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What cat up yonder tree does meow? Um, that would be mine …

I had always lived under the impression that the stories we used to read as a kid, the ones where the fire department saved the kitty from the tree, were all made up … some sort of propagandist effort to endear one arm of public servants to children.I was wrong.For those of you getting to the game a little late, here’s a synopsis: I am single, love it, and have a 4-month old Belgian Malinois puppy named Lola and Mariah Catty, the codependent kitty, both femal...

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April 15: Funding the Empire

Tax day, April 15th, is a day of celebration in the United States. On this day we citizens of the great republic take pride in the fact that we can come together in a democratic society and make decisions cooperatively with one another. The fruits of our labor, beholden to the IRS, will now be spread throughout society to build our collective vision of a more perfect union – one tax dollar at a time.OK, OK — nothing could be further from the truth.The sad fac...

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I’ve got those honky tonk blues …

The fact none of us lives forever is a universal truth and may be the one commonality that actually draws us all together under what a lot of people enjoy calling “The Human Condition.” So, if you don’t live forever and only have run through at life, how do you make the most of it?Dreams, that’s how, and no, not the kind of dreams you only get while you sleep. Those are just entertainment for your mind while your body regroups. The kind of dreams I am referr...

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Instilling patriotism in today’s youth

It’s often noted that today’s young people don’t have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did.Young people still love America and understand the importance of serving a cause greater than themselves. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that love of country and patriotic values aren’t instilled in young people today the way they were years ago.In my old-fashioned view of things, one reason for this is because the abu...

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Who says dogs aren’t thinkers?

What a long weekend, even if the weather did finally clear on Sunday and the first real glimpse of what Mother Nature has in store for the warmer months did make an appearance. For me personally, it was trying, to say the least, and yes, this is going to be one of those columns where you actually get a glimpse into my personal life.I am 46 years old, a confirmed bachelor, and at times find I am my own worst enemy. Having been married twice, which would entail two divorces, you woul...

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Advice for the White House: Promise less, deliver more

A few words of advice for the White House: “Promise less, and deliver more.”By now, most people are aware that some of the President’s bold claims about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, turned out to be untrue. That includes his repeated promise that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

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How far is too far? How much is too much?

On April 1 the city of Greenville will put into place a ban on the use of mobile devices inside city limits, including GPS systems, texting, and cell phones while driving. It is the next step on the slippery slope of personal invasion by governmental edict.Should you do all of these things while driving? No, but isn’t that more of a common sense decision? When did it become necessary to make rules and laws to keep us from being stupid? And when did it become the government...

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Sunshine Week recognizes media shedding light on government activities

It is Sunshine Week. No, don’t break out the SPF 70 sunscreen… This week is about shining light on government activities.Lest we forget, letting the sun shine on government actions and records is vital to our free democratic system of government.While efforts to improve government transparency in our Legislature have stalled for the last two years, there are those in the Palmetto State still fighting the good fight for more sunshine.First let’...

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It’s broken and we need to fix it

The topic of education is still rearing its ugly head in Pickens County and this time Common Core is at the epicenter. Am I going to choose sides on Common Core in this column? No, I’m going to answer the question of what happened to the education system in the United States.Simple task or have I simply lost my mind? There are days I’m not even sure anymore as I look at what should be simple and am perplexed by how hard we make things. That, alas, is a topic for another...

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