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Remembering ‘a rock star among cats’

I here are many controversies I could write about today: critical race theory, abortion or the causes of inflation and the rollercoaster stock market.

I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not going to wade into those waters today.

This is a story about a cat.

Well, two cats. Or three.

And a squirrel.

This week marks one year since my cat Smokey spent the last of her nine lives and left me behind.

I never thought I’d care much about a cat, but that one became a friend and a comfort to

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Try it, you might like it

I enjoy cooking. It’s recreational and gives me a chance to be creative.

Measuring things doesn’t play a big part of recipes in my kitchen unless there’s a cake involved or some other dessert. For the most part, I sort of play it ear, or in this case eye. Adjusting the flavor and deciding to leave out an ingredient or add something else to the mix is part of the process.

Watching cooking shows is part of the relaxation routine, and it’s a good way to get ideas.

Sometimes the mood strikes and I read a new recipe or see a picture of something delicious

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Justice uplifts us all

Does the presence of bigotry and prejudice upset you? Does the cruelty, aggression and suffering as a result of injustice bother you? Do you wish that you could make a difference in the world to create justice? In order to have a meaningful response to injustice and to feel empowered to take action, we must have a clear vision of the nature of justice and its implications.

For us as individuals, justice simply means to be fair and equitable, to be good to others and to ensure that all people receive what is their due — that is, what is their natural right — and it necessarily involves the qualities of

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Some trivia to pass time

Dear Editor,

Bored?

Here’s some trivia for you.

States with the most borders are Tennessee and Missouri. Both border eight states.

The least bordered are two also. Alaska and Hawaii. None.

Longest bridge in the world is the Danyang-Kurshan Grand Bridge in China, running for 102.4

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Legislators step into the batter’s box

Well it’s time once again, baseball fans, to calculate the batting averages of our beloved home team, the Mudville nine.

Just kidding; I meant the Pickens County legislative delegation.

With this being the close of a two-year session, it should give some kind of picture of what the boys we’ve sent to Columbia have been doing down there.

I hate to say it, but a quick glance at the statistics gives not much hope for our guys to make the playoffs.

That is, except for the star slugger in our lineup — who primarily represents Oconee County but has a small slice

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Fentanyl is still here, and something worse is coming

Fentanyl is a word you’re probably hearing on the news more and more these days.

Parents often hear the word for the first time when they find out fentanyl was the drug that killed their child.

May 10 is National Fentanyl Awareness Day.

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid. Medical-grade fentanyl is prescribed by doctors, who carefully monitor its

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Courier Letters to the Editor 5-4-22

Weighing in on Pickens Middle issue

Dear Editor,

The Bible tells us in Proverbs to “train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Also, we know what the road of “good” intentions can lead to.

What happened at Pickens Middle School is unacceptable. Training children to think it is appropriate to separate them by race for special presentations and

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Analyzing the social construction of reality

Today’s lesson, class, is on “The Social Construction of Reality,” a subject that I think is probably more pertinent in 2022 than it was in 1966, when it was postulated by a couple of eggheads named Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann.

The only reason I know anything about this theory is because my wife, Kathy, wrote a paper about it in college that was so brilliant that her Clemson University sociology professor actually bowed in homage to her as they were

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Guess who’s coming to town

We are always eager to welcome newcomers to our region and hope their time here will be rewarding.

One of our newest residents is a well known couple formerly and currently from Virginia and North Carolina at the same time. This is a state of affairs I thought was impossible. Once again, my assumption was incorrect.

Perhaps everyone knew about this, but it came as a surprise to me and mine.

He is currently registered to vote in our own fair state, although he is also still registered to vote in Virginia. He recently lost his ability to also vote in North Carolina, as it was confirmed that he actually didn’t live there and

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Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes

It’s easy to mock and be critical, and unfortunately our human nature loves to judge unfairly and display negative thoughts about others. If we could only remember that many people are going through some type of painful trial, which usually explains why they seem peculiar.

I often counsel with those who are struggling with personal problems and it changes our perspective when we know the bigger picture. As Christians, we are called to be a light that represents God’s nature and this includes

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