Cheraw Chronicle- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:16:09 EST 1800 Americana magic behind the wheel Americans have been having a love affair with the automobile for so many years that most of us living today cannot remember when the highways were not overrun with the smells of exhaust and new leather, the word superhighway seemed like a science... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:46:51 EST A greener way to do business April 22 is Earth Day, a great time to recommit to going green. More than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day this year. Saving energy, conserving water and using less gas are just a few ways to go green (and save the earth). Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:01:52 EST Celebrating small-town leaders It is often said that South Carolina is a big small town where everyone knows everyone else. And if we don't know someone personally, then it's usually “I know who they are.” Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:01:51 EST Payback for neighborhood Chiclet thief This story has been told in my family for several years; my mom helped me with the details. I hope that this will be the first of many stories she shares. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:21:51 EST Pyewackit goes to the vet I wanted to tell you a bit about our senior cat, the Infamous Pyewackit. He is an apple-head Siamese…that is, the old-time seal point before the brains were bred out of them. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:36:51 EST Halfway home, but still lost This week, the South Carolina Legislature reached the midpoint of the 2015 session, so lawmakers celebrated by closing up shop and going home for a week or so. Given their lack of substantive achievement so far, I'm not sure that anyone will... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:11:51 EST Fighting meth by punishing the sick? As a former law enforcement officer, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate effects of meth on the state of South Carolina. While meth production is undoubtedly a national issue, South Carolina policymakers and law enforcement cannot ignore the threats... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 17:36:51 EST 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 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 ^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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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$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 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