Saturday, April 30, 2016

A More Perfect Union: Paradise Home Center

Another business that is working to establish a more perfect Union is Paradise Home Center, located at 600 Old Buffalo Road. Paradise is the mom and pop version of Home Depot or Lowe’s, offering all the things you need for those DIY projects around the house, in the garden, or in your own great outdoors.

In addition to having aisles stocked with paint, plumbing supplies, light fixtures, drill bits, and hundreds of other items, Paradise also features a large section in the back of the store stocked with lumber, lattice, plywood, and other building materials that can be cut to size. Inside the store is a workstation with measuring tape, a hacksaw, and miter box, where customers can make their own cuts before checking out.

Shopping at Paradise and keeping business local is smart, because Paradise offers a level of costumer service not available in the big chain stores in Spartanburg. Paradise will even deliver lumber out to your house or job site.

Another feature that makes this store unique is the key machine; Paradise is one of only two stores in the county that still makes keys; without them, we would have to go to other cities to get these things done. Thank you, Paradise, for all your years working to build a more perfect Union. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A More Perfect Union: SC Works

One of the biggest needs in our county is jobs. We have people looking for work, as well as employers looking for a certain kind of employee. There is an organization working to bring together employees and employers, and that is why SC Works is being featured in this installment of A More Perfect Union.

Located at 103 W. Main Street, SC Works provides a place where those seeking employment can submit resumes, and where those seeking employees can ask for help. The staff works to find workers with the right qualifications for the right jobs, making the searching process much easier for both parties. They have a good rapport with the human resource departments around the county, giving them quick access to those doing the hiring.

In addition to simply providing potential employees with information, SC Works goes a step further, giving tips for what to do and what not to do in the interview process. Follow them on Facebook here to get the latest job postings, information, or tips about how to interview.

 Katherine Pendergrass takes her job seriously and will go above and beyond to help someone find employment. Her hard work and dedication to our county is helping to build a more perfect Union.     

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hillary: Unborn Persons Have No Rights

Hillary Clinton made a shocking admission on NBC’s Meet the Press.  When speaking of the unborn, she said, “The unborn person does not have Constitutional rights.” She went on to add that no laws or practices include, “sacrificing the mother’s right to make decisions.”

This is a major statement because abortion rights groups refuse to use any words that will “humanize the fetus,” and person is about as human as it gets. “Person” has become a legal word, not merely referring to homo sapiens, but to those human beings who are entitled to Constitutional rights.

Clinton’s comments served as an oxymoron; one cannot be both a person and not entitled to Constitutional rights.

As science has begun to definitively prove that the “fetus” is very much alive inside the womb, abortion activists have had to alter their approach. Many no longer insist that the fetus is just a “clump of cells,” but argue instead against personhood. Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, conceded as much in his memoirs, noting that the unborn child is alive, but not entitled to personhood status.

This personhood debate goes all the way back to Roe v Wade, where Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in the majority opinion:

“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”   

The 14th Amendment is what guarantees all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Hillary Clinton made the jump from fetus to person; from human with no rights to person with full rights. As she stuttered and stammered through her answer, she finally noted that we can’t sacrifice the mother’s right to make decisions. By the benign word decision, she was referring to severing the bodies of these unborn persons.

But Justice Blackmun also addressed the concern of the mother’s rights. Conceding that at some point in time we must consider the rights of the unborn, he wrote, “Another interest—that of potential human life—becomes significantly involved. The woman’s [right to] privacy is no longer sole, and any right of privacy she possesses must be measured accordingly.” 

The Justice’s point was clear: the mother’s rights are sole, unless we can establish personhood. Hillary (and science) has established personhood. It is time to reverse Roe and protect our tiniest persons.