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Today's Opinions

  • 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.”

  • Mulvaney has intelligence, experience, drive to work for us

    A recent guest column was full of inaccuracies and showed a lack of understanding of the difficult and highly competitive business of bringing new jobs to our area.

    Mandy Powers Norrell also showed her naivet by stating that she was against incentives because “companies only come to receive them, and then go away.”

  • 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.