Those who served our country during World War II and other wars deserve our profound appreciation. It is because of our war veterans that we remain strong as a nation, and we enjoy many of the freedoms we all-too-often take for granted.
However, Barnwell County might be considered the "Volunteer County."
A lot of volunteers have invested time and sweat equity into the county recently.
There has been several questions lately concerning the funding of the various city projects. Many residents may have questions and concerns about the city's various projects, especially in a time when the economy is slumping.
First of all, these projects were started more than a year ago when the economy was booming, and once committed to, the projects have to continue to completion.
(This sis a guest column from Richard Eckstrom, who is the state's chief fiscal officer. The comptroller general's office handles the receipt and disbursement of public money.)
Even in the best of times, it's important for those who have enough to meet our own needs to share our blessings with those who do not. Helping others is our highest calling in life.
(The following is a guest opinion-editorial piece from the governor.)
Though we are constitutionally guaranteed free speech, it is illegal to walk into a crowded movie theatre and yell "fire" if there is not one.
More people are seeing how precariously funded the public education system is in the state through the state sales tax. This has been quite evident through the $387 million in cutbacks the state education department - one department - has suffered through in this fiscal year.
However, with the school year closing at nearly the same time as the fiscal year, people are noting more the wins and losses of a school from its profit and loss financial statements than from its athletic scores or academic report cards.
Both want taxpayers to see how their hard-earned dollars are being spent.
Anderson County and Irmo have recently begun posting their spending details on the Internet, empowering their constituents with click-of-a-mouse access to information on how public money is used. In doing so, these two governments are demonstrating that they understand it's not government's money they're spending - it's the citizens' money. And those citizens deserve nothing less than full spending transparency.
The "Cash for Clunkers" bill (H.R. 1550), which is touted as having long-term environmental benefits, could actually do more harm than good to the environment if the bill is passed.
Proponents of the bill say that it will benefit the environment because it will take older cars off the road, replacing them with new, more fuel efficient vehicles.
I keep learning more about our county's problems and I speak out because I think the citizens should be heard and I hope more will speak out.
The paper wrote about the nursing home problems last week and the latest plan that will solve the problems and get it to making a profit. Now I know that having a nursing home here is important and that it means a lot to a lot of people. I might need it myself someday and I would like it to be there.
When someone talks about a "sea change," they mean a gradual but fundamental transformation where the form of something is retained, but its basic composition is altered.
Jim Rex talked a lot about sea changes, just not in so many words. Rex, the state superintendent of education, gave an overview of South Carolina's public education system. Rex spoke to the Rotary Club of Barnwell County.
It was 7:44 a.m., a little early for a visit. But spring is always welcome at our house. It couldn't have come at a better time.
The Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources will co-sponsor the 21st annual "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" Fishing Rodeo for Barnwell County. The rodeo will be held Saturday, May 2 at the fish hatchery on Dunbarton Boulevard in Barnwell.
This function is the largest of its kind in the state. It provides education and information on drug abuse, environmental protection and wildlife habitats.
President Barack Obama signed the economic recovery package into law, but unfortunately there are four governors declaring opposition to this package: Gov. Rich Perry (Texas-R), Haley Barbour (Mississippi-R), Bobby Jindal (Louisiana-R) and Gov. Mark Sanford.
This means you have a right to know how each of them spend your tax dollars and how they arrive at decisions that affect you.
This week, March 15-21, is National Sunshine Week. Its purpose is to celebrate - and raise awareness of - laws that grant citizens access to public records.
It was 1997. Mauzy, who lives in Little Switzerland, N.C., was referee in the Cotton Bowl game between Kansas State and Brigham Young University. BYU was ahead 7-0 near the end of the half. But Kansas State scored just as time ran out and then kicked the extra point. The score was 7-7.
My letter is in response to S.C. Sen. Brad Hutto's article in the Feb. 25 edition of The People-Sentinel, "DeMint hindering stimulus plans for South Carolina."
Advice I would offer to Hutto: People who live in glass houses should not throw rocks.
Hutto's opening paragraph stated our nation was struggling with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. What metrics is Hutto using to make the comparison?
I am writing in response to Sen. Brad Hutto's column, "DeMint hindering stimulus plans for state," which appeared in the Feb. 25 edition of The People-Sentinel.
Although I am no longer a direct constituent of the Democrat senator, we have fundamental differences on the stimulus plan and the general direction in which the president desires to move our nation.
I appreciate Sen. Hutto's revealing perspective. It is obvious to me that his true colors are now apparent and that he supports the old tax-and-spend policies that have failed miserably in the past.
We are not gloating. We realize that when it came down to Crane Corp. making a decision, it would be either your city or Williston.
Crane, the corporation that owns the vending machine company Dixie-Narco in Williston, finalized a tough decision at the end of last week - the consolidation of two of its plants.
Crane chose to move its St. Louis manufacturing operation to Williston.
I would come into my parents' kitchen right at lunchtime to hear the Voice over a transistor radio that took center stage on the kitchen table.
Mom would have come in from working the garden that we had each summer. I was divided between helping her weed the garden or running off to adventures in the woods on the five acres I knew as home.
But the Voice talked of events and issues that occurred well off those five acres.