Community newspapers boost the local economy - both through advertising and in news coverage. They showcase community businesses at a time we need to be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. They allow "mom and pop" businesses to reach their most likely customers.
With our plants closing all around us a lot of people are going to be out of jobs and a lot will probably have to move away from Barnwell County.
Thanks for being goliards, and good ones at that.
For those that didn't attend the Goliard Ensemble performance Feb. 27, they missed a good display of chamber music from the above named musicians, whose talents poured forth and through song, violin, cello, piano, saxophone and the arrangement of these elements.
"Goliards" in medieval Europe were traveling minstrels who wandered from town to town, composing verse and music, often bawdy in nature.
The Fairness Doctrine, today, is anything but fair or good.
A lot of people get their names in the newspaper twice: when they are born and when they die. So make sure you get it right both times.
And now, in some papers, you're charged when they die.
It's true that many larger newspapers will run a "death notice" for free. It gives only the basics: who, what, where, when. If, however, you want to say nice things about your loved one, you'll have to pay.
Among them, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is jockeying to become leader of the heel-dragging pack.
This professional ad man knows the importance of burnishing his brand. He has become a stock fixture on the national media circuit. If you need someone to defend the failed economic policies of former President George Bush, schedule DeMint for your show.
By now, the U.S. Senate will have already voted on the stimulus bill.
The current stimulus bill in its trimmed down version still contains unnecessary spending for special interest. Supposedly this bill has been trimmed from $930 billion down to $780 billion.
We are now being informed that in this bill's present form, it consists of 58 percent spending and 42 percent tax cuts.
Despite the bad economy, taxes - like death - continue. Yet people have less money and are trying to stretch every dollar.
The other problem is that because of the bad economy, the county is cutting back too.
However, the county government still has the same workload as it did during better times, only now because of employee furloughs, it has less work hours in which to do it.
Obviously, these earth implements are good for turning dirt over - one in wholesale amounts and the other, the spade, a little more specifically.
Thoughts, opinions and minds were turned over in the Feb. 2 meeting that brought together 30 of Barnwell County's civic, political, service and business leaders.
It's the ubiquituous black and white generic panel that is part of almost every package that contains food - usually the back part.
It's the "Nutrition Facts" panel.
Nutrition information about that particularly package of food is printed in the "Nutrition Facts" panel, usually found on the side or back of the package. The top section of this label contains product-specific information. This includes serving size, calories, and nutrient information, which varies with each food product.
The best way to start the new year off right may be just simply living healthy and practicing a few health-conscience tips, like these:
• The flu shot is not only a preventative for contracting winter influenza, but it may also prevent a heart attack.
(This editorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Jan. 21, 2009)
One can't reflect on the year without first thinking of the city employees and department heads. The numerous accomplishments of 2008 would not have been possible without the team effort these employees achieved.
No, I'm not talking about latrine jokes soldiers tell out of range of the platoon sergeant. I'm talking about something funny to read when you're sitting down and have nothing else useful to do.
If there was an overall theme to the discussion occurring at the legislative workshop attended Jan. 8 by South Carolina lawmakers and state media, it was "Where has the money gone and where can it be found?"
Money for state operations and government has become like bugs scuttling away from the harsh accounting light of this new year and its 118th legislative session.
The General Assembly is already poring over the state budget looking for new ways to cut expenses while seeking new revenues.
(Thie editorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Jan. 7, 2009)
The new year always brings with it promise - promise of new hopes, better intentions and the promise of a new unfolding calendar in which to achieve these promises.
The new year also brings with it (for 2009 at least) a new crop of state and local politicians, the victors from the Nov. 4 elections. Many of them too will likely bring their own promises - made on their campaign trails, as well as the promise of new ideas and viewpoints for the respective offices for which they have been elected.
As a practical matter, people will need to subscribe to a cable or satellite television service, use a digital set, or connect a converter box to an analog TV set, to continue watching broadcast television.
(This editorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Dec. 31, 2008)
It's a habit we all repeat every year at this time - New Year's resolutions.
For many of us, these are well-meaning but wishful thoughts of bettering ourselves: quit smoking; eat more salads and less fast food; drop a few pounds or exercise.
(This editorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Dec. 17, 2008)
"(It's) the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."
- Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew, on Christmas
Every year it happens. In fact, it's the one moment that defines Christmas in different ways for each of us.