Your Voice for May 16, 2013 Q. “Would you like to comment on Cheraw Town Council’s proposal to raise property taxes by 10 mills and monthly garbage service by $1?”
“I really don’t have a problem with that.”
“I don’t like to see them raise taxes on anything.”
“Well, that’s fine with me because it helps the police and fire departments, and the recreation department. Maybe it will keep volunteer coa...
SC Equality and the right side of history SC Equality is both an organization and a principle. And we in South Carolina need to get on the right side of history and support both.
First the organization. Started ten years ago, SC Equality has a simple but powerful vision: a South Carolina where everyone is equal. Their mission is to secure equal civil and human rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. Their work is both charitable and educational, and they focus on advocacy...
Button can memories It has been a rainy week for us here in Chesterfield County, and we needed every drop of it.
See God, not one complaint out of me. I always fear that if I sing the old “rain rain go away” song, it will do precisely that. l thought about the rainy days of yesterday and how we spent the time stuck inside. There were only three channels back then children, and just like today when we have over a hundred channels, there was nothing on.
Your Voice for May 9, 2013 Q. “Do you think former S.C. Governor Mark Sanford deserves another chance to serve in public office?”
“Yeah! What did he do wrong the first time? That’s my question!”
“I like Mark Sanford, and what he was doing in office. What he was doing with his wife … is none of my business.”
“Yes, I do. He’s a good politician. He’s for the people of South Carolina.”
The coming (good) explosion in South Carolina There is a really interesting principle in physics called “critical mass.” The original scientific definition is about the smallest mass of a fissionable material that will sustain a nuclear chain reaction, but the commonly used definition is about the necessary amount of “something” coming together sufficient to have a significant effect or to achieve a result.
Well, what’s happening in various places and various “somethings” in South Caro...
Gov. Richard Riley: Still changing the world, quietly It has been 27 years since he left the South Carolina Governor’s office and 13 years since he was U.S. Secretary of Education. But Gov. Richard W. Riley is still having a huge impact on our state, our country and the future.
Recently he led a project to structure the whole future of online learning at colleges and universities in this county. The positive impact of his hugely important work will still be felt fifty years from now.
And he ...
Notes on Quotes: Almost losing our Bill of Rights “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” — Thomas Jefferson, U. S. President, 1801- 1809
As the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention recessed in 1787, the delegates were reasonably confident that their work on a strong national constitutional form of government with separation of powers and checks and balances would be easily rat...
Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines MercerThe Cheraw Chronicle
‘Thank You’ extended to Cheraw police Dear Editor,
I would like to extend a big thank you to the Cheraw Police Department from the Anson Sportsman Club for helping us with our Charity Ride on April 13th.
Wallace Funderburk Cheraw, S.C. Houston Pratt Club President
Your Voice for May 2, 2013 Q. “What do you think of the recent changes in the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office?”
” I think it’s a good change; a big improvement.”
“Probably for the better.”
“I think they’re great!”
“They deserve a change, sure do. Maybe a lot more will get done.”
“I think I kinda like it. From what I understand the new sheri...
Your Voice for April 25, 2013 Q. Do events such as the bombing at the Boston Marathon impact your plans for traveling or being in large crowds?
“I see it as … if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. I can’t control it. You have to live life.”
“It does affect me with big crowds. I’m concerned with it.”
“It’s kind of scary, but something you wouldn’t expect to happen around here. But then, ...
The Capitol Report for April 25, 2013 The House is working hard to finalize action on House bills and get them to the Senate before May 1 — the “cross-over” deadline for House bills to reach the Senate. If House legislation is sent to the Senate after the deadline, it will need a two-thirds Senate vote to be debated on the Senate floor.
A bill aimed at keeping guns and ammunition out of the hands of the mentally ill was amended, approved and sent to the Senate last week. The bi...
Summertime, and the living was easy Regardless of what we may think, we are now pretty well into spring.
It doesn’t much feel like it with the near freezing temperatures of the past few mornings, but I promise you, winter is over. There are already small peaches, pears and plums on the trees, the Iris have put up their long necked buds and the Robins have been annoying the cats for weeks now. But it’s that the blueberries are clumping together that really lets me know summer ...