Today's Opinions

  • Animals have personality

    I raised a cat named Blackie and trained him from a kitten. I trained him to do tricks and speak in a human voice. A professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did a sonogram on Blackie, who could say “I want my mama,” and “I love you.”

    Blackie knew what he was saying and and would kiss us every day and say he loved us. He earned money for us in the Augusta area until the city of Augusta made me get a business license. I, in turn, sued the city. You can Google the story and read the details, as well as see Blackie talk.

  • Kind act restores woman’s faith in mankind

    During the holiday season, I had gone to Walmart with my $40 gift card to get some goodies.

    After walking around the store some 20 minuetes, I checked my pocket for my card, just to make sure it was there. But, I found out that I had lost it.

    I retraced my tracks, but no card. I was heartbroken and left the store teary-eyed.

    In early January, I noticed in The Lancaster News someone had put an ad in the paper, “Gift card found, call to reclaim.”

  • Pay attention to details in this legislative session

    With a new session that began Tuesday, Jan. 13, the opportunities for positive reforms to our system of governance, tax structure and personal freedoms should be


    And while there are some strong reforms on the table this year, it’s the weak refoms – and even some measures that would take us backward – that will likely take center stage if citizens don’t keep a watchful eye on their lawmakers.

  • Tips for finding the right school for your child

    If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.

    As South Carolina prepares to commemorate National School Choice Week this month at 120 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.

  • At age 4, I wasn’t ready to have a craving thrown on me

    People often question why I never mention my brothers and sisters by name in my column. My sister Martha, an English major with a master’s, proofs what I write and has the authority to remove names to protect the guilty.

    It could be because I served three years in the pen and then a year’s probation on a work farm learning various trades. At age 4, I was paroled to be a free-range farm child. I would have preferred to serve more time in the pen, but my younger sister was born Feb. 25, just eight days before my third birthday.

  • Sun City homeowners will get stuck with road bill

    I read with much dismay the recent article in the Jan. 2 issue of The Lancaster News concerning the Sun City road issues.

    My first question is: Why weren’t the roads inspected by Lancaster County during construction of the roads? That way, any standards could have been addressed at that time and corrected.

    By Pulte not supplying the necessary engineering proof and certification immediately tells Lancaster County that the roads are not to specification.

  • Find out where gas tax is going before raising it

    Raise the gas tax?

    Not until we know to the penny what it is funding now.

    For many years, that gas tax money built roads. Then we didn’t need so many roads, but the money kept coming in. All that lovely money attracted political causes like garbage attracts flies at the local, state and federal levels. Now we need to use that money to repair roads, which we should have been doing for years.

    First, we should take it back from places it doesn’t belong; only then do we add more tax money to the pile.

  • Terrorists don’t fight fair; so why should we?

    It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of the greatest political experiment our planet has ever experienced.

    America is fading into an historical footnote.

    The past six years have shown a division within our government that only seems to widen on a daily basis. The constant infighting within our political arena has become tiresome and now reached critical mass.