Today's Opinions

  • Pay attention

    Dear Editor:

    In this economic environment, we keep hearing of possible "excessive" compensation packages of the Chesterfield County Council, Lynches River Electric Cooperative Board and the Sandhill Telephone Cooperative Board.

  • Spratt must go

    If you ever had an ounce of appreciation or gratitude for John Spratt I imagine he has now squandered it. Rather than recognize that he is no longer the man for job he is clinging to what will be a terrible defeat. Spratt has been recognized as one of the Democrat incumbents likely to lose in November.

  • Faulkenberry calls for openness

    By Daryl Faulkenberry

  • Co-Op election is about openness

    One thing ought to be clear as Lynches River Co-Op members follow the campaign for the election of three seats. The co-op should shed more light on the $70 million member-owned enterprise.

    The law gives us precious little support in asking for basic information such as minutes of meetings. The state’s 20 rural electric cooperatives are not regulated by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and they don’t come under the state’s open meetings law.

  • Lynches River Electric Cooperartive

    In a few weeks Lynches River Electric Cooperartive will have its annual meeting to conduct a business meeting and re-elect directors. My first annual meeting was in October 2008 when I was hired as the interim Chief Executive Officer after Ed Drozd was forced to retire. Many may remember I served only one year and left in 2009 after the annual meeting where I introduced the new CEO.

  • Leaird: I serve Co-Op members

    Let me begin by saying thank you for allowing me to serve as District 6 Director for the past 27 years. I also represent you as a member of the Central Electric Cooperative Board in Columbia. Our main job is to negotiate wholesale power contracts with Santee Cooper.

    I was elected as District #6 Trustee in October of 1983. I have had three different opponents since that date. For those of you who do not know me let me begin by saying I am not a politician.

  • Steen served Pageland well


    News of the departure of Wal-Mart assistant general manager, Pageland Town Councilman and Chamber of Commerce president Joe Steen has been met with dismay around town. For good reason.

    The fact that it requires a long sentence just to describe his vocational and civic titles gives some idea of Steen’s contribution to the town. As second-in-command at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Steen has had a lot to do with the success of the enterprise from a business standpoint.

  • County right to market Pageland corridor


    The attractive new four-lane highway connecting Pageland and Monroe is more than a smooth ride to North Carolina. It is the key to economic development in Pageland and Chesterfield County.