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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (12-30-08)

Some kind words for columnists
I have read a newspaper every day for all of my adult life. Lately, they are shrinking in size and features. I read of newspapers stopping publication or going to Internet only. My habit must continue to be fed. I say this to encourage the Salisbury Post to keep publishing the news with real paper and ink.
That said, I would like to commend the Post for three of your regular syndicated columnists, Sharon Randall, Cal Thomas and Betsy Hart. I like most of their philosophy and cut their columns to go in a box that I keep to use for various times. Yesterday, Sunday, Dec. 28, it was my Sunday to teach the Seekers Sunday School class at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Misenheimer. The subject of the lesson just did not seem appropriate for the Sunday after Christmas and the Sunday before the New Year.
I had saved a Cal Thomas column, titled ‘Contemplating the gift of faith,” from the previous week and Sharon Randall’s Dec. 24 column, titled “Reading the Christmas story to kids.” I used both of them as part of our lesson, and they generated much good discussion in our group. To close the lesson, I used a very old copy of the Everyday Counselor column from the Charlotte Observer that was written by the late Rev. Herbert Spaugh. It was some “Do’s for the New Year.”
So, Virginia, there is some good news in the newspapers. You just have to be vigilent to find it.
Thanks for saving my day and keep the good columns in your newspaper.
One of Rev. Spaugh’s “do’s” was, “Never pass up an opportunity to say a kind or encouraging thing to or about someone. It never hurts you and it always helps the other fellow. You may be surprised to find in the end that you helped yourself.”
So, I say thank you, and Happy New Year!
ó Julie Kluttz
Gold Hill

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