Today's Opinions

  • Letter: We need Ken Buck’s knowledge, experience

    As a parent of three children in the Indian Land schools and a volunteer in our schools, I cannot imagine a better candidate to fill the District 7 school board seat than Ken Buck.
    Our schools need someone who understands what is going on in the classrooms and with our children, and also has the experience to deal with the issues. I know that he has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, something that our school board needs.

  • Letter: I back Studebaker for probate judge

    I would like to express my support for Dee Studebaker, who is running for Lancaster County probate judge.
    I am a local attorney, and probate work is a part of my practice.  Over the last year, I have had the good fortune to appear before Studebaker, the county’s associate probate judge, on several occasions.

  • Candidate's Column: Couch: I favor on-job training, paying teachers for extra duties

    Expand career and technology classes. Pay teachers for things done outside of school hours. Reduce teacher requirements that take away time from teaching.
    These are a few reasons I hope to serve District 5 on the Lancaster County school board.
    Having been a teacher and coach for five years at Buford High School, I have firsthand experience in the classroom and on the sidelines.

  • Column: Why we are voting for Parnell

    My husband, Tom, and I are voting for Archie Parnell for Congress, and I would like to tell you why. 
    We met Archie when he first declared his intention to run for office in early 2017, and my husband began to work as a volunteer for his campaign. During these almost two years, we have come to know him and his family well. He is, without a doubt, one of the finest people we have met.

  • Letter: We weren’t lucky, we were blessed

    I take exception to your Oct. 12 headline about Tropical Storm Michael: “Lucky again, as storm blows past.”
    The headline should have read “blessed again,” as Darren Player, the county emergency management director, said in the article.
    Luck had no part in both storms not devastating Lancaster County. It was God who spared our county from being torn apart. An untold number of prayers were answered.

    Carl Mintz
    Heath Springs

  • Letter: Candidate apologizes to debate audience

    Editor’s note: The writer is the Constitutional Party candidate for the 5th District congressional seat. He debated at Tuesday’s Before You Vote Forum at USC Lancaster.

    I must give a public apology to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and the audience for my poor performance at the forum Tuesday night.
    The public attended to receive more information about the candidates. I am afraid I did not do a very good job of it. I came prepared to talk about the issues. I was thrown off focus by the questions I was asked.

  • Letter: Democratic Party favors rec bond

    This month, a presentation on the proposed Lancaster County parks and recreation bond was made at the Lancaster County Democratic Party’s monthly meeting.
    Sherri Gregory and Pamela Trimnal made a very informative – and entertaining – case for the county’s voters to cast their ballots “In Favor Of” this referendum.

  • Candidate's Column: Newton agenda: Education fixes, Santee Cooper decision

    First, I want to say thank you to the people of Lancaster and York counties for allowing me to represent you in Columbia. It has been truly humbling to be chosen to represent my community in the General Assembly.
    While it seems hard to imagine that the 2016 election was almost two years ago, election time is near and I am asking for your vote to continue to represent you in Columbia.