Cheraw Chronicle- RSS OPINION Feed Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:06:42 EST 1800 The short history of a cat named Gizmo Her mother was a fierce hunter who prowled the gardens like her panther ancestors. She crawled on her belly after field mice and stalked snakes with stealthy finesse.Until she didn't. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:26:06 EST The start of something (really) big As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never-ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:59:08 EST Remember the cost of freedom On Veterans Day, we remember the men and women who served in uniform, who raised their right hand and swore to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:53:07 EST The young rise up to defend our nation They say that the newspapers of the world will soon be a thing of the past, that with breaking news available on the Internet, there will be no need for the printed page. You have Kindle to read books — no smell of ink and tree to feed your... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:10:10 EST OK, S.C. Democrats, this is the bottom Let me begin with three points that won't surprise anyone and then a fourth that will surprise and maybe even shock you. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:52:07 EST Sleepless nights worth the tired trade-off I was snoozing ever so gently this morning when I felt someone looking at me. I was swimming hard for the surface dragging myself up from a semi-coma to the dawning of awareness when I heard Mac say, “When you're sleeping, why do you... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 02:31:05 EST The freak show that is S.C. politics One of the things about the fall that was most exciting to me growing up was the coming of the local fair. I vividly remember all the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of the neon Ferris wheel, the carnival barkers and the frying corn dogs. They all... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 15:22:09 EST The rise and fall of Bobby Harrell There is a New Testament admonition that we should hate the sin and love the sinner. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:24:08 EST A happy haunting from childhood memories My most vivid childhood memories can be found on Highway 145, five miles south of the town of Chesterfield in a big old white farmhouse occupied by my grandparents. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:06:08 EST Halloween showcases costumed creativity Part of me wants to start singing that song from “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” but I'm not entirely sure if that's a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:41:09 EST LETTER: Jay Brooks deserves county’s support in sheriff race To the editor: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:52:10 EST LETTER: Same-sex marriage a distortion of natural truths To the editor:Webster's Dictionary's definition of truth is: sincerity in action character and utterance; being in accord with fact or reality. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:51:09 EST Happy days are here again Birthdays and anniversaries seem to be the norm for us this fall. I haven't written about Evil Sister or Good Sister in a long time. Not that Evil Sister isn't any less sassy or Good Sister any less, well, good…it's just that... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:46:13 EST A new perspective on jazz I suppose the first thing I should admit is that I know very little about jazz music. My experience was jazz is pretty limited. I'm not much of a musician, but I do own a guitar and occasionally I can make sound come out of it. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:37:13 EST You can help as a representative payee November is Family Caregivers' Month, a time to thank and acknowledge all of the people who take care of those in need. If you handle the finances of someone who receives benefits from Social Security, or you know someone who needs help managing... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:30:13 EST It’s good to be (sort of) home For a journalist, shining the spotlight onto others is simply par for the course. So it's only natural that there is a chilling deer-in-the-headlights sense of uncertainty and a little fear when that light is turned around on to me. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:43:05 EST Fighting marriage equality to the bitter end First, please forgive my personal indulgence about South Carolina with this column. I love our state, I really do. I have a friend who says I'm obsessed with South Carolina; he may be right. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:47:04 EST Women of a certain age I have noticed that since I left my 40s behind (WAYYY behind) that the topic of conversation has shifted from sex, children and gossip to shopping and food. Mostly shopping FOR food.The closer we get to Halloween, the closer Thanksgiving... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:36:05 EST Let’s talk about Medicare October is “Talk About Prescriptions Month” and marks the beginning of this year's Medicare open enrollment period. It's the perfect time to talk about Medicare prescriptions and the extra help available from Social... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:28:08 EST Everyone should try Mama’s ‘Angel Biscuits’ Mama was an excellent cook. Mama also collected recipes the way some people collect stamps or coins. She had so many different types of recipes that should I live to be 99, well I won't have gotten through a quarter of them. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 01:44:08 EST