In response to Tom Sheehy’s Citizen Column that was published Wednesday in the Morning News (“The time for action is now”), the release date of ACT data is set by the ACT and not by the state superintendent or our agency. It has been this way for many years.

In the business section of October 11 the Morning News published an AP article "Market forces put recycling industry in the dumps." This is a good example of one of the many things that is wrong with a global economy. We have no control over what other countries do.

I realize there are many people who are in need. These people are entitled to receive some help from those of us that can help (I know this because my mailbox is usually full of requests for help and I send them whatever I can).

The purchase of illegal drugs and involvement in foreign wars make America a prominent part of the immigration problem. The United States leads the world in illegal drug use. Roughly 79 percent of South American cocaine (mostly Columbian made) flows through Honduras, which also has the world’s highest murder rate. Our demand for illegal drugs has made many of our Latin American neighbors dependent on this trade for economic survival.

So the left can say and do whatever they want without any consequences? CNN host Don Lemon (black) said that white men are the biggest terrorist threat against our country. Can you imagine if Sean Hannity (white) from Fox News had said that about a black man? Where is the outrage?

Joni Mitchell and my grandmother share a birthday on Nov. 7, so happy birthday to them both! Approximately 10 years ago, I bought Mitchell's latest compact disk, "Shine." Mema and I talked about how famous Mitchell had been at the height of her career, and Mema says that she was as famous as Britney Spears was at the height of her fame.

There is one vote you have this midterm election that is the most important in terms of the future of our community. That vote is the one you cast to select a school board member from your district. It is that vote that will determine the quality of education for all of our children.

So a caravan is headed this way and we don’t know who is in that caravan. From the looks of it, it looks like a lot of young men. What should we do? Well, if I were president, I would send our military to the border to be the wall. If the people in this caravan try to force themselves into this country, then they are just going to have to suffer the consequences!

Given the current state of college and university curricula and degree fields, it is understandable that they should rightly come under criticism and questioning as to their value. The entrenchment of “post-modern,” anti-traditional bureaucracies and faculty has done much to diminish the true worth of a very costly experience. Many fields of study are, in fact, inane deconstructionist derailments of what were once legitimate studies; while even more degree areas are simply worthless (intellectually and fiscally).

Seems to me like only the Democrats who are thinking that these border jumpers will become voters for their side should be allowed into our country. As we all should know, only United States citizens are legally allowed to vote, and only U. S. citizens should be entitled to the fruits of our citizens. We don't give children who are not ours an allowance, do we?

Recently, on a cool coastal morning viewing a beautiful and serene sunrise as an ocean breeze put the waves, palm fronds, and sea oats in motion, it was impossible not to reflect on what we take for granted.

As I read Dr. Charles Trant's letter "Science supports evolution" of Oct. 4, I observed that his test offered no evidence to refute creation, only evidence of evolution; and I had already stated on Sept. 11 that creation and evolution are not incompatible. Creationism does not mean that everything was created in its current form. I do not see how a person could believe in the biblical flood and not beIieve in evolution. I deduced from his letter that Trant does not believe that God and creationism should be discussed in public schools even though every civilization since the beginning of mankind has some story of gods and creation. This makes it a sociologically significant part in human development and should not be discarded simply because some people do not like the idea.

Election Day is Nov. 6. Make plans now to get out and vote. You can begin by checking to see if your are registered to vote. There has been much talk about voter suppression, and it is wise to check to see that your registration is up to date. You can do this by going to SCVotes.org and entering your information. It will tell you if you are registered and what precinct you are in. You can find the location of your polling place as well.

Since we have so many eating and drinking places opening downtown now that that area is having a long-needed revival, it seems to me that a new one could be named the Blue Bird Tea Room. Or just maybe the Blue Bird.

It’s time to change U.S. asylum laws. With videos of thousands of migrants marching through multiple countries that speak their language to enter an English-speaking country, you have to come to the conclusion they are economic migrants and not legitimate asylum seekers.

Although you will not hear anything about the state’s biggest crisis during the midterm elections as part of anyone’s campaign rhetoric, it should be foremost on the agenda. South Carolina’s pension fund faces a $24 billion deficit. How we got from a surplus to our current predicament would be an interesting discussion as to what not to do, but the need for brevity requires I remain focused on a plausible solution.

I am grateful that Dr. Charles Trant’s letter of Oct. 4th gives me the opportunity to clear up a very common confusion. Trant bases his refutation of creationism on the idea that creationists think “that all species were created in their present form …” in the biblical creation event. Actually, the Bible says nothing about the creation of “species.” It speaks of the created “kinds,” and it does not define that term. The Hebrew word usually translated as “kind” means something like “sort” or “type.” “Kind” appears to be a general term that people can understand intuitively. For example, dogs, wolves, foxes and coyotes all look like the same “kind” of animal, even though they have been classified by scientists as different species.

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Horses attached to a passenger carriage that carried people to the Central Hotel ran away and created quite a stir in Florence’s downtown, according to the Sept. 7, 1894, edition of the Florence Daily Times. For the new daily newspaper, that issue was the 30th in its history, the Times having had its first edition just a month earlier.

The world's oldest political party has developed an aversion to discretion. The Democratic Party is manacled to an over-caffeinated base that believes that deft government can deliver parity of status to everyone while micromanaging the economy's health care sector, which is larger than all but three other foreign nations' economies. Inconveniently, the party must appeal to voters who, living in dread of their next interaction with the department of motor vehicles, yearn only for governmental adequacy.

It has been long rumored that the Republican Party has a woman problem, so much so that a few years ago GOP congressmen sent aides to classes on how to talk to and about women.

In the hierarchy of pleasures, schadenfreude ranks second only to dry martinis at dusk, so conservatives are enjoying Harvard's entanglement with two things it has not sufficiently questioned: regulatory government and progressive sentiment. The trial that recently ended in Boston – the judge's ruling might be months away, and it might reach the U.S. Supreme Court – concerns whether Harvard's admissions policy regarding Asian-Americans is unjust, and whether the government should respond.

It wasn’t a blue trickle, nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House.

The mid-term elections are essentially over, and our role as voters is completed. Now it is time for us to fulfill our responsibilities as citizens. Every citizen has the responsibility to track the performance of those elected to fulfill their responsibilities as well as keep the promises they made during the election campaign. Those “promises” were often made just to solicit votes. Now we must make sure those elected act by their words.