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Spratt has turned ads over to Washington experts

By The Staff

Someone asked me several months ago would John Spratt get ugly in the Congressional campaign. I assured him that the John Spratt I knew was too much a gentleman and too principled to stoop to smear campaigns.

After seeing his ad, aired in the Charlotte media market, attacking Mick Mulvaney on Lancaster County’s Edenmoor Development, I need to apologize to that man and correct the misinformation I’d left.

The ad, while totally unjustified, is brutal. The scenes are every subdivision homeowner’s worst nightmare.


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Writer finds Schmidt's letter to editor offensive

By The Staff

I found Rudy Schmidt’s Sept. 12 letter to the editor, “Know difference between right and wrong,” offensive and full of redneck rhetoric. He starts off by saying that’s it not about right or wrong, left or right, Democrat or Republican, then proceeds to denounce anyone who doesn’t buy into the bull being shoveled by the Republicans.

He is basically calling me a godless heathen because I’m not from Planet Rudy. Let’s take a look at the statements he made about some people in America believing in the following:


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Let's retire our congressman

By The Staff

There were three articles published on the opinion page on Sept. 22 that deserve responses.

Letter writer Christine Taylor is right about agreeing to disagree, but talking or writing something negative is not wrong if based on facts.

Letter writer Philip Wright’s remarks are evidently from a man who has not, and cannot accept facts from a conservative.


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Clothes do make the man, woman, student

By W.B. Evans

The article regarding electing a replacement on the Lancaster County School Board was broadsided by a reader’s comments that we need folks on the board who will not waste their time trying to establish a dress code for students. Although the writer didn’t approve of baggy pants, it appeared to me that the reader felt  the board should center their attention on student and teacher performance and leave the dress  to the student.


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What will Sunday alcohol sales really cost us?

By The Staff

In regards to Elissa Boyet’s article in the Sept. 22 Carolina Gateway, I would like to offer my thoughts.

For several reasons, I am against alcohol sales on Sundays. Uncontrolled growth, more drunk drivers on the road and, in my own humble opinion, even less time for families to spend together. Religion is a whole other issue that I will not get into here.


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Meet candidates at local forums

By The Staff

Got a question for a candidate running for office this year? If you do, you may want to submit it for an upcoming political forum. Candidates will be asked questions from voters at the Before You Vote 2010 Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel auditorium.

Candidates will also face voters questions at a two more forums at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 25 at Bundy Auditorium in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.


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October is Domestic Violence Month

By The Staff

Let us take this time to recognize domestic violence month. Domestic Violence Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981, to raise awareness of efforts to end violence against women and their children.

Domestic violence has become increasingly prevalent in modern culture.

What is domestic violence? It’s a behavior used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners can be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian. They can live together, separated or simply dating.


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Bill will raise energy prices in S.C.

By The Staff

U.S. Rep. John Spratt has voted for HR 3534 (CLEAR Act) on July 30, 2010. HR 3534 is a thinly disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil and implements climate change legislation and youth education programs. But most importantly, it mandates membership in the Law of the Sea Treaty without the required two-thirds vote to ratify it in the U.S. Senate.


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Dirty tricks backfire on candidates

By Lynne Caroll

In politics, it is the desperate candidate who has to stoop to dirty tricks. And they usually backfire which this one did.

Mulvaney for Congress had a fundraiser in western York County on Saturday with U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

Early Saturday, two things happened. A radio ad said this event was cancelled and a robo call said Mick Mulvaney would be unable to attend.

Surprise. More than 600 people came to hear DeMint and the U.S. District 5th Congressional candidate.

Sometimes, dirty tricks backfire!

 

Lynne Carroll


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How many politicians could take Scout oath?

By The Staff

They stood in a military-type straight line, all toes pointed to the mark on the floor. All 10 stood at attention. What is unusual about this particular formation? Nine of them are 14 years old and No. 10 is 49 years old.

The Scoutmaster then asked, “Can all of you recite the Scout oath? Do you live up to the Scout law?”

“Before I ask you to raise your right hand to be sworn in as a Scout, let us review the Scout law, the Scout motto, the Scout slogan and the Scout oath:”


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