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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Students need more school choice options in S.C.

    Apparently, Mandy Powers Norrell does not see the big picture about why school choice is the answer for all children in our state.

    She credits public schools and the teachers who nurtured, pushed and believed in her. Apparently, she was a typical child. But what happens to a special needs child? My son got pushed – to the back of the classroom and right out the door.

    School choice is one option for children like my son. They cannot learn in a one-size-fits-all educational setting. Parents deserve more school choice options to help educate their children in our state.

  • Mulvaney right person to represent us in Senate

    There have been numerous comments in this newspaper suggesting that no one seems to know anything about Mick Mulvaney, who is running for the S.C. Senate.

  • Meet, greet candidates at two upcoming forums

    Got a question for a candidate running for office this year? If you do, you may want to ask a question and submit it for one of two upcoming political forums.

    Candidates will be asked questions from voters at the Before You Vote 2008 Candidate Forum this Tuesday at the Indian Land Middle School gym. They will also face voters’ questions at a second forum slated for Oct. 21 at Bundy Auditorium at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Time to change outsider' perception of Southerners

    I would like to respond to L.R. McGuire’s letter “Don’t use birthplace against a candidate,” in the Oct. 1 edition of The Lancaster News. My input has to do more with how some people moving into our area feel about us and our schools.