Columbia, SC — I was completely amazed by the Feb. 7, “Senator won’t be muzzled on mentally ill prisoners.” The cast of characters were a freshman legislator, a 30-year legislative veteran who was a committee chairman and a government bureaucrat looking for a promotion. A hearing was being held to question the bureaucrat.
The committee chairman decided that this hearing would not include questions about a court ruling that some seriously mentally ill prisoners had been inhumanely, and some had died. Instead, such questions could be asked later, in a one-on-one session.
However, freshman Sen. Marlon Kimpson ignored the request and went ahead and asked his questions.
Thank goodness at least one of the legislators understands how the system is supposed to work. That is for our elected officials to keep the unelected officials in check. Making sure they are doing their job, and doing it well. Asking the tough questions for all of us to hear and understand what is going on.
If our elected officials don’t challenge the bureaucracy, who will?
So, good for you Sen. Kimpson. Keep swinging. We need more guys like you.