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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t forget to vote in election on Tuesday

    Next week’s special election will decide who will finish Mick Mulvaney’s term in the S.C. Senate District 16 seat.
    And it looks like it’s already drawing attention. About 303 Lancaster County voters have already cast absentee ballots for one of the three men running for the seat, which covers most of Lancaster County, Fort Mill and other parts of eastern York County.
    Senate District 16 voters will see these candidates on their ballots on Tuesday:
    u Republican Greg Gregory of Lancaster
    u Democrat Keith Brann of Fort Mill

  • Study shows savings with S.C. education tax credits

    I recently had the privilege of giving testimony in Columbia on the merits of an education tax credit bill being considered by state lawmakers.
    I was honored to join parents, local educators and education officials from other states to discuss education tax credit policies across the country and what makes for successful choice reform.

  • Writer fasting to bring attention to budget cuts

    In protest of the outrageous budget being debated in Washington, I recently joined with more than 22,000 other Americans and prominent faith leaders in fasting. I am choosing to miss a meal each day.
    If this budget passes, some poor children in the United States will have no choice.
    As I write this, Sens. Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint are seriously debating forcing veterans into homelessness and cutting food aid to pregnant women and children, while giving tax breaks to billionaires.

  • Accident bound to happen on Taxahaw Road

    I want to bring attention to something that is very obvious – Taxahaw Road needs to be paved. The road is an absolute disgrace, especially to those responsible for maintaining it. It is an absolute hazard for those who must travel it. I live off Taxahaw Road and have to travel it daily. Who knew that the simple act of driving down a road could turn into some kind of sick amusement park ride, full of swerves, holes and dodging pieces of asphalt?

  • Bailey: Good students will become good citizens

    You may not read their names on the president’s and dean’s lists. You won’t read about their accomplishments in school gymnasiums or on the football, soccer and baseball fields. Nor accolades about their scholastic achievements.
    Don’t get us wrong, these are not bad students. They are actually very good students. Many of them do play sports and are on honor rolls. While some of these A,B, C students don’t always get the recognition of their more highly skilled academic and athletic peers, they deserve it.

  • New fire department fails to mention history

    The new Pleasant Valley Fire Department, which officially opened in February, held its grand opening on April 2. It is a beautiful building and I am very pleased with its progress over the years.
    I can remember when there was no fire department in Indian Land. The closest was in Fort Mill.
    I was raised in Indian Land and although I no longer live there I do own property in the Pleasant Valley area.

  • Lancaster could lose Senate seat if Gregory not elected

    The special election to fill the S.C. Senate District 16 seat will be one of the most important for Lancaster County in recent history. In a few weeks, the General Assembly will begin the redistricting process and redraw the lines for all Senate districts. Currently, half of the district’s residents live in Lancaster and the other half are in York County. Our neighboring county has grown considerably since the last census and will likely gain a Senate seat.

  • Vote for Brann on April 12

    In my opinion, Keith Brann should be elected to serve as our senator for District 16. He has fresh new ideas that would benefit families that desperately need help in these troubled times.
    Mr. Brann supports government accountability, public education, tax reform and term limits.
    I appreciate the fact that he wants to eliminate the tax on clothing.
    This could help families put more food on the table for their children.