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VERBATIM

"I am pleased to see that the governor is finally taking an interest in South Carolina's public schools."

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn,

on Gov. Mark Sanford's request for federal funds

"It bothered me to some extent, but ... we were very young; we were in love. I questioned it, but I got past it ... along with other doubts that I had."

First lady Jenny Sanford, on her husband's refusal to promise to be faithful

"It's the 'kick the can down the road' approach.... I don't think you'll ever have energy independence the way I want until you start dealing with carbon pollution and pricing carbon."

Sen. Lindsey Graham,

on scaled-back energy legislation being considered by Senate Democrats

OTHERS SAY

Editorials from elsewhere

Education budget

For the past 18 months, the state and all the agencies it funds have been making hard budget decisions, and those decisions just keep getting tougher. Last year brought massive spending decreases and this year projections show another $563 million must be cut from the budget....

It is wise to make standardized tests the first casualty. While they serve as useful tools, standardized tests are not a crucial need. It is more important to spend money teaching students than it is to spend money proving to the federal government that the students have learned, if such a choice must be made.

Furloughing teachers by cutting their in-service days is not desirable. It deprives them of money they count on to live and time they count on to prepare. When picking the lesser evil, though, it's better to cut in-service days than instructional days. Furloughed administrators will also face challenges, but again, it's the lesser evil....

Making careful, targeted and specific cuts is crucial if the state and its citizens are to weather this financial crisis with as little damage as possible. This plan is a good example of how to do it. Legislators should give the budgets in other areas the same careful consideration.

The Herald Journal,

Spartanburg

Bauer and welfare

Rather than stoke the fires before friendly audiences, (Lt. Gov. Andre) Bauer, who is running for governor as he nears completion of his second term as lieutenant governor, should be working with a predominantly Republican Legislature and a Republican governor to identify ways to make welfare programs more efficient, more effective and more accountable.

The absolute best thing any South Carolina elected official can do is help attract more - and better-paying - jobs to this poor state that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Most people on welfare-type programs are eager to live a life of self-sufficiency - one in which they can pay for their own groceries and their children don't received subsidized meals at school.

The Greenville News

Texting while driving

Texting behind the wheel became illegal for truck drivers last week under a ruling by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It will make the roads safer, assuming that truckers comply. Fines of up to $2,750 should encourage it....

Meanwhile, 29 states and the District of Columbia have placed at least some restrictions on texting behind the wheel. The evidence clearly shows that nothing short of a ban is warranted....

Let's hope that our legislators aren't asleep at the wheel when it comes to reacting to this serious roadway danger.

Post and Courier (Charleston)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

Andre Gide

INSPIRATION

- "Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him."

Proverbs 26:12

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