Hemp, in all its uses, can save the Earth
I would like to express my feelings about Mike Phelps, the Olympic swimmer. What a wimp!
Instead of telling the media he is an adult and has a right to use any herb that he chooses, he took the coward's way out! Hemp/marijuana is far healthier than any thing Kellogg's makes and sells. With over 10,000 years of history to prove it is the most beneficial herb and natural resource to man, he should get another gold medal for using it instead of booze or pharmaceuticals.
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With zero deaths from using cannabis and over 350,000 from alcohol yearly, it's high time we put the one plant that can save the Earth back in the hands of farmers. One acre of hemp can produce as much as four acres of trees just for paper alone. Without the cannabis - latin for canvass - we could not have sailed across the waters of the world! Groul was a food staple made from the seeds; The oil from the seeds made fuel, paints and varnishes to seal boat decks. At the birth of this country, the law was one-tenth of your farm must grow hemp. Washington, Jefferson and our forefathers were all pot farmers! Henry Ford invented charcoal and was using hemp stalk to make it. He was using the charcoal to make ethanol when JP Getty, Dupont and Hearst began their Reefer Madness campaigns. They used racial tactics to get Congress to outlaw marijuana. In 1942, the USDA made the film "Hemp for Victory" and sold tax stamps to farmers in order to get hemp seeds. They needed 500,000 acres to make all the 30,000-plus feet of ropes on our battle ships, block and tackle and, yes, even the parachute webbing that saved G.H. Bush's life!
The "Wall Street Journal" says now there are over 50,000 uses for this ancient friend of man before you get to the medical uses of this herb. It's a proven fact you will live longer if you use marijuana - if the police don't kill you first. We can make all our fuel from this one source and put the farmers back on top of the food chain instead of OPEC.
For further information, just punch in "hemp" on the Internet and read all about it! As for Phelps, tell Kellogg's to smoke their corn flakes, which is healthier than eating them.
Certified teachers earn the extra pay
National Board Certified teachers, the most highly trained teachers in the state, will be taking a pay cut between 15 percent and 25 percent, depending upon current years of experience on their district salary scale. This is what will happen if the state legislature and individual school districts totally eliminate what most people casually refer to as the "National Board Bonus."
This is a large burden to place upon such a small group of teachers. Will other teachers or school administrators be asked to absorb such a damaging blow?
The South Carolina State Retirement System does not consider this portion." As such, if this Draconian cut is implemented, the retirement service credit of this small group of teachers will also be reduced, a measure that will have a negative impact upon those teachers not simply in the foreseeable future, but for the rest of their lives.
Almost to a person, National Board Certified Educators state that the training and education for the certificate was the most comprehensive and intensive teacher preparation program under which they have ever toiled. The certification earned is no less significant than that of any other type of advanced degree. Taking away 15 percent to 25 percent of salary from this small group of teachers would be akin to taking away any other advanced degree salary step.
Take a moment to consider the morale and professional standing of this small group of educators. Let's not pull the rug out from under these professionals after they undertook the vast workload to improve the impact they have upon our students in South Carolina.
This win was no fluke
I am the 160-pound wrestler at York, now more known as "the kid that should have lost." Well I just want to clarify a few points in your story ("Wrestlers dominate region" Feb. 4, Fort Mill Times).
First off, there was no reason that anyone should have thought it was going to be an easy match for Fort Mill's Thomas Mockridge because we had wrestled once before in the season and I only lost to him by one point, which i accidentally gave him by a technical point. Also, in the third period of the finals, I did not get a takedown and a reversal; That doesn't even make sense. I had a reversal and had back points.
Now, personally, I think you have to be a fairly talented wrestler to put the number one seed in the entire state on his back. Another thing is that I may agree that there was one bad call that would have helped Fort Mill's wrestler, but that would have only given him two more points, putting it at 6-5 with me still winning.