Opinion

Real change will take compromise

Lawmakers kicked off a new legislative session yesterday.

We hope this session will be a productive one because there is a lot of work that needs to be done to advance South Carolina into a better future. To do so, lawmakers from both parties and in both houses need to come together and make the necessary compromises on their stances on certain issues to get things done.

Confederate memorial should be removed

Dear Editor,

I think my 7-year-old niece asks too many questions.

These days, she’s resolved to become a chemical scientist. Her playtime is peppered with How?s and Why?s that neither her Uncle Brence nor really anyone else in my family can actually answer.

To be sure, the best part of returning home to Barnwell County for me is time spent with her, my sister, and my parents, who’ve lived here their entire lives. But not having all of the answers for a little one so relentlessly committed to having the facts at her eager little fingertips can be disappointing.

Corvair College is a valued experience

Dear Airport Board of Barnwell County,

I wanted to send a letter expressing how much I value the Annual Corvair College at Barnwell. I have attended every one of these, bringing a rust-covered Corvair core motor in the fall of 2010. I met so many wonderful people, some from Barnwell, and others who drove hundreds and some thousands of miles to get to Barnwell. In 20111 returned and ran my motor for the first time - a very wonderful event indeed.

Colder weather coming - act now to stay safe

The start of a New Year is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time to be vigilant so we can all stay safe.

As you set your resolutions for 2017, we hope you will take a few minutes to consider a few steps that will lead to a safer year.

Last week, two Barnwell County citizens suffered burns requiring emergency transport to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., according to Barnwell City Fire Chief Tony Dicks. One was a child who was burned by boiling water in the kitchen.

Hutto Family expresses deepest appreciation

Dear Editor,

The family of Flora Lee Hutto would like to express our deepest appreciation to those who ministered to us during our time of loss.

We appreciated every visit, call, card and meal that you shared with us. We are grateful for each memorial donation that was given and for each Gideon Bible that was placed.

To both of our church families, Hilda Southern Methodist and Hilda First Baptist, we thank you for the fellowhip meal that you hosted together on our behalf. We are blessed to be surrounded by such caring family, church family, and friends.

The Force is with Carrie Fisher but not with us

Dear Editor,

As a “Star Wars” fan and science fiction geek and fantasy and science fiction author, the Force is with me. The Force was with Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, too. But she is no longer with us.

This devastating news hit me just two days after Christmas, Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27. I liked Carrie because of her Princess Leia role since I was a young boy in the 70s. When boys and girls would join in games in the schoolyard, the girls would play her. I would often play Hans Solo or Luke. Her part would be acted out with action figures at home as well.

Healthcare, crime and jobs top list for 2017 resolutions

With 2017 just a few days away, we want to dedicate this editorial space in our last edition of 2016 to reflect on the year, including how close Barnwell County came to meeting resolutions set one year ago.

We like to do this to have a measure of where we have been and what kind of successes we think we’ve had. It also gives us a pathway to the future.

This year has definitely had its ups and downs, although that’s really true of any year.

Who really keeps their New Year’s resolutions?

BE IT RESOLVED...

Oh, good grief.

When has anybody really kept a New Year’s resolution past the first two weeks in January?

I, like a lot of folks, put off my diet until the first of the year so I can dive into those wonderful cookies and cakes and pies that I have no defense for in November and December.

Really? Go cold turkey? Hmmm that reminds me....do I still have a can of cranberry sauce on the shelf?

I have to do things gradually, like drop from 5 cookies a day to 4 to 3. You get the picture.

Let there be peace

All we want for Christmas is peace on earth.

Is that too much to ask?

Unfortunately, peace isn’t on everyone’s Christmas list.

It seems our world is a tumultuous place. From squabbles and protests over the outcome of the presidential election to terrorist attacks happening on an almost daily basis, there’s not a lot of peace in sight. Last week brought turmoil in Barnwell County with a murder.

What must we do to obtain peace?

You can’t buy it in a store or order it from Amazon.

The answer lies within us all.

The best packages are wrapped in newsprint

I believe in Santa Claus.

I may be 60 years old but I still believe in Santa Claus.

My mom used to wake us at the crack of dawn and position everyone at the top of the stairway of our two-story house.

Dad was in the den, getting the record player going to belt out “Joy to the World” and other Christmas favorites.

Mind you, at one time there were eight of us in the household with my parents, grandmother, my sister and I as well as three cousins who had come to live with us.

Random acts of kindness

Simple acts of kindness.

Sometimes that is all it takes to change someone’s attitude, their day or even their life.

During this season people exchange gifts, large and small.They box and wrap and dither about ribbons and bows.

But sometimes the greatest gift that can be given are very small acts of kindness.

It is more than just the manners our parents taught us to use. It is going out of the way to say something nice, do something helpful or just offer a smile.

Sober or slammer

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced this week the beginning of a strict impaired driving enforcement effort from now through New Year’s holiday. SCDPS is releasing a new public service announcement that focuses on the “consequences” of a drunk driving charge.

SCDPS held a news conference to remind motorists of the “costs” of drunk driving and announce the new emoji commercial, which will begin airing statewide on Dec. 14.

Local children and officers have caring hearts

Dear Editor,

On the late afternoon on Dec. 11, my seven-month-old rat terrier slipped out of my back yard.

The boys of the First Baptist Church’s pastor found her, put a leash on her and went house to house to find the owner. A Barnwell City Police Department employee, Emily, took my puppy and kept her inside her home on a cold and rainy night.

We hear of thugs screaming police brutality and shooting some officers.

As for us in Barnwell we have caring children and law enforcement officers who are very professional with caring hearts.

Thank you,

Spread the cheer by giving to those in need

It’s the most wonderful time of year!

There’s eggnog and other holiday goodies, Christmas decorations, songs of Christmas cheer, presents and the hope for just a flake or two of snow. What’s not to love about Christmas?

However, the Christmas season isn’t merry and bright for everyone. The holidays are tough for many in our community.

That’s why the rest of us can do our part to spread a little Christmas cheer to those in need. After all, isn’t Christmas truly about giving rather than receiving?

Shop at home first this holiday season

Now that we all have counted our blessings while enjoying a little turkey, football and family time, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit.

Can you believe Christmas is less than one month away?

There is so much to do before then, including decorating, planning family gatherings, attending various functions and buying presents for our loved ones. This season can be stressful, but we hope everyone takes a moment to truly enjoy this time of year.

What are you thankful for?

Before we stuff ourselves with turkey, dressing and all the fixings, we need to pause a moment to count our blessings.

We need to be thankful this year, no matter what has been happening in our country. Let’s forget about our worries and differences with one another so we can truly reflect on what we have.

Sometimes the little things are what are most important.

A good way to realize what all we have to be thankful for is to write it down. In recent years, many folks have taken a 30-day challenge to post daily one thing they are thankful for on Facebook.

Positive actions needed for positive change

Are you glad the Nov. 8 General Election is over?

Whether last week’s election left you feeling happy, sad or maybe even mad, most people would probably answer “yes”.

This presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was particularly divisive as insults and accusations were made by each candidate against the other. The election also pitted friends and relatives against one another.

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