Cayce council needs to grow up, lead
Cayce Mayor Elise Partin received a solid mandate in the election a year ago, and those of us who supported her then continue to support her as the dynamic leader she is.
I can't remember such excitement as when the charette plan was first announced. When council voted against funding the process, we were so proud that our mayor had the moxie to go out and raise the money herself. I participated in the charette, as did many residents, planning and development experts and business leaders.
The results were progressive and forward-thinking. Even Lexington County and the mayors of neighboring West Columbia and Springdale were eager to work with us. But once again our plodding City Council refused to create a steering committee - comprised of residents and business owners focused on implementing this visionary plan. Instead, council relegated the task to the city's Planning Commission (whom the council appoints) with no mandate to move forward. Message received? Status quo.
What bothers me most is the appearance that some are deliberately trying to embarrass our mayor with innuendo rather than focusing on bettering our city - platforms on which they, themselves, ran for office.
We take our votes seriously in Cayce, and we will remember this in future elections of council members. Advice to council: Grow up, man up, and focus on Cayce - not the woman who outclasses all of you.
Fort Hood tragedy a call for unity
As a nation, we mourn with the families of those lost in the Fort Hood massacre. We all have endured this part of living that we all regret. We are with you, but no one is ready for such a report as this.
Before we start pointing fingers and siding with Democrats or Republicans, we should truly come together for the families of those in the armed forces - and not only in mourning. The fight is not in the courtrooms, but on the battle field. History shows us that we can not win divided.
Marriage long a union between man, woman
I read with great interest Jerry Jewler's assertion that gays should have the right to marry ("Vote shows freedom is not for all of us," Monday). I was expecting him to provide the long-awaited standard, beyond simple feelings between two parties, by which our court system should legislate such unions. But instead, Mr. Jewler relegates himself to irrelevant and inflammatory references to slavery in order to stir up feelings in the absence of facts.
The institution of marriage as we know it has a standard. From the beginning of time, every human being has, without question or exception, come into life by the union of a man and woman. Throughout the ages and across all cultural norms, marriage has served as the ideal, long-term commitment of this natural union.
The value of the vows also can be seen in the children born in solid marriages. It has been shown, both experientially and through numerous studies, to provide a natural and nurturing environment that results in people who perform better in all aspects of their lives. We only need to examine the consequences of marital breakdown and divorce to understand the implication of this reality.
Regardless, the debate will go on because, as Ravi Zacharias so astutely points out, "How do you reach a generation that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings?"
We all have same right to marry
I was perplexed by a letter on Monday. The writer argued homosexuals should not be denied the same right to marry as heterosexuals. In reality, homosexuals and heterosexuals have the exact same rights regarding marriage: Both are allowed to marry a person of the opposite sex, and neither is allowed to marry a person of the same sex.
I found a comment on democracy also perplexing. The writer basically said we can't have a true democracy when we allow the majority vote to determine law. The definition of a democracy is a government by the people - rule of the majority.
Clyburn representing people on health care
Congressman James Clyburn may have been in Washington on Saturday, but he was looking out for us here in South Carolina's 6th Congressional District.
Congressman Clyburn helped pass an excellent health care bill that will give us more insurance choices, end denials for pre-existing conditions and break the stranglehold the insurance companies have over the system.
In these tough economic times, it's nice to have one less thing for our families to worry about because Congressman Clyburn represented the people of his district and passed a health care reform bill that will truly help us.