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  • 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.

  • S.C. Supreme Court’s new role: Education czar

    The S.C. Supreme Court issued a momentous decision Nov. 12. In a case that’s been going on for years, three out of five justices ruled that the state has failed to meet its constitutionally required obligation to provide a “minimally adequate” education to students in eight suing school districts.

    As a result, the court has ordered both the plaintiff districts and the defendants (representatives of the state) to reappear before the court and present a plan to address the constitutional violation. The resulting plan will have to be approved by the court.

  • Mail carriers important to all of us

    Ever so often you feature on your opinion page views from political party stalwarts pointing out the errors of the other party.

    I recently read another article dealing with problems in our postal system. Seems Congress has taken Mr. Ben Franklin’s dream and darn near drove it in the ground. They have a bunch of folks called governors who ain’t up to full force making a whole lot of poor choices on how to run a post office business.