Thursday letters: Does Haley really want to help?

January 23, 2014 

State of The State

SC Gov Nikki Haley

MARY ANN CHASTAIN — AP

— I applaud Gov. Nikki Haley for taking a stand to help the poorer school districts, which has been promoted for half a century by S.C. Democrats. I trust she is not using this ploy to advance her chances for re-election. The minds of our children are not political footballs, and words without deeds are deader than the dodo bird.

S.C. politicians and leaders must wake up to the fact that we are an interdependent society, and we all rise and fall together — not by keeping a large part of the population uneducated, stigmatized, discriminated against and destined for repeating the poverty cycle.

If Gov. Haley truly believes in helping the poor school districts, she would not have rejected the federal funds for the expansion of the Medicaid program. She cut off her nose to spite her face.

I applaud her recent comments on education and look forward to her aggressive leadership. According to an independent study by the University of South Carolina, the rejection of funds for Medicaid expansion will cost the state 7,000 new jobs and $12 billion in lost revenue over the next 10 years. Can the governor justify her actions?

Carlos W. Gibbons

Chapin

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