Here, hold my Metamucil; I’m (kinda) ready to rock!

I now have auditory confirmation of one inescapable truth: I’m just not a teenager anymore. Last week, I made a spontaneous decision to check one more name off the list…

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The sun finally came out at one unexpected party

After a few days of messy weather and even messier things clouding my personal life, the sun started peeking out from behind the clouds Sunday afternoon. I had just enjoyed…

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If you’ve not been homeless, you might not understand

As two social workers and I walked toward a weather-worn tent standing in the underbrush, an unshakable sadness enveloped me. If we found anyone actually occupying the tent, what words…

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Is opening The Root Cellar good for what ails the ‘Burg?

As I turned onto Oak Street in the downtown Batesburg business district, the first open parking spot that caught my eye was almost exactly midway between the railroad tracks at…

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NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK VOICES: Jim Zachary – Valdosta (Ga.) Daily Times

Newspapers protect First Amendment rights With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five — no six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment…

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NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK VOICES: Jack ‘Miles’ Ventimigilia – Richmond (Mo.) Daily News

First Amendment binds all American freedoms Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the…

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NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK VOICES: Bill Rogers, S.C. Press Association

  Each day during this National Newspaper Week, which runs October 6-12, we will publish a column celebrating the essential nature of the First Amendment and the need for a…

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