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Today's Opinions

  • McCoy right man for the job

    I have had the pleasure of getting to know Rob McCoy over the last few months. I could tell from the moment I met him that he was an honest, good-hearted person. Rob is also the type of person to stand up for what he believes in and voice his concerns. When he announced that he would be running for the South Carolina House in District 44, I knew that he was the right man for the job. Rob is a proven leader and true conservative. He served for six years in the National Guard and has been an active participant in the TEA Party movement in Lancaster County.

  • Newcomer not impressed with City Council

    On Feb. 23, Lancaster City Council discussed the annexation of properties on Charles Avenue in Arrowood Estates. City Council wanted to get these properties annexed into the city to start a domino effect that would eventually encompass the entire estate. The vote ended the right way, with a no vote taking the majority. But the way these meetings went were far from comforting.

  • S.C. Senate has been busy lately, sort of

    The Senate has been in session now for about five weeks, or roughly 15 legislative days. In that time, a lot has happened – at least for the Senate.  

    First off, things move much more slowly in the Senate than the House. Some say this is because the Senate is a more “deliberative body.” That may be. More likely, though, the difference is due to the filibuster, which permits a single senator to bring a particular bill to a halt.

  • Debate issues in a respectful manner

    I am writing in response to Lynne Carrroll’s sarcastic and misleading letter, “Spratt should focus on jobs for constituents,” in the Feb. 12 edition of The Lancaster News. The author said she was absolutely infuriated because Congressman Spratt and a delegation of members of the House Budget Committee had traveled to Afghanistan.

  • Facilities needed addition to ballfields

    This time next year when the 2011 Lancaster County high school spring sports season rolls around, facilities at county schools will be improved. The upgrades can’t come quick enough.

    Much-needed restroom facilities are scheduled upgrades for softball and baseball fields at the county schools.

    Those improvements can only make attending games at those designated sites that much better.

  • Accurate census count vital to all of us

    In the next week you should be getting a Census questionnaire in the mail. The form has 10 questions and is estimated to take 10 minutes to fill out.

    After the official Census kickoff in January, we encouraged everyone to fill the form out and make sure everyone in their household is counted. We outlined the critical reasons then for completing the form and will reiterate them.

  • Public deserves access to EMS performance info

    If you want to find out how long it takes for a publicly funded Emergency Medical Services crew to respond to a call in South Carolina, forget it. It’s secret.

    An obscure state law, passed some years ago at the request of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), casts a blanket of secrecy over all EMS information.

    State Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, is working hard to fix the problem and amend the current law, but now another secrecy issue has come up.

  • Hammond defends Sen. Mick Mulvaney

    I read Stanley Smith’s column last week attacking S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney. As I was on Lancaster County Council at the same time as Smith, I thought I may be in a good position to point out the many, many things he was wrong about.

    First, let me point out that I am a friend of Mick Mulvaney. I have known him for several years and spent time with him and his family. I have seen him at work in this community. I worked to help get him elected to the state Legislature and am working to help get him elected to the U.S. Congress.