Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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?