Cheraw Chronicle- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:15:46 EST 1800 The pros and cons of official ID I was issued my press badge from the South Carolina Press Association last week, and I am very excited. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:41:53 EST JJ the tuxedo cat takes a bow It's quiet in here. Mamon and Darlin' left in the big red truck to go to town. Mamon has these doctor's appointments every week and so we are left to our own devices. They told Chase and Cricket “watch the house and don't... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:21:51 EST The moral test of S.C. government This week, Gov. Nikki Haley was sworn in for her second four-year term and a new legislature convened in the Statehouse. This seems like an appropriate time to look back on their record over the last four years. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:36:52 EST Tip your hat for Pie Day and Social Security A hundred years ago, no one would leave the house without a hat. Hats were everywhere — top hats, cowboy hats, stovepipe hats, even pork pie hats. Women wore elaborate hats to church, matching them to their fashionable outfits. Today, people... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:36:51 EST I assure you we’re open Every so often when I'm out and about, someone will ask me if I'm working in The Cheraw Chronicle office. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:36:53 EST What’s the (next) big idea? Back in 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that “a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:41:53 EST Making retirement dreams into reality In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about his dream of an America where equality was more than a concept — where it was an everyday reality. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:06:51 EST A trifecta of New Year’s traditions I can't believe that Christmas is over. It seems like just a few minutes ago that I was still frantically wrapping gifts and cooking and wondering what I had forgotten to do…and it's over. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:56:05 EST The worst thing in 40 years I have been actively involved in politics in South Carolina for almost 40 years and what Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson recently did in the Abbeville education case is without question the worst and most outrageous action I have... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:35:09 EST S.C. State’s legacy worth preserving In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its infamous decision Plessey v. Ferguson, which confirmed Jim Crow laws and the black codes that said blacks are not equal to whites and could be treated differently. It was the beginning of the... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:16:13 EST The road to smoke-free success New Year's resolutions are so easy to make and even easier to break. I am hoping that everyone who resolves to quit smoking is successful. I resolved to stop for many years in a row. Let me tell you the story of my journey. Keep in mind I was... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 01:54:25 EST No fear for the New Year Another year has gone by, another trip around the sun. I mentioned a couple of months ago the somewhat ironic nature of New Year's resolutions. Be that as it may, New Year's resolutions can be a powerful tool for bettering one life, and I... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:42:11 EST LETTER: Don’t erode E-911’s independence To the editor:Every citizen in Chesterfield County should be treated the same — no better, no worse. The same goes for all of the public safety agencies. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:31:07 EST New Year’s resolutions for S.C. This is the time for New Year's resolutions, and I have a few for our state.But first, some interesting, though not terribly surprising, poll results: most of us make resolutions and we are really bad about sticking to them. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:27:09 EST Ring in 2015 with a COLA Happy New Year from Social Security! Put down the champagne and ring in the New Year with a COLA! And we don't mean the soda. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:20:06 EST Coming of age — again! Think back to when you were younger. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:28:13 EST Martin O’Malley for president? Now, the first most obvious question is, “Who the heck is Martin O'Malley?” And the second obvious question is, “For president of what?” Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:49:07 EST What I want for Christmas What do I want for Christmas? Something personal and geared especially for me? I have decided that I have just the idea to help cure what ails me. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:07:05 EST Early morning thoughts on Christmas It's the best part of the day right now. It's not quite six, I'm having my first cup of hot, steaming coffee (heavy on the cream, leave off the sugar), I'm the only one up (well, except for Sonny, the big fat Russian Blue cat)... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:10:10 EST Soap Club 2: Electric Boogaloo Last week, I talked a little bit about the process of making soap. The floral scented batch was cooling in the mold. Now it was time for some honey oatmeal soap. A recipe I had done time and time again. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:10 EST