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Today's Opinions

  • Payne has ‘indepth knowledge of issues facing South Carolina’

    After attending the candidate forum sponsored by The Lancaster News, Duke Energy, the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Lancaster County Chamber of Commerc, I can confidently say that there is only one candidate who really understands the issues and offers a vision for House District 44 and the state of South Carolina.
    The candidate is Ryan Payne. He has an in-depth knowledge of the issues facing South Carolina that the other candidates seem not to possess.

  • Howell letter: Vote no to Sunday alcohol sales

    In just a few days, the voters of Lancaster County will decide whether to allow alcohol by the drink on Sunday.
    We were told in the  Oct. 12 edition of The Lancaster News by those supporters that this will bring more jobs and improve the quality of life for all Lancaster residents.

  • Fish letter: Storytelling event was ‘enjoyable, stimulating’

    Lancaster County residents missed a fantastic event on Oct 13. Storytelling in the Park hosted by the Carolinas Literacy Network was an enjoyable and stimulating event held at Andrew Jackson State Park.
    Each storyteller had their unique style that enhanced their presentation. Cathy Jo Jansen and Flynn Crooks brought Thumblelina to life in their rendition of the familiar fairy tale. Andy Offut Irwin used different voices, singing and whistling to entertain the audience.

  • Help our economy by thinking local first

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is stepping to the fore in a solid effort to boost the local economy.
    The latest season of  the Think Lancaster First campaign took flight at the chamber’s annual Rub of the Green golf tournament on Oct. 11 at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    A highlight of the popular golf tournament was a hot-air balloon, which was adorned with the Think Lancaster First banner.
    The balloon was a hot spot during the afternoon tournament with more than 100 riders.

  • Vote Yes signs, referendum wording are misleading

    This is a letter to address the deception being perpetrated by the proponents of Sunday alcohol sales in Lancaster County. It has been stated in previous articles that there is no organized opposition to the referendum.
    That is not true. The 5:18 Movement has been working with local churches to mount opposition to the sales of alcohol on the Lord’s Day. Our name comes from Ephesians 5:18, which says, “Be not drunk with wine....but be filled with the Spirit.”

  • Vote for Coy, who will stand up for county

    Recently, I was at a local event where one of the speakers encouraged voters to vote a straight ticket. The speaker used a scare tactic stating that voting a straight ticket would make it easier to ensure a mistake was not made.
    I am asking voters not to vote straight ticket and go a step more to vote for Joseph Coy, petition candidate for the S.C. House District 44 seat. Joseph Coy is the best choice in this race for the S.C. House. He has the leadership skills and common sense we need in Columbia.

  • Time to dump Mulvaney

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s score card is one of the worst in Congress. He has sponsored 43 bills, zero passed.
    He has co-sponsored 216 bills, only six have passed into law.
    In a Huffington Post story, Mulvaney ranked the lowest in educational speaking level, speaking at the level of a high school sophomore.
    He almost always follows the tea party line, which means no negotiation and more gridlock, as we approach the financial cliff of mandatory hard cuts.

  • Volunteers needed for Red Cross event

    The Upper Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross will be hosting the Drive 4 UR Community event at our newly finished Lancaster office from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30. The event will give Lancaster community members and Red Cross volunteers the opportunity to become familiar with our new office location at the new state-of-the-art Emergency Management Facility at 111 Covenant Place.
    We have partnered with Burns Ford to hold the Drive 4 UR Community event. Through Drive 4 UR Community we are planning on raising $6,000 for the Upper Palmetto Red Cross.