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While seated at the computer last week, I searched the internet for information relative to a specific topic. Coincidentally, an individual I’ll simply refer to as “James,” with whom I’d been associated a number of years ago phoned me Thursday afternoon. He then proceeded to explain how he’d…

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My friend and fellow bridge player, Jean Lewis, is leaving town, moving off to Augusta to live near her children. Saturday I was at her house loading books into my trunk - books she hauled down from her second floor and gave to me - wonderful books like Don’t bend over in the garden, Granny …

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I suspect we’d all be surprised to know the number of elderly people who live alone right now, trapped inside by COVID-19. I don’t know the number either, but the U.S. Census Bureau reported that twenty-eight percent of U.S. citizens over the age of 65 live alone - that’s about 11 million, a…

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Numerous citizens have approached me over the past few weeks asking me to write about the approaching commission chairman question that will be on the General Election ballot. There will be a special Non-binding Advisory Referendum on the November 3 ballot regarding the Appling County Commis…

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It is my hope that the headline says it all with regard to the Appling County High School Pirate Brigade’s performance at Friday night’s football game and Saturday’s band festival competition in Effingham County.

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I try not to write about whatever all the ponderous political pundits are pontificating about at the time. I am just not a “me too” kind of guy. But, I am going to have to make an exception this week and mention the recent presidential debate. To call it a debacle is being too kind. To the c…

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Saturday afternoon was so beautiful that I spent the most part of it outside. Temperatures hovered in the 70s and for the first time this year, Fall really made its presence felt. I’d even donned a sweater that morning when I took the dogs out to take care of their early morning canine busin…

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What a horrible debate. Last week’s debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden was terrible. There were moments you could not even hear what the two men were saying due to a lack of decorum. President Trump seemed to be on the attack from t…

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From the time we are born until we die, we must deal with rules. First our parents provide the rules. Very early in life those rules consist of things like don’t put that in your mouth and don’t pull the cat’s tail. Dirt is not for eating; give me that spoon. Later the rules change a bit. Do…

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I’d intended this as the topic of last week’s column but certain details couldn’t be disclosed as the investigation was just beginning.

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A terrible reality grasped the nation last Friday when reports told the airwaves that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality, had succumbed to her cancer battle. The heralded “firebrand” passed away at age 87 due to complications from metastatic cancer of th…

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I don’t know about you, but I find the political ads on television these days refreshing. At least we have something to look at beside ads for ambulance-chasing lawyers. (I try to find the silver lining in every cloud.)

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I’ve been in church much longer than I can remember, but Mama and Daddy told me stories of my early church attendance. It seems that they took me to a revival at Southside Baptist in Hazlehurst when I was about three years old. After the singing was finished, I changed from the angel child w…

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It’s often spoken during conversation, “Just give me a few minutes,” or “I’ll be there shortly” without people truly giving adequate weight to their statements.  In truth, not very many individuals seem to place a real value on time, whether it’s theirs or that of others.  This has become in…

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Last week I was out at Omega Cemetery, a beautiful place in my opinion, but I was disappointed to see that the grass desperately needs cutting. When I go out there, I always remember my Uncle Solomon and Aunt Stell, who gave me my plot. It’s one of the twelve original plots, and Aunt Stell, …

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For the past several weeks this newspaper has received letters to The People Speak that have not included a signature. Each week this newspaper publishes the following rules on our editorial page for letters to The People Speak:

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Mama used to tell me that bad things come in threes and then they are gone. Not so, or not for me this weekend anyway. Saturday night I put a chicken in the crock pot so I could get up Sunday morning before Facebook church and make said fowl into a luscious pot pie. I wanted to sit and actua…