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Columns

  • At age 4, I wasn’t ready to have a craving thrown on me

    People often question why I never mention my brothers and sisters by name in my column. My sister Martha, an English major with a master’s, proofs what I write and has the authority to remove names to protect the guilty.

    It could be because I served three years in the pen and then a year’s probation on a work farm learning various trades. At age 4, I was paroled to be a free-range farm child. I would have preferred to serve more time in the pen, but my younger sister was born Feb. 25, just eight days before my third birthday.

  • Terrorists don’t fight fair; so why should we?

    It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of the greatest political experiment our planet has ever experienced.

    America is fading into an historical footnote.

    The past six years have shown a division within our government that only seems to widen on a daily basis. The constant infighting within our political arena has become tiresome and now reached critical mass.

  • Soils of earth also represent various people

    According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, on a day when many people from many cities in Galilee gathered to hear Jesus speak, he taught them the parable of the sower and his seed.

    In those days, a farmer tied a bag of seed around his neck and then walked through his plowed fields scattering seed with his hand.

  • Obama opens himself up for criticisms

    Anyone who is familiar with my writings/ranting, knows that I have been critical of President Barack Obama.

    I do not apologize for my criticisms, because I feel they are justified. President Obama opens himself up for criticism through his behavior, and more often, his speech.

  • Free speech does not exist in Islam

    I recently saw another “Coexist” bumper sticker. The car had an Obama/Biden sticker, also. The news from France and around the world proves that Muslims do not believe, teach or practice this motto.

    The driver of that car has deceived herself by any attempt to believe that motto. That person has placed herself at a severe disadvantage with the Muslims. She believes something that is not true and will not happen. It is the feeling that matters.

  • Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

    A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description.

    USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for first-class and periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

    It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering.

  • Noble twisted facts to defend Obama

    This is my first letter of the new year and my New Year’s wish didn’t come true. I wished that all liberals would be sent to an island up near Greenland, where they could sit around a campfire and blame former President George W. Bush for all that is wrong in their lives. Well, maybe next year.

  • Hebdo murders remind us that free speech isn’t cheap

    Journalists did not need the atrocity of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to know that ours is a risky business. But it has made the rest of the world aware of the price of exercising free speech.

  • Hadicol, spaceships rock small world in the 1950s

    As a small boy in the 1950s, I lived in a very small world; and that world was ruled by people twice my size. Other than the farm, I knew Kershaw, Heath Springs; and I went to Lancaster once to see a tooth doctor. That’s a whole nother story. The best thing about Lancaster was Macs Hamburgers on Main.

  • Shootings make case for making autopsy reports public in S.C.

    Michael Smith
    Carolina ForestChronicle
    Officer-involved shootings in Ferguson, Mo. and other cities further illustrate why autopsy reports should be made available to the public, according to state lawmakers and open government experts.
    Now a bill prefiled in the State Senate could make that a reality.
    Senate Bill 10 amends the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to specifically make autopsy reports public information.