Cap and trade bill would ruin economy
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the proposed cap and trade bill to control carbon dioxide emissions would cost $846 billion in the next decade alone. Industries would reduce operations, lay off workers and/or buy carbon credits. Many would close down.
More than 30,000 American scientists have signed a petition urging the U.S. government to reject anything similar to the Koyoto agreement. They say there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of greenhouse gases will cause catastrophic climate change. Global temperatures have been falling since 2001. Temperatures have fluctuated over the past 8,000 years, and current temperatures are below the average over those years.
Nuclear energy, with reuse of nuclear waste, as done in Europe, is an economical, clean, plentiful source of power. Clean coal technology is another. Drilling off-shore and on government land and in Alaska can supply our oil and gas needs without any foreign purchases.
Congress is ignoring all this and proposing economic devastation.
ROBERT W. DEGENHART
'I Believe' license plates discriminatory
Am I correct in my understanding that Christians feel discriminated against and, therefore, need a state-issued license plate proclaiming their belief in their religion over any other religion? A license plate that Christians will pay extra fees for every year?
Are these some of the same people who have Christian "fish" symbols, church bumper stickers and other religious ornaments adorning their vehicles? Have they not already made their statement?
Whether the state promotes these tags or not, the state produces them and gains income from them. Therefore the state is actively involved in the promotion of these tags and the symbolism behind them. That is unconstitutional. This state already has wasted money fighting this case - money that could have saved some jobs and added some needed repairs to our roads and other state-maintained infrastructure. Isn't it time to stop wasting tax money on discriminatory agendas?
Honor vets working in classroom
I am a veteran of the U.S. military. I celebrated Veterans Day the way I have many days since my honorable discharge: teaching U.S. history at a high school in South Carolina. Unfortunately. my service is not as valued here in South Carolina as it is in other places in America.
Many states honor their veterans by counting some of the years spent serving their country toward years of experience for pay purposes. Why doesn't Sough Carolina honor our veterans who have chosen to serve in the classroom in the same way? Tennessee gladly accepts up to five years of military service. Florida will take four years. Veterans teaching in classrooms in these states are valued a little more than those teaching in the home of the Swamp Fox or Thomas Sumter.
I call on the state Legislature to require school districts to join these and other states in honoring veterans who teach public school.
Wilson represents all of his constituents
I am totally appalled that Cindi Ross Scoppe would refer to congressional districts as "black" and "white" ("The thing that's worse than 'you lie!'"). According to Wikipedia, Rep. Joe Wilson's 2nd District contains a 26 percent African-American population, and Rep. Jim Clyburn's 6th District has a 40 percent white population. These districts contain South Carolinians of different races, religions and ethnicities. To divide South Carolinians by race does not move race relations forward. I am proud to be represented by Joe Wilson, who fights for every constituent, regardless of race, creed, color, religion or party affiliation.
Rep. Wilson worked across party lines on an energy bill that he offered with Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie from Hawaii. This bipartisan bill would help reduce energy costs for all South Carolinians. Joe Wilson has a long history of working across party lines and to imply differently is just plain wrong.
Spirituality easier than being religious
I enjoy the Parade supplement that comes with the Sunday paper. I found the article "Has America become more spiritual" interesting but not surprising. The article pointed out that many people consider themselves spiritual but not religious; in other words, they have rejected organized religion.
To be a viable part of organized religion requires sacrifice of time, talent and possessions, and there are many folks who want the stars without the scars, who desire the crown but reject the cross.
The Bible tells us that when we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit comes and brings to us a gift or gifts. The purpose of the gift is to build the body. If a person is not a part of the body, then he or she must bury the gift. In Matthew 25:14-30, we see the result of burying the gift.
WILLIAM R. GEDDINGS