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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Estridge is in charge of our probate court

    Allison Meadows laments ’’Who is in charge of probate court,” in her opinion article the Oct. 26 edition of The Lancaster News. 

    I am shocked that in this information age, Ms. Meadows was unable to determine the name of our sitting probate judge. I sorta wonder wherein lies the fault?

    Some holders of public office work day in and day out, quietly doing the job we elected them to do.

    Elected officials serving multiple terms must be doing something right or they would be booted out.

  • Estridge helps families make best decisions

    I went through probate with an estate in 2011. It took only a month or two to complete. Sandy and her court closed it quickly.

    Sandy Estridge is excellent in her skills about the law and knows what needs to be done. I trusted fully in her judgment.

    She believes in her job. She loves her job. She is very proficient.

    I’ve seen her work many hours beyond the normal hours. I’ve seen how she tries to make the best decision for families.