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"The state of our state is that we are a state in transition."

Gov. Mark Sanford stated last week in his annual State of the State address. Sanford was criticized for avoiding detailed positions on key issues. Although he touched on a number of topics ranging from early childhood education to property tax relief, Sanford did not provide specifics. Both Republican and Democratic legislators were reportedly disappointed by the gubner's election-year rhetoric.

"Once, (Walter Cronkite) said America should leave Vietnam and the president of the United States said if we've lost him we've lost middle America. Now, Walter calls for withdrawal from Iraq and it occasions only one thing: stories about how once such a thing mattered."

Columnist (and former speech writer for Ronald Reagan) Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal last week.

$125

That's the price of a ticket to attend "Live Your Best Life: An Afternoon with Oprah Winfrey" at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Feb. 25. Oprah will share personal stories and life lessons to encourage audience members to live the lives they have always wanted to, according to the O magazine website (www.oprah.com/omagazine). Although an amount has not been specified, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Oprah's Angel Network, a charity aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged children and families. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1.

"He has failed,and failed miserably."

S.C. Senate Minority Leader John C. Land III (D-Manning) in his response to Gov. Mark Sanford's State of the State address last week.

"I say that results of polls please those who are sensible, and Bush's opposition to them is a mistake."

Osama bin Laden in a recorded message translated and released last week, referencing U.S. polls indicating that the majority of Americans want troops out of Iraq. Who does this guy think he is, Rush Limbaugh?

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