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Today's Opinions

  • Don't get caught up in rumors; get the facts

    No doubt about it, this is going to be a historic election year. Nationally, we are going to have the first black president or the first female vice president.

    Locally, we’re going to have either the first female representative from Lancaster County in the S.C. Legislature, or the first black representative since the Reconstruction Era.

    We could also have the first female state senator from Lancaster.

  • Bail out people, not big banks

    I am writing regarding the situation of the American public. We hear each day about the big money business pitfall. But their problems become our problems. How can the government come up with $700 billion to bail out the big guys? And we – the unemployed workers and our families – also need a bailout. There are no jobs. No one is hiring. We’re the ones who need to be bailed out. If we don’t have jobs and money to survive, how are the banks supposed to have money?

    Our government needs to start from the bottom, not the top. We the people make up the latter.

  • Make sure you are properly registered

    The potential of a “good problem” exists. A “good problem” is like having too much of a good thing and deciding just exactly what to do to make a situation work well.

    In football, a “good problem” occurs when a team has two strong quarterbacks, but the coach has to decide which one to play to best benefit his squad.

  • Those who pull political stunts think voters not 'very smart'

    I saw where Mick Mulvaney mowed a patch of median on Sunday morning and had a photographer and reporter standing there to report about it. Political stunts like that make me feel insulted. It’s not as if he’d ever done anything like that when he wasn’t running for office. And people who do nice things in our community for the right reasons don’t call a reporter to do a story about it, nor do they put a big sign on their tractors telling us to vote for them. I feel like politicians who pull stunts like this must think we’re not very smart.

  • We're looking for defining moments

    What an election year this has been. Back in January, South Carolina was in the national spotlight as both the major Democratic and Republican contenders hoping to become the next president courted primary voters.

    It was an exciting few weeks as the presidential candidates crisscrossed the Palmetto State. A couple of those candidates – Republican John McCain and Democrat John Edwards (remember him?) – made campaign stops in Lancaster County.

  • Don't use birthplace against candidate

    Reading a letter to the editor can be entertaining and enlightening. It can also be discouraging and infuriating.

    This whole business of who was born and raised here vs. someone who wasn’t takes me back to the days of county vs. city.Almost every major policy item was fought over in that manner.

    It was difficult it was to change to a county-wide school district, with a board that appointed a qualified superintendent. We were elated when we helped elect Bob Mobley to the County Council. That was the start of working together.

  • As senator, I'll fight for our children, public education

    I believe in public education. I believe in public education because it is committed to helping all children be successful – no matter how much their parents make, or who their parents are, or where they worship, or how supportive – or non supportive – parents are of their child’s efforts.

    Public education embraces children with special needs, children who can’t afford supplies, children who are geniuses, children who need motivation.

    Public education embraces them, pushes them, gives them dreams – and the skills to achieve those dreams.

  • In trying times, folks will unite

    The United Way of Lancaster County’s kickoff offered reason to celebrate.

    The recent breakfast event, launching the local United Way’s 51st year, featured a helping of the customary early-morning fare of sausage, scrambled eggs and biscuits.

    The food had to have a taste of victory since the United Way’s board of directors said $450,000 was raised last year, topping the goal of $400,000.

    Those numbers had to produce smiles for the attendees at the thought of trying financial times here and across the state and nation.