Today's Opinions

  • Junkyard organizers praise volunteers

    Organizers of Mahaffey’s Haunted Junkyard would like to personally thank the volunteers who helped with this year’s event. We could not have made this event possible if not for the volunteers — from the scarers to all members who helped at the front.

    They all made a great difference in raising money for such a great cause as Toys for Tots. We would also like to thank the members of the Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1169. They did their part in making all four nights of the hayride run smooth.

  • Intersection more scary than Chaney’s

    Don McCorkle has sort of “unearthed” some tales about old Milt Chaney and his tavern at the intersection of 521 and 75.

    Ghostly apparitions are bound to appear if all the folklore has any substance. I guess Milt kept the light on for early travelers in passing stagecoaches.

    I, as a boy, visited the site when the old inn was still a crumbling shack. To tell the truth, it didn’t grab me as something highly unusual. We didn’t have those electronic metal detectors, but did our best to scrape around for gold pieces.

  • Stranded driver grateful to helpful couple

    I would like to thank some very special people, who on Halloween evening took the time to stop and rescue me from a very deep ditch that I had unfortunately driven into. They reported the occurrence and set to work evaluating the situation and determining the best way to safely remove me from the vehicle and return the car to the road.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sellers proved to me that there are still people who care for others and I would like to thank them for bringing a warm feeling to my heart and a renewed faith in my fellow citizens to our town.

    Sandy Bafundo

  • 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.