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Today's Opinions

  • Shame on you, Mandy Powers Norrell

    I would like to express my deepest sadness and disappointment for a candidate such as Mandy Powers Norrell. I am a parent of two children at Heath Springs Elementary School and was infuriated when I read the article about the S.C. Senate candidate going to our school and using it to further her desperate campaign.

    The principal, Sheri Watson, is the hardest working individual I know. The fantastic teachers are professional, well educated, caring and talented. I am proud to know them and work with each teacher and staff member at that school.

  • Mulvaney doesn't respect Lord's day

    I read Lisa Hough’s letter, “Those who pull political stunts think voters not ‘very smart,’ ” about Mick Mulvaney cutting grass on Sunday.

    I, too, agree his actions disgraced himself. We, who are Christians and some who may not be Christians, still respect the Lord’s day.

    If you can’t live by the Ten Commandments, then this tells me you don’t live by the Bible, either.

  • Mulvaney has made sacrifices for county

    I have moved away from Lancaster, but I have heard about something going on there that I know a little about. People are saying awful, terrible things about my friend and former boss, Mick Mulvaney. I wanted to take a moment to tell you what I know about this man.

  • Vouchers a bad idea for equal education

    As a public school teacher, I see firsthand the condition of our schools in Lancaster County. I have the privilege of teaching in the same school that I attended as a child.

    Unfortunately, my parents were not able to attend school past the eighth grade. They worked for Springs to pay the bills and they taught me the value of hard work. They were not able to help me with my school work or guide me on a path to college because they had no idea how to help me or whom to ask.

  • Newspapers inspire and sometimes

    She was mad about a remark a candidate made about non-public schools. We encouraged the reader to write a letter expressing her support for private schools.

    Another reader accused the newspaper of taking sides because we covered the National Action Network (NAN) press conference that announced the organization was acting as a civil rights advocate for Martavious Carter. Carter, 17, was charged with the Aug. 4 arson at the courthouse and another arson at the 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office. He was also charged in connection with five armed robberies.

  • Mulvaney stands with S.C. families

    It has become unpopular these days to talk about family values and even more unpopular for politicians to take a stand for them. Rep. Mick Mulvaney has proven to be a proud social conservative as well a fiscal conservative. Mandy Powers Norrell is proud to be pro-abortion (even defending John Kerry’s vote to keep potential partial birth abortion legal), openly opposed the marriage amendment (which passed S.C. by 80 percent) and is happy to grow a more intrusive government.

  • Buford Middle students make reading count

    Chalk up a state title for Buford Middle School. What makes this honor so impressive is that it came when school wasn’t in session – over the summer.

    During the Buford Middle School students’ down time over the 2008 summer break, they were cracking books and opening them to more than 1 million pages read.

    Buford Middle School is this year’s statewide winner of the No Book Left Unread summer reading contest.

    The initiative began last year as a way to encourage recreational reading over the summer.

  • This is not the time for distraction politics

    I learned a good bit last week about what’s wrong with government.

    First, I went to my opponent’s 75-minute “education issues forum.” I heard two sentences about education (my opponent likes charter schools, by the way). The other 74 minutes and 45 seconds were spent talking about some guy from New York who donated $50,000 to a House campaign in Landrum last spring.

    Then, I got a bizarre e-mail falsely accusing me of “digging for dirt” on my opponents’ 9-year-old son.