Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • A tribute to Patricia ‘Patty’ Bridges

    Too many times we wait until a friend has died to tell the world what a wonderful person she or he was, and I am just as guilty as the next person about that.

    On this day, however, I would like to pay tribute to Patty Bridges.

    She was an incredible lady, role model and teacher. She taught with dignity and integrity. She really got to know each of her students individually.

    That way, she knew how best to meet their needs. Her love for all her students was shown by her “motherly” interaction with them.

  • To see light of day, remove fog

    I love keeping up with Israel news, this being a country that has played such an integral part in world history, and will continue to be a major part in the history to be written.

    A rare dust storm covered Israel in September, the worst ever recorded. It lasted four days instead of the usual 24 hours. High temperatures led to record electric-usage demands, and air pollution levels were the worst in the country’s history, reaching 173 times higher than average. Was this a sign of the times, or are we at the end-of-the-age calendar doomsday clock?

  • Constitution 101 with CNBC

    I was appalled watching the GOP debate on CNBC from Boulder, Colorado. Instead of focusing on economic issues such as creating jobs, interest rates, Dodd Frank and taxation, questions from the moderators showed they’re a bunch of “pinheads.” Sorry, Bill O’Reilly.

    Since when was sports betting considered an economic issue? According to my current MBA class in North Carolina, sports betting is not mentioned once in the Constitution. It is outside the scope of the federal government.

  • County schools still lag behind Fort Mill

    At first glance, the recent SAT scores suggested that our district is doing very well. As reflected in the article, our school superintendent and executive director of planning and accountability for Lancaster County School District were impressed with the results.

    However, a quick search on the S.C. Department of Education website revealed that SAT scores in Lancaster County School District were almost 14 percent lower than Fort Mill School District and the Lancaster County ACT scores were 16 percent lower than in the Fort Mill district.

  • Willie finishes rest of story

    At the end of my Sept. 27 column I told you I would tell you the rest of the story about Slick Willie from our 1999 visit.

    I left you at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 26, 1999, when I was talking with Lib Smith, Slick Willie’s sister. Lib was calling from Piedmont Medical to inform me of Slick Willie’s condition and to inquire about our Oct. 23 visit and to see if I could fill in the blanks on the strange happenings that landed Slick Willie in the hospital.