LETTER: Details coming about school debate


The Editor,                                                                                         

The phrase “It is what it is,” is often said when something bad has happened or an inevitable crisis is looming. There are signs and plaques you can buy with this valuable message. 

On April 27, a bill to consolidate Laurens School Districts 55 and 56 into a single district passed the South Carolina House with a near unanimous  vote and was sent to the senate were it seemed certain to be passed in a similar fashion. For many people, this didn't seem right, and I heard some suggest in various forms the resignation to it being a done deal and I thought of “It is what it is,” and then I remembered a similar plaque that I had bought and given to a couple of people who were dealing with big trouble in their lives. This plaque said, “It is what it is, but it will become what you make of it”. This powerful and profound message is what happened, people didn't resign themselves to the inevitable, they acted swiftly and powerfully and within 4 days the tide had stopped for this year fot the bill.                               

With this being done, I invited Representative Mike Pitts to join me in one or more  public forums to debate the merits of the proposed bills. Mr Pitts quickly agreed, and this past weekend he and I had a phone conversation concerning the details of these debate. Mike was more than gracious, saying I could work out the details and he would be there. We discussed having 3 debates, the first to be at

Laurens District 55 High School, the second at Clinton District 56 High School, and the 3rd at Hickory

Tavern School. Also covered in our conversation, each debate will last 90 minutes with the time divided equally. There will be no moderator, only a time keeper. Permission for use of facilities has been granted verbally by both district Superintendants, pending filling necessary paperwork. A likely date for the first debate would be June 26. More details will follow when available.

Finally, I would like to say, if Mr Pitts and I do our jobs in a civil manner which I am confident we will, and people listen respectfully and think  seriously about the issues discussed, perhaps Laurens County can set an example for others that vigorous discussion of issues is still possible.  

If we do, I believe the founders of this country will be smiling.                                                                                


Keith Tripp


My Clinton News

P.O. Box 180
513 North Broad St.
Clinton, SC 29325
Phone: (864) 833-1900
Fax: (864) 833-1902


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