Sunday letters: Haley’s gamble with hurt S.C.

September 1, 2013 

State of The State

MARY ANN CHASTAIN — AP

— First let me say that my family was in the farming business for more than 50 years, so I know what it’s like to live with the uncertain hand dealt by nature.

We many times enjoyed nature’s bounty and equally suffered under her withering vicissitudes.

We made the decision to gamble and live with the results. We exercised the limited control available to us to improve our odds through irrigation, good conservation practices, going the extra mile some of our competitors wouldn’t; it usually paid off.

While I applaud Gov. Nikki Haley’s concern for those now rolling the agricultural dice, I am quite disgusted with her willingness to gamble the future of the least fortunate of our citizens who lack health care coverage.

The governor is apparently so sure of the odds that she’s willing to gamble more than $3 billion — on other states that will receive monies available to and earned by the people of South Carolina.

All I can say is the governor wouldn’t have fared very well in the fields.

Frank Caggiano

Columbia

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