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Already, we are allowing the names of law enforcement officers shot to death by former military personnel to fade into the woodwork. We are outraged, saddened, and perplexed by the violence around us. So much so that it is much easier to pray for “The Five Dallas police officers” and now,...
While most people think of a summer vacation as a week at the beach, the mountains or a cruise, that is not how I have spent my last seven summer vacations. I must confess I did spend a few days at Pawleys Island, but not the whole week. Part of the mayor’s and vouncilmembers’ jobs is to represent...
It could come as a surprise to some folks but I some way or the other had the feeling that there could have been something of a caste system in place at Clinton mills and perhaps at other mill villages as well. It seemed to me that children of certain families were called on to assist with certain...
Saturday, July 1, 2016, was a good morning for meeting two old friends and seeing more breakfast-hungry people than I have ever seen crowding into the Hardee’s on Hwy. 56, North. My wife and one grandson, Michael, told me Friday night that they wanted to go eat breakfast at Hardee’s Saturday...
We don’t have a blue problem. We don’t have a black problem. We have a black and white problem. It all boils down to the fact – the fact – that too many white Americans don’t like black Americans and too many black Americans don’t like white Americans. To think that’s not the overriding,...
It was Monday, June 20. This year. Celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary, we were in Rome. This would be a day for touring the Vatican under the care of a local guide. As we walked through the public area of the Papal Apartments on our way to the Sistine Chapel, the guide told us that we were...
Sorry folks, I am not a weather man! I cannot make any promises about any relief to the oppressive heat and humidity of our beautiful state. You see, the word “summer” for educators has little to do with the season itself and far more about the time between ending one school year and starting...
John Wayne was born in 1907. He died in 1979 at the age of 72. When the Duke died, Dr. Joe Gettys, who was also born in 1907, was still in his prime and would live another 37 years. Dr. Joe, a Presbyterian College legend, died July 1. He was 109 and still fairly active. He attended most PC home...
A few random thoughts from a newly-minted beach bum. We just returned from a week’s stay on the South Carolina coast. This is the first time in more than 40 years that I had no particular place to be on Monday morning. I am entering my second month of retirement and, so far, I am still married and...
  We were Mayberry! One afternoon recently an old Joanna friend of mine since high school days, Paul Mode, called me about a conversation he and several other Joanna folks had. Paul said that he, Kay Darnell Baggett, Janice Price, and a couple of others were talking about the olden days of the...

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