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VERBATIM

- "Humility might be the wrong word because then there's psychoanalysis of what humility means. But I would say there is a newfound perspective."

Gov. Mark Sanford, on his job and career

- "I've seen change. What is essentially out of the frying pan and into the fire type change. Improvement? No, unfortunately."

Mayoral candidate Joe Azar, on Columbia city government

OTHERS SAY

Recession

It's difficult in South Carolina to reconcile Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's belief that the recession is likely over with the fact that the state's unemployment rate is 11.5 percent and many, many more South Carolinians are underemployed, earning less than they were or working fewer hours as they struggle to make ends meet....

This recession began nearly two years ago and has affected many Americans. It has been particularly painful for South Carolinians who saw unemployment created by the destruction of the textile industry turn into under-employment that was exacerbated by lackluster industrial recruitment efforts that made this recession all the more painful.

If the recession is over - and that's a big if - state and federal leaders can't afford to sit in the background and wait for jobs to be created. They must act decisively to position this state and nation for success.

The Greenville News

Restructuring

A South Carolina Senate panel is considering three bills that would restructure the way the state provides health and environmental services, improving the level of those services and the accountability of the agencies that provide them.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler has set up the medical affairs subcommittee to consider the bills, which were sponsored by a variety of House and Senate members. Because the three bills deal with restructuring health agencies, it makes sense for the committee to consider the bills together and combine them into a single restructuring proposal....

The General Assembly has waited too long to modernize state government and restore accountability to elected officials. South Carolinians can hope that Peeler's efforts will lead to real progress on state government restructuring this year.

The Herald-Journal (Spartanburg)

Social services

While auditors say the state Department of Social Services still must work to improve its operation, news that real progress has been made is reassuring. Three years ago, DSS was subjected to an extensive audit by the S.C. Legislative Audit Council. That investigation was spurred in part by a tragic incident that occurred in York County in 2005.

Five members of the Meza family were found dead in the York County home after a fire. The three children had been slashed to death before the fire started, and the mother and father died of smoke inhalation. Law enforcement agents suspected the father, Jose "Dennis" Meza, of killing his children and starting the fire....

The incident sparked an internal review by DSS officials, which concluded that, while DSS procedure had not been followed, no one was criminally negligent....

South Carolina can't, in good conscience, allow abused and neglected children to fall through the cracks, regardless of the economic climate.

The Herald (Rock Hill)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

- "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

Gandhi

INSPIRATION

- "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you."

Matthew 17:20

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