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Calls for resignation grow tiresome
I rarely pick up a newspaper anymore without reading about some party or politician asking for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign. I'm sick and tired of it.
Everyone knows what the politicians want. What is important is what the voters of South Carolina want. Most of us believe Gov. Sanford is the best governor the state has ever had. Had he been allowed to implement all of his good works the state would be better off today.
The majority of elected politicians deserve to be voted out of office. Instead of pursuing a vendetta against Mr. Sanford, they should be helping the governor govern.
VERNON WAYNE OTT
Too much about Sanford in the media
I am frankly tired of seeing Gov. Mark Sanford's picture on the front page or elsewhere in the newspaper every day. He has admitted his wrongdoings. While others are investigating matters of travels, vacations, etc., would the paper back off for a while? As for his traveling first class, I can't see the governor of South Carolina traveling coach or second class. Most voters believe very few public officials could withstand much public scrutiny. Please let the governor and the state legislators do their work.
AUDREY B. WELCH
Sanford's position raises questions
Gov. Mark Sanford has raised questions about his fitness to govern through his own irresponsible actions when he left the state without letting authorities know his whereabouts. People in this state now want to know the results of the preliminary Ethics Commission Report to judge whether there is evidence of further unfitness to govern. Whatever Sanford's legal rights turn out to be, by trying to suppress that report, Sanford creates the impression that he has acted unethically in other instances. We do not need a governor who is unable and unwilling to stand up to public scrutiny. Please, governor, put the state of South Carolina in front of your own interests, and resign.
PETER H. SWANSON
Gov. Sanford's resignation overdue
Gov. Mark Sanford's legal battle against transparency in government, a battle to interdict the sharing of information contained in the preliminary Ethics Commission report with legislators who will determine his political fate, is rightly being contested.
Sanford claims the information in that report will belie the "reality," which he intends to present to parties who will answer the question that he answered incorrectly even before The Associated Press documented his regular (mis)usage of state resources for personal purposes: Should he stay, or should he go?
There is something good that's come from Mark Sanford's legal wrangling: The governor has had less time to (mis)use more state resources to support more personal pursuits - his trips around the state to seek forgiveness from South Carolinians, at our expense, mind you, for letting us down when he lied to his staff about his whereabouts when he left the country in June.
For a man who's been so preoccupied with spade-calling since elected governor, it's almost ironic that he cannot grasp just how stacked against him the deck has become.
The State Ethics Commission claims that his attempt to block legislators from reviewing the ethics report was filed prematurely; I submit that this is reflective of a larger pattern - so too was his statement regarding his decision to remain in office.
Mr. Sanford's resignation is long overdue. His refusal to submit it wastes more of our time every day. And waste was once the last thing most of us expected to be the best word to characterize his political career.
MICHAEL S. SMITH II
Revenue agency makes taxpayer's day
In this day and time of bad news about our state government, I would like to share the most pleasant experience I recently encountered at the S.C. Department of Revenue.
I was greeted by a courteous welcome and was signed in. As I waited in the lobby for my name to be called, I observed many others enter, whom all were greeted and thanked as they left to conduct their business
When my name was called, I met with my specialist and not only did she process my paperwork, she made a couple of internal phone calls to help process the application so I would not have to make a return trip. At one point, she received a phone call and said that she was with a taxpayer (I actually felt like I was a customer) and she would have to call them back. As closing time was approaching, she said I can get this finished in just a few minutes, if you don't mind waiting after 5.
I walked out at 5:03 p.m., application completed. Thank you for the most pleasant experience.