Letters to the Editor

Tuesday's letters to the editor

Analysis of Obama's Olympics effort unfair

The Associated Press report by Jennifer Loven and Julie Pace ("Games slip away; will Obama pay?") on Saturday serves to advance the right-wing narrative regarding President Obama's attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago (and America, by the way). The idea that our loss to Brazil suggests that Obama is not "a closer" or, more broadly speaking, capable of achieving significant results for America is an unjustified conclusion to draw.

I would note that David Brooks and Joe Scarborough, both responsible conservatives, have denounced the cheering that ensued on the extreme right when the decision of the Olympic Committee was reported. And both have complimented Obama for making the effort, Scarborough in his Huffington Post blog and Brooks on "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Fair criticism is one thing; hate-driven condemnation at every turn another.

PATRICK FRANK

Kingstree

Remembering lessons of weatherman Purvis

In 1977, I was hired by WOLO-TV to become its first 11 p.m. weatherman. To prepare me for the job, the news director sent me out to the offices of the National Weather Service located at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, where I met John Purvis. He spent a lot of time with me, a rookie, giving me a "Meteorology 101" course. I never forgot it. It was clear he loved what he did.

For all of us in the Midlands who have depended on the National Weather Service, we have him to thank.

FRANK W. BAKER

Columbia

Columbia's attraction for retirees

While the U.S. News & World Report article that listed Columbia as one of the top 10 places to retire did not mention Fort Jackson, there is no doubt that some 18,500 retired military members who are here heavily considered that fact. They may have selected Columbia for affordable housing, moderate cost of living, medical centers and closeness to places such as Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah and Charlotte, but the presence of a major military installation was the icing on the cake. Fort Jackson's recreational facilities, medical services and post exchange, commissary, etc. certainly were noted.

The benefit to Columbia is that the retired military payroll is some $440 million per year, most is spent locally, and comes in every month, regardless of the economic cycle. This provides great financial stability. Additionally, retired military members bring time, talent and bank deposits. Most enter second careers and are among our most prolific volunteers. It is a win-win situation.

ANGELO PERRI

Col., U.S. Army (retired)

Columbia

Attacks on Sanford hurt governor's work

I'm really getting sick and tired of these holier-that-thou politicians calling for the resignation of an exceptionally fine and experienced chief executive - supposedly in the name of "good government." Having lived in the state and observed its "good government" for almost 50 years, I've seen how considerable numbers of these "squeaky-clean" elected politicians commit the same sins with which they are attempting to tar our governor.

Gov. Mark Sanford should stay put. He was hired and re-elected by the voters of South Carolina, not by these ambitious wannabes. The state has great need for his wisdom, good judgment, steady hand and strength. His family life is his own personal business - not the Legislature's, not mine, not anybody's. These constant, vicious personal attacks are nothing more and dirty politics, and they are highly detrimental to our state. They need to stop.

SIDNEY PALMER

Columbia

S.C. student reflects on Wilson's behavior

Although Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst is slowly becoming old news, a couple of weeks ago my political philosophy professor at Santa Clara University asked for a one-page introduction to ourselves, as well as our opinion of Rep. Wilson's actions. He even told us we should challenge him and each other similar to the way Wilson challenged President Obama. I wrote a more personally relevant response, which reads in part:

I must confess I do not know enough about the health care bill to know whether or not President Obama was telling the truth during his speech. I also do not know whether or not Congressman Wilson's outburst was racially charged; I doubt even Congressman Wilson himself truly and consciously knows whether or not racism was a motivator. Regardless, it is incredibly rude, unprofessional, disrespectful and unpatriotic for an elected official to yell "you lie," or anything, for that matter, at the president during one of his addresses. I think it is a disgrace that within 24 hours of the incident, Congressman Wilson received a wave of campaign contributions reaching $1 million. It is because of people like Congressman Joe Wilson and his supporters that I grow more and more embarrassed to admit to being a native of a state I was once proud to call home.

SARAH JEFFCOAT

Myrtle Beach.

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