Category Archives: Opinions

The lilies will continue to bloom

Consider the lilies of the field. They neither toil nor spin, but even Solomon in all his glory is not clothed as they.

Well, the lilies may not be blooming now, but the tulips certainly are. For years, I fought a battle with critters who feasted on my tulip bulbs, destroyed my hostas and made a number of things of beauty vanish.

But, for three years in a row, a bed of tulips has not only bloomed, but has come back. They aren’t supposed to do that, are they? But they are doing it.

This just goes to show that, as an old friend used to say, “Even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then.”

Reblooming tulips resistant to varmints may not be of

Containing the coronavirus

Coronavirus diary, week 3:

It seems as though after my dad passed away on Feb. 19, the whole world started to come unraveled.

The coronavirus was already attacking China and several other Asian nations, but most people were thinking it wasn’t going to be much of a problem here. Within a couple of weeks after his death, all that began to change. It was declared a pandemic, and it became obvious that our lives were going to be turned upside-down, at least for a while.

Then my mom had a stroke. Fortunately, she was leading a practice session of the Stone Mountaineers, her old-time musical group at her retirement center, when it happened. Some of her fellow musicians realized what was going on and

Letters to the Editor 4-8-20

Get their heads out of the sand

Dear Editor,

I read the news article where the county’s entire election department and the election board resigned as a protest over the unfair treatment of the election director, Rodney Allen. This is what occurs when our elected leaders are all united and marching in lock-step: employees are treated unfairly, all our leaders look away and the only way for the employees to be heard is when they resign in protest.

The county councilmen need to get their heads out of the sand and stop bowing down to the powers

Into the jaws of death go we

In spite of everything that has happened to date, politicians still have the ability to amaze me.
Explain something to me, if anyone can.

There’s a lieutenant governor in Texas who says senior citizens — anyone over 60, I suppose — should be willing to sacrifice their lives so someone younger could use their ventilator. This is because of the shortage of ventilators. He’s willing to sign up.

Well, he can go it alone. If I am sick enough to go into intensive care at the hospital, I am definitely unwilling to give up my ventilator. And if anyone should try to remove it, I assure you I’d fight to retain it to the best of my weakened ability.

You see, if you believe in the sanctity of life, you can’t

Perspective on COVID-19 relief

The first flourishes of greenery made their appearance high in the tulip poplar trees a few days ago, and the azaleas are bursting with red, lavender and pink in my backyard. Spring has sprung, y’all.

I should be sitting in the stands down at Fluor Field right now, watching the Greenville Drive take on the Greensboro Grasshoppers, scarfing down a hot dog, swigging on a cold drink and letting the sweet Carolina sunshine fill me with the goodness of springtime in the South.

But alas, there is no baseball. Instead, I’m sitting here in my living room, hunkered down, doing all I can to dodge the invisible enemy.

I’d rather write about something else, but it’s hard to think of anything else that really matters or seems appropriate to write about at a time like this.

It’s hard to know how to put this situation in perspective, because it seems like my perspective on it shifts several times a day. But it’s pretty obvious that things are

The road not chosen

On Sept. 28, 2019, I became a widow. I hate the word and everything it implies. I was at home getting ready for work that morning; my husband was on his way home when I got a call from the hospital that he’d been in an accident.

That day and many that came after it was a blur. Shocked, traumatized and lost, I could not believe this news and the reality that I had to bear. I lost all sense of who I was, and once the initial numbness wore off, I was left with a huge gaping open space at my core that was darker than anything I could ever imagine.

I was amazed at the response I received from people I did not even know when this happened, because I was so used to just handling everything with Art, my teammate in life.

Courier Letters to the Editor

The South stands alone

Dear Editor,
The South stands unto itself when being unusual. Outsiders don’t understand, so maybe this will help.
Rernt or runt means ruined.
ID means idea. Uns means once.
Y’all means plural or singular, according to how it’s used. As in all of you or simply you.
Jeet yet? means did you eat yet?
Gret means great. Greer the town is pronounced grrrr as in Grrrr, South Carolina.

Prayer, common sense and love

Every morning for the past few days, a thick fog has enshrouded the view outside my kitchen window. The gray skeletons of bare trees seem to be brooding over a dark, cold and very quiet world.

It’s not hard to imagine that the Angel of Death is lurking out there in the mist. It passed over us this time, but who knows what the future holds?

These, of course, are just the melodramatic musings of someone who has been virtually quarantined for the past couple of weeks, tracking the news of the spread of the coronavirus. As I write this, Pickens County has yet to be touched by the virus, but by the time you read it I expect we will have had our first confirmed cases.

I know that many of you have accepted the notion that this pandemic is basically a story that has been hyped up by the media, possibly for political purposes, or just because that’s

Help is only six feet away

One advantage to growing up in the middle of nowhere was the need to be able to make what we needed out of whatever was on hand.

There was no way to get to town until Saturday, when Mama drove in for groceries and to pay bills. If we went, we’d head for the dime store with our dimes and spend a blissful hour trying to decide what to buy.

But most of the time we’d entertain ourselves with our own home-constructed creations. This has served us all well as adults.

We can make a raincoat out of a shopping bag and a sun visor out of a folded paper plate and a shoestring. We made our own golf course out of soup cans and built our own boat. It leaked, but it floated fine if somebody bailed. We experimented with filling eight Coca-Cola bottles with the levels of water needed to make the notes of an octave when you blew across one. We

County administrator weighs in on coronavirus pandemic

As we all plan and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, I want all of our citizens to know that your county government is still at work. We are all receiving a flood of information (some reliable, some not so much) about the current situation in our country and our state.

Local events and meetings are being canceled, and health experts are urging preparation for when COVID-19 inevitably comes to our community. Accordingly, I felt it would be helpful to share with the public a letter I recently sent by email to all county employees addressing COVID-19.

To All County Employees:

We are all focused on and concerned about COVID-19, the new Coronavirus. With so much news coverage on this issue, and with numerous other voices speaking on the topic, it is easy to become confused or frustrated. It is important to be informed, so please only turn to trusted sources for your information, such as I encourage all county employees to remain focused