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Local-first revolution shows the way

One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Since it came out, I’ve probably watched it 20 times.After Butch and the Kid robbed his Union Pacific Railway trains one time too many, the railroad owner, E.H. Harriman, hired famed lawman Joe LeFors and an Indian tracker named Lord Baltimore to recruit a posse and pursue our heroes. Their pledge was to go anywhere and do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to catch Butch ...

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Exploring the Pee Dee by boat

For some reason or other, I’ve always loved being around water. Why, when I retired, I held a state water and wastewater license.My first recollection of liking water was when I was 5 years old. Every evening, I would follow my grandma down in the cow pasture to head the cows up to the barn for milking. I’d carry a short cane pole and a worm or two and fish in the spring while Ma was getting in the cows. She’d always come by the spring and say, “Boy, you cau...

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FOIA failures

The pulpit is calling. It’s time to do a little preaching.The subject isn’t fresh. The spin is different. The old sermon is about FOI. The new message is about FYI.For your information, FOI stands for Freedom of Information. Hopefully, that is not new information.For your information, FOI is information for you.You thought it was for journalists? You thought wrong. FOI and FYI should be blended into something that you need to grasp: free...

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The politics of spite in S.C.

Let’s get this out of the way at the top: I’m a Democrat and, as such, I hope that Democrats win elections and Republicans lose — locally, in South Carolina and nationally.So, of course, everything in this column needs to be filtered through that lens.Having said that, I believe that the basic thesis of this column is correct: Two South Carolina Republican candidates and their supporters are behaving spitefully and maybe, just maybe, they could be in th...

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Disability benefits require severe need

Perhaps the most misunderstood Social Security program is disability insurance, often referred to as SSDI. Some people mistakenly think that beneficiaries are “on the dole” and getting easy money for minor impairments. That’s not the case. There are two ways to understand the truth about disability. One is by looking at the facts. The other is by getting to know some of the people who make up the many faces of disability.

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Right-to-work status not as solid as you think

Is South Carolina really a “right-to-work state”? Of course it is, right?Well, hold on. By the common legal definition, yes – South Carolina is a right-to-work state: its residents can’t be forced to join a union. That’s a good thing, too. It means workers enjoy the freedom of joining or not joining unions; it means they can’t be turned down for a job because of membership or non-membership in a union; and it means businesses are more likely to i...

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Sales tax hike a rotten idea

To the editor:A few years ago, the Chesterfield County Council along with the towns of Cheraw and Chesterfield decided that we should build a spec building to attract business to the county. That building still stands empty and cost the taxpayers a great deal of money. Now, the county council has spent another $75,000 to enact a plan to extract even more of our hard-earned dollars in the form of a 1 percent sales tax increase. Never mind that this will make ours th...

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Greenville a South Carolina success story

Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one’s hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.The Greenville of my childhood in the ‘50s is a very different place than Greenville today. My father was the minister at the Second Presbyterian Church and my earliest memories of both truancy and explor...

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Your Voice

When was the last time you laughed out loud, and at whose expense or prompting?“At my son a few minutes ago. He was in the pool and his dad had him on the boogie board. He was going ‘var-room! var-room!’ like he was in a car. And he’s just a year old.”Ashely KeithCheraw“I’m a cancer patient, ma’am. It’s been a long time since I laughed out loud. I really can’t remember.R...

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A few Palmetto State positives

Newspapers and the media are often accused of only reporting the bad things that happen — and there’s some truth in this. And it’s particularly easy to fall into this trap in South Carolina where it seems that there is a lot more bad news than good.We all know the saying, “If it’s a list of bad things, South Carolina is at the top, and on a list of good things, we’re at the bottom.”As true as this may be, there are some good thin...

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Spirits of comfort and healing

This has been such an eventful week that I wonder where to begin my my narrative. So I will begin at the beginning. As you know, we started out last week with the most wonderful news, the birth of our grandson Edgar Lawrence McBride. The day was not the best for me healthwise, but heartwise, it was wonderful.After learning that I had cellulitis in my right foot and began treatment, on Wednesday the problem was no better — in fact, it was worse. Mac bundled me into the truck a...

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