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Category Archives: Opinions

Treasure maps don’t talk

I had a meeting in Columbia and plugged the address into the GPS in my car. I like the GPS Lady — she has such a soothing voice. She said, “in 1 mile, merge onto I-26.” She is obviously oblivious to the four lanes of semi-trucks and speeding cars that are determined to keep me from merging. Later on, she said, “10

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God has not given us a spirit of fear

Soon after Jesus had resurrected, we find a beautiful passage found in John chapter 20 that is a wonderful example of how much God loves us and wants to encourage us.

The friends and family of Christ were gathered together after his horrific crucifixion and were still grieving over his death when all of a sudden, he appears in their midst! Even though they remembered how he had promised to

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Engage your brain

Have you ever listened to a podcast? A podcast is a digital audio or video file that you can access from the internet. They’re often in a series that you can tune into one at a time, almost like radio on demand. They’re usually associated with a website where you

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Courier Letters to the Editor 9-8-21

Soapstone hosting final fish fry meals

To my dearest and loving community,

For 22 years, Soapstone Baptist Church has held a monthly fish fry for the community and folks who journeyed from far and wide.

Sept. 18 and Oct. 16 will be the final two fish fry meals served by the church.

It’s time to retire the fish fryer.

Who would have thunk it?

The delta variant is highly contagious and is attacking children. Mask wearing will help stop the spread.

And to all those in positions of power who block health and safety measures for the public, such as mask wearing and vaccinations, think of all the illness and death you are responsible for because you are more interested in pandering to the fanatical rather than protecting the public you serve.

So now we have a network news show broadcasting information that is killing people. And people are listening

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The legalities of the left lane

I may be the only person in Pickens County who’s not as pleased as a possum in a pokeweed patch about the new state law that encroaches upon the rights of “slower” drivers.

I think it was passed only because so many people get highly irritated when someone in the left lane is preventing them from speeding.

The law, in case you haven’t heard, says you can’t drive in the left lane unless you’re passing somebody — or if there’s nobody behind you. This applies to interstate highways only.

Here’s the thing, though: I usually drive at the speed limit. I don’t think anybody has a right to get mad at me as

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Everyone needs a hug

National Hugging Day is celebrated around the world on Jan. 21. We missed out this year. I didn’t want to bring it up in January because we were masking up and social distancing. After all, hugging was prohibited, forbidden, taboo, verboten. People were feeling too apprehensive and anxious to hug.

Kevin Zaborney founded Hugging Day in 1986. He realized there was nothing to break the monotony between New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day and decided everyone needed something to get them through these dreary winter days — and thought that a hug would do nicely.

Chase’s “Calendar of Events” decided to include Zaborney’s Hugging Day in their publication — and it caught on. Zaborney was right — everyone needs a hug.

Hugging makes you feel like everything is going to be OK. It makes you feel happy and safe. It reduces stress and

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Letter to the Editor

Thank God for memories

Dear Editor,

For the older people out there, maybe this will bring back memories.

Do you remember eating for breakfast such things as grits, red-eye gravy, thickening gravy or cathead biscuits? How about salt or sugar cured ham, fresh slaughtered from homegrown hogs. Hawuh! Talk about good eatin’! What about cracklings? And

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Finding random acts of kindness

Have you ever been traveling when the highway shrinks from two lanes to one due to road construction? And have you found yourself stranded in the lane ending, with car after car ignoring your signal in an attempt to get in the correct lane?

When out of the blue a good Samaritan slows and motions to you to get into the flow of traffic.

Once you’ve experienced this act of kindness, you’re usually motivated to extend this courtesy to others in similar situations.

The lady at the dollar store not having quite enough to pay for her Christmas presents was in a fix until the next in

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An apology and a false omen

An apology and a false omen.

First, the apology.

I need to correct something from my story a couple of weeks ago on Medicaid funding for assisted living.

Jimmy Masters of MasterCare wrote a gracious clarification, which we ran in last week’s letters to the editor. But I want to make sure, as best I can, that I didn’t leave any misconception in readers’ minds.

I reported that Medicaid pays $1,300 per month for each assisted living resident. That wasn’t what I intended to say. Actually, Social Security pays the biggest portion of that most of the time, with Medicaid paying only enough

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