Sunday letters: Independence not favorted by Legislature

April 20, 2014 

— Most S.C. voters are straight and have negative feelings about homosexuality and lesbianism. Politicians know this and exploit these opportunities.

The recent choice of a book by the College of Charleston that positively portrays homosexuality was a great opportunity for politicians, and they docked the college $52,000 for its reading program. Reaction by college faculty was predictably negative.

Now the General Assembly has voted Daniel Ravenel off the Board of Trustees because he was not immediately favorable to the choice of Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell as college president. Both the student government and the Faculty Senate have voted “no confidence” in the board.

Kicking Ravenel off the board sends a message that the college and the board answer directly to the Legislature, with little independence. It’s just another example of a corrupt Legislature willing to pander to the lowest common denominator, and to justify its hunger for power.

And don’t be surprised if the idea for such manipulation hasn’t emanated from some think tank. It’s all about political motivation through hate: We’ll show those college elitists who’s boss.

William A. Johnson

Mt. Pleasant

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