Taxpayers had friend in Grady Patterson
Grady Patterson was a true friend, not only to the taxpayers of South Carolina, but also to all state employees as he endeavored to protect the retirement system for all. He was conservative in fiscal matters which is the very core of conservatism. He was not a conservative, with a strict ideology, but was conservative in matters that affect people's lives.
I am a retired teacher, and I have expressed my thanks to him personally, and to many others, both during my teaching career and during my retirement. He did not advise investing too much of the state's retirement funds during the stock market boom of the '90s, but counseled caution. He truly helped so many South Carolinians through his wise management of state funds.
Thank you, Grady, and God bless.
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MELVINA C. JORDAN
Shopper seeks stores promoting Christmas
If businesses want to increase sales during this year's Christmas season they would be wise to use "Christmas" in their advertisements and displays within their establishments. We say "Merry Christmas" in my home, and my money will only be spent with businesses that do the same. If you don't advertise Christmas, then I don't purchase your products. I hope others do the same.
A museum tour to remember
It is essential to learn from the mistakes of the past to ensure they are never repeated in the future. As a docent at the South Carolina State Museum, I urge Columbia residents to visit the current exhibit called 'Deadly Medicine Tour." It focuses on the despicable practices of the Nazis in Germany during the Holocaust, the experiments and torture they used to achieve a "perfect race." My own grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins were murdered during this terrible time in history. The tour is emotional and heart rending, but it also helps us all realize the importance of preventing discrimination of any kind based on race, religion, gender or beliefs. It will definitely be a tour to remember.
FAYE GOLDBERG MILLER
If Sanford won't leave, move on
Our governor still amazes me with his personal issues. His personal and private life is costing us millions. As our state struggles with money and job woes, can we afford this? He should have stepped down and solved the issue. The welfare of the state should be any politician's first priority, not one's pride or defense of one's well-being. He should stop wasting money on lawyers and step down. And, if he does not, the Legislature should quit the process of impeachment or none of the state's issues will be worked on.
Mark Sanford will leave as the one who preached one thing and did the other, one who left more to be solved than he solved.
Columnist's job is to tell the truth
Marilyn B. Summers' letter ("Newspaper readers have diverse beliefs," Nov. 27) accuses Warren Bolton of a lack of sensitivity for the growing diversity of religious faith groups now in our community and state. On the contrary, Mr. Bolton was very sensitive to these groups that Summers named: Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, Hindu, and Unitarian. They all need to know Jesus, and Mr. Bolton told all who read his column what a life-changing experience it is, to come to know Jesus. What is insensitive, is to know Jesus and keep your pen or mouth shut.
ROBERT J. TILLER
Religious influence permeates nation
Based on the federal judge's ruling that "I Believe" on license plates is unconstitutional, it seems our national anthem would be unconstitutional because it contains the line, "In this be our motto in God is our trust." The Liberty Bell would be unconstitutional because it has engraved on it, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof", which is Leviticus 25:10. Prayer that was started by Ben Franklin in Congress with a paid Christian federal chaplain would be unconstitutional and prayer that the U.S. Supreme Court begins with would be unconstitutional. Even our Declaration of Independence would be unconstitutional because it refers to God and a Supreme Being.
The license plate ruling is without merit. It conveys a government-sponsored message: hostility toward religion and is in violation of the Establishment Clause by prohibiting the free exercise of religion and the freedom of speech.
M.K. FLOOD Charleston