Opinion Extra

Parker: The reluctant warrior


"Our governor is blessed with poor judgment. I regret to inform you of that, but we all know it."

Rep. Walt McLeod, D-Newberry

-- "What people didn't know was that I had asked Mark to leave . . . without permission to see his woman in Argentina or to see her anywhere, and he was to have no contact with the boys or myself for 30 days. And my hope was that he would wake up from whatever he was in the throes of and maybe see what he might lose."

Jenny Sanford

-- "We can't impeach for hypocrisy. We can't impeach for arrogance. We can't impeach an officeholder for his lack of leadership skills. We cannot impeach a public official because the public has lost confidence in his ability to lead."

Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Richland


Commentary from elsewhere

Grady L. Patterson Jr.

Mr. Patterson, who died Monday at age 85, was a model of integrity who kept the state on an even fiscal keel by following the principle "live within your means."

Affable, low-key and single-minded in his pursuit of the state's financial interests, Mr. Patterson provided conservative management for state revenues, both as treasurer and as a member of the powerful Budget and Control Board. ...

Mr. Patterson was first elected as treasurer in 1966 and steadfastly remained a Democrat throughout his decades of service, even as many state conservatives shifted allegiance to the Republican party. But the regard in which he was held crossed party lines, as evident by his electoral success in an increasingly Republican state. ...

Converse Chellis, who now serves as treasurer, succinctly described Mr. Patterson's contributions to the state in his remarks on Monday: "As state treasurer, he served South Carolina with honor and dignity for over 30 years." Mr. Patterson "worked diligently to safeguard South Carolina's finances and make our state a better place. He succeeded."

The Post and Courier (Charleston)

New energy facility

A new energy-producing facility at Savannah River Site will be a winner all the way around - for many in need of employment, for the taxpayer and for the environment.

Ground was broken on the Biomass Cogeneration Facility at SRS that will give employment to 800 construction workers over the next two and a half years and then to 25 permanent workers when the plant is operational.

It will be a green version of the coal powerhouse and oil-fired boilers at SRS, producing both electrical energy and steam for SRS use.

The Aiken Standard

Jim DeMint

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is correct when he says that "Senate seats are not about a particular state. They're about our country. Every vote I take is not about South Carolina. It's about the United States of America." ...

DeMint has been castigated for his comments by one of his opponents, Democrat Chad McGowan, who claims DeMint is putting his personal political goals ahead of the interests of the state.

McGowan is wrong. When our system breaks down, it is frequently because a member of Congress has forgotten his duty is to the nation. He focuses only on the narrow interests of his state, usually motivated by re-election.

The Herald-Journal (Spartanburg)


- "Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it."

Andre Gide

- "I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."

Lauren Bacall


- "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth."

Mark 9:23