Year-round feeling

"In regard to leaving the Christmas lights up, I'd just like to say this. To all of you Scrooges, Christmas lasts year-round for some of us. If we keep our tree up and burn our lights all year, that is our prerogative. In some states up to our north, they burn a single candle in their windows all year. They are called friendship and welcome lights, and I've taken up that tradition. If I had a larger room, I would keep my beautiful white Christmas tree, decorated all in red, up year-round."

Twelve days

"The feast of Epiphany, celebrated on Jan. 6, commemorates the visit of the Wise Men to Bethlehem, where Christ was first revealed to all the world. It is the 12th day of Christmas, which many cultures celebrate beginning Dec. 25. Wouldn't it be nice if the Christmas spirit could endure at least through Jan. 6?"

He's right here

"I've been racking my brain trying to figure out who would be offended by Christmas decorations being up after New Year's, and it finally dawned on me. It's Osama bin Laden, hiding right here in Tifton. To mention anything about beardlings might be a real giveaway that he's here, so I guess he thought he might try and control Christmas decorations. Well, I have two things to say to Osama bin Hiden: Merry Christmas, and welcome to the land of the free and the brave."

Could be waiting

"I believe many of this Rant and Rave section to have gone out of control. Ridiculous, especially about the lights being still on after Christmas. Who are paying for these lights being on? The owners, aren't they? There is a great possibility that these innocent people are waiting for their loved ones to come home from overseas."

Ship the grits

"I feel sorry for all those yankees down here, missing that snow and nice weather that they have up north. Of course, I know why they come down. They don't have any grits up there, did you know that? They come down here to get some grits. But I'll tell you what, if they'll go back home, I'll take up a collection around and ship them some grits, if it would get them back up north."

Keep it up

"I'm calling in regards to the 'God Bless America' sign, or the light display in the park. We're in agreement with the other caller that called in about leaving up the God Bless America, the flag and the God Bless America thing right on the corner. We'd love to have that up continually from now on, in Fulwood Park."

Slow it down

"I was coming out of Moultrie Friday, heading toward Tifton after school hours, and I was doing 57 miles an hour when a school bus full of children passed me like I was at a standstill. I don't believe this is right. I believe it should be controlled. Also, I'd like to know why, if we can get tickets for not using a turn signal, why the state, city and county police are not required to use theirs."

Just too lazy

"This is in response to the 'Who's to say,' about the Christmas lights. The reason why most people leave their lights up is just because they're too lazy to take them down."

Gained my respect

"I agree with the caller in Friday's paper about bin Laden, always printing him. I agree with him about the government, because we do need everybody's name who voted against our flag where we can straighten it out. As far as bin Laden, we've got a military force that is second to none in the world, and I didn't vote for George Bush, but he has deeply gained my respect in standing up the way he has. And I feel like they'll take care of that problem. Let's take care of our problem at home right now."

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