Of life changes, education and political staying power
Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00 AM
Dwayne Moore earns a thumbs up, not only for his own story of how his life roller-coastered the way it did and eventually came out on more even tracks, but also for seeing and responding to the heartache he has witnessed around him and in the lives of others.
That witness and response has resulted in a song he penned, "Lies and Bruises," which made its debut Friday during a fundraiser for Meg's House, the local shelter that serves battered women and children.
South Carolina lawmakers in the House get a thumbs up for adding $181 million in the budget for education in grades K-12.
As we have said before, the plan rolled out by Gov. Nikki Haley might not be perfect, but it's certainly worth a shot. Focusing spending on where the poor children are, the ones who are hardest to educate but in the most need of solid education practices and outcomes, deserves a try.
Well, of course they did. They who? Did what? John de la Howe's board of trustees this week drafted a letter of protest following the state House's vote to place the school under state Department of Juvenile Justice's purview.
Don't get us wrong. We do understand the board's concern that de la Howe students might be equated with juvenile criminals. Then again, based on information shared publicly by former de la Howe principal Herman Thompson, some criminal activity was taking place at the school, activity that was not being addressed.
But more to the point, the board doth protest too much and way too late. Had the board and the school's former president, Thomas Mayer, followed directives given by the state and tied directly to its funding, it might not be in this predicament now.
For allowing the situation at de la Howe to have gotten this out of hand and to the point where the state's lawmakers see little choice but to put DJJ in charge of its operation, the board gets a thumbs down.
While we gave Nancy Mace a thumbs down a couple of weeks ago for essentially beating the same drum in her message to voters as she seeks to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, we'll have to give her a thumbs up for her tenacity and outlook.
Indeed, it likely will be an incredible uphill battle as six — yes, six — candidates vie for voters' support in the effort to oust Graham, whom all view as not nearly conservative enough, but Mace did not join four of the six this week who signed papers saying if one makes it into a runoff with Graham, the others will throw their support behind that one challenger.
Mace's training at The Citadel might have something to do with her response to that: "It would be a disservice to my supporters if I were to ever even think about losing, let alone talk about it. I am in this to win."
Four have taken an Anybody But Graham stance. Mace has done a better job of singling herself out from the herd.