Today's Opinions

  • Bowers letter: Jerry Holt has the right stuff

    After years of not knowing anything about the Lancaster County Probate Court, I had the chance to meet Jerry Holt, the Republican running for probate judge.
    In 10 minutes, he told me all about the office and showed me he has the knowledge and business experience we need for the office.
    I’m also excited to see our nation’s veterans stepping up to serve in public office. We can trust people who defended our country in offices like probate judge, where they will be responsible for protecting our families.

  • Cauthen letter: We need Hess on County Council

    John Hess is running for Lancaster County Council because he knows times have changed in Lancaster County.
    We need someone who will work hard to bring new jobs and industries to Lancaster. Our county has great hard-working people, we just need someone who will work to attract companies to Lancaster County.
    We need someone to give the youth a future in Lancaster. Our young people need jobs here, not in Charlotte or somewhere far away. They need hope and a future here. The youth of the county are the future of the county.

  • 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.

  • Republicans have made a difference, not for the better

    In a Friday, Oct 24, letter, Brandon Newton states “Republicans ready to make a difference.” I would submit that Republicans have already made a big difference and not for the better.

    The Republicans have fully controlled South Carolina for more than 10 years and the nation, directly or indirectly, for most of the last 22 years. The Democrats have only had full control at the national level from 2008 to 2010, after Bush had to lay down his veto pens and before the Tea Party took over the House.

  • Holt has experience as a leader

    Jerry Holt is exactly what we need for probate judge. He served his country in the Marine Corps, became a successful executive for IBM and now he’s been very active in Lancaster County, working for veterans groups and in the United Way. He also serves on the county planning commission.

  • Holland’s anti-Newman letter is sour grapes

    Tom Holland’s recent letter in the Oct. 1 edition of The Lancaster News, against the Republican candidate for solicitor Randy Newman, is not just sour grapes, but indicates arrogance and lack of loyalty to the Republican constituency.

    His very lack of respect for the voter is shown by his slogan, “It’s the experience, stupid.” I do not believe the people who voted for Newman are stupid.