Today's Opinions

  • Why legislative session should be much shorter

    Editorialists and commentators have chastised the South Carolina Legislature relentlessly for failing to get anything done during the 2015 session. In fact, though, they did plenty of work.

    This year our Legislature met from January to July, and during that time 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, lawmakers passed 131. In addition, 950 resolutions were filed, and all but 64 of those passed.

    The question, of course, is this: How many of these were actually worth legislators spending over half a year in Columbia?

  • We’re all guilty of parsing words

    Lies and deception. We say it’s wrong, so why do we do it? Seth Slater, a professor of creative writing, did a paper on the subject of lying and made some interesting points to answer this question of why.

    He first suggests that we justify lying by saying things like lying gets us out of awkward situations, spares the feelings of others, enhances our social standing, keeps us out of trouble and can even save our lives.

  • Ken Burger: Everyone has a story

    Ken Burger died Oct. 20. He was the most interesting, special and unique son of South Carolina that I have ever known. Period.

    If that sounds like graveside hyperbole, consider his one-sentence bio: Born and raised in Allendale, Burger graduated dead last in his class at the University of Georgia, has been married five times, is a grateful recovering alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a happy man.

    Journalist Ken was a stickler for the facts, so I’ll correct one and add a few. He did not survive cancer, and his one-line bio does not do him justice.

  • LHS students respond to immigration debate

    My AP U.S. history students at Lancaster High School have read with interest the two guest columns in The Lancaster News regarding immigration from Oct. 21 and 28.

  • Eminent domain: A new threat to property rights

    Last month, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of eminent domain to a company constructing any kind of pipeline. Eminent domain, remember, is a power held by governments – not private companies – to expropriate private property for public use.

  • Beautiful day for Touching Hearts

    Beautiful day for Touching Hearts

    Oct. 11 was a beautiful afternoon for the Touching Hearts in Lancaster County event at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    As folks walked around the vendor area, they could smell the aroma of JJ’s Red Hots’ food cooking on the grill and listen to Walker Cobb playing his guitar and singing.

  • Shout out to family, foundation
  • Beckham never met a stranger

    I am writing about a friend who went home to be with Jesus. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met. Jimmy Beckham had a heart of gold.

    One time he was a manager at Piggly Wiggly. I asked him if he would let me get some groceries until my check came. He said yes. He never met a stranger. He was a true man of God.

    I did not know he had passed until I saw his obituary in The Lancaster News. His funeral had already occurred.