Sunday letters: Haley misses opportunity

September 8, 2013 

State of The State

MARY ANN CHASTAIN — AP

— I supported Gov. Nikki Haley in 2010 because I believed she would be a people-wise leader for all our citizens. Somewhere along the way, she turned out to be no different than the majority who preceded her.

She took an oath to support the constitution of South Carolina. Somehow that oath was taken in vain. The constitution spells out very clearly that there shall be one senator elected per county. And yes, I am very familiar with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned that provision. She could have challenged this or initiated language to change the constitution. She did neither, although I am quite sure she was aware of the situation when she took the oath of office.

Over the years, it has been normal practice for elected officials to suffer memory loss after their election, but that does not mean, even remotely, that it is acceptable.

And then there is the matter of jobs. It doesn’t take a college education to know the real reason for the high unemployment rate in our state and which group is most adversely affected by it. Here again, Gov. Haley failed to adequately address this problem.

Gene Deragon

Lamar

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