.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • We don't need a senator who is misleading or poorly informed

    I have been a participant in politics, in one way or another, for more than 50 years and I have never seen a campaign more dishonest or lacking in substance like that of the Mandy Powers Norrell’s campaign for the S.C. Senate. When she makes a charge that is retorted by the chairman of Lancaster County Council, she is either poorly informed or is outright misleading. We don’t need a senator like that representing us.

  • Know what's at stake Nov. 4

    Let’s stop for a while and take a look at Lancaster County, and also our state.

    First, a comparison of our state and Washington. Our state for a number of years now has been under Republican control (governor, House of Representatives and Senate). This has proven to have the same results as Washington. The last weeks and months have only been bad news for pensions, 401Ks, stocks, banks and other institutions. In all of these, the Republican-led government has consistently pushed deregulation and “Keep government out of our business.”

  • Purchase a copy of The Lancaster News for six pages of Letters to the Editor Much has been accomplished in six years on City Council

    It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your District 4 City Councilman for the past six years.

    My entire adult life has been spent in service to Lancaster, including 28 years in law enforcement, retiring as chief of police; 13 years at the Children’s Home, retiring as executive director; 26 years in the S.C. National Guard, including an overseas deployment in Operation Desert Storm, retiring as sergeant major; and I am still serving as a Commissioned Lay Pastor at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church and Wade Presbyterian Church.

  • I will fight for you because I am one of you

    You know me. You worked beside my parents at Springs, you taught me in school, you saw me grow up – you helped raise me.

    You worship beside me, your children go to school with mine, and you love this community as much as I do.

    It is because of you that I am running for Senate. I feel so blessed to have grown up here and that is why I chose to make this my home and raise my children here. You have given me so much and I want to give back – I want to serve you in the statehouse.

  • Politics should be about ideas, principles and truth

    Last month I wrote a column called “What Politics Should Be.” It was a hopeful invitation to my opponent and her supporters to discuss the issues I thought were important to our area: jobs and the economy, taxes and spending and education.

    This column is less hopeful. It is called “What Politics Really Is.”

  • Powers Norrell in the classroom again?

    I honestly cannot believe this happened, and if I hadn’t seen it myself with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

    I am a freshman at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. One of my classes is University 101. Recently, Mandy Powers Norrell came to speak to us. Our teacher, Laura Humphrey, assured us she wasn’t there to campaign, but only to talk to us about the voting process, about getting involved, and on the importance of voting.

  • Vote is needed, even though unopposed

    I want to urge my supporters to take time when they vote to touch my name on the electronic ballot.

    Although I am unopposed, unless you actually vote for me, no vote will be recorded, and a write-in could win the seat if enough write-ins for that person were recorded.

    I pledge to continue working hard to serve the children of our district and to make our schools a place where all children reach their potential.

  • It is time for us to get back to the basics in education

    I am not a politician. I don’t have a master’s degree in education. I am one of the people. I haven’t been “in the system for over 30 years.” I don’t have friends in the system. I have no direct financial interest in the school system.

    I see children failing and our schools calling them a success, because it wouldn’t be fair not to. I see children being pushed through school and advanced to the next grade when they are not ready. I see children screaming that they need help, and not finding it.