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VERBATIM

- "The magnetic power of those two words is astonishing. The polarizing aspect of Wilson's outburst has attracted both those who support him and those who now seek to depose him."

Charles Bierbauer,

USC communications dean, on Rep. Joe Wilson shouting "You lie" at President Obama.

- "You got folks that don't have any money that end up in jail that are unemployed. They can fine them, but they don't have the wherewithal to pay it. You can't get blood out of a turnip."

Steve Gantt,

Columbia interim city manager, on shortfall in crime victims' fund

OTHERS SAY

Jobless benefit glitch

Almost 7,000 unemployed South Carolinians could lose their benefits after this week because the state forgot to change a rule that would have allowed them to receive extended federal compensation....

Everyone agrees that South Carolina's law should have been changed to take advantage of the federal assistance, but there is wide disagreement on who is responsible for the failure to make the change.... Lawmakers can point fingers wherever they please for this fiasco, but the responsibility is theirs....

They have consistently rejected attempts to create a more efficient and accountable state government structure. They have kept an iron grip on power and authority that should not be theirs. That means South Carolinians can be assured that the responsibility for this problem lies with lawmakers.

The Herald Journal (Spartanburg)

State Legislature

State lawmakers are getting back together next week for a quick legislative fix that will enable the state's unemployed residents to qualify for extended benefits. It's the least they can do.... It's also the most they should do.

Those who want to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford ought to wait for the completion of a State Ethics Commission review of his air travel. That's only fair, though fairness is not necessarily a concern for some of the governor's more strident opponents....

The two-day session, called by Rep. (Bobby) Harrell and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell, should give quick relief to those 120,000 residents who have lost benefits. They estimate that legislators can get the job done in two days.

Wrapping up the emergency session in short order will allow the Legislature to fix a specific problem while precluding the possibility for mischief. And that will be a relief to a state which has seen more than its share of governmental follies in 2009.

The Post and Courier (Charleston)

BMW jobs

BMW's recent announcement that it will hire up to 700 people to staff additional shifts at its Greer manufacturing plant is good news for South Carolina, and this news offers evidence that confidence might be returning to the state's economy....

Those breathing easier could be other companies that were waiting to make an investment of their own or individuals who were holding off on purchases because of job insecurity.

BMW's decision to add these employees doesn't signal an end to the economic pain this region has felt. But it does signal that one of South Carolina's most important employers is feeling better about the future. And that's important to all of us.

The Greenville News

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

- "One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak."

G. K. Chesterton

- "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."

Abraham Lincoln

INSPIRATION

- "Be content with what you have, for God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.'"

Hebrews 13:5,6

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