum talks to County GOP
Presidential hopeful fields questions, urges ‘fiscal sanity’
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Likely presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum visited the Aiken Republican Club tm Monday to share his stance tm issues, among them health care reform, education and immigration.
Santorum. who was elected to Ute House of Representatives in I MOO and serv ed in the Senate from 1MM5 to 2007. said his need to travel the country to speak to voters stemmed from a distaste for decisions made by the current and past administrations.
"I'm here because of what’s been happening rn this country; yes, in particular
over the last couple of years, but inexorably over the last few dozen years,” Santorum said.
Santorum said that January 2011 is the first month that the baby boomers will begin to retire, and America is unprepared.
"We’re stuck. We have to deal with social security, and we have to repeal (ibamacare and we can’t do that,” he said.
Aller saying that all Americans can receive medical care, Santorum said that the problem with health insurance access is because the system is dysfunctional and the current health care reform bill will result in rationing health care.
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MLK Day ralliers call for Confederate flag
to be removed from Statehouse grounds
By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA — Speakers at an annual rally honoring Martin Luther King Jr. said Mondfl) the Confederate battle Hag fly mg above their heads on Statehouse grounds is a symbol of the injustice that still exists 43 years aller the civil rights leader was slain.
They renewed a call to legislators to move the Hag, and to concentrate on ideas that will put people to work, keep them healthy and provide children of all backgrounds a good education.
"Take down that Hag,” North ( anil ma NAAl P president, the Rev. William Barber, shouted repeatedly to rounds of applause.
The flag’s presence, he said, disrespects people not only rn South Carolina but across the nation.
But the South C arolina commander of Sons of Confederate Veteran* disagreed,
"They has e the right to v lew it any way they wish.
... But I’m telling you it is.
It is our heritage, and we will honor it,” said Mark Simpson of Spartanburg, whose great-great grandfather was a Confederate soldier.
More than I .(XX) people gathered for the 11 th annual rally between the Statehouse steps and the Confederate Soldier Monument. Hie Hag has flown on a 20-foot pole beside the monument since 2000.
For four decades prior, it flew atop the Statehouse, underneath the United Slates and state flags. Aller the National Association for the
Charlotte Holt from Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church sings "We Shall Overcome" during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial parade on Monday in Knoxville, Tenn. For more on Martin Luther King Day celebrations around the country, see page 5A.
Advancement oI Colored People called tor a boycott of the state to protest, lawmakers negotiated a compromise that removed it from atop the dome and from inside the House and Senate chambers.
A smaller, square version was raised on the front lawn, near a busy intersection. The NAACP has never approved of the flag’s new position.
"This is more in-your-face, fhat’s just heartbreaking,"
said Markita Primm, 37, who, along with her 14-and 11-year-old children, boarded one of two buses that traveled overnight from Detroit to attend. Primm, who’s on dialysis and in a wheelchair because of a leg amputation, said she wanted to protest the flag in person.
"This flag flying is not right,” she said.
Primm came w ith 120 people on a trip organized by Detroit talk radio personality Mildred Caddis, who pledged to keep coming every year w ith more people until thie flag is down.
Georgia’s NAACP president, I ti ward Dubose, said the NAACP is renewing its commitment to “not spend one dime in South Carolina until that Confederate flag comes down.” I Ie said he and his wife led by example on the drive, by stopping in Augusta, Cia., to order food, then waiting until they urn v cd in ( olumbia to eat ii.
"It was cold, but it was worth it,” he said.
People earned signs that read, "NAACP says don’t stop, don’t shop, until the flag drops," on one side, and "It’s not about heritage" on the other.
Simpson, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said his group is not happy that white supremacists have used the flag. He said the flag’s Statehouse home since 2000 is a place that honors ancestors who fought and died, and the group will continue to defend its display.
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New MLK street signs leave addresses intact
By AMY BANTON
When the road signs on the corner of Laurens Street and Hampton Avenue changed earlier this month, some residents wondered if the addresses of their homes or businesses may change, too.
The addresses of businesses and homes located between S.C. 19 from the city limits on the Northside and ending at South Boundary where C ity Council designated the road to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. will not be altered. The name of Laurens Street has not changed.
"The signage was never intended to replace the addresses and won’t,” City Manager Roger LeDuc said. "The addresses will remain Laurens Street, and this is just an overlay designation."
Signs were placed on the comer of Laurens Street and Hampton Avenue Jan.
4 which read “MLK Jr, Memorial Hwy” with "Laurens St." listed underneath to show a designation that City Council approved nearly 17 years ago.
According to Aiken Public, Safety Director Pete
brummer, the signs on the corner of Laurens Street and Hampton Avenue are the only ones that will be replaced.
Two other, larger green signs that. were installed earlier are located near the north end of S.C, 19 and another was placed at the bottom of Laurens Street near South Boundary Avenue, all which read "Martin Luther King Jr, Memorial Hwy,”
Aiken City Council approved the memorial for Dr King in 1994 In 2008, signage for the designation was approved.
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Aiken Standard file photo by Amy Benton Signs were recently replaced on the corner of Laurens Street and Hampton Avenue as a designation of a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The name of Laurens Street has not changed.
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