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String up the lights, no matter the fight

Last year there was a problem when I put the lights on and around the Christmas tree. I started at the top and worked down. Unfortunately, once finished, I found that the bottom strand of lights had no plug, so they couldn’t be lit. So then I had to take them all down and start over in reverse. This was discouraging, but it’s important to never give up on matters like this.

It was not a disaster. It was an inconvenience. So we did what had to be done.

This year I remembered last year’s learning experience and

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Courier Letters to the Editor 12-18-19

Higher taxes and fire fees

Dear Editor,

Over the past year, county officials proposed and county council discussed a plan to radically change the structure of fire protection in Pickens County. For decades, we had 13 local fire districts with a chief and a local board for each district. Most districts charged only a fire fee on homes, and a few charged millage on all property.

Their plan is to abolish all the 13 fire boards, have one centralized board, the county to take ownership of all fire equipment and charge a 30-mill fire tax on all property. The benefits they cite are centralized management, streamline operations, build a comprehensive capital plan, more manpower and better training. They also say it will save money, but looking at the proposal, that is not true and they need to be upfront and honest with the

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The week before Christmas at our house

Twas the week before Christmas, and I was alone

My wife, credit cards and money all gone.

Gwinnett, Lenox and Perimeter Mall;

She’d gassed up the car, and visited them all.

Her eyes, how they twinkled, her nose like a hound

Her laughter grew shrill, as the bargains she found.

As I sat, in the La-Z-Boy, watching TV;

Commercials and re-runs were all I could see.

The clock on the wall pointed to 10,

When I thought I heard my sweet wife come in.

As I shook the cobwebs from my sleepy head,

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Best advice comes from above

Generally speaking, people are not excited about being told what to do. This is probably one of the greatest reasons why the world rejects the Bible and the ways of God.

In fact, it’s rare to find anyone that is excited about taking advice, even good advice. Think about yourself for a moment. How often do you read God’s Word or hear a message and come away saying, “that’s a great idea, and I am going to incorporate and apply this truth into my life!”

When it comes to wise people trying to give us counsel, I suggest we at least listen, because when we consider the strengths and expertise of others, we are being given an excellent opportunity to glean wisdom. When is the last time you heard someone say they

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Saitta ‘spot on’ in letter

Dear Editor,

Re: Alex Saitta’s letter to the editor on Wednesday, Dec. 4. — spot on!

When are we going to fight back, stop worrying about getting some bad press, stop apologizing for promoting healthy lifestyles, etc.?

Conservatives had better stop “rolling over and playing dead” before it is too late!

Mayor Roy C. Stoddard

Six Mile

Remember to keep the Christ in Christmas

Dear Editor,

Hard to believe it’s Christmas again. My how time flies when you get older.

When I was a child, it seemed my birthday came once every two years and Christmas every five. There were two

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Courier Letters to the Editor 12-4-19

Our leaders’ obligation to stand up

Dear Editor,

I am sure many saw the news stories on WYFF 4, the State or the New York Times where Pickens Elementary School had a character-building event, dividing into boy and girl groups. A lecturer from Clemson University got wind of it and complained the event wasn’t gender neutral and was harmful to the girls. TV news came a-knocking, and the school district apologized, saying the school wrongly “reinforced some gender stereotypes.”

Good grief.

The woman was not a teacher at the school nor anywhere in the school district. She is a lecturer in industrial engineering, not a professional in early childhood education. She doesn’t have a child in the school, didn’t attend the event and just read a blurb about it on Facebook.

How did she pass as a credible source, igniting this story in the first place? Well, she was touting a point of view

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Sleeping, where? All alone?

How does a 6-year-old boy keep from crying when he is assigned to another bedroom in the house? A bedroom where he will be totally alone.

Well, I was that 6-year-old boy, and I was overjoyed. If I had known how to dance the jig, I would have been a dancing fool, as they say.

I just knew that my older sisters and possibly some of my older brothers would have a field day watching me cry. They would never have let me live that down. But I fooled all of them.

Through the first six years of my life, my three sisters and I slept in our parents’ bedroom. My two older sisters slept in their own bed. I slept with my Daddy, and my baby sister slept with our mother. A virtual

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Russia doesn’t really love us

We were watching the evening news on our black-and-white TV. The Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union had begun, Radio Free Europe was broadcasting behind the iron curtain and John F. Kennedy was president.

The Berlin Wall was dividing the city of Berlin, separating free Germans from those living under those under the thumb of communism.

Nikita Khrushchev was premier of the Soviet Union, and he was coming to America.

We knew that the Soviet Union was an oppressive power and a threat to America.

Khrushchev appeared at the United Nations in New York, and when a representative from the Philippines made a protest of communism, Khrushchev took off

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The joy of getting old, part 3

Editor’s note: This is the continuation of a column that has run over the last two weeks.

I have noticed lately that when talking to my grandchildren about having to work so hard as a kid or having to walk to school in a foot of snow, they immediately yawn and start searching for their iPod. This is so disturbing to my ego that I just want to retreat to my closet and count my shirts or shine my shoes, if I can retrieve my old shoeshine kit from the garbage.

At a recent routine visit to my cardiologist, he noted that I looked a little pale. I responded that only yesterday my ophthalmologist, my dentist, my urologist, my neurologist and my dermatologist had all said the very

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-27-19

Be thankful for all you have

Dear Editor,

November is when we think of Thanksgiving. We were brought up to believe that the Pilgrims were the first settlers in America. Actually, there were many here before the Pilgrims landed in 1620. The French Huguenots were in Florida in 1562. That’s more than 50 years ahead of the Pilgrims. Settlers prior to the Pilgrims died from the weather or unfriendly Indians. The Huguenots lost Florida to the Spanish.

Unlike the story that says that the Pilgrims had turkey for Thanksgiving, they actually had deer and vegetables from their crops.

The Indians did participate in the feast, contributing deer, too. But of the 102 Pilgrims who came over from

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