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Letters to the Editor

Robotics team wins state title

Dear Editor,

U.S. News and World Report ranked S.C. schools dead last. Well, don’t you believe it.

In a previous letter to the editor, I offered our first-hand account of our experience with both Colorado and S.C. schools. I pointed out that the dedication of specific individuals and specific

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Old times there are not forgotten

The lot was across the road from the house. In the lot were the stable and the corn silos. The pasture was large and lay between a field of cotton and one of tobacco. Behind the pasture was a tobacco barn.

The pack house was along the edge of the side yard next to the barn and the old carriage house and the pig lot. An ancient anvil which had been on the farm since before my great-granddaddy’s time was still in front of the carriage house, no longer used, but too heavy to move easily. The pond was further back, separated from the backyard by a winding sandy road that circled back behind a grassy field where we took Star, our cow, each morning in spring and staked her out to graze.

Grandmama always reminded us not to let Star graze near green onions, but to stake her in

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Where shall the live?

Statistically, more than 90 percent of seniors wish to live and age in their own home. Most seniors surveyed are relatively healthy. They can care for themselves and still enjoy activities with friends and neighbors. Then tragedy strikes either slowly (with dementia) or suddenly (with other illnesses). Adult children are called. The picture changes.

The question becomes, ‘Where is it best for the infirmed family member to live — at their home, at a relative’s home, or in a facility?”

No healthy seniors want to face this question. They avoid it at all cost, because they don’t

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One SC woman making a difference — globally

This is another column in an occasional series about people in South Carolina who are making a difference. Jennifer Jones-Wood is our guest columnist, and she writes about her work in South Carolina to help young girls around the world.

Today, 130,000,000 girls do not have access to education. Please let that sink in.

One hundred and thirty million girls do not have access to education. If you were to count from 1 to 130,000,000 without stopping it would take you approximately eight years. Now that I have your attention let me tell you about The ONE Campaign.

ONE was started in May of 2004 by U2 front man Bono and Bobby Shriver whose family started Special Olympics. ONE is an international, non-partisan, non-profit, advocacy group that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising awareness and

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Letters to the Editor

Recycling plastics

Dear Editor,

Plastics were first used by the Mesoamericans for balls, bands and figures. We use plastics for prescription bottles, grocery bags and the plastic hoist on the back of the knot of clip-on ties.

We use plastic in chewing gum, and chewing gum has been proven by a University of Reading

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As the world turns

We’re living in a complicated world. But even when we’re almost afraid to listen to the news, we need to remember that these unfolding events are just a continuing chapter in world history.

Now some don’t believe there is such a thing as evil. For whatever reason — greed, power or fanaticism — the theory is that evil and crazy are the same thing. But not everything can be explained by saying a person is suffering from mental illness.

We all know a lot of people who are a bit unbalanced. They’re everywhere, and the day we run out of coffee is one of those days on Fowler Farm.

But even without coffee in the day, I don’t believe it follows that we would

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Prayers from Pickens

Dear Editor,

There is a saying “there are no atheists in the foxhole,” meaning that when the rubber meets the road and we are out of options, we recognize that God is God … and we are not. We can come in prayer to the One who can respond to our cry for help.

To some, to many, to most, today, our nation is in the foxhole. The godly

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Passion of Christ is our eternal hope

This is the time of year when Christians remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a season when His followers are focused on how He suffered and died on the cross and after 3 days He arose from the grave. To be honest, holy week is not really a jolly time of celebration but rather calls for serious meditation and being grateful for the gift of salvation. It is bittersweet because it’s never pleasant to imagine a person being brutally tortured (especially when they are innocent), but the fact that

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Retirement study an eye-opener

Are you ready to retire? Do you have enough money? Have you given it much thought?

The Employee Benefit Research Institute just published the results of its 27th survey about financial readiness to retire.

Here are a few things its research revealed:

* Many of us are stressed out about retiring, but we’re not taking steps to get

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Wounded in the line of duty

Sebastian is 13 years old. His vision and hearing have diminished with time, and he weighs more than he should. He has arthritis in his back legs. But he is blessed with a happy, humble disposition.

Although we all know he is a little old man dog, he does not. When Red Dog was still alive, they kept intruders off the farm. Strange dogs might appear in the pasture once

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