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Today's Opinions

  • Story sad about Lancaster, but folks will turn things around

    Lancaster, S.C., has been named America’s most vulnerable city. This makes me sad.

    This town was once a town that lived and thrived due to Springs Industries. And now I read in “Forbes Magazine” that it’s just a sad little town due to unemployment figures, poverty and education.

    Well, let me tell you what I know and remember about Lancaster. My father’s family is from this town and my grandparents have always lived there. I grew up spending many weekends there as well as lots of weeks during the summer.

  • Family Promise helping bring hope to homeless

    Corporations that have been in Lancaster County for several decades have left. Now we find ourselves struggling to stay afloat. So we are given some unfortunate realities.

    However, if we look at some other countries around the world we note they are worse off than us. We need to keep our little county, our little nitch in the world, strong by working together to help others. If everyone can just sit back, look at the whole picture, take a deep breath, then stand firm in the conviction and experience that this county and country have survived worse events.

  • Residents need to be aware of threat to public education

    I’m grateful for the recent educational forum held in the community room of the Fort Mill Library. There was standing room only.

    I am a husband, a father of three grown children, all educated in the public schools of South Carolina. I’ve lived in South Carolina for 29 years.

  • Don't let Senate 16 race become a sideshow

    Time out! It’s time for some of you extremely passionate supporters in the intense District 16 state Senate race to pause for a minute (or two) and regain some perspective. Or, at least we think so.

  • Mulvaney wrong about York County Dems

    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. If Mulvaney gets confused about things like this, one wonders what else he gets confused about?

    What is true is that we in York look forward to Mandy Powers Norrell being one of our state senators.

    We, like y’all, are proud of our public schools and can’t trust Mulvaney to be a good steward of them.

  • Mulvaney brings 'rare package of talent to legislature'

    I’ve been privileged to hold the S.C. Senate District 16 seat for 16 years. Now that my retirement is days away my thoughts turn to the question of who will fill the seat for the next term.

    Both candidates seeking this office are qualified. I’ve watched fondly as Mandy Powers Norrell, my former Sunday school pupil, grow from a young girl into a successful professional.

    She has run an impressive race for this office and could certainly do the job.

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney, however, brings a rare package of talent to the legislature.

  • We need people like Mulvaney in county

    These are very unsettling times. During these times we need strong leadership from our elected officials. Sen. Greg Gregory has provided this for the last 16 years. With his retirement, we will need to elect a strong conservative to lead us.

  • Bad Christian attends Vigil Mass on Saturdays

    During the past few weeks, there have been letters to the editor criticizing Mick Mulvaney and his fellow Rotarians for cutting the grass along U.S. 521 on a Sunday morning.

    The letter writers implied that Mr. Mulvaney is not a “good Christian” because he was performing a community service on a Sunday morning rather than attending a church service.

    I assume the letter writers are unaware that Mr. Mulvaney and millions of other Roman Catholics in the United States attend Vigil Mass on Saturday in lieu of Sunday services.