Graham taking stand for country, state
I want to thank Sen. Lindsey Graham for standing up for his beliefs, especially his most recent efforts to work on the causes and effects of global warming. He alone among our top officials is working for positive change.
Sen. Graham is working for folks who love their state and want it to prosper in a safe and clean manner, meaning just about everyone in this state, letter writer Paul McCracken and his ilk excluded. That's a pretty conservative platform and can only be achieved by reasonable people from all sides coming together to work on a common goal.
A good representative works with those in her/his party who vary in their views as well as with those of other parties. The only good legislation is that made by compromise among all shades of belief. People such as Mr. McCracken, who wrote the hate-filled letter, "Graham doesn't live up to conservative label," printed on Dec. 10, frighten me. How can folks like him be so sure they're right all the time? He needs to run for dictator if he was airing his true feelings. His letter was very anti-American.
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What Mr. McCracken wants is to have another rigid conservative in the Senate like unbending Jim DeMint. They want to keep South Carolina back in the '60s, though I'm not sure if it's the 1960s or the 1860s. Look at the Corridor of Shame and the current jobless rate and the pollution of our rivers and lakes to name just a few problems from which this state suffers. The status quo sucks.
It's time for South Carolina to move on. Thanks, Sen. Graham, for doing the right thing.
Critique of Jenny Sanford questioned
Recently several people have commented that Jenny Sanford comes across as a fairly cold person.
Perhaps they prefer someone who makes impetuous and irrational decisions in an apparent effort to gain recognition for their emotional "depth."
Oh, right, we've already got one of those - our governor.
CHARLOTTE T. BROOKS
Is columnist expert on climate change?
How should a reader interpret the recent column by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Michael Smerconish ("Another layer of confusion," Dec. 9) about climate change? He evidently has serious questions about whether climate change exists.
He throws in a few paragraphs about how many thousands of scientists support the contention that man-made climate change is occurring, but the rest of the column is slanted in favor of the skeptics.
But who is Michael Smerconish? What are his credentials for questioning scientific data? Please don't print a controversial column like this without some more information about the author - and his newspaper affiliation is not sufficient.
Meanwhile, we need to remember that nothing in those British e-mails suggests that the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of current studies reporting data in support of the climate change hypothesis have been tampered with to favor that hypothesis. Yet, that seems to be what the American public believes happened. I guess they'll just have to hide their eyes when those pictures of melting glaciers, floods, droughts and species going extinct show up on TV.
Lawmakers should consider their ways
A message from the distant past to our legislators considering the impeachment of our governor: He who has not sinned, cast the first vote.
REV. BENJAMIN B. SMITH
Remembering the battle of Chosin
Fifty-nine years ago this month, elements of the U.S. First Marine Division, U.S. Army Seventh Infantry Division, a unit of British Royal Marine Commandos and some other supporting units broke out of a large trap designed and developed by the Chinese Communist Army to annihilate all United Nations forces.
The Chinese surrounded us with more than 120,000 troops. There were only about 19,000 U.N. Marines and soldiers. Of the estimated 12 Chinese divisions, only four were healthy enough to re-renter the battles later in the war.
There were 17 Medals of Honor, many Navy Crosses and more than 10,000 Purple Hearts awarded as a result of that battle, later called the Chosin Reservoir campaign.
I haven't seen any articles, stories or even mention of the Korean War, other than giving notice on June 25, 1950, the North Koreans had invaded South Korea.
I'm beginning to understand why Korea is known as the Forgotten War, and now I feel like adding overlooked and ignored.
HAROLD F. SLAWSON
Chosin Reservoir Survivor
The photograph accompanying Dr. Steve Gordin's column about the health care system in the Monday Forum was of New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin.