Bravo to leaders for gateway plans
Thanks to the mayors, council members and local officials of West Columbia, Cayce and Springdale for their foresight to provide the airport corridor with a much-needed face-lift. Not only will this renovation offer a good first impression to visitors of the capital city area, but it also reaffirms the fact that we are a community of the 21st century in our capacity to provide sidewalks and bike lanes that benefit multimodes of transportation. These facilities provide safe transportation options to those without the luxury of owning a car, and also offer the residents areas to recreate with their family and friends.
In addition to the benefits that this corridor will provide in terms of the health and fitness of its users, the renovations will benefit the businesses along the roadway, increase property values and improve retail and commercial development. These remarkable advances are being witnessed as cities across the country improve their transportation infrastructure, and we look forward to seeing these changes come to our area.
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Newspaper readers have diverse beliefs
I was absolutely shocked over parts of Warren Bolton's Nov. 18 column ("Jesus: Out of the frying pan, into hearts"). The lack of sensitivity for the growing diversity of religious faith groups now in our community and state overshadows his writing.
Surely he must be joking to think that he could leverage his position as an editorialist to so restrictively make his claims for an absolutism about Jesus. This kind of writing belongs more in his own denominational media - not cast out to an interfaith reading public.
I would guess that it's extremely difficult for any Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, Hindu, Unitarian or other reader to trust Mr. Bolton's competency and awareness about religious diversity after reading his declaration that "Jesus, God in the flesh, is Lord and savior, the path to salvation."
This elevation of Christianity is extremely belittling to the unique pathways that any Jewish, Muslim and other people have taken through their own histories, cultures, rituals and beliefs. It only leads to division and makes non-Christians feel like second-class citizens.
Mr. Bolton deserves an "A" for his admirable commentary on payday lending and other struggles that so critically face us. But in this Christian evangelizing, he has backslid into an "F."
MARILYN B. SUMMERS
Wilson diversions can't excuse outburst
The apologists for Rep. Joe Wilson need to stop diverting the focus of the arguments condemning his outburst. They compare the booing and heckling that has occurred for decades in Congress with Wilson's solo outburst during President Obama's speech.
There's no comparison. Booing and heckling has always been a part of that forum. The calculated outburst from Wilson was meant to draw attention to himself and went beyond the norms of reasonableness.
Wilson had plenty of time prior to the president's speech to voice his belief that the president is a liar. He has had plenty of time since to do the same. However, he chose to do it within the lights of national television and ensure he was the center of attention.
If you believe Wilson's outburst was calculated, then he is rude and self-centered. If you believe his outburst was spontaneous, then we have a representative who is unable to control himself in a public forum. Regardless, Wilson does a disservice to his constituents and all people of this state.
Palin's book gets unequal scrutiny
The Associated Press assigned 11 reporters to "fact check" Sarah Palin's book? How many were assigned to check Barack Obama's, Al Gore's, Bill's or Hillary's books? What more does anyone need to prove the media slant and how out of touch they are with the public?
The media and politicians should look back at Dan Rather's attempt to get George W. Bush at any cost - -including fake documents. They cannot destroy Palin's popularity.
OLIN W. ROPER
Salute to veterans wins Gator applause
As a visiting Gator to the USC-Florida game on Nov. 14, I was hyped to see some great college football but came away far more impressed by the wonderful tribute to veterans. It was hands down the best halftime show I have ever seen.
Kudos to all who were involved in the planning, production and performance of this spectacular show. The acknowledgment of all veterans and family of veterans in the audience made it particularly heartwarming.
Thank you, USC, for such a fantastic tribute to all our brave and selfless veterans.
Wednesday's editorial said Attorney General Henry McMaster has recused himself from prosecuting some cases because of a conflict of interest. He has not.