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Category Archives: Opinions

Seeing the glass half-full

The older we are, the more we can see how the world has changed. The Bible reveals the human race is born with a corrupt nature and also has a lot to say about an evil spiritual enemy that is trying as hard as he can to influence us over to the dark-side.

Whatever your political or theological views, we can agree there is much strife within our nation about what is happening and where we are headed. The interesting aspect within many people’s disagreements is how they base their opinions on what someone else has told them. Since God knows everything, the best answers to

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No chipmunks allowed here

Breaking news! There’s a difference between a chipmunk and a ground squirrel, and I didn’t know it. So when we all thought ground squirrels were the guilty rodents storing acorns and other materials in the air conditioning vents in the car, we were very wrong.

We know this now, because the creature or creatures we thought were birds behind the chimney of the house were, in fact, not birds at all.

When we first heard the scrabbling noise, it sounded as though it was coming from the porch roof. I thought it might be a bird making a nest in the gutter. It has

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‘Federal partners’ get vaccine from VA

Who are the Department of Veterans Affairs federal partners? Inquiring minds want to know.

A recent VA press release boasted about surpassing the VA’s milestone of administering 1 million doses of the COVID vaccine. That’s a great number, but that 1 million-plus isn’t all veterans.

Some 626,000 veterans got the first and (and sometimes) second dose. Over 400,000 went to VA employees. But 1,200

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Oh, the things we take for granted

When it rained in the winter, the old kitchen was the center of the house. If we’d just gotten off the school bus, we had a long, trudging walk up the sandy driveway to the front porch, the first sheltered place reached.

Rain would drip from the wisteria vine that grew across the length of the porch and we’d drip a trail down the front hall, throwing our jackets and books onto the old oak hat rack.

Sometimes, often, our wet jackets would slide off the hooks onto the floor, but our damp books would stay on the seat. We’d run down the back hall to the kitchen door and burst into the warmth. That’s where one of

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Gardening with children

I don’t know about you, but the neverending rain in February has me thinking about spring: sun, garden and flowers! I start wishing to be outside planting my fruits and vegetables, even though I know it is not quite time to start. But there are things we can be doing now that will help us be prepared when spring finally arrives. Make gardening a family affair with the S.C. 4-H Small Gardening Project. Youth have the opportunity to grow their own food using hands-on experiences and have a chance to win prizes for their project!

They get to get their hands dirty, and the family gets

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Courier Letters to the Editor 2-24-21

On freedom of speech

Dear Editor,

People have been complaining about Donald Trump being thrown off Facebook, saying he is being denied freedom of speech and calling it censorship.

When it comes to this thing called freedom of speech, it has its limits as to what can be said. You’ve probably heard it said that freedom of speech does not include yelling fire in a crowded theater, for obvious reasons, people being harmed or killed. There are many things that are not allowed in freedom of speech, such as treason, sedition, blasphemous and defamatory libel. Also disruption of

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We all want good government. Here’s how we can make it happen.

There’s a lot to unpack in “Uncovered,” an innovative collaborative project between The Post and Courier and several smaller newspapers across South Carolina that debuted in this week’s editions and will continue throughout this year. The stories essentially are an expose within an expose: an epic tale of governmental corruption on all scales, bad behavior that too often slips by state and federal law enforcement and increasingly goes unreported by journalists because many smaller newspapers have had

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Resist the devil and he will flee

Someone sent me a text the other day about all the trash talking during the Super Bowl and how it seemed to bother some of the players.

As a sports fan, I’ve watched the power of words throughout the years and remember that Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, just to name a couple of athletes, also used this tactic to intimidate and frustrate the opposition. The idea is to lure someone you are battling against into listening to what you are saying in order to distract and confuse them. This attempt to rattle our competitor is associated with words such as discredit, mock, slander, belittle,

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Between woods and river

We grew up at Sycamore Hill, the name of Grandmama’s farm.

It was indeed in the middle of nowhere and far from any major city. Summers were long, and we depended on each other for playmates and companionship.

My brother and I had our cousins who were not too far away.

We played outside with hardly any adult supervision and had free rein of the woods, the pond and the rest of the farm. We could go to the river, but would never swim unless an adult was there.

It wasn’t known as Drowning Creek for nothing.

But although on our own much of the time, we were well equipped to run free. We knew what was expected

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Another COVID scam

You know it’s getting bad when local police chiefs go on the nightly news to warn against scams. That’s what is happening in my area, and possibly in yours. Scammers are going all out to steal your information, money and identity, and they’re using the COVID vaccine as their tool.

A few weeks ago, the scammers’ tactic was to claim we were eligible for a special COVID Medicare card. The card doesn’t exist. So many of us might have said that in response to the frequent phone calls that the scammers changed tactics. Now

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