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Category Archives: Opinions

Humane Society in need again

The dogs and cats of Pickens County need your help.

Yes, again.

I’ve written this story several times since 2014, when Pickens County cut back its funding of the Pickens County Humane Society.

The county Humane Society is not connected to the national Humane Society and gets no funding from it. Prior to 2014, it had been getting $60,000 a year from the county to help with the costs of operating its animal shelter on Five Forks Road near Liberty.

It had also been surviving partly off some money that had been left by a benefactor prior to that, which has

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The importance of shopping small

Small businesses have had a rough couple of years, beginning with the pandemic and continuing with the labor shortage and breaks in the supply chain.

Still, South Carolina’s small businesses have persevered. Despite the many challenges, they’ve continued to provide the goods and services their customers need, and they’ve continued to support their communities.

That’s why we need to support local businesses this holiday season.

It’s easy to forget, but small business is the heart of South Carolina’s economy. By the federal

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Thanksgiving and the supply chain

Thanksgiving is over. The turkey is eaten, the pumpkin pie is just crumbs. The football games have ended (hope your team won). Just when things are beginning to settle down, a new stressor is added to an already hectic holiday time.

They may look like toy ships bobbing in a big bathtub, but they have cast a cloud of gloom over Thanksgiving, and specifically Black Friday, the day Christmas shopping is supposed to begin. Huge container ships loaded with millions of cartons of holiday toys and stuff rock idly in the ocean, waiting to be unloaded in ports all across the United States. The Grinch may be grinning, but millions of parents are frowning as they contemplate what will happen if there is

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Desiring God more than anything in the world

For those who ponder about the requirements for developing and maintaining a deeper relationship with God, we must include some vital components, and one of the most critical is desire. Ask any businessperson or athlete about what it takes to accomplish a goal, and they will always testify about the importance of vision, perseverance and determination. Likewise, when it comes to drawing nearer to the Lord, we must begin with old-fashioned enthusiasm.

The next question is where does this passion come from? Most Christians will agree that

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Unthankful with a side of gratitude

I’m sure you’re all dying to hear about the many wonderful things I’m thankful for!

I’ll get to that.

First, let me tell you about some of the things I’m UNthankful for!

Now, I don’t mean to be unthankful to the Creator for anything that He, in his infinite wisdom, has called into being — because, as you will see, everything on my unthankful list also has a thankful side.

For example:

I’m unthankful for a tiny little thing that popped into existence a couple of years ago called

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Thanks for the memories of years gone by

Thanksgivings remembered are filled with images of those beloved faces once seen around the old oak dining room table. And nothing brings back the people we loved like the coming season. The two oak leaves would have been fitted into the table center, which happened for every special family occasion.

The crisp white tablecloth, ironed on the table top at Thanksgiving and spread over the table, would be checked for on all sides to make sure it hung down evenly. And the children would set the table with the good china. Grandmama would be seated still be wearing her apron at

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Happiness is a small town

Everybody wants to move to a town like Mayberry. “The Andy Griffith Show” began with Opie and his dad walking down a path with fishing rods slung over their shoulders. Opie practices skipping rocks into the river, while Andy whistles. I’m pretty sure that was Andy Griffith whistling. He was a very talented actor and could play the trombone as well as the guitar, so whistling would have been a breeze.

The first show aired, in black and white, in October 1960. The final show aired in April 1968. There were 249 episodes of the show — 159 in black and white and 90 in color. Americans glued themselves to the TV screen to enjoy the adventurous antics of quirky personalities in

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-24-21

Downtown fountain coming back

Dear Editor,

We have some exciting and long-awaited updates regarding the Legacy Square fountain. For far too long, the fountain that greets visitors on the east end of Main Street has been sitting in a non-working condition. The foundation of the fountain is cracked, but the city has recently received funding to fix this and restore the fountain to a working condition that will add to the beauty of our already picturesque town. Right now, we are receiving quotes from different companies to have the fountain fixed. These repairs will be scheduled

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Why can’t we be like Big Bird?

I love Sesame Street and all the Muppets. It first entered my world when my children were young, and I cherished our time with it.

Its gentle approach with children on the fictional street created a loving and secure place for all children to spend a bit of time.

Big Bird, that lovable tall Muppet, is a favorite character on the show

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The demise of dinner and rise of rudeness

Before Martha Stewart, there was Amy Vanderbilt. She wrote “Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Book of Etiquette,” a comprehensive and wide-ranging guide to gracious living, containing practical advice for every occasion, ensuring that all social interactions would be handled with grace and

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