Cheraw Chronicle- RSS OPINION Feed http://thecherawchronicle.com/section/OPINION http://thecherawchronicle.com/section/OPINION Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:57:15 EST 1800 Local-first revolution shows the way http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50428003/Local-first-revolution-shows-the-way One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Since it came out, I've probably watched it 20 times. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:08 EST Exploring the Pee Dee by boat http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50415727/Exploring-the-Pee-Dee-by-boat For some reason or other, I've always loved being around water. Why, when I retired, I held a state water and wastewater license. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:10:18 EST FOIA failures http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50426651/FOIA-failures The pulpit is calling. It's time to do a little preaching.The subject isn't fresh. The spin is different. The old sermon is about FOI. The new message is about FYI. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:52:15 EST The politics of spite in S.C. http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50344026/The-politics-of-spite-in-S.C. Let's get this out of the way at the top: I'm a Democrat and, as such, I hope that Democrats win elections and Republicans lose — locally, in South Carolina and nationally. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:17:14 EST Disability benefits require severe need http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50348372/Disability-benefits-require-severe-need Perhaps the most misunderstood Social Security program is disability insurance, often referred to as SSDI. Some people mistakenly think that beneficiaries are “on the dole” and getting easy money for minor impairments. That's not the... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:36:20 EST Right-to-work status not as solid as you think http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50350800/Right-to-work-status-not-as-solid-as-you-think Is South Carolina really a “right-to-work state”? Of course it is, right? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:52:15 EST Sales tax hike a rotten idea http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50211281/Sales-tax-hike-a-rotten-idea To the editor: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:58:10 EST Greenville a South Carolina success story http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50255492/Greenville-a-South-Carolina-success-story Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:44:07 EST Your Voice http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/editorial/50160824/Your-Voice When was the last time you laughed out loud, and at whose expense or prompting? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:17:07 EST A few Palmetto State positives http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50184775/A-few-Palmetto-State-positives Newspapers and the media are often accused of only reporting the bad things that happen — and there's some truth in this. And it's particularly easy to fall into this trap in South Carolina where it seems that there is a lot more bad... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:18:24 EST Spirits of comfort and healing http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50184650/Spirits-of-comfort-and-healing This has been such an eventful week that I wonder where to begin my my narrative. So I will begin at the beginning. As you know, we started out last week with the most wonderful news, the birth of our grandson Edgar Lawrence McBride. The day was not... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:14:31 EST Quit selling cookie dough; let parents give directly http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/50114359/Quit-selling-cookie-dough;-let-parents-give-directly A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:40:07 EST Cultural changes to curb child abuse http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion_columns/50106060/Cultural-changes-to-curb-child-abuse For several years now, I have written this same column — and I'm going to keep writing it until we as a state stop abusing our children. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:07:08 EST A state motto worth memorizing http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/editorial/50023029/A-state-motto-worth-memorizing South Carolina's motto, “While I breathe, I hope,” is surely the most optimistic statement any one can make. Despite all, if we can draw a breath, we are hopeful and optimistic. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:07:09 EST Secret autopsies leave public in the dark http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/editorial/50020921/Secret-autopsies-leave-public-in-the-dark For the second time in a month, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:06:29 EST Childhood memories in the chinaberry shade http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5255334/Childhood-memories-in-the-chinaberry-shade I've heard Mac (Wallace to his family) talk about his grandfather's chinaberry trees, or umbrella trees to clarify it (apparently there are two types) forever. He talks about how the temperature beneath the chinaberry seems to be a good 15... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:35:06 EST OUR VIEW Changes in store for your Cheraw Chronicle http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/editorial/5272035/OUR-VIEW-Changes-in-store-for-your-Cheraw-Chronicle The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually make a sound judgment about a newspaper by taking a glance at its front page. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:29:13 EST Your Voice http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/editorial/5187712/Your-Voice Do you believe extraterrestrial life forms exist? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:26:12 EST Valverde Day http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/editorial/5227986/Valverde-Day The town of Ruby declared July 5th 2014 Dr. Michael Valverde Day, and it dawned clear and cool. It was to be the official retirement for the Doctor who most everyone called “Dr. Mike.” He had prepared a speech he wanted to give (sans... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:24:09 EST Your Voice http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/editorial/5158979/Your-Voice What do you think of the US Supreme Court decision allowing companies to opt out of providing insurance coverage for birth control? Wed, 2 Jul 2014 20:38:08 EST