Cheraw Chronicle- RSS OPINION Feed http://thecherawchronicle.com/section/OPINION http://thecherawchronicle.com/section/OPINION Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:10:52 EST 1800 The strange world of race and politics in S.C. http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50667332/The-strange-world-of-race-and-politics-in-S.C. In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate. And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:41:11 EST Hey, S.C. — take it easy on my transmission http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50583149/Hey-S.C.--take-it-easy-on-my-transmission Last weekend, I drove up to Carthage, North Carolina, to see some old friends. From Columbia, I took U.S. 1 from Camden through McBee to Cheraw, then into North Carolina. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:37:07 EST Thoughts on gators, politicians and oil http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50582986/Thoughts-on-gators-politicians-and-oil As I write these words, I'm sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I'm surrounded by nothing but God's creations and natural beauty. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:27:05 EST LETTER: Raising minimum wage is not the answer http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/letters-opinion/50504238/Raising-minimum-wage-is-not-the-answer To the editor: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:23:15 EST Is S.C. giving women the third-world treatment? http://thecherawchronicle.com/news/opinion/50504230/Is-S.C.-giving-women-the-third-world-treatment The world is shrinking and with the Internet we are now all hyper-connected. One result of this is that where once we looked at problems as local or maybe state and national issues, now we can see issues simultaneously on a local to global level... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:14:10 EST 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 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