Judges often at odds with traditional values
On March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a historic Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day.
It said: "Whereas, the Senate of the United States devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation: And whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
Think about this proclamation in light of judge Cameron Currie arbitrarily taking away the right of South Carolinians to put an "I believe" license plate on their cars.
Let us all be thankful that the General Assembly unanimously approved the now banned "I believe" license tag, and that Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is continuing to fight this intrusion of the liberal federal judiciary and to stand up for enduring and fundamental values that are apparently at odds with prevailing judicial actions.
Higher speed limit about right for S.C.
We need more creative thinkers like state Sen. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland. The bill to raise the statutory maximum speed limit to 80 miles per hour will definitely improve quality of commute on our already congested roadways. In addition, I propose an increase to the minimum speed limit on interstates to 55 mph. Imagine the difference your morning and evening commute would be if everyone would just speed up a bit. If indeed we are already the worst drivers in the nation, there is no harm in trying to improve ourselves 10 mph at a time.
Again, I applaud our legislators resurrecting the window tint issue. It has always been my personal preference to have 5 percent window tint film on any vehicle that I own. For a little over $100 you can add any window tint to your personal vehicle from a local tint installer. Let's move forward and allow the S.C. residents make their own tint decisions based on their personal preference.
Christ's physical image is wrong focus
I loved the Nov. 18 column by Warren Bolton, "Jesus: Out of the frying pan, into hearts."
Thanks for pointing out the foolishness of people claiming to spot an image of Jesus on various surfaces. As he said, "... the Bible doesn't give us any real physical description by which to identify Jesus ...."
I am weary of people projecting upon Christ their own preferences in His appearance. Every picture of Jesus is merely a depiction of how the artist imagined Him to look. Our focus must be on the relationship that comes from being connected with the person of Christ and not his physical appearance.
My life was completely changed the night I met Christ 38 years ago. He is still in the business of changing lives. I couldn't care less about His skin tone or hair color.
Is President Obama the new Nixon?
Not since Richard Nixon have we had a President so astute at lying. He has broken every one of his promises to his supporters and the American people. Those that supported him would not be surprised if they had taken the time to look beyond this charming orator's persona. He insisted that the stimulus bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It is now 10.2 percent with no end in sight. All the stimulus bill has done is keep government employees working and devalued the dollar. By the way, simple math estimates the cost of each "saved" job at over $200,000. Just imagine how many employees small businesses could hire with that amount of money. Instead small businesses will be saddled with his Marxist medical plan that will kill future employment. Maybe one day the Obama supporters will wake up before he is known as Richard Milhouse Obama.
Pinning hopes on lottery riches too risky
I am not an economist, but I am smart enough to add two and two and get four. I keep hearing and reading in the media about what wonderful things that are happening in our schools because of the lottery, and that is true. However, there's another side to the coin.
The lottery takes money from people who really need it and makes them think that they are going to get rich. Therefore, I've concluded that it is not an asset for our state.
JAMES D. FAGAN
TV ads tout gift that might be too risky
The person or persons in charge of promoting the state lottery must be from the twilight zone. Their TV ads suggest that we buy lottery tickets for Christmas gifts. But, this means if there are no winning numbers - and the odds are high there won't be - we have spent money to give the recipients paper worth nothing. The only winner is the lottery commission. Just give me the cash so I can spend it on a sure thing.