Ethics report leaves reader unimpressed
After reading the Ethics Commission report on Gov. Mark Sanford, I am not impressed. Sure there are some oversights on his part, which I would classify as very minor. Personally, I don't mind if my governor upgrades from coach to business class. I am saddened by the choices he made this summer, but I accept his apology and am ready to move on.
What we really need to be concentrating on is the economy in South Carolina. I sure hope the Legislature will feel the same way and start to get the budget in order. If legislators can swallow their pride and accept some of the suggestions Gov. Sanford has made over the past several years we might be able to make some headway in this state.
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Legislators seeing chance to get even
What's all this hullabaloo about the governor? I, for one, say leave it all alone. I hope the citizens of South Carolina realize that this is all about payback, not about the money. Somehow I think about squealing piglets at the State House. All the legislators keeping their powder dry for so many years waiting for their chance to get even. And they think this is the time to get their pound of flesh. I am weary of all the press this is getting. A lame duck governor with barely 11 months to serve. They could impeach him and have Andre Bauer for a governor for about six months. That's better?
All these Republican lawmakers in Columbia better take note. Cannibalism is a horrible road to travel. You don't know who's next.
Airport corridor plans overlook small things
I've read the Nov. 23 article about the roadside improvements to the corridor from the airport to downtown Columbia. The suggested improvements, which are needed and sound very nice, are aimed at attracting visitors and potential businesses to downtown Columbia.
However, there are some small things that are being overlooked. Several of the street signs that hang over downtown streets are seriously faded, many are to the point that the name isn't visible at all. This is not limited to the side streets that get little traffic; I'm talking about such major streets as Assembly and Bull. Just think of the impression a visiting business representative would have with a warm greeting into a city, only to have the city so worn down that even street signs need replacing.
The new signs might include a guide for pronouncing Huger and Gervais streets. We can improve the appearance coming into the city all we want, but until we improve the appearance inside the city, we would just be turning Columbia into a tourist trap with a fancy greeting that can't meet expectations .
'I Believe' controversy insult to Christians
I agree with Cindi Ross Scoppe in her Sunday column. The attorney general, lieutenant governor and General Assembly are pandering and insulting true Christians and wasting precious taxpayer money.
South Carolinians need one license plate for the purpose of registration and identification. I do have the "In God We Trust" plate because I didn't like the new standard-issue plate - looks like it's from Arizona.
As for the "I Believe" controversy. I do not believe in a stained-glass window emblazoned with a cross. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was crucified on and resurrected from that cross. Put that on a license plate.
I also believe the lord has ordained civil government, to be under him, over the people, for his glory, and the public good. I also believe the original intent of the establishment clause was to prevent the government from establishing a state church or religion. I found it ironic, but providential, that the "Inspiration" in Sunday's newspaper was, "Set your minds on things above, not on things on earth" (Colossians 3:2). Good and godly advice for the attorney general, lieutenant governor, General Assembly and, well, just everybody.
Now we know Sen. Landrieu's price
If I had been prudent and had saved up $300 million and 5 cents, I could have bought Sen. Mary Landrieu's vote and turned the course of history. But I didn't have $300 million and 5 cents to spare, and so Harry Reid was able to take $300 million from the treasury and purchase it instead. You go, Mary. Never let honor or integrity stand in the way of political aspirations. At least not during this, the most ethical administration in history.
DENNIS A TRAFFAS