Opinion

Local hospital an asset to county

Dear Editor,

Barnwell County Hospital's many contributions to Barnwell County residents are -- to this taxpayer -- worth every dime.

The People-Sentinel article published Oct. 14 effectively visited some historical and current monetary issues requiring Barnwell County government financial assistance. Historically, Barnwell County has provided a tax base for budgetary purposes and additional monies for unforeseen or poorly executed financial planning.

How you play the game

For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game.

- Grantland Rice
American sportswriter (1880-1954)
from the poem, "Alumnus Football,"
Only the Brave and Other Poems

People may not know who Grantland Rice was. But they have probably quoted the last two lines in his poem, reprinted above. Rice was call the "dean" of American sportswriters because he ushered in the modern form of sportswriting during the "golden age of sports" in the 1920s and 1930s.

Pink is a reminder, color and campaign

At the end of October we celebrate Halloween - a time of mostly pretend ghost, goblins and manufactured fears.

However, for many women and their families, they have gone through or are going through the real life frights that being diagnosed with breast cancer brings.

This is why this edition of The People-Sentinel looks far different - pink is the color associated with women.

Congressional earmarks are unfairly distributed

Dear Editor,

On Sept. 30 in a statewide newspaper, I read state Rep. Bakari Sellers' column attacking U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and his opposition to Congressional earmarks.

I was greatly outraged by the mentality of, "if we don't put in for government handouts, someone else is going to get our share." I applaud Sen. DeMint for standing by his campaign promises, holding his ground and not giving in to the special interest groups.

Whatever option, bloom where planted

Have you ever wondered where you would be now if you'd gone with Option B in your life?

Two things prompted that wondering: 1) A journalist asked my advice on her next career step, and 2) I watched much of the televised story on national parks.

The journalist is a bright, young reporter named Constance, who is weighing three options: She has a job offer from an excellent newspaper in a lovely coastal area of South Carolina, an offer from a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the exotic Virgin Islands, and a desire to get her master's degree.

Newspapers have consistency that Web lacks

It's National Newspaper Week and a good time to set the record straight about South Carolina's 115 daily and weekly newspapers.

Your local newspaper is facing tight times, just like other businesses.

But unlike some highly‐publicized big city newspapers, your hometown paper isn't going away.

The newspaper in your hands now will keep coming to you next week and next year to tell you what's happening in your community. And we should be thankful for that.

Web site is state's window on its stimulus transparency

South Carolinians who want to see where federal "stimulus" dollars are going can now do so with a few clicks of a computer mouse.

On Sept. 17, my office began posting specific stimulus spending details on the Web, making information about federal stimulus spending in South Carolina easily available to anyone with Web access. We are one of just a small handful of states nationwide to put individual stimulus expenditures at people's fingertips. (At the time of this writing, we know of just three other states that have done so.)

Rebel: Read a banned book today

Throughout the country, most children have started a new academic year.

Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. In some cases, classics like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Catcher in the Rye," and "To Kill a Mockingbird," may not be included in the school's curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators.

Look - but not long - on big shipment

By now, the word on the street is that something big is coming - literally, and on the street - again, literally.

This week, a generator arrives in Barnwell County.

What's known is that it's big - 1.89 million pounds big if one counts the generator and the carrier hauling it.

What else is known is that it will be about 23 feet tall, 28 feet wide and 300 feet in length.

All creeping along between 5 and 20 mph.

Otherwise, Mammoet, the freight transport company charged with hauling it, has provided few details, other than it is going somewhere in North Carolina.

First Steps to take on 'impressive' new role

"Impressionable" - that's a term often used for the young or easily influenced.

It's also a good adjective to describe young minds - impressed easily (and often deeply) by life before enough of those experiences create that subjective filter each person has that we call "attitude" or "personality."

For instance, the earlier children learn a foreign language, the better they retain it, even into their adult years.

Don't cast stones, forgive Sanford's mistakes

Dear Editor,

If a child lives with criticism; he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility; he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule; he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame; he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance; he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement; he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise; he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness; he learns justice.
If a child lives with security; he learns to have faith.

Writer thiniks racism still predominant in area

Dear Editor,

There are two laws. There is a black law and a white law. There is a lot of racism in the world. Black people always get a hard time; white people get a pat on their back.

If they didn't do the crime, they still get a hard time for something they didn't do. The same officer arrests them all the time. They call the cops whenever they have a problem and they still get locked up. We try to get help and no one will listen.

Some stimulus money fundings are questionable

I recently read an Associated Press report about a sleepy border checkpoint between Montana and Canada which will receive $15 million in "stimulus" funds. The checkpoint will receive the money despite the fact that only about three travelers a day cross the border there.

The project actually ranks low on a priority list compiled by the Office of Homeland Security, but two powerful Democratic senators pushed the project to the top of the list. According to the story, the project involves building a checkpoint station "the size and cost of a Hollywood mansion."

Lest we forget: One woman's mystery photo of the Twin Towers

After Sept. 11, 2001, I felt compelled to re-print and distribute copies of this photograph that I had taken a few years earlier. I feel that the story behind the picture needs to be told as well.

In February 1995, I accompanied a friend to New York City. As soon as our plane landed, I was anxious to take in as much of the city as soon as possible during our brief three day stay. Despite my pleas and prayers, the weather had not been very favorable for enjoyable outdoor sightseeing. The black clouds had alternated the dispensing of rain, sleet and snow throughout most of the day.

New city hall should help town's image

Shopping malls have "anchor" stores - the big major name retailers whose store takes up the entire end of the mall and do as their name implies, anchor the image, location, attraction and more importantly, revenue for the mall owners.

Usually, if a shopping mall loses too many of its anchor stores, then the mall closes. This is because the smaller shops cannot generate the revenue or human traffic to keep the mall open.

Relocating its city hall directly on the Circle in the old First Citizens bank building was a good move for Barnwell.

Business of life? Learning to love it

I was sitting in the car, waiting on my wife to emerge from Publix and listening to the news on the radio.

About that time: Splat! A bird of questionable ancestry flew over and left a familiar signature on the windshield. It was a hit-and-fly.

The window-washer and wiper wouldn't reach that far, so I decided to leave the mark of distinction.

"The cash-for-clunkers program ends Monday," the radio newsman announced.

It had been that kind of week.

Our home air conditioner died.

Recognizing local hero in our midst

Dear Editor,

While the death of an internationally renown political icon is fresh on our minds, a little know hometown international hero has fallen.

One was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery and the other was laid to rest in the white sands of the old Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

Ruben Still, as a young man from rural Barnwell County, was sent to a strange land to defend his country. He was from the Martin Still family who can best be described as "salt of the earth."

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