Union County is sponsoring the Meansville Riley Water Company's application for a $350,000 grant through the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority. The grant would enable the company to install approximately 31,000 linear feet of new water main on eight different roadways and improve water quality. If requested to do so, should the county sponsor more such grant applications by other local water companies?
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Earlier this month, State Sens. Shane Martin and C. Bradley Hutto debated whether or not South Carolina should participate in the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. Hutto said he favors participation because it would provide South Carolina with $1.6 billion in federal funding which would enable the state to provide health insurance for the uninsured segment of the population. Martin, however, said he opposes participation because the federal government is $16 trillion in debt and cannot make good on its promises and sustain the expansion of Medicaid. Should South Carolina participate in the expansion of Medicaid?
A bill in the State Senate would deprive counties of the authority to regulate the disposal of solid waste within their jurisdiction. Union County Council has passed a resolution opposing this legislation. Should county governments have the authority to regulate the disposal of solid waste within their counties?
The Bonham Fire Department is willing to relocate if the site of its current fire station is needed for industrial growth. If the expansion of existing industry and/or the recruitment of new industry requires it, should Union County relocate the county jail, detention center, public works department and other county facilities in the Bonham community to accommodate it?
The intersection of U.S. 176 and New Hope Church Road in the Jonesville area has been the scene of 38 automobile accidents in the past eight years. The most recent of these was on February 15 and involved four vehicles. The presence of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School near the intersection has led to calls for a stoplight to be installed. Should a stoplight be installed at the intersection?
Since the school massacre in Connecticut there has been much talk about banning assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons, and large ammunition clips. As a possible alternative, Union Public Safety Director Sam White has suggested that persons who buy any type of gun through any venue including stores, gun shows, and private sales be required to undergo background checks and gun training and safety programs. Should persons who buy guns be required to undergo background checks and gun training and safety programs?
The massacre in Connecticut has reignited the debate over gun control. While he does not favor gun control, Union County Sheriff David Taylor has said he does not believe persons outside law enforcement and the military should have access to assault rifles or body armor. Should possession of assault rifles and body armor be limited to law enforcement and military personnel?
The school shooting in Connecticut has led to a debate about how best to keep our schools safe. The options proposed include allowing teachers and school staff to carry guns on campus or stationing armed guards/police officers at the school. Which option do you favor?