Today's Opinions

  • ‘Someone needs to go to jail’ for the $130 million scandal

    These were the words of outrage of freshman S.C. Legislator Cezar McKnight when discussing the scandal of the $123 million in fines the state has paid for its 25-year failure to comply with federal law with regard to deadbeat dads.

    The question is, can this young reformer do something about this, or will politics as usual in South Carolina prevail?

    First the legislator and then then scandal.

  • Why should IL residents pay more for deputies?

    I read with interest the story in the The Lancaster News about Sheriff Barry Faile’s proposal for a fee district for Indian Land to fund more deputies here.

    I have some questions:

    Why would we levy a fee on just Indian Land, and not shift the existing deputies more? The article states that the city of Lancaster has “a little over 10,000 people over six miles, with more than 38 sworn officers.”

  • IL Masons help support Children’s Home

    The mission of the Lancaster Children’s Home is to provide a safe, stable, structured, nurturing, home-like environment for abused, abandoned or neglected children within Lancaster County and the state of South Carolina.

    The home survives because of donations from private individuals, companies and other organizations. I am proud to say that the Indian Land Masonic Lodge is one of many organizations that support the home through financial donations.

  • 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.