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  I was privileged to see last Wednesday Elton John’s farewell tour performance in Columbia. Despite the mid-week show and getting home in the wee hours of Thursday (people our age are just too old for that) the Colonial was packed. For a guy over 70 (!). Same held true for last month’s Fleetwood...
  Corner   I find myself – in the autumn of my years – becoming far more introspective than I ever was in the springtime of my youth. I think that’s probably good if I’m wise enough to recognize the truth and to try to make some changes. The way I look back on it, my real life began when I got...
  The editor, As some of you know, plans are underway on a county and city level that may affect the future of the Clinton Public Library.  As the now-retired Clinton branch librarian, who served the Clinton community for 37 years, I am still deeply interested in seeing a permanent, well-designed,...
  The editor, Thank you, thank you Brian Whitmore for your article “Laurens County litter – We are better than this” which appeared in the March 6 Chronicle. It needed to be said exactly like you wrote it. It is so disturbing to see mounds of trash everywhere in Laurens County.   Last year, I wrote...
  The editor: As a pastor, I am grateful for the annual Clinton YMCA Youth Prayer Breakfast and for the gifted speakers who bring the Gospel to young people in our community. I disagree with the Freedom from Religion Foundation that holding an event like this on school property is illegal.  Federal...
  Clinton residents made their way to the polls last Tuesday to exercise their American right to vote. They cast their ballots in municipal elections for mayor and city council members at voting booths around Clinton.  But the voting booths weren’t the first place where many of them showed up. A...
  The Supreme Court recently heard arguments from a Maryland case involving a 40-foot cross that was constructed by the American Legion in 1925 as a memorial to veterans of the First World War. The original complaint came from the American Humanist Association in 2014, who argued that the cross...
  Sunshine your fundamental right   For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people. The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s your right to know.” The reason it’s your right to know is that it’s your government. From the courthouse, to the statehouse to...
  An eclipse of SC's Sunshine laws   Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun's bright light. Another eclipse seems...
Faithful readers will remember when I wrote, week after week, about My First Wife, My Current Wife, my kids and, most importantly, my grandkids. And, while I still have a wife, two kids and four outstanding grandkids, there are too many things that weigh on my small, overworked brain that keeps me...

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