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Today's Opinions

  • May the best man for the job win

    I have known Randy Newman and his wife, Jill, for about five and a half years through the church we both attend. He seems to be a great guy, so does his wife and little boy.

    Mr. Newman has run a clean campaign. He has not said anything negative about his opponent. He stands on the work he has done in the years that he was the assistant under Doug Barfield. William Frick has made mention of backlogs, reduced sentences by Mr. Newman, but this started a long time before Mr. Newman took over the job.

  • Newman has passion for prosecuting

    I feel that Randy Newman is the best choice for the 6th District solicitor for the following reasons:

    Randy worked his way through college, sold his house to go to law school and knew that he wanted to be a prosecutor.

    Randy clerked for Judge Goldsmith before going to work in the solicitor’s office. When Randy decided to go to law school he left a job that paid more than he is making now which shows me how much passion he has for the job. I would also like to speak about experience. All of Randy’s experience is as a prosecutor.

  • Blackmon: We need to find solutions

    m seeking Lancaster City Council District l seat to offer better representation based on truth, the knowledge of God, integrity, a strong education and a proven history of providing solutions to difficult problems.

    I demonstrate my caring for our community by actively serving in Kershaw Correctional Institute prison ministry since 2008. I give monthly to the poor, widows and to single mothers.

  • Newman simply doesn’t have the experience

    In his guest column, Randy Newman accuses his opponent of a “blatant attempt to mislead the public.” I submit that it is Randy Newman who is attempting to mislead the public.

  • Estridge is a lady and cares about people

    I couldn’t believe what Jerry Holt said in his Oct. 22 column, “Holt: We need to do something different.” According to you, our probate court is in terrible shape. I’ve voted already and I did not vote for you.

    Sandy Estridge is a lady and is a people person. You sound like you want to turn the probate office into an assembly line production. You said you would go to other towns and see how they do their process, meanwhile our probate court would become backlogged with cases while you were off visiting other towns.

  • Common sense leads to common ground

    “Democrat endorsed by Tea Party activists, Libertarian Party, and SC Club for Growth.” Can that be true? And, if so, how?

    It is true. I am that Democrat – a candidate for secretary of state – and I am proud to have the endorsement of those groups, as well as support from South Carolinians of all political ideologies.

    I believe the reason for that broad-based support is rooted in taking positions guided by common sense, rather than devotion to a political party.

  • Yes votes on ballot will move us forward

    There are several ballot questions to be answered on Election Day. Amendments 1 and 2 would bring about much needed changes to the state’s Constitution.

    A Lancaster County ballot question concerns whether to keep in place a one-cent sales tax, but to convert its usage next year from paying for the county courthouse to resurfacing selected roads, improving county libraries, purchasing a radio system for emergency responders, and providing a crime lab for the sheriff’s office.

  • If the solicitor’s race were a job interview, who would you hire?

    We often hear that government should be run more like a business. Take the politics out of the solicitor’s race and it is nothing more than a job interview.

    You are the interviewers for that job and the candidates are presenting their resumes. If it were a job interview, who would you hire?

    I have more than 12 years of handling major criminal cases throughout our state. My opponent has barely three years as an attorney. I have put drug dealers, domestic abusers and murderers in jail.