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Today's Opinions

  • 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.”

  • 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.