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Monday, July 13, 2020



Become the change

Oftentimes when you turn on the television or go online these days, there's no shortage of bad news waiting to greet you. The COVID-19 Pandemic has dramatically altered our lives and routines, huge numbers of people have lost their jobs and are out of work while social unrest continues in many more


Follow the money

To the editor:
In a letter published on June 30, the SC Democratic Committee wants us to believe there is “systemic racism throughout our society”.
Those two words, “systemic racism” were invented by people who want to divide our country even more than it is. Mention those two words to more

Inside Out

Stop and smell the berries

I was hungry and they were ripe.
I can't think of any better reason for having grabbed a few berries off the vines hanging from the side of the road during our walk, except that maybe I've done it hundreds — maybe even thousands — of times before. The birds hadn't gotten them yet. They were free more


Summer Nights

I grew up next door to my cousins, and with four of them and five of us, we always had a ready-made gang of playmates. There was a standing Wiffle ball game every night after dinner, with the corner of our house as first base, our Japanese maple as second base and the large oak as third base. more

Long Ago

Happy Birthday America

I have always considered my birthdate of July 4, 1926 as a lucky reminder of the blessings we Americans enjoy every day.
The Declaration of Independence, which we celebrated on Saturday, was written by Thomas Jefferson and signed by his fellow members of the Continental Congress in July, 1776. more

Sense of Direction

Mixing it up

When I described what happened when I was trying to get a cake baked to my friend, John Bale, he said “That could be material for your next column.” So here it is.
John said he hoped I was wearing an apron for this project. For Spring Fling at my church I offered three homemade cakes to be more

Here & There

Legal nightmare for vote by mail

There is no doubt that absentee ballots can help keep people safe and expand voting access but the major drawback is it brings a greater chance of litigation.
There are more things that can go wrong with vote by mail compared with in precinct voting.
History shows that a major fight over an more

Guest Editorial

I know how painful racism is. But we can't give up on voting

I've cried many a tear as a black man in America. Sometimes, it is the only way to process the fact that, in the eyes of so many, I'm a walking threat for no reason other than the blackness of my skin. And it's been this way for as long as I can remember. I'll never forget my mother telling me when more

Cooking in the Country

Utilizing your fresh summer veggies

Lately I have had an over abundance of fresh summer veggies from friends growing gardens, especially zucchini.
Some ways in which I use up my zucchini is by pickling, frying, and sautéeing, but wanted to show you all that you can use your fresh summer veggies in just about any dish you make! more

My Turn

The path forward

Excuse me if my memory is a little fuzzy but I couldn't seem to remember if there was a section in the bible that allowed for slavery, that made it okay to treat people of a different race as second class citizens.
So I searched my own bible and lo and behold there was no chapter on enslaving a more

The Way I See It

B.A.T.S. In Liberty

There has been a lot of news on the creation of a Veteran's home located at 15 Dixon Street Liberty, New York. This home was donated to the New Beginnings Community Worship Center of Liberty. The Congregation thought of what would be the best possible use for this generous donation made by the more


As I see it …

For the last several weeks, I have been writing articles primarily against Mr. Trump. It has gotten to a point that I will simply be saying the same thing again. It is interesting to note that the folks who write in do not respond to the fundamental questions that I have raised in regard to the more

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