Monday letters: Haley should act like S.C.’s CEO

March 16, 2014 

— Rather than being a ceremonial figurehead, Gov. Nikki Haley needs to act like the CEO of South Carolina. She must report to her office 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., spending all of her time analyzing every department under her jurisdiction. How many times have we had catastrophic situations where Gov. Haley “did not know” these events were happening?

The buck must stop with her. If there is a TB outbreak and officials are slow to react, hold her accountable.

Utilize the lieutenant governor as the ceremonial figurehead to attend events at schools, plant openings and the like.

In addition, Gov. Haley should campaign on her own time, after hours, and at her own risk (no state-funded security detail).

To save taxpayers money, the Governor’s Mansion should be converted into a museum, and future governors should pay for housing, cars, food and living expenses with their own money.

After all, don’t people run for governor for totally altruistic reasons rather than egocentric or self-serving ones?

Paul E. Jones

Columbia

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