Disgraceful conduct coming from the right
The political battles rage on regarding health care and other matters. I continue to assert that the right, generally, has one purpose: to crush not only President Obama, but also any moderate and progressive resurgence in this country.
Although there are a few responsible conservatives out there, that is why those on the right have no intention of supporting any health care proposal, and they have had no intention since day one.
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Now's not time to raise speed limit
Surely there are some positive things legislators need to busy themselves with. I am appalled, especially in this time, that Rep. Todd Rutherford wants to increase the speed limit to 80 mph. If it's 80, people will go 89, and those driving in the 70s or below will be run over.
It is the time to reduce our dependency on petro-dictators, reduce our carbon footprint, and reduce our auto insurance rates, not spend state money replacing signs. Speed kills. Are we trying to keep a few of our top officials from getting speeding tickets?
EMILY L. COOPER
Oyster festival lacked recycling
I agree wholeheartedly with your feature on Sunday's Oyster Festival. It was a perfect day with beautiful weather, great food and entertainment and a great atmosphere. The only thing that diminished our enjoyment was to discover there were no facilities for recycling the thousands of beer bottles, water bottles and soft drink cans that were generated. If there were, we couldn't find them.
Everything went into the trash with the food and paper garbage, and near the end of the day, festival staff collected the bags and hauled them away. Besides contributing to the quality of life in Columbia, it appears the festival also made a significant contribution of recyclable material to the city landfill.
Judge Currie criticism unfair
I read what Andre Bauer and some of the letters to the editor said about the "I Believe" license plate ruling, and I find any criticism of Judge Cameron Currie to be offensive.
I have known Judge Currie for years and know her to be a good Christian woman and a brilliant jurist. I worked with her for years when she was a prosecutor in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, when she was a federal magistrate judge, when she was in private practice and when she was the chief prosecutor for the State Grand Jury, which she set up.
She was always the brightest, most pleasant and fairest member of the team. She was an aggressive prosecutor, but she was never clouded by our desire to remove drug traffickers from the streets without due process or without making sure everyone's rights were protected. I do not call that liberal; I call that honest and fair. As far as the "I Believe tags," I believe that Judge Currie researched the issue and has an absolute legal basis for her decision.
Thank you Judge Currie for your many years of excellent service.
STEVEN A. SMITH
President Obama and meaning of terrorism
Webster's dictionary defines terrorism as "the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes."
What is President Obama's definition of terrorism? Does he have one?