State has bigger problems than Sanford
It is time for our lawmakers to stop the move to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford.
This state has high unemployment and unemployment checks delayed by an out-of-date computer system.
There is so much that needs attention in this state, and impeachment of Gov. Sanford isn't one of them. I so hope everyone who has pushed for this impeachment and wasted time on it instead of working on the problems facing a lot of people in South Carolina, will be saying goodbye at the next election.
Getting in line for cash from city
I read the article, "City antes up for Benedict bowl game", Thursday with a mixture of disbelief and amusement. After further consideration, and since Columbia City Council is in such a giving mood, including throwing in $10,000 to help Benedict College defray expenses for taking responsibility for a bowl game that they knew nothing about until a week ago - and does not involve their ball team - I have a request for City Council. Just this morning I was told that 12 members of my distant family will be coming to town, and I need $1,000 to assist in the expenses that will be incurred .
GEORGE W. PATTERSON
Afghanistan plan echoes Vietnam
Having served in the Vietnam War, I'm acutely aware that lost political causes can produce a tremendous loss of American lives. So for me it's hard to figure out what our president has in mind with the deployment of more troops to Afghanistan. I didn't hear him say his decision was based on a plan for victory. Did he make the decision to placate the left? Or, did he make it because he was backed into a corner by the left-right and who knows? Whatever the reason, let's hope we don't once again see our men and women standing on rooftops trying to catch the last boat out going down the river of defeat.
My prayers go out to our troops and our president.
JOHN WAYNE PARRISH JR.
Take look at new rules for mammograms
A recent letter ("New guidelines put too many lives at risk," Nov. 29) criticized the U. S. Preventative Task Force's new guidelines for mammograms. The writer declared "There are approximately 20 million in their 40s in the United States. The panel stated that one cancer death is prevented for every 1,904 women aged 40-49 who are screened for 10 years. If you divide 20 million by 1,904, it equals 10,504.2 lives saved." That conclusion is fallacious because it assumes that every single American woman in her 40s has a mammogram every single year, which is very far from the case.
The letter also cites that the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology are standing by the existing guidelines. It is certainly no surprise that radiologists view the new guidelines with anger and defensiveness. The ACS's knee-jerk reaction is disappointing. I would encourage women to research all of the expert points of view on the new guidelines before making the decision to radiate themselves over and above the new recommendations. Specifically, The National Women's Health Network, Ourbodiesourselves.org, and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation support the new guidelines. Even the National Cancer Institute, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and The Susan G. Komen Foundation, though not changing their recommendations as yet, are taking a measured, rational approach to the task force's findings.
Bolton justified in expressing his beliefs
I must respond to the letter by Marilyn B. Summers on Nov. 27 in which she condemns Warren Bolton's Nov. 18 column ("Jesus: Out of the frying pan, into hearts"). Mr. Bolton is an associate editor who was stating his view. But according to Ms. Summers, everyone but Christians have a right to state their views.
The writer stated that Mr. Bolton's editorial "only leads to division and makes non-Christians feel like second-class citizens." If that is even possible, these citizens must not have the faith in their own belief system that Mr. Bolton and I have in ours. Christianity is not about "pleasing the crowd," but about making disciples "as you are going" (Matthew 28:19). If only one person was spiritually encouraged by Mr. Bolton's column, he was doing his job. One person was. Me.