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The Southern way of phrasing things

on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

If you’ve grown up in the South, you’re heard all, or most, of the following sayings about people and life. You’ve probably said some of them yourself: Bless your pea-pickin’ little heart! Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit. I feel like I’ve bee

Cakes, guns, discrimination and freedom of association

on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Thomas L. Knapp In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a number of businesses have moved to distance themselves from scary-looking weapons, like the AR-15, from younger purchasers of weapons in general, and from organi

Think about this

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Sometime when you have a few minutes to spare imagine this. You are living in a country where the only people that have guns are law enforcement, military personnel (only when training or in another country fighting), and evil people who don’t abide by la

Billy Graham: My personal reflections

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Dr. F. Stanley Keehlwetter As a child growing up in Maine during the 1950s, I was put to bed by my parents every Sunday evening after services at my dad’s small Baptist church. I can recall lying in bed with the radio tuned into “The Hour of Decision”

Keeping up in our fast changing world of devices

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Our world is quickly changing and it is doing so right before our eyes. Many electronic items and services that were once so necessary to us no longer exist. I am thinking of: Film cameras and camera shops that developed and printed our photos. Telephone

Three heads are better than 535

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

by Richard D. Kocur Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon vs. the entire United States Congress? My money is on Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon. These men, three of the wealthiest, most influential, and powerful business leaders in the world, recently a

Risk tolerance

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Before embarking on an investment strategy, it is imperative that you first determine your personal tolerance for risk. Generally speaking, with greater risk comes greater volatility. When determining your tolerance for risk, you must consider your age, i

Time to get serious about upgrading our school facilities

on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The students of the District One Student Facilities Committee are to be commended for their initiative in developing a committee to expose the embarrassing physical needs within Florence’s high schools. Now, if only the adults in education and the voting

Billy Graham’s legacy echoes thru eternity

on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

MONTREAT, N.C. – Evangelist Billy Graham passed away Feb. 21, at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat. He was 99. Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to approximately 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400

Getting old beats the alternative

on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here are some interesting thoughts and comments I found about getting old. “Old age is always fifteen years older than I am,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes Aging is a Catch 22: When you’re young you have time and energy, but no money. When you’re middle-aged

A tribute to Billy Graham

on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Dr. Gary S. Smith Overstating the significance of Billy Graham is difficult. Arguably the most important religious leader of the 20th century, Graham presented the gospel to an estimated 215 million people through his many evangelistic campaigns aroun

The time is now to act on gun violence

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Like most Americans, I am fed up with the shootings. Why have we accepted these shootings as “normal” events in today’s society? l think desperate times call for desperate measures. Forget the typical arguments about the second amendment for a minute – wh

Why Congress might buy Trump’s food stamp reform plan

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Thomas L. Knapp Politico reports that the Trump administration wants to partially replace “food stamps” with “a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month.” Under the plan, recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Listing a few superlatives of our world

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

If someone was to ask me what is the most visited city in the world, I would not guess Bangkok. However, the Thai capital became the first Asian city to top the 2017 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Bangkok edged out London, the previous No.1,

Washington’s advice rejected by both parties

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Harold Pease, Ph. D Avoiding national debt was one of George Washington’s greatest admonitions yet neither liberals nor conservatives have paid much attention to it. It would be well to reflect on his advice this President’s Day. The trillion dollar R
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