Cheraw Chronicle- RSS OPINION Feed http://thecherawchronicle.com/section/OPINION http://thecherawchronicle.com/section/OPINION Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:52:20 EST 1800 The legend of the dogwood http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion-opinion_columns/152630721/The-legend-of-the-dogwood It was a warm spring day many years ago when I first heard the legend of the dogwood tree. My grandmother was standing at the wood line behind her home and she was so joyful that she had spotted a dogwood in the shadow of the tall long leaf... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:36:52 EST Don’t mess with animal control success http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/152680728/Dont-mess-with-animal-control-success I know this is not my normal column subject matter. I hope this leaves you with the desire to have your voice heard for those whose voices are often ignored. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:21:51 EST A very special message http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion-opinion_columns/152583580/A-very-special-message ^Any time you have something very important to say, there will^probably be some difficulty saying it. After a while, the clichés^really start to lose meaning and what you intend to say is too Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:16:51 EST What has your library helped you create? http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/news-opinion_columns/152646964/What-has-your-library-helped-you-create During the week of April 12-18, the Chesterfield County Library System joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:41:52 EST Bill seeks to change county, city funding http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/news-opinion_columns-politics/152653378/Bill-seeks-to-change-county-city-funding I have important information for students from the graduating classes of 1990-2014: If you failed the exit exam and received only a certificate upon graduation, you can now receive your diploma. You need to contact your school district and apply for... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:01:51 EST South Carolina, we have a problem http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion-opinion_columns/152634565/South-Carolina-we-have-a-problem One of my favorite movies is “Apollo 13” with Tom Hanks. It tells the story of the 1970 NASA mission to the moon that almost ended in disaster when a systems failure in the space capsule resulted in too much carbon dioxide in the... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:26:52 EST Curl up with our library on World Book Day http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion-opinion_columns/152652639/Curl-up-with-our-library-on-World-Book-Day More than 100 countries will participate in World Book Day on April 23, encouraging people to explore the pleasures of reading. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:11:52 EST An early morning cat-astrophe http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152533586/An-early-morning-cat-astrophe I've been up since 4:45 this morning. It is now 5:38. When most people are still snoozing in their nice warm beds, I am up, showered, hair washed and bright-eyed at (looking at clock in corner) 5:39 in the morning. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:11:52 EST Social Security helps people with kidney disease http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/152539675/Social-Security-helps-people-with-kidney-disease Every March, we pay special attention to the kidney, an organ vital to a healthy life. Social Security wants to help spread the word about the importance of kidney health and about what you should do if you think you or a loved one has a... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:51:52 EST Mandatory voting? Let’s try it http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion-opinion_columns/152547553/Mandatory-voting-Lets-try-it One of the inherent powers of the president is the ability to spark a big and important national debate simply by floating a new idea in a few lines in a speech. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:16:52 EST March Madness living up to its name this year http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/news-opinion_columns/152503621/March-Madness-living-up-to-its-name-this-year This past weekend has been the first one in a long while that has allowed me to do two things I haven't been able to do recreationally for a while now — sit and read. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:06:52 EST Responsible House budget includes $2.3M for NETC http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/news-opinion_columns/152359722/Responsible-House-budget-includes-$2.3M-for-NETC I am glad to report that Northeastern Technical College is set to receive $2.3 million in funding for a new industrial training center in Pageland and other needs as the South Carolina House of Representatives sends its completed budget to the... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:26:51 EST Tomato gravy a family tradition http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/152423827/Tomato-gravy-a-family-tradition Many family traditions and family recipes begin with a single person. I'm not sure exactly who began the fabulous tomato gravy one, but as far as I can tell it was on the Sealy side of the family. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 02:41:52 EST The good, bad and ugly in House budget http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/news-opinion_columns/152417839/The-good-bad-and-ugly-in-House-budget The House worked late many nights last week, debating amendments to the $24.5 billion budget for state government for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins in July. The amended budget bill was approved and sent to the Senate for review. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:31:51 EST TransformingSC and fixing education http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion-opinion_columns/152399842/TransformingSC-and-fixing-education Webster's Dictionary defines the word transform this way: “to change in composition or structure… to change in character or condition.” Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:11:52 EST Batting 1,000 during tax season http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/152400475/Batting-1000-during-tax-season Spring training for major league baseball teams begins in March. As you prepare to meet the April 15 deadline to file your taxes, here are some Social Security tax tips to help you knock the ball out of the park. Batter up! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:01:52 EST Making S.C. government more open http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/news-opinion_columns/152369783/Making-S.C.-government-more-open It's Sunshine Week in South Carolina and the nation.It is a time to recognize and encourage open government and letting the sun shine in on public documents and meetings. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:41:52 EST Reading meters and dodging dogs http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/152290477/Reading-meters-and-dodging-dogs Several years ago while living in Bolivia, North Carolina, I worked for the Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative. My job was meter reading, and what a great job it was! Working outside, traveling through our service area, meeting folks and... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:51:51 EST Best mother-in-law title a tall order http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/152277263/Best-mother-in-law-title-a-tall-order Once I wanted to be the best mother ever. I'm not sure if I ever quite attained the lofty level of BME, but it sure wasn't for want of trying. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:26:51 EST Standing ovation for Martin O’Malley http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion/152277624/Standing-ovation-for-Martin-OMalley Democrats in South Carolina are not a group that is easily impressed, but recently former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley really impressed them… as in a standing ovation impressed. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:16:51 EST