- "Most bank robbers have been in and out of banks hundreds of times but only rob it once."
Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens,
on Gov. Sanford's defense against 37 ethics charges
- "I don't think it's government's job to be in the business of picking winners and losers."
Sen. Greg. Ryberg, R-Aiken,
on the failure of the S.C. Senate to approve incentives for Jasper County development while the Boeing package quickly passed
... (T)he governor's attorney makes the point that the governor has yet to be found guilty on any of the charges, saying that each can be addressed. We're certain that Mr. Sanford's constituents would like to hear his explanations - and soon.
Unfortunately, the case isn't expected to go to the Ethics Commission until January. Ethics Commission attorney Cathy Hazelwood says there is "no way" the commission can take up the charges before then, given all of the material that has to be considered, and all the people involved in the hearing process.
But in the interest of settling the issue, it would be great if the commission gave it a try. ...
Meanwhile, a House committee has already begun sifting through the 1,300-page report from the Ethics Commission as it decides whether to push for the governor's impeachment. Presumably, the committee will await a ruling by the Ethics Commission, unless it decides beforehand there's nothing to warrant impeachment.
The Post and Courier (Charleston)
Need for openness
Anyone familiar with the democratic process and the principles of open government would assume the people of this state have a clear right to know whether their Ethics Commission believes their governor is a criminal, whether the governor wants that information released or not.
But such is not the case in the Palmetto State. ...
Sanford, who has always pushed for more government transparency, waived confidentiality in this case. He later changed his mind, which took the issue to the Supreme Court. The justices ruled the process had to be public, but the commission still said it needed further guidance from the court before it could release its investigation. ....
It's time for the secrecy to end. Legislators should change the laws and open up these proceedings.
The Herald Journal (Spartanburg)
Helping the hungry
The reason for the need is easy to see: Nationally, the unemployment rate is 10.2 percent; in South Carolina it just hit a record 12.1 percent. More people are losing jobs every day.
Still, many people have good jobs and are able to put plenty of food on the table. Especially at this time of year, those of us who are fortunate enough to not worry about what we'll eat or when we'll eat it need to reach out and help those who don't know where the next meal will come from. ...
Although this is the busiest time of year for food banks and food pantries, the need doesn't go away after the holidays. In fact, people who are hungry now will be hungry in January, and the danger is that donations will drop off as the holiday season fades. If we have enough, we should strive to keep that from happening and make giving a year-round habit.
The Greenville News
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Abraham Lincolnn During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
- Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.