Tuesday letters: Mosteller served our state well

October 1, 2013 

JEFF BLAKE — jblake@thestate.com Buy Photo

— In today’s technologically advanced age, news travels quicker than before. We can watch television on computers, phones, tablets, not to mention the TV itself. So it came as no surprise that when Brooke Mosteller served as our state’s representative in the Miss America pageant, her audience was much greater than those in Atlantic City.

You have likely heard her introduction, as many media outlets have jumped on the opportunity to present her statement as “news.” Just as quickly as the news traveled, insults and judgment followed. Brooke has been unfairly criticized, as most of the articles published about her mobile home remark reference her predecessors.

Let’s set the record straight: Brooke’s coaches with the Miss South Carolina organization advised her to make that statement.

Brooke served as Miss South Carolina well, sharing the title of Miss Congeniality. She also earned the Children’s Miracle Maker Award for raising the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. So instead of insulting a young woman who was forced into her position, explore her “Go Higher” platform and realize how well she represented our fine state.

Taylor D. Gilliam

West Columbia

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