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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Powers Norrell only champion for public education

    As a retired educator who taught in our public schools for several decades, I feel an obligation to speak out on behalf of all of those young people I taught and all those young people yet to be taught, and encourage everyone to vote for Mandy Powers Norrell for S.C. Senate District 16.

    A vote for Mandy is a vote for public education. She is a product of our public schools and she sends her children to our public schools. She is living proof that our schools provide the quality education necessary for a person to go on to college and professional school and achieve anything.

  • Chamber supports 1 cent sales tax for courthouse

    On behalf of the board of directors and the more than 450 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce member firms, I respectfully ask you to consider voting yes with me for the 1 cent sales tax to pay for the proposed Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Once the decision to build a new court house became a requirement as opposed to an option, the Chamber of Commerce turned its focus on the most economical and cost effective method to pay for this facility. The first question we asked was: What impact will the two payment methods have on our local businesses and our citizens?

  • Forbes.com doesn't get Lancaster's strengths

    Lancaster, the most vulnerable town in the country? When we learned that Forbes.com, the online version of the well-known financial magazine, had given us that dubious honor, we were shocked.

  • South Carolina boasts home of cheap cigarettes

    Shampoo rinse, repeat, repeat – Unlicensed salon employees will no longer be required to complete 300 hours of cosmetology training in order to wash hair. Will this result in a reduction in the cost of my wife’s hair care? It can’t hurt.

  • Deborah Long has qualities to represent us in statehouse

    In recent weeks, I have had the opportunity to hear Deborah Long and Fred Thomas, candidates for the S.C. District 45 seat, speak. These two individuals present themselves well and come across as intelligent and concerned persons.

    However, Deborah Long impresses me as the more qualified individual for this House seat.

  • Mulvaney understands value of public education

    Education has been a hot topic in local political races. As the current chairman of the State Board of Education, the parent of three public school students and a local businessman, I am encouraged that candidates are engaging on this critical issue.