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All creatures great and small

My cousin Gwynne taught first grade for years and years. She taught until she was teaching the children of former students. Her students adored her.

Gwynne had a rabbit who went to school with her. His name was Hector, and he hopped around the classroom. The children enjoyed Hector and Hector, we believe, enjoyed them.

They learned what to feed him and how to be gentle with him. So when eventually, after a long and productive life, Hector died, it was a sad day for

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Summertime is hot, or maybe not

Summertime in South Carolina is hot. People cool off in swimming pools, at the beach or just sitting on a shady porch with a tall glass of iced tea — sweet, of course — to complain about the hot and humid weather. South Carolinians have always taken great pleasure grumbling about the temperature as it stretches past 90 degrees. You know, the days when your hair goes flat and makeup melts off your face.

People have become more and more obsessed about the weather. The

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The pursuit of happiness

The Fourth of July is over for another year. The hot dogs are all eaten, watermelon rinds litter the park, the fireworks have all exploded and my dog is still hiding under the bed. I was feeling a little melancholy, so I sat down on the back porch with a glass of iced tea to read the Declaration of Independence. It always makes me happy.

I came across the sentence in the Declaration of Independence that guarantees the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I understand the life and liberty part, but what does the pursuit of happiness really mean?

Since what makes one person happy, may not make another person happy, I

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Letters to the Editor 7-14-21

A defense of fireworks

Dear Editor,

July 3, 1776 — John Adams wrote home to his wife Abigail: “July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and

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Learning to see through our spiritual eyes

The life of David in the Bible is one of the more popular stories in the Christian faith. Of all the individuals other than Christ, I would guess there have been more messages about him than any other character within the word of God.

There is a huge difference between the way we observe and judge with our natural senses and the way God perceives everything through His perfect spiritual wisdom and the key to our success is learning to see as God sees.

We begin our story in I Samuel, where Samuel is a powerful prophet and is

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Scandals, scuffles and fireworks

Before the Revolutionary War, the colonists would celebrate the king’s birthday with the ringing of bells, bonfires and parades. However, things took an ominous turn during the summer of 1776, when the colonists celebrated by holding mock funerals for King George III instead.

John Adams fervently believed that our independence should be celebrated on July 2, and not July 4, because the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776. Two days later, on July 4, the 13 colonies

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How much does God love you?

As our spiritual values become more centered on God, it’s normal to start looking forward to our eternal existence. For those who are in Christ, how exciting it is to know that our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus, our loved ones, our new name, our glorified body, inheritance, citizenship and crowns and rewards are all a part of our glorious future.

We are briefly passing through this world, and the only thing we will take with us when we depart is an account of how we lived and loved. How wonderful to know that heaven will be filled with endless praise, everlasting

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Courier Letters to the Editor 7-7-21

Showing law enforcement appreciation

Dear Editor,

As a 73-year old Baby Boomer, I’ve seen many changes in the way Americans view things. One of the most dramatic changes is how a significant portion of our national news and social media portray our law enforcement community.

As a teenager growing up in Birmingham, Ala., my allowance was $2 a week. Receiving this sum was dependent on

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Supporting local newspapers

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person. Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy and we all are in the process of reclaiming those elements of life we’ve missed the past year.

However, with that optimism is the reality of the impact the pandemic had on local communities. Local businesses that struggled through the past year, if they were able to stay in business at all, are still trying to recover and regain lost revenues. These locally owned restaurants, shops and services are vital to our economy and provide

Five rants and ramblings

Five random ramblings, rants and things I wonder about; and one kudo:

  1. I understand there’s a worldwide shortage of cardboard. Whoa! How can this be? Just because every time Amazon sends my wife a bottle of fingernail polish it comes in a box big enough to hold a Fender Twin Reverb amplifier, that’s no excuse. She didn’t order that many bottles.

I have noticed lately, though, that they’ve been packing more things in big plastic envelopes. I would predict a shortage of plastic in the near future, but if that ever happens they could just reel some more in from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating accumulation of plastic that’s twice the size of Texas drifting somewhere between California and Hawaii.

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  1. While I’m on the subject of international commerce, why don’t the Chinese break down and hire some Americans to help them write the instructions to the technical products they sell? The grammar is always atrocious, and theYou must be logged in to view this content.

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