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Literature digs deep into the soul of the writer — and the reader

In the last seven months I would have to say we’ve covered any number of topics including religion, politics, my life, my sons, my pets, and music. You know more about me than either of my ex-wives ever knew, and they could read exceptionally well, so let’s try something different … let’s talk literature.Wait, before you put the newspaper down because you’re afraid I’m going to go into some diatribe on the value of the moral and ethical concerns ...

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Nothing new under the Gaza-Sderot Sun

The temperatures keep rising in the hot Gaza-Sderot region; after all it’s July. But it’s not the heat that is making our lives unbearable; it’s the renewed terrifying and senseless violence that within 24 hours spun out of control, affecting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and points further north. It’s the ‘here we go again’ lethal ping pong of Israeli bombings in Gaza and rocket attacks on Israeli communities.

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School trustee responds to AdvancED re-accreditation

By law, the South Carolina Department of Education accredits all public education units — school boards, school district operations and schools, and certifies the diplomas issued by school districts in the state. The School District of Pickens County is accredited by the state and in its 2012-13 report gave our district a 3.93 (out of 4.0) score. The state gave our school board the highest score of 4.0 or “All Clear,” showing it was/is compliant with state education laws, re...

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Let freedom ring but know why it’s ringing, too

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches there should be the thought of freedom on the minds of Americans across this nation, celebrating 228 years as an independent country founded upon the principles of freedom, but it will be an unfortunate turn of events this weekend as there will be given very little thought as to how that concept has changed.There will be fireworks, barbecues, family reunions, sparklers, and music. The Stars and Stripes will be on full display as one and all ...

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Why do some relationships work while others fail?

I got into a discussion about relationships with a friend recently, and although I’ve had the thought before and have limited how often I share this opinion, I do believe I know why approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce … so considering that statistic I figure I have even odds on getting this one right.Boy meets girl and loses his mind and it begins, while girl meets boy and all of the dreams she has ever held inside suddenly become an episode of Bridezil...

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Prayer at meetings? Here’s my two cents worth …

I am going to address prayer at governmental meetings. And, yes, I do realize that if I am not directly in the buckle of the Bible Belt, I most certainly am in the hole next to it.This is NOT a discussion of religion, the merits of any single one, or the tenets of their dogma, so keep that in mind as you read along. I am the last guy who will have that discussion with you as it is fruitless and usually leads to ill feelings and heated tempers.The only other topic that se...

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A productive 2014 legislative session

A lot of the news coverage of the end of the General Assembly’s legislative session has focused on the more “popcorn worthy” moments of the Senate choosing its internal leadership. But what those news stories have left out is that despite it all, 2014 was a banner year for education, government restructuring, and commonsense reform that the people of South Carolina deserve.

26 days 7 hours ago | | | Email

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