Letters to the Editor

Tuesday's letters to the editor

Politics driving force in health bill push

It has become increasingly clear to me that the current U.S. House and Senate members are not listening to the people as our Constitution calls for. What is the hurry to push through a health bill when every public opinion poll clearly shows the public against what is now on the table? There is only one possible answer, politics.

As a nation we all want to see health care reform, that the polls also clearly shows, but it does not need to be done in a ramrod fashion that does not meet with the approval of the majority of our people.

What again is the rush? Often when you make a hasty decision it does not have the best outcome. I know that this issue has been in debate for some time, but not long enough to have the support of the public as the bill is currently written.

Why not take the time to get it right even if it takes years to do and have bipartisan support as well as the support of the general public?

We most certainly have got "Change", as President Obama said we would; it is the "you can believe in" part I am wondering about.

We elect politicians to do the people's will, not control the people. That is what this administration seems to be trying to do more and more.

I am going to have to research the word transparency. It apparently does not have the meaning that I thought it did.

DON FETNER

Columbia

Pay raises come on backs of taxpayers

It has been reported that Congress and the Obama administration have just authorized a 2 percent pay increase for all federal employees. The report stated that these employees will also receive a 1.5 percent step increase.

What possible justification can there be for these pay increases? Millions of Americans are unemployed. Many of them will soon run out of unemployment benefits. Other workers are now on part-time status or have been placed on unpaid furloughs. Social Security recipients received no cost-of-living increase for the first time in many years. The great spending program continues on the back of taxpayers for a selected few. We already know there is something terribly wrong in Washington and this action too defies common sense.

STEPHEN DELLER

Columbia

'Hoax' might lead to good results

Apparently, ignorance truly is bliss when it comes to blindly thrashing out about global warning. Tom Stollmaier, ("Children need to know global warming truth," Dec. 11), seems to believe there is some monumental conspiracy for "financial benefits" going on by some folks who are perpetuating the "hoax" of global warming.

Heaven forbid that the world do something about trashing its environment. If this "hoax" actually is found to be true, we well may be forced to wake up to life in a clean world with a healthy environment for the children the writer is so concerned about. Wouldn't it be just awful if new industries tied to development of "green" technologies provided badly needed permanent careers for our citizens? After all, America has never been about innovation and has never before been ahead of the world in providing the most desirable place to live in history, has it?

One's head just spins about the effects of our accession to the theories being put forward by all those "liberal university professors ... brainwashing our children with all these lies about man-made climate change." Why, living on a planet that takes care of itself could be downright terrible, couldn't it?

BOB GABBARD

Columbia

Sanford, Legislature should be ashamed

Sunday's story about Gov. Mark Sanford successfully dodging the bullet was well done. I think, however, you've missed the essential element. It's abundantly clear that our spineless Legislature decided that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Sometimes things should be done for no other reason than they're the right thing to do.

That said, Mark Sanford has proven beyond any uncertainty that his shamelessness is without limit. A man with any measure of decency and honor would have quietly resigned, gone in a hole and pulled the dirt in behind him.

I'm thoroughly disgusted with all of them.

GEORGE MARTIN

Chapin

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