Davenport brings integrity to job
Marion Davenport will bring integrity, character and maturity to the York County Council.
Many of the voters in Fort Mill and Tega Cay are familiar with Marion as the owner of Chirp and Chatter in the Food Lion Shopping Center on S.C. 160. Marion has been involved with the schools, providing approximately 860 bluebird house kits to the kindergarten classes at Springfield and Fort Mill Elementary Schools, and providing workshops for home-school groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She is a committed sponsor of the Anne Springs Close Greenway and has assisted in the environmental camps for the last four years.
Marion wants to keep lines of communications open among all the members of the district, and has an open mind to all items pending before the Council. She will maintain an open and meaningful dialogue among the County Council, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and, most important, the Fort Mill school district.
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Marion Davenport is someone who will try to balance growth and preserve adequate green space, which she will pursue in a manner that will respect the character and residents of Tega Cay and Fort Mill. I urge voters to support her on Tuesday.
Keep Sunday ban on alcohol sales
Come Tuesday, voters will be given the opportunity to lift York County's ban on Sunday alcohol sales. I encourage voters to continue York County's ban on Sunday alcohol sales.
As Southern Baptists, we express our shared convictions of the Lord's Day with our confessional statement, The Baptist Faith and Message.
Why has York County held to this long-standing tradition that alcohol not be sold on Sunday? It is out of respect for the church, and we as the church gather on Sundays because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
This debate is not about the consumption of alcohol, but the truth that Sunday is different because of the resurrection of Jesus. When someone not familiar with this truth comes to our county on a Sunday and is surprised that they can't purchase alcohol, they might ask why. Even if they do not fully understand why, there has been a witness to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
I encourage York County to gather around the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and vote not to discontinue the ban on Sunday alcohol sales in York County.
Bart Plaxco, pastor
Bethel Baptist Church
McCain succeeded on his own
Regarding the recent letter from Vincent Blackwell, my dander is up because of Blackwell's statement that "McCain became a Navy pilot because his father was an admiral." As a former Navy pilot, I can assure you that no one makes it through the Naval Flight Program because of their father's credentials. In fact, most flight instructors would have no knowledge of a student's background or heritage.
The chief concern of the instructor is that the student pilot learns to fly the "Navy" way and that the student does not kill the instructor in the meantime. To insinuate that McCain became a fighter pilot because his father was an admiral is ridiculous and insulting.
I would invite Blackwell to try his hand at landing a jet aircraft aboard a pitching deck carrier at night after having had 5 SAM missiles shot at him at low altitude in lousy weather after completing a mission over the friendly skies of North Vietnam. No, you can't do that just because your father is an Admiral.
Final point. John McCain was not a fighter pilot. He flew the McDonald Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, a single seat jet aircraft. The "A" in the designation A-4 means Attack. Therefore, he was deemed to be in the Attack Community and was an attack pilot. Had he been flying the F-4 Phantom jet, he would have been termed a fighter pilot -- "F" denoting Fighter community. As a former A-6 Intruder pilot, I can assure you the folks in the fighter community would be offended by me calling myself a fighter pilot !
Take time to get informed
Too many times, voters' only knowledge of issues and candidates comes from listening to media, neighbors, debates and family opinions. Their emotions are influenced by the sensationalism of brawling debates robbing them of truth behind candidates.
Voters are responsible to seek the truth about candidates and their stands on issues. There are many avenues to access information, including the Internet, candidates' statistical voting habits, government agencies and validation of candidate representation (the people or businesses). The voter must investigate candidates' sincerity about meeting campaign promises such as health care, poverty, job loss, tax increases, and education.
Making an informed vote is not easy. An informed vote only comes when one thinks critically.
Dare to discover the truth. Your vote will determine your destiny; make your vote an informed one.
Many helped fund trip for veterans
On Oct. 10, 26 World War II veterans, truly the "Greatest Generation," and 23 veteran guardians were treated to a free trip by bus to Washington, D.C., to see, touch, admire and weep at the memorial dedicated to honoring their heroic efforts to preserve this nation's freedom. All of them refused to concede that they were heroes, saying that only those who gave their lives were entitled to that honor. They simply did what they were asked to do.
This visit was very important to them, and it was imperative that the trip be made now because of the 30 million American men and women who fought, only about 2 million survive, and they are passing from our lives at the rate of 1,900 every day. That trip would not have happened without the financial support of many individuals, and businesses in York County, and they should be recognized for their generosity.
Judge Obama by his character
Barack Hussein Obama, while still practicing law, in the 1990s, represented the Association of Communlty Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Obama was involved in teaching community organizing classes for ACORN in the 1990s. During the Democratic primaries, Obama was endorsed by ACORN's political action committee.
William (Bill) Ayers was co-founder and leader of a group labeled by the FBI as Weather Underground, a domestic terrorist group that took credit for bombing the U.S. Capitol in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972 in protest of the Vietnam War. In 1987, Obama worked with Bill Ayers on Developing Communities Project, School Reform Project. Ayers, "just a guy in my neighborhood," hosted a "meet and greet" coffee in their home in 1995 to introduce Obama when he was making his first run for the Illinois Senate.
Sen. Obama has been a member of the Trinity United Chuych of Christ in Chicago since the early 1990's. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright pastored this church for 36 years, retiring early 2008 amid controversy. Wright's sermons were full of radical, racist, anti-American remarks.
As the late Rev. Martin Luther King so often stated, Judge not by the color of their skin, but the content of the character. The Democratic Party's slogan for the 2008 election has been, "Change we can believe in." According to the content of some character traits if Sen. Obama wins, we may get more change than we can believe in or really ever wanted!
Neither party offers good candidates
Yes, I'm going to vote on Tuesday, but I don't want to. Who can I vote for? There are no candidates or parties I feel are committed to the best interest of the country or possess the moral character to lead and govern this nation.
The Republicans are obsessed with big business and absolute free-market economics. The Democrats, too, are owned by special interest groups and big money, and are absolutely devoid of moral character.
Where is the man or the party, grounded in Christian principles, who will lead our nation back to its former status as a shining example of virtue, justice and opportunity blended with compassion and strength?
You are free to practice the faith which your conscience dictates but America is based upon Judeo/Christian principles, and those are the principles upon which our government will operate. Abortion is murder and must be stopped. The perversions that saturate our media are not a protected right and need to be regulated. The family is one man married to one woman. The push by the homosexual community to equate their movement with the civil rights movement is another of their perversions of the truth.
Immigrants are welcome into this country as long as they come in legally. We applaud their desire to better themselves. The illegal immigrant is not the problem but the businesses driven by greed who employee them. Correct the root cause of the problem. Any business that hires illegal immigrants will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Take care of Americans first.