Ruffin supports interests of district
Somehow it does not surprise me that The Herald would endorse the current York County Councilman for District 3. This district includes half of the county, has only one vote on the council, and includes the Bethany community, Bullocks Creek, Hickory Grove, Sharon, Smyrna and York.
I am sure that it is in the best interest of Rock Hill for Mr. Cox to remain in his current seat since he is for everything that Rock Hill holds near and dear and volunteers those of us in District 3 for every tax-and-spend project that Rock Hill can dream up.
Cox promised an open and transparent government. We are still waiting!
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Meanwhile, most decisions are rubber-stamped in public while all real discussions go on privately or in executive session.
We can't wait for election day!
Vote Kenny Ruffin who truly wants representative government for York County.
Gullick is a gifted leader
In the 1990s, I lived in York County. Even though I've moved back to my native Lowcountry, I am proud to support state Rep. Carl Gullick.
Gullick's political career began in 1992, when he toppled the Democratic chairman of York County Council, leading the council's first GOP majority. When Carl and three other freshman council members took office, York County was, to sum it up in a single word, broken.
The county had lost millions in illegal investments of retirement funds, taxes were out of control, county government was regularly the subject of protests of dozens and then hundreds of county residents, and there was no clue about how to address problems that were facing the county, including congested roads and replacing thousands of jobs lost due to the collapse of the textile industry.
Carl was asked to serve as chairman of County Council on his first day in office. Since the last three chairs had all been ousted at the polls amid feuding, finger-pointing, and political gridlock, some warned his tenure would be short. Fortunately, for both Carl and York County, this story ended very differently.
For his entire eight-year tenure, Carl Gullick remained chairman of council. But he did more than wield a gavel and set agendas -- he truly led York County. In that time, they voted the Pennies for Progress program, and then 71 percent of voters approved renewing the 1 cent sales tax. Industrial development increased notably and county government began to work for the people instead of over and against them. Carl was one of those who looked beyond the present crisis, believed things could be turned around, and worked hard to make that vision a reality.
That's the kind of leadership you don't find very often.
Carl was, as he is now, sometimes unconventional and not afraid to speak his mind. He doesn't take orders or follow agendas, but has remained the deep thinker who sees solutions and works hard to make them happen. In today's world where scoring political points often seems more important than solving problems, Carl Gullick is a true asset in the House, just as he was in county government in the 1990s.
Who's responsible for 'Pennies' shortfall?
According to The Herald, we have completed only seven out of 40 of the road projects from both the 1997 and 2003 Pennies for Progress taxes which have brought in around $300 million. I would like to know who is going to be held accountable for this. Joe Cox is in favor of another Pennies for Progress tax without accounting for what went wrong with the last two. Western York County citizens have only one option: Vote for Kenny Ruffin on Tuesday.
Leah Moody offers a new approach
Sometimes The Herald Editorial Board makes a mistake, and their endorsement of the District 17 state Senate seat is one for this year. The Herald endorsed the candidate of "experience" over one who represents the energy and new ideas that the Legislature sorely needs.
Creighton Coleman is cited as the person with legislative experience, so let's see what that experience has brought District 41 and Fairfield and Chester Counties. During the eight years in which Mr. Coleman has represented Fairfield and Chester Counties, they have not experienced a notable improvement in either education or the unemployment rate.
Both Chester and Fairfield Counties have populations in which over 30 percent of their residents age 25 and younger do not have high school diplomas. Chester and Fairfield Counties both have unemployment rates that are gradually moving toward 7 percent.
Mr. Coleman's voting record is not one that represents the best interests of his House district. There is little significant effort to improve the plight of their school systems. True, he supported Act 388, which replaced property tax with the 1 percent sale tax increase. The result next year will be the local school boards struggling to find funds to meet the basic needs to provide quality education for our children and meaningful compensation for our teachers.
Jobs continue to leave Fairfield and Chester Counties without an influx of new jobs. Mr. Coleman must be held accountable for these shortcomings. He is the poster child for old ideas that produce the same old results that benefit the select few and ignore the greater needs of the community.
As Leah would say, "It's a new day" and the time for change we need in the state Senate. She is not totally without experience as The Herald's endorsement might lead one to believe. Her experience is not just titles but rather knowledge of how to write, support and manage the development of new legislation. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in constitutional law at both the state and federal level. Her commitment to the community has been tireless. We don't need more of the same, and that is what Creighton Coleman represents.