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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Departing McCorkle salutes local schools

    During the past 12 years, it has been my good fortune to have served on the Lancaster County school board. I can honestly say that the members with whom I have served were and are totally dedicated to the well-being of the young people of Lancaster County.
    The accomplishments have been many – even though the circumstances under which we worked were, at times, difficult. The school administration, on all levels, has always offered sound solutions to problems and concerns that needed to be addressed. They deserve to be commended for their professionalism and efforts.

  • Our View: Let’s support the rec bond, create a better place to live

    If you’re like 78 percent of Lancaster County residents, you live in an owner-occupied dwelling, which probably means you have a mortgage or had one in the past.
    Borrowing to buy a home is a normal part of American life. Almost no one saves up for 30 years, then buys a house for cash. We would rather live in the house as we pay for it. Life is just more pleasant that way, for us and our families, and that’s one of the benefits of living in a country with a well-established system of borrowing for long-term needs.

  • Column: Vote for Parnell to protect Medicare and Social Security

    How many of you have a preexisting condition such as diabetes, heart problems or maybe cancer? How many of you depend on Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security? How many of you are realizing an increase in income due to the Republican tax cuts?  
    The Republicans tried and failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals with preexisting conditions to purchase health insurance at an affordable rate. I have yet to see their replacement plan, and our Republican governors have rejected billions of dollars in Medicaid.

  • Column: Gregory: Yes on recreation bond, education superintendent change

    I’d like to share my thoughts on a couple of ballot questions Lancaster voters are considering.
    First, Amendment 1 is a constitutional amendment put forward by the S.C. General Assembly. It asks if the S.C. Constitution should be changed in order to allow future governors to appoint the state superintendent of education, as is done in most states.

  • Candidate's Column: District 5’s Taylor asks for your vote

    To the voters of Lancaster City Council District 5:
    Friday’s Lancaster News contained an awesome write-up by reporter Mark Manicone about the Before You Vote Forum, and it stated the reason I did not attend this event.
    Several weeks ago I sent an RSVP to the chamber of commerce saying I would not be able to attend. I asked Lancaster News Editor Brian Melton if it was mentioned at the forum that I had responded to the invitation, and he said he did not hear it.

  • Letter: Back Neil Couch for school board

    I am a voter in school board District 5, and I support Neil Couch. Neil has the teaching experience, coaching experience and business experience to serve our county as a well-rounded school board member.
    Neil will bring a much-needed, fresh, young perspective to the school board. Please vote for him. He has the experience to make a real difference for all students in Lancaster County schools.

    Scottie Eargle
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Buskey is unknown quantity in House District 45 race

    With so many early voters, I really wonder if voters in District 45 know the issues each candidate is running on.
    Brandon Newton seems head and tails over Corin Buskey. He took the time to answer the newspaper’s background questionnaire, which tells us a lot about the candidates.
    We know nothing about Buskey, other than she’s worked 17 years in corporate America.
    Has she really tried to find out what District 45 wants? No one in our subdivision seems to know anything about her.

  • Letter: It’s our turn! Vote yes on rec bond

    Over the nearly three decades we have lived in Lancaster County, we have had the fortunate experiences of cheering on our three boys at soccer and baseball tournaments throughout South Carolina.
    Those tournaments will always be a part of our family’s memories. Wonderful, wholesome memories of kids playing a sport they loved and working as a team to accomplish a goal.