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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Instead of complaining, help community

    A group of us wanted to respond to Sheila Bickford’s letter attacking Mick Mulvaney – and the rest of us – for helping mow the grass recently on U.S. 521.

    This was not a campaign “stunt.” The idea was brought up at our weekly Indian land Rotary group, of which Mick is a member. Rotary was planning to pick up trash on the road, but could not because the grass was too high. Several folks commented that mowing the grass would improve safety for kids and parents, especially around the school, and would also make our community look better.

  • Teen grateful to be alive after wreck

    On Aug. 20, two of my best friends and I were in a wreck. Gregory A. Summers, features editor, wrote about the wreck in his article,“Seatbelts protect teens in crash.”

    I would just like to thank him so much for that article. It meant a lot to have the paper waiting for me to read when I got home from the hospital two weeks later.

    I can’t remember much from the wreck. Most of what I know is from the article and told to me by my parents, my friends and their parents.

  • Powers Norrell will be voice for us in Columbia

    On Nov. 4, we have the opportunity to elect a fine Christian woman, Mandy Powers Norrell, to the S.C. Senate. Mandy has written several guest columns for the paper sharing with us glimpses of her life.

    She has told us of her more than 200 years of ancestry in Lancaster County, her heartfelt concern for the present generation and her vision for the future.

    I have been impressed by Mandy's overwhelming concern for those in our community whose lives and livelihoods have been diminished by our recent economic problems.