These days, there is a disorder for everything or so it seems.

If there's not a disorder, there's a condition or an affliction or a malady. These are not to be confused with more serious diseases, illnesses and ailments.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is described as depression associated with winter and thought to be caused by a lack of daylight. Some have accused me of being so afflicted in days of winters past.

But no longer. After a series of insults, threats and general nitpicking from a few not-so-alert readers this month, I have been reinvigorated. I have newfound energy and a commitment to well, carry on. Because that's what we do.

To elaborate on said insults, threats and general nitpicking, one was relatively minor. Someone thought I'd inserted a "dig" or two in a column. On the contrary, facts are stubborn things. Digs they are not.

Then, there was the veiled threat on Jan. 8 against The Highland County Press, in which the author wrote: "I'm going to come to your building and have a chat with you about a free press." He rambled on with a few other demands.

That's fine. But for this not-so-alert reader, it will be more of a listening tour.

In addition to his threat, the individual expressed his anger and hostility in vulgar fashion because I refused to let him spread irrelevant – and potentially libelous – hearsay about a former public official in Highland County. This was not something any credible newspaper would ever publish. If one did publish it, it would be subject to prompt litigation and rightfully so.

The threatening comment about "coming to our building to have a chat about a free press" was also misguided and uninformed. The First Amendment places restrictions and limitations on Congress – not on the press. Read it: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This amendment applies not to everyone's right to have everything they say in print; rather, it limits Congress in making laws that would restrict a newspaper's independence, including the right not to publish everyone's thoughts and opinions.

It seems to me that we are not only protecting our own professional interests against potential litigation, we also are protecting the complainer's rights from being similarly sued.

Now, he may not like to read the facts of the matter, and frankly, I don't care. But he ought to thank us for keeping him out of potential litigation as well as for not turning his social media rants over to law enforcement.

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White's Meat & Deli a popular stop in Bainbridge

• On a more pleasant note, every town ought to have a business like White's Meat & Deli on U.S. 50 in Bainbridge.

This spotless butcher shop, delicatessen and general store has a very impressive selection of fresh-cut meats and cheeses and the best ground beef in the area. Everything in the store is reasonably priced. The staff is great, too.

I've delivered newspapers to Bainbridge along Route 50 and south from Hirn's Corner on Route 41 to Crafts Unlimited, J.R.'s General Store and Country Crust Bakery for almost a decade. The ride is almost always an enjoyable break from the office, phone calls and emails. Since this is part of my Friday routine, it's a perfect end-of-the-week ritual. It might be a good way to combat any seasonal disorders, too.

While I've driven past White's Meat & Deli for years, only recently have I been shopping there. The reason? Last summer, Tim Rosselott, the owner of Beechwood Pizza on North Shore Drive near Rocky Fork Lake State Park, suggested I try the ground beef from White's.

It should be pointed out that Tim also said I seemed to be enjoying a cheeseburger at his fine establishment that came from White's. Beechwood cheeseburgers are, indeed, very good.

Since then, I've purchased a dozen or more one-pound packs of ground beef without a complaint. We've used it in the usual ways, but it's best when grilled for burgers. Don't worry about any grease, either. There isn't any.

Last week, I picked up a bottle of Fat Boy Haugwaush barbecue sauce just because I hadn't noticed it before. It was a tangy, vinegar-based sauce that reminded me of some North Carolina sauces like the famous Wilber's barbecue down around Goldsboro, N.C. I read last year that Wilber's had closed. I hope that's not accurate, but it's been a few years since I've been through Goldsboro. Maybe Steve Roush will check in since he used to work for the News-Argus in Goldsboro.

I tasted just a bit of the Haugwaush this week. It will be perfect on smoked ribs real soon. Since we typically have at least 10 varieties of barbecue sauces plus a mixture of dry rubs on hand, no one else will notice the Haugwaush. I hope.

The next time you're in Bainbridge, check out White's Meat & Deli on the western edge of town. You won't be disappointed.

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press, Highland County's only locally owned and operated newspaper.