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Today's Opinions

  • Long promises to be 'open, honest, accessible'

    Running for the S.C. House District 45 seat has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. When I was encouraged to run for office by my family and friends I wasn’t quite sure what I had gotten myself into at first. What I did know was that our community needed a representative who shared their values and could be their voice in Columbia.

  • Watkins signs FOI request

    The Rev. Jim Watkins, York County Democratic Party chairman, made the statement, “I read with amusement Mick Mulvaney’s statement that the York County Democratic Party used the Freedom of Information Act to request copies of his e-mails. I’m chair of the York County Democratic Party and that is news to me,” in his letter to the editor in the Oct. 17 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Neither option for courthouse palatable

    The news on the front page of the Oct. 15 edition was depressing no matter how you read it. That news, on the back of the recent financial news, only continues a trend in a long direction of dark news for Lancaster County – Springs Industries, Front Door Communications, a torched historic courthouse and more than 12 percent unemployment.

    There is a saying that goes, “What’s done is done – you cannot go back.” But we do have some choices going forward. And I am not sure we, as residents of Lancaster County, are being presented with all of our options.

  • Political handout reflects work of fiction writer

    I recently was shown a copy of a handout regarding Mandy Powers Norrell and Mick Mulvaney.

    This was obviously written by a Norrell supporter, who had a mastery of the English language because the handout made the good look bad.

    The author also must be a noted fiction writer because he or she did not check out their facts about either person.

    It painted the picture that Mulvaney is a person who is far from caring about the environment and common people in general. This is so far from the truth that it hurts.

  • Oct. 29 deadline for endorsement letters

    In less than two weeks, voters across the nation will elect a new president. Locally, we will have some new faces in several elected positions – the S.C. Senate District 16, the S.C. House 45 and the City Council District 1 seats.

    Several incumbents have opposition for their seats. They include County Council District 3, School Board districts 4 and 6, and City Council districts 1, 3 and 4.

  • Humane Society still exists

    You may have heard recently that the Humane Society of Lancaster County Inc. has dissolved. Several of the members of the board of directors voted to dissolve and indeed are at this time actively pursuing that. But this is not the wish of the entire board.

    The Humane Society of Lancaster is still operating and continues our pledge to place the health and welfare of these endangered pets and that we will work with animal control officers and with the county government to assure that we can save as many as possible.

  • Legislators should be fighting for local jobs

    Have you heard of regionalism? This is the newest threat to border counties like Lancaster and York, and it benefits North Carolina businesses at our expense. And Mick Mulvaney, with his Charlotte-based development company, and close ties to Charlotte business, is not doing anything to fight for us here in South Carolina.

  • Cancer no respecter

    A heart-shaped balloon was attached to her wheelchair. The balloon signified her effort to raise money for cancer research.

    She logs the donation amount and the donor’s name in a spiral notebook she keeps in her room at the nursing home.

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the facility had launched a month-long fundraising campaign for cancer research. The building was adorned in pink. Displayed on the hallway wall were the names of cancer victims written on pink paper. They included family members of the residents and staff and the patients.