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Category Archives: Opinions

Celebrate the small things

On the personal side, there is good news. I finally found a box of Morton’s salt at Publix in Easley.

I don’t know what the difference is between Morton’s salt and Laura Lynn salt, but there is definitely a difference in the spouts. You can pour salt from the Morton’s salt box. You have to dump salt out of the Laura Lynn salt box because the spout doesn’t work properly.

It may be very expensive to manufacture a salt box with a working spout. Who knows. I certainly don’t. But it is something to celebrate when even the smallest thing goes your way.

Something else I’m happy about. Everything that isn’t nailed down on Fowler Farm has been

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American freedom?

I’ve been thinking about freedom a lot lately.

No, I’m not thinking about leaving my wife.

What I’m thinking about is good-old, hard-core, patriotic American freedom, its limits and how those boundaries should be defined.

This is, of course, a topic of debate because of the “freedom of choice” being claimed by those who believe the government has no right to require them to take measures to protect, if not themselves, the rest of us from getting sick and possibly dying in this seemingly neverending pandemic.

I hate it that Pickens County is near the bottom in a state with among the lowest vaccination

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Let’s talk about plastics

Pickens County is making significant progress in improving service to the public at our eight recycling centers.

In September 2020, our recycle centers returned to the 7:30 a.m.-7:20 p.m. schedule, Monday through Saturday. As a result, our facilities are open 71 hours each week to better serve our county population. Compare these hours with our neighboring counties (60 hours a week in Anderson and Oconee, and 55 hours a week in Greenville).

At the same time, our solid waste staff transitioned from a landfilling approach to the use of a waste transfer station and trucks as our county landfill was near capacity. Concurrently, we are working to limit use of our facilities by out-of-county individuals in order to maximize the services provided to our own

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Nicknames American as apple pie

Americans love to give nicknames to people, places and things to express friendship, adoration and affection. Giving imaginative nicknames to friends, family and even pets is a social behavior that has been around for centuries. Americans have been inventing names for everyone — from best friends to movie stars to the neighborhood cat that lives down the street — we nicknamed him “Cat Man.”

Nicknames are a way to connect with someone on a more intimate level. Many couples will affectionately call each other honey, sweetie or darling. Some famous dating couples’ names have been joined together to create an identifying nickname like “Bennifer,” for Ben Affleck

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Courier Letters to the Editor 9-22-21

Republicans who vote like Democrats?

Dear Editor,

I read the Pickens County Council raised our property taxes a record amount for roads, and those tax bills are coming to a mail box near

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Personal perspective, part 2

Call me Jack.”

That’s what my cousin said after agreeing to talk with me on the record about his 35-year career in the CIA — or at least the parts of it he can tell without divulging any state secrets.

Having served under seven presidents, from Ronald Reagan to Joe Biden, he has, I would say, a pretty special vantage point on a lot of history. His best stories, I’m sure I’ll never get to hear.

But now, as a private citizen, Jack, while shielding his identity, can give his personal opinion on things. So, after

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The Labor Day Rule

Labor Day is supposed to be a holiday for the working man (or woman).

President Grover Cleveland said so in 1894. However, I spent Labor Day laboring over this column, and that is when it occurred to me that Labor Day is a marker. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall — even though fall doesn’t really arrive until Sept. 22.

Labor Day marks the time when trees begin turning red and orange and gold, and everyone looks forward to the

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Courier Letters to the Editor 9-15-21

Crying for parental authority

Dear Editor,

Pastor Mark Burns of Easley, who has been known as President Donald Trump’’ favorite pastor, was so very motivational the other night at Silver Bay seafood restaurant! He has lit a fire that will be hard for anyone to put out. The question of the night was and still is, “Do you believe your child’s education is your choice?”

Of course, the more than 60 people in attendance at this planning meeting to take this message to our local School District of Pickens County (SDPC)

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Light in the midst of darkness

When we see catastrophes unfold on television during the news, it can feel like we’re watching a movie — something that isn’t real and has nothing to do with us.

I think that’s a way we protect ourselves from what may be going on around us. When we were children, we thought we would always be safe and we weren’t afraid of anything.

We played in the woods and ran free of fear. We were invincible, with the innocence of childhood protecting us when our dangers were from those imagined in our games of attacking the fort and capturing each other during

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Personal perspective

There are a lot of things my cousin Jack could probably tell me about his 35 years as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, but then he’d have to kill me.

We wouldn’t want that.

Actually, Jack’s not his real name, but he is my cousin. And he did work for the CIA from 1986 until he retired earlier this year.

He was there, at CIA headquarters, when the Soviet Union fell. He was there through two wars in Iraq and at the start of the war in Afghanistan.

And he was there for 9/11.

I haven’t actually seen him in quite a few years. We have a cousins’ text group that we communicate on, but until he retired, Jack — again, not his real name — could never discuss his employment, other than that he worked for “the government.”

But ever since he retired, I’ve been wanting to try get a story out of him. So as we approached the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I thought it would be interesting to find out what that fateful, awful day was like for him.

So he got clearance from the CIA to tell me, and my readers — without giving away any state secrets — a bit of his