Off The Wall
On The Record
Registered Sex Offenders for Edgefield
2005 Crime Stats
& Audio Updates
PO Box 972
State and Federal
Local Political Parties
Chamber of Commerce
New York Times
New York Post
Los Angeles Times
past articles please visit our Archives
The Great Duck Dinner
Column by the Editor
posted April 21, 2008
COLUMN – Edgefield County, once the most
powerful political subdivision in the state, has been relegated to near
obscurity and it has been best described as “The Great Edgefield County
Duck Dinner”. In the past Edgefield County residents were among the
most outspoken, unwavering, and unforgiving of political leaders who
went astray of representing the people. Much like the migrating duck,
they made sure their nesting ground, or home, was secure and then went
on their way to secure their survival was devoid of outside
However, much like that migrating duck, many have been charmed by the
farmer of old that relished the opportunity of dining on those
desirable ducks at will.
The old story goes that there was a farmer that had a large pond on his
property. Every year the ducks would flock to the area to nest and
raise their young. Try as he may, the farmer could never get close
enough to the wary ducks to take one for his dinner.
Then one year the farmer decided to stop hunting the ducks. Instead he
went to the edge of the pond and placed corn for the ducks to feed. Of
course the ducks, not knowing from where their bounty was coming, began
converging on the food.
In time the farmer would make himself known as he brought the corn to
the location, still in a distant and untrusting eye of the ducks, they
kept their distance but were more than willing to take the easy bounty
rather than search for food.
Eventually the ducks became accustomed to the farmer. He would mingle
among them as he would toss down the easy sustenance.
As winter approached, the ducks - fat on the easy offerings of the
farmer - were unable to fly south and resume their independent lives.
So the farmer built small shelters for the ducks complete with
protection from the harsh weather of the approaching winter and
continued to come each day and bring more corn.
Once the ducks were completely dependant upon the farmer he quietly and
without suspicion placed a fence around the shelters and from that day
forward was able to feed upon his intended prey and enjoyed his “duck
dinner” at will for the rest of his life.
So it is with the residents of Edgefield County. No longer are they
wary of their political leaders nor do they hold them accountable. They
more concern upon gathering the corn in complete unawareness of the
farmer that is about to prey upon them.
With the average term of a sitting county council member being a decade
or more, I wonder how long it will take the once free and independent
voter to break away and regain flight and independence from the farmer.
Edgefield County has a choice this year that it has never had before:
to tear down the fences and shelters and regain their independence by
removing a majority of the sitting county council members that have
become the hired hands of the farmer to feed the growing population of
ducks on his pond. Or you can remain the grateful prisoner that is
happy you were not chosen to be preyed upon today.
You have the power to change the county by voting. If you are not
registered to vote, register before May 9. If you are registered to
vote, make it a point to get out and vote.
Only you can make a difference.
original material is property of
EdgefieldDaily.com and cannot be reproduced, rewritten or redistributed
without the expressed written permission of Edgefield Daily.com
JAM Straight Customs
We still need recipes for Cooking Section
WEBNEWS – Send in your favorite or
favorites. There is no limit to the number of recipes you can send in.
With the Editor’s wife being the driving force behind her own personal
section, help her create an exchange of local favorites, home cooking,
grilling, sauces, and deserts! Send in your submissions here.