Columns & Letters

Where do I put the money?

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Q: I have a savings account for my two-year old that has $5,000 in it, and about half of that is in gold. I’m going to save for his college separately, and give this to him to help start his life after school. Is there a better place to put this other than a traditional savings account?

Blaming Cannada

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Q: Where in the world is The Greer Citizen Editor Billy Cannada this week?

A: Our faithful readers may have noticed something missing from this week’s paper–not the latest council news, movie review or high school football wrap-up, but a byline from our fearless leader, Billy Cannada.

Greer’s newest princess

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By Norman Cannada

I know you’re used to coming to this spot to hear whatever is on Billy Cannada’s mind right now, but my youngest son is a little bit preoccupied at the moment, so I am coming off the bench–to use a sports analogy on the sports page–to fill in as a substitute columnist.

How should I hunker?

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Q: A new word has been coined by all the stations broadcasting storm and evacuation information. I’ve looked in the dictionary, nothing. So I turn to You. I’ve been trying, but I’m having trouble with, “hunkering down.” Do I squat low, lay down, look for hunks of stuff or what? What is the origin of this new word please?

Pre-paid cards for kids?

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Q: I’ve seen lots of companies marketing pre-paid debit cards for kids. They seem to position them as a way parents can set spending limits for their children. Do you think these are a good idea? It seems to me they are just a form of conditioning to get kids to rely on cards.

Bridging divides

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My husband and I, both employees at the University of Virginia, had been keeping our eyes on South Carolina’s weather forecast all last week.  When it looked like the chances for seeing the eclipse outweighed the chances for rain, we decided to make the trip and picked Spartanburg as our destination.  We set out from outside of Charlottesville,


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