Sanford decision will impact future
The word of the day is precedent, defined as a decision in a previous case that is taken as a ruling to be followed in succeeding cases. On Wednesday, a House subcommittee established a precedent for the conduct of S.C. elected officials when it voted against impeachment for Gov. Sanford.
The governor had engaged in multiple ethical abuses of his high office in order to conduct extra-marital liaisons with his Argentine mistress, not only abandoning the duties of his office but also lying about his whereabouts. He has misused state funds and state aircraft.
So the subcommittee's action has given encouragement and latitude to future immoral officials who will scheme to find ways to get the taxpayers to foot the bill for hanky-panky. They know that a mild reprimand is the most they can expect from our Legislature.
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Hearings on Sanford were waste of money
Finally the taxpayers have won, now that our elected officials do not need to waste money trying to impeach the governor. What he did with his personal life has no bearing on his skills to govern.
Now maybe we should form a committee to investigate that waste of money our elected officials wasted holding these hearings. All the while they forgot the citizens of South Carolina. They forgot they need to use their energies to work on improving our education system, help with health issues, work on unemployment and help our governor lower taxes. Just think how many people could have been employed with the money wasted.
Children need to know global warming truth
The last paragraph in Venkat Lakshmi's column on Wednesday, "Hope beyond Copenhagen," says it all.
He writes, "with good education on climate change, the youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow's climate movement." That's exactly how the man-made global warming hoax will be perpetuated. The government-run public schools and our liberal university professors are brainwashing our children with all these lies about man-made climate change. Unless concerned and informed parents sit their children down and explain the truth about this issue and why the lies are being told, this hoax will be cast in stone for the future.
So parents, do the right thing, and learn the truth about this hoax by researching sources other than the mainstream media and the radicals who are perpetuating this hoax for the financial benefits they will continue to receive. Can we say Al Gore?
Confederate flag boycott inconsistent
I am more than a little confused about the NAACP boycott of South Carolina over the Confederate flag still flying on the State House grounds. The last I remember, the ACC conference was canceling a baseball tournament in South Carolina because of the NCAA support of the NAACP boycott. On Saturday, colleges from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. met in the Pioneer Bowl, the only NCAA-sanctioned bowl game between two historically black colleges and universities, at Benedict College football stadium, which is in South Carolina.
Since the main concern of the NCAA and ACC was tension caused by breaking the NAACP boycott, and there was no tension caused by the Pioneer Bowl, then it is safe to assume the tension concerns are unfounded. If someone could explain how the boycott rules apply to the ACC and not these other conferences, I would appreciate it.
Don't condemn all gamefowl breeders
There were a few things missing from Saturday's article about gamefowl and cockfighting. For one, there are hundreds of people who raise and breed gamefowl simply because they love the breed, in order to maintain historic bloodlines and for legal showing at fairs and poultry shows.
Although the breeders' association that was mentioned in the article seems to be promoting illegal fighting, there are many legitimate gamefowl breeders' associations that promote legal showing and breeding.
Also, it's not entirely true that they are bred for "aggression." Gamefowl are much more closely related to the wild jungle fowl, from which all chickens originated. Males of practically any variety of chicken will fight if roosters that are strangers to each other are placed together.
Finally, the fact that gamefowl are so hardy and so closely related to wild fowl gives them immunity to many diseases that has in many cases been bred out of domesticated chickens. We need to keep gamefowl around for genetic diversity. If a horrible disease were to spread through our domestic populations, we might need gamefowl to replenish chickens for both meat and eggs.
I would like folks to please not vilify legal gamefowl fanciers and certainly please not be against such a beautiful, versatile and awesome bird.
WILLIAM B. BOOKHART III