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Today's News

  • John Spratt is no friend of ours

    It is unfortunate to think of John Spratt as a “friend” of our district. Friends do not let government spending spiral beyond imaginable numbers.

    Friends do not support ineffective legislation or inefficient government and then expect you, their “friend,” to pay for it all. Neither do friends support legislation that has the long term effect of eroding the support and structure that has permitted this country to prosper through private business and individual freedoms.

  • What will Sunday alcohol sales really cost us?

    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.

  • Meet candidates at local forums

    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.

  • October is Domestic Violence Month

    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.

  • Firefighters here mostly white men

    The county fire service is predominately male and white.

    There are 12 female firefighters among the 283 in the fire service, Lancaster County Fire Service Director Morris Russell said. Eleven are certified and one is a new recruit.

    There are seven black, one Hispanic and one Asian male firefighters in the service.

    Russell encourages all  who are interested in joining the fire service. They must pass a background check and then commit to the rigorous training courses required to fight fires.

  • Points crowns up for grabs in LMS finale

    Saturday night caps the 2010 Lancaster Motor Speedway season.

    The finale has the following divisions running Saturday: NDRA Crate Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Super Street, Pure Street, Super Stock 4, Young Guns V8 and Vintage.

    In the NDRA Crate Late Models, points leader Steve Davis has a 138-point lead over fan favorite Timbo Mangum.

    In the Crate Sportsman Division, Travis Payne has locked up the Crate Sportsman Division title for the second straight year.

  • Bill will raise energy prices in S.C.

    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.

  • IL candidates forum Thursday

    INDIAN LAND – A dozen or more candidates for local, state and national offices will take the stage at a local candidates forum Thursday.

    The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum, sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel auditorium.

    The forum will feature candidates for these races:

    • U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson

  • I am kicking my voting habit

    I have a confession to make. I helped John Spratt get elected in 1982. Like so many other conservatives I have voted for him and encouraged others to vote for him in every election since then through and including 2008.

    In short, I have voted for John all 14 times, and would have this year too had he not voted for the bailouts, the stimulus, cap and trade and the healthcare bill. The John Spratt I voted for in 1982 would not have cast those votes, for back then he was a conservative southern Democrat.

  • Republicans a winning combination

    Thank you, Lancaster News for encouraging registered voters to write about their preferred candidate.

    I would like to take this opportunity to show my support for the Republican candidates, both statewide and nationally.

    Thank you to the S. C. Conservative Republicans, Jim DeMint, Mick Mulvaney, Nikki Haley, Mick Zais, Tim Scott, Ken Ard and Rob McCoy, to name a few. They will all help to put America back on top of her game.

    These candidates and many others statewide and nationally mean many different things to many people in all issues concerning America.