Letters to the Editor

Thursday's Letters to the Editor

S.C would benefit from climate bill

I recently had the opportunity to visit our nation's capital, joining the National Wildlife Federation and S.C. Wildlife Federation to ask our members of Congress to support clean energy and climate legislation. It's a historic moment, and a unique opportunity to revitalize all parts of South Carolina's economy - not just maintaining our current prosperity but raising up people and communities in desperate need of new opportunities.

Clean energy already has created thousands of jobs in South Carolina, but we've only scratched the surface of its potential. Within just a decade of its passage, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act could create nearly 25,000 new jobs and increase South Carolina's economic output by nearly $2 billion every year.

But we must also consider the cost of inaction. The real and growing impacts of climate change already are hitting our most vulnerable communities. These areas face disproportionate burdens and are least able to deal with them. If we don't act now, our economic problems will only deepen, and the cost of treating unhealthy communities will continue to rise.

We cannot allow the scare tactics and deep pockets of special interests to protect polluters, limit our energy choices and stifle a wave of clean-energy jobs. I respectfully ask Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham to follow the leadership of Rep. James Clyburn and so many others who supported the clean energy and climate legislation that passed the House in June. The time for action is now.

DURHAM E. CARTER

Columbia

Democrats are no penny-pinchers

So Joel Lourie, South Carolina's only Jewish senator and a Democrat, is offended that someone would say Jews were penny-pinchers. Well, I can see how a tax-and-spend Democrat would be offended by being included in a group of penny-pinchers.

I too was offended by the Orangeburg Republicans' comments. They grave credit to the wrong group. With names such as Faircloth and Bagley in my family tree, I have thrift in my blood.

I believe it was an old Scottish saying that if you take care of the pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves. I have two questions for Democrats in government: Can a penny-pincher be a Democrat, and can a Democrat really be a penny-pincher? From what I have seen lately, the term "penny-pinching Democrat" is an oxymoron.

CHARLES E. JOHNSON

Hartsville

McLawhorn column lacks sincerity

How disingenuous of J. T. McLawhorn to pen an op-ed ("Better race relations key to economic growth," Monday) on the need for racial harmony to help our state's economic standing.

This after he helped turn the Joe Wilson comment into a racial issue. Racism is not mono-directional, as the media would have one believe. Mr. McLawhorn has proven this. Working together needs commitment from both sides.

LARRY MILLER

West Columbia

Doctors used to focus on improving lives

I can appreciate Dr. Jason Lynn's comments and position on health care (Tuesday, "First, they came for the doctors ...") but find him a sad indication of the state of our society. As he is so wrapped up with his concerns about "non-physician intervention, and less reimbursement," he seems to have missed the point that I would have thought a doctor could appreciate: that health care reform in this country will allow more people access to good medical care and, with that, an improved quality of life.

I seem to remember a time when doctors chose their career based on what they could contribute to people's lives, not just to be glorified as one of "the best and the brightest." I guess those days are long gone - or maybe it was just another myth all along.

MARK GENTRY

Columbia

Where have decency, compassion gone?

My husband and I went to the State Fair Sunday at around 3 p.m. Lots of cars were exiting the parking lot, but all the gates were closed. We were detoured into a lot across from Gate 6 and parked almost behind the Farm Bureau on Shop Road.

A very distraught family exited the truck next to us. The man was handicapped, and they had been unable to convince anyone to allow them to park close enough to the gate for him to enjoy the fair. They even offered to drop him off at the main gate and park the truck elsewhere, but nobody would listen. He would be forced to sit in the truck while his family left him behind.

We talked to everyone parking cars. Everyone - even those standing beside empty golf carts - refused to help. We finally talked one kind lady into taking the man in her golf cart to the main gate of the fair, where he rejoined his family. All of this was totally unnecessary. Where is human compassion and decency when a retired police officer and disabled army veteran only wanted to enjoy the last day of the fair with his extended family?

DEBORAH F. HUTTO

West Columbia

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