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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Vote for statesmen, not partisans

    After reading the article,“Dems Push for Change at the Fish Bash,” I surely hope for the sake of public schools in our state that what Superintendent of Education Jim Rex told the crowd is not true and that he becomes an unborn-again “born-again partisan.”

    This new partisan approach would be bad for our schools and our state. You see, there are some of us Republicans and Democrats who are committed to working together to improve public education in this state and we need statesmen, not partisans, if we are going to have any luck.

  • Mandy Powers Norrell 'true Proverbs 31 woman'

    In my more than three decades of music and senior adult ministry at Lancaster First Baptist, I have avoided getting entangled in politics, but I am writing to you today to encourage you to support Mandy Powers Norrell for the S.C. Senate.

    This is not a casual endorsement. I have known Mandy and her family since Mandy was a little girl.

    I was there when Mandy was baptized at Lancaster First Baptist Church in 1981 and since then I have watched her grow as a Christian woman.

  • Downtown making serious comeback

    Downtown is stirring some interest, which shouts of exciting news.

    A recent healthy exchange of letters to the editor of The Lancaster News offering readers’ varying views on what’s happening on Main Street shows us downtown is making a comeback attempt.

    Will it be the way it was in its heyday? Never say never, and there are dedicated folks willing to try.

    Recent downtown projects with the work of See Lancaster have the area looking good. There’s more work to be done, but optimistic folks are determined and offer encouragement.

  • Like fine wine, Main Street markets destined to get better with time

    On the morning of Oct. 4, I was delighted to be on Main Street in Lancaster for the first Main Street Market.

    The weather was beautiful, and the mood was very festive as the artists filled tables and displays with their creations.

    After enjoying a fun and profitable day, as one of the artists involved, I looked forward to seeing some photos and possibly an article about the market in the Oct. 5 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Mulvaney response to issue 'amazing'

    In answer to Jane Massey’s letter last week, I really do not care who takes credit for the mowing either.

    However, if Mick Mulvaney wants to have an political sign on his tractor, in this freedom of speech country, what is the probem?

    It just so happens that as a private citizen, I asked Rep. Mulvaney about getting the roadways cut. I thought his response was amazing.

    If we had waited for the S.C. Department of Transportation, there would have been a safety issue at every intersection along that stretch of highway.