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Today's Opinions

  • Candidates alike in many respects

    As a conservative Republican and former elected official, I was very impressed by the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate.

    I was also struck by the similarities between Palin and another conservative female candidate running for local office here in our own area.

    Beyond the obvious similarities, both Sarah Palin and Mandy Powers Norrell are attractive candidates.

    If elected, Palin will be the first female vice president and Norrell will be South Carolina’s only female state senator.

  • Children at bus stops need to be careful

    On the morning of Sept. 8, I was riding with my sister-in-law on Lynwood Drive going toward New Hope. We were behind one of the grass cutters that cut the side of the road. The back tires were almost flat, but the grass cutter sideswiped a mailbox.

    My concern is what if a child was standing there waiting for a school bus. It could have been tragic. Parents need to tell their children to be extra careful while waiting at bus stops in the mornings.

  • Politicians don't care about mill village

    I have lived in the mill village area most of my life and worked for the Springs Lancaster plant most of my life.

    I was often called a “lint head” because I worked in that mill. Now that mill is gone and I still live on the mill village, people call me a “low life.”

    I pay taxes on my property just as other Lancaster County residents do. I graduated from high school and went to school with a lot of our politicians.

  • Powers Norrell will stand up for issues important to us

    In a recent column by Mick Mulvaney, he told us where he stood on certain issues. I, being neither Republican nor Democrat, agree wholeheartedly that the issues are very important. I personally do not pay any attention to all the he-said, she-said nonsense. Although I may agree with him on the issues, I totally disagree with him about where you come from and how you grew up not being important. To the contrary, it is very important.

  • Mandy's calling to help others

    I am Beverly Powers and my daughter, Mandy, is running for Senate. Mandy’s father and I married in 1959 and wanted a house full of children. But I had such trouble having a baby. I had six miscarriages. But I always knew God had a special baby picked out just for us, and in his time, we would have her. And when Mandy was born in 1973, she was the most perfect thing we had ever seen.

  • Endangered Catawba also 'scenic river'

    We’ve known for years that the Catawba River is a scenic river, but recently it became official. Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill that formally declares 30 miles of the river, from the Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge at the Lancaster/Chester county line, as a state-recognized “scenic river.”

    It’s the 10th river to get this designation. The designation has great symbolic meaning, as it’s intended to bring greater awareness of what a valuable and picturesque resource we have in Lancaster, Chester and York counties.

  • 'Matthew lives his faith'

    I am writing to The Lancaster News to thank a wonderful young college student by the name of Matthew Whitaker.

    Many of you who attend the Second Baptist Church or dine at Charlie’s Caf or participate in the classes at Dance Works Studio may already know Matthew, but you may not know what a truly thoughtful neighbor he is.

    I’m writing because I want everyone to know how well he represents his family, his church and the younger generation of the Lancaster community.

  • No matter how you vote, you are going

    Buried in the Sept. 5 advertising section is the Lancaster County Election Notice which includes, among other voter choices, the issue of a 1 percent increase in sales taxes. Many folks have been hearing about the $33 million cost of a new courthouse. Well, the sales tax question relates to an amount not to exceed $42,400,000.