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Today's Opinions

  • Blackmon: We need to find solutions

    m seeking Lancaster City Council District l seat to offer better representation based on truth, the knowledge of God, integrity, a strong education and a proven history of providing solutions to difficult problems.

    I demonstrate my caring for our community by actively serving in Kershaw Correctional Institute prison ministry since 2008. I give monthly to the poor, widows and to single mothers.

  • Newman simply doesn’t have the experience

    In his guest column, Randy Newman accuses his opponent of a “blatant attempt to mislead the public.” I submit that it is Randy Newman who is attempting to mislead the public.

  • Estridge is a lady and cares about people

    I couldn’t believe what Jerry Holt said in his Oct. 22 column, “Holt: We need to do something different.” According to you, our probate court is in terrible shape. I’ve voted already and I did not vote for you.

    Sandy Estridge is a lady and is a people person. You sound like you want to turn the probate office into an assembly line production. You said you would go to other towns and see how they do their process, meanwhile our probate court would become backlogged with cases while you were off visiting other towns.

  • Common sense leads to common ground

    “Democrat endorsed by Tea Party activists, Libertarian Party, and SC Club for Growth.” Can that be true? And, if so, how?

    It is true. I am that Democrat – a candidate for secretary of state – and I am proud to have the endorsement of those groups, as well as support from South Carolinians of all political ideologies.

    I believe the reason for that broad-based support is rooted in taking positions guided by common sense, rather than devotion to a political party.

  • 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.

  • Frick needs to tell us about his cases

    A couple of years ago, William Frick defended a man who was charged with shooting and killing a local native who had been a major league athlete. Thanks to Frick’s hard work as a defense attorney, the accused received just 15 years. This killing received a lot of attention in the news from across the country and around the world.

    But while I’ve followed the campaigns and heard Frick throw stones at his opponent’s experience, I haven’t heard Frick talk about this case or any others where he was the defense attorney.

  • Who is in charge of probate court

    Who is in charge of

    probate court

    For years, I never knew who our probate judge was. This is an important office because the probate judge is an elected official who is responsible for wills and mental-health commitments. These are important issues which affect many local families. Shouldn’t we know who is in charge?

    If someone can be in office for a long time and you don’t know who they are, maybe it’s time for a change. If you don’t know who is in charge, maybe someone else needs to be put in charge.