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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Mulvaney actually keeps campaign promises

    I have now received two mailers in the S.C. Senate District 16 race accusing Mick Mulvaney of wanting to raise our gasoline taxes. They both “quote” (to use the term loosely) the same Lancaster News article from January 2007.

    I know Mr. Mulvaney, and know how conservative he is. I also know he was recently awarded a Taxpayer Champion Award and was recognized as the second most fiscally conservative person in the entire House of Representatives. He’s got a long record of voting against tax increases, including the gas tax.

  • Chairman clears up accusations against county

    It has come to my attention that there is a mailer circulating in the S.C. Senate 16 race that states that taxpayers are on the hook or otherwise responsible for $30 million worth of bonds on the Edenmoor subdivision in Indian Land (formerly St. Katherine.)

    This is not true. Last week The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway News accurately reported that county taxpayers are not liable for any of the bonds sold related to Edenmoor. County Administrator Steve Willis accurately said, “The county’s not backing the bonds.”