• LETTER: Murphy: Spent half my life serving Lancaster County's citizens

    Editor’s note: At the beginning of primary campaign season, we offered candidates a chance to write one letter to the editor before the June 14 vote explaining why they should be elected. In the race for Lancaster County auditor, we ran a letter from Allen Blackmon June 1. Below are letters from the other two candidates in the race. This will be the last opinion page items on the local election before Tuesday’s voting.

  • Letter: Thanks to all who helped make candidates forum a success

    The 2016 Before You Vote Candidates Forum on May 26 at Inspiration Ministries/Cross Ridge was a great success.
    We want to thank all the Indian Land residents who took this opportunity to meet and listen to the candidates. I am sure they went  home with new information to help them vote on June 14.
    Rick Jiran, vice president of communications with Duke Power, was a fantastic moderator. Thank you and we want you back.  
    The Rev. David Bender of Faith Presbyterian Church, thank you  for a moving invocation.

  • Letter: Opponent’s attack on Mulvaney at forum not appreciated

    I have just come from the candidates forum in Indian Land. While it was very informative, all of the candidates with one exception were civil.
    The man running against Congressman Mick Mulvaney decided his time was best suited to make personal attacks.
    I do not appreciate this type of campaign.

    Lynne Carroll
    Indian Land

  • Letter: Wilt stands out in District 1 race

    My wife and I attended the “Before You Vote Candidate Forum” on May 26 to hear from all the primary candidates before we go to the polls on June 14.
    What I took away from that forum is there are some excellent candidates running for the county council District 1 and the county auditor positions. Any one of those candidates could do a fine job for the citizens of Indian Land and Van Wyck areas.

  • Letter: I back Blackmon for auditor

    Lancaster County is fortunate to have Allen Blackmon as a candidate for county auditor.
    I had the privilege to work directly and indirectly for him for over 20 years. During that time, I observed Allen treat his employees and taxpayers fairly and compassionately.
    He always tried to help anyone in need. He would come in early or stay late to make sure all tasks were handled.

  • Stormwater fee for Panhandle huge case of DHEC overreach

    Editor’s note: The writer is a candidate for Lancaster County Council District 1.

    The county wants to send you another tax bill.
    SMS4 is a federal program to protect the nation’s drinking water being run by the Environmental Protection Agency. In South Carolina the program is administered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

  • Letter: Must ensure safety of amusement parks

    This letter is about amusement park rides.
    A lot of people are being killed or maimed across this country. I would like to tell you about an experience a friend and I had at the Lancaster fairgrounds.
    We were 16 or 17 years old and got on a ride called the Rocket. As we were going round and around, the man stopped the ride. The bolt in the middle was coming loose. I asked what would have happened if it had come all the way loose. He replied, “Y’all would have been uptown. It would have flown apart.”

  • Letter: Agree on bathrooms, disagree on politics

    I totally agree with Dr. Steve Stewart’s May 18 column concerning President Obama’s disregard of the Constitution.
    His threat to withhold federal funds to public schools under Title IX is absolutely ludicrous. There is no discrimination based on sex when someone is born male or female and wants to be identified as the opposite sex only based on how they feel in their own mind.
    The human race is composed of only two sexes: male or female. Hopefully this executive action will be overturned by the judicial system.

  • Letter: Sheriff resolved safety issue well

    I would like to take this opportunity to extend to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and his officers my sincere appreciation for their assistance in resolving a serious traffic-safety problem on Highway 97.
    I recently observed and reported the problem to his office, and his officers acted in a timely manner to relay the information to appropriate personnel within the S.C. Highway Department, who promptly corrected the hazardous conditions.

  • Letter: Thanks for inspiring story on our schools

    With almost every piece of media flooded with exasperating stories of political warfare and local crime, surprisingly, I came across a delightful story in last week’s Lancaster News. This story covered a fun-filled evening for moms and their sons at Clinton Elementary School.
    Too often, the headlines of most news stories focus on the criminal acts, perceived injustices and other social problems in our communities. However, the story regarding the mother-son dance brought a blissful flash of some of the good times and things shared in our small community.