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Sunstein a poor choice for federal regulatory post

When the U.S. Senate convenes in September, one of its duties will be confirming - or denying - Cass R. Sunstein as the new administrator over the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an agency under the White House Office of Management and Budget.

OIRA is the agency charged with implementing government standards and policies for federal regulations.

Sunstein, 54, has been a law professor at Harvard and the University of Chicago.

Since January, Sunstein has been the designate for the OIRA administrative post since his nomination by President Obama.

Restaurant serves help and food

Dear Editor,

I wanted to write and let this town know there are still good people around.

The other day I went into Taco Bell to pick up some lunch and while I was in the drive-thru, the car shut off.

The employees at Taco Bell went above and beyond their job description. They did not leave me alone to handle the problem by myself. They took their time out to help me.

State's overspending creates bleak budget year

On Aug. 14, I closed the state's books for the recently concluded fiscal year.

To put it simply, the picture is bleak.

State government overspent its general fund budget by $98.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009. Actual revenue collections were $1.2 billion less than the estimates used to form original spending plans.

HKT game not a good sign for Warhorse football season

Dear Editor,

As one passes by Barnwell High School, on U.S. 278, one can barely read the weathered paint on the old press box that once proudly reminded everyone of the back-to-back state championships in 1987 and 1988, both over the hated Eagles of Central Pageland.

Twenty full seasons have passed since those glorious nights and the first game of the 21st season since then may have brought a new all-time low for Barnwell football. The Warhorses were upset by lowly Class A cellar-dweller Hunter-Kinard-Tyler by the score of 30-29 this past Friday night, Aug. 22.

Day marks equal rights for different minority

Few people may know the significance of Aug. 26 in U.S. political history. Fewer still know who Lilly Ledbetter is.

However, for about half the U.S. population, the date and the woman have significance to them.

Aug. 26 is Women's Equality Day. The date was designated in 1971 by U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug of New York and recognized in a joint resolution of Congress. The resolution recognizes women in the United States as being on equal footing for rights and opportunities as men.

We are giving away country bit by bit

Dear Editor,

As a veteran of World War II, I feel like the government has sold our "symbolic" birthright to globalization; the inability to secure our borders and unfair trade practices that our free market system can not compete on an unleveled playing field. Our G.I. Bill helped us to get an education, only to find out in many cases our jobs were shipped off-shore. We are in a conflict in the Middle East that seems to have no end. We should go to war, or bring the troops home.

Hurricane season not over yet: Stay vigilant

Parents can relate to one another when they say their children are "little hurricanes."

Over the summer, parents have watched their children sweeping in and out of the house, off to different events and activities and either creating a parent's daily schedule, or causing havoc to one. Such is the joys and frustrations of being a parent - but rarely a dull moment.

However, this summer has been a very quiet one - when referring to actual hurricanes.

Richardson and Beasley both worthy supporters of recreation programs

Dear Editor,

I'm writing this letter simply for clarification purposes. In last week's issue, an article had me stating that, "maybe I jumped the gun on Lee Richardson" when we named the ballfield.

I did say that, but I also said that what I meant was we should have looked around to see if others also should be recognized.

I certainly did not mean to take away anything from Lee, as he has always been a tremendous supporter of Barnwell athletics.

It's study time for parents as well as students

In this time of tight economies, people might be led to believe that children's educational opportunities have narrowed because there is not as much money coursing through school districts now, especially in Barnwell County.

Let's not get in the mind-set that many people accuse the federal government of having - where there is a problem, throw money at it until the problem goes away.

Money is not the only resource available to governments and government entities, whether those entities are school boards, county councils or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A no-fuss, no-muss stimulus

The old saying goes that nothing is certain but death and taxes.

This weekend, one of those will take a vacation - the taxes.

It will be a short holiday and one not taken by the whole tax family, but from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, South Carolina will suspend charging its normal 6 percent sales tax on retail purchases that can conceivably related to school and the expense of equipping students for the approaching new school year.

The sales tax holiday also means any local sales tax will also be suspended as well within the state.

Stimulus is not aiding true economic recovery for nation

In the earliest days of our nation's experiment in self-rule, the founders envisioned a government of enumerated - thus limited - powers, one which does only those things that individuals cannot do for themselves.

They charted the course that they thought would best produce prosperity - one which empowers the industrious and enterprising among us to build an ever-improving nation rich in freedom, opportunity and success. It's what we can now refer to as the "good ol' days."

Hospitality is not on random friendly act

Recently an out-of-town couple came to Barnwell County on business. The couple was already frazzled from having had car trouble in Augusta. The couple ended up spending one night in their car before coming to Barnwell County.

However, as the wife, Patty Linton, later wrote to The People-Sentinel, she and her husband felt welcomed and made at home in Barnwell as friendly people here helped them complete their business.

Ethiopian pod has deep roots in Southern cuisine

If there is okra on the plate, then the meal is probably beeing served somewhere below the Mason-Dixon line.

This native of Ethiopia has become identified with Southern cuisine as much as grits and collards. It's one of the most versatile mainstays of Southern cooking.

Some people like it breaded and fried. Others like it stewed with tomatoes and served over rice. Everybody likes it in gumbo. It can even be made into pickles.

For those that grow their own, they know okra is best when the oblong pods are picked small - no more than three or four inches.

Age-less wisdom from socks and Dr. Seuss

Dear grandchildren:

I haven't offered a lot of correction - never had to - other than "don't push on the window screen," "don't go near the lake without an adult" and "don't eat that - it's dirty."

But I do have a little advice - and some commands - that your parents may not have given already. I was reminded of some of these things on a trip to town one afternoon last week:

Keep up with your socks. As I was entering Books-A-Million to buy a copy of Dr. Seuss's "You're Only Old Once, A Book for Obsolete Children," I saw a child's sock in front of the store.

Group provides bridge over prescription gap

Dear Editor:

Welvista applauds the pharmaceutical industry for its new proposal that will lessen the financial burden of America's seniors who are in the infamous doughnut hole (Medicare Part D).

America's pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies have agreed to help close the gap in coverage.

Specifically, companies will provide a 50 percent discount to most beneficiaries on brand-name medicines covered by a patient's Part D plan when purchased in the coverage gap. This agreement is contingent on Congress passing full health reform.

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