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Columns

  • President’s policies have made U.S. vulnerable

    This election year is important for one reason. The party that wins will supposedly either stop the Obama admnistration policies or continue them.

  • Time for new probate judge

    The issues related to the Lancaster County Probate Court are ones which hit close to home in Lancaster County.

    While the incumbent has had years to lead the court, there are growing questions about how the court is really doing in serving the citizens of Lancaster County.

    The most important function of the court is to settle estates, helping families who have lost loved ones. But the records show these families are being let down by a staggering backlog of cases in the probate court.

  • Voters have a chance to make a difference on Nov. 4

    I just thought I would put in a good word for Sandy Estridge – our current probate judge who has presided for more than 20 years in that capacity.

    Prior to becoming the probate judge, Sandy was employed by Charlie Connelly as a tax expert.

    I have always been very pleased with her service on my personal taxes during tax season at that time, and I had numerous friends who were pleased as well.

    She and her staff do an outstanding job probating estates.

  • Politicians do the flip-flop before the general election

    Is this a new dance sensation or perhaps a term used in fishing as you watch a landed fish do its thing? Actually, based on your point of view, what I am going to say could be interpreted either way.

    In our current political season, we see an interesting, bi-annual shifting of positions taking place. Many hard-liner politicos start taking their respective stances, from which they will do battle for the retention of their exalted seats in Congress, but this year, as the mid-term elections approach, there is a different element that has poked its ugly head into the mix.

  • Probate judge states her case for re-election

    I am honored and humbled to be running for re-election for probate judge of Lancaster County.

    I have spent the last two decades working tirelessly to serve the people of this county with honesty and integrity, and most importantly, with compassion.

    I have spent the majority of my adult life in Lancaster County; serving the people of this county is my passion.

  • Voters have a chance to make a difference on Nov. 4

    Nov. 4 is the day we can do something about our country, and our local government – Election Day. Now normally a midterm election is ignored by many voters. But because of the direction our country is going, this election is extremely important.

    If you don’t take the time to exercise your right then you need not complain. You had your chance to speak out and you chose not to.

  • I have the experience to make a difference

    With more than 12 years in the criminal courts of South Carolina, I have been in the trenches daily and seen what works.

  • I have a realistic plan for solicitor’s office

    As your current assistant solicitor, I have seen the problems and issues facing our community first hand, and I have developed a plan to address them.

    Many people comment on what goes on in the solicitors office, but they are on the outside looking in. I am on the inside and I see it every day. I have a plan to make the solicitor’s office more efficient and more effective.

    I bring something to the table that many legal professionals don’t have and that’s real world experience.

  • Yes votes on ballot will move us forward

    There are several ballot questions to be answered on Election Day. Amendments 1 and 2 would bring about much needed changes to the state’s Constitution.

    A Lancaster County ballot question concerns whether to keep in place a one-cent sales tax, but to convert its usage next year from paying for the county courthouse to resurfacing selected roads, improving county libraries, purchasing a radio system for emergency responders, and providing a crime lab for the sheriff’s office.

  • If the solicitor’s race were a job interview, who would you hire?

    We often hear that government should be run more like a business. Take the politics out of the solicitor’s race and it is nothing more than a job interview.

    You are the interviewers for that job and the candidates are presenting their resumes. If it were a job interview, who would you hire?

    I have more than 12 years of handling major criminal cases throughout our state. My opponent has barely three years as an attorney. I have put drug dealers, domestic abusers and murderers in jail.