DeMint's comments on gays off the mark
As a gay man in South Carolina, I read with interest Sen. Jim DeMint's statement regarding the LGBT community and found it to be not only disturbing and homophobic, but way off the mark.
He said: "Marriage is a religious institution. The federal government has no business redefining what it is. Governments should not be in the business of promoting a behavior that's proven to be destructive to our society."
If Sen. DeMint believes government should have no hand in marriage, I would suggest that he offer a bill which takes away any tax advantages, rights and privileges the government now offers to married people. This might help with the deficit and perhaps even health care.
As for the LGBT community being destructive to America. I would like to know how I, personally, have destroyed this country, and I'd like examples, not just political or religious rhetoric.
Clyburn's response to deals disappoints
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn has always impressed me as a man of impeccable character as it relates to how he conducts himself as our representative. In fact, it is my recollection that he emphasized principle over politics in his first run for Congress. That was a refreshing change from the typical politician.
It was disappointing to hear his response to the possible legal challenges to the special Medicaid deal for Nebraska. He suggested that he might be able to negotiate a similar deal for South Carolina. It would have been much more acceptable to acknowledge that dealmaking is an unfortunate part of the legislative process. His response only reinforces the conservative view that Democrats want a total federal take over of all aspects of health care.
CHARLES C. PURYEAR
Lawmakers' actions prompt outrage
In the not too distant past, bribery and extortion were categorized as felonies that, upon conviction, carried significant periods of confinement. Today they apparently are considered to be "concessions" given to or demanded by members of Congress for their vote. All law-abiding citizens regardless of what state they may from should be outraged by such blatant actions as the Nebraska Medicaid deal. To add insult to injury, Rep. James Clyburn said that rather than condemning them we should get together and see what we can get for South Carolina.
Sen. Lindsey Graham is absolutely right in questioning the constitutionality of such actions, and the U.S. attorney general, instead of organizing a circus trial in New York, should be looking into filing federal charges against the legislators involved as well as demanding Senate Ethics Committee investigations into the conduct of those involved and their suitability to hold office. Enough is enough. It's time that the American people should be able to look to their lawmakers with pride instead of embarrassment.
TERRY W. BROWN
Judaism foundation for Christian belief
I was very encouraged by what I learned when Marc Wilson gave me the opportunity to feel his inner thoughts ("A rabbi longs for a white Christmas," Dec. 21) especially interesting.
Judaism, as I see it, is the foundation of my Christian belief. The God of Abraham, Moses and the Hebrew prophets pointed the way for me. I have a mandate to pray for peace in Jerusalem. There is no difference between us.
Listen to the hearts of those who appear to be different; we will all at some point have the opportunity to come to the knowledge of the truth. Abraham is my spiritual father.
REV. EDDIE C. GUESS
Sanford should be removed from office
I believe the House Judiciary Committee was derelict in its duty by not recommending impeachment for Gov. Mark Sanford. I base this assertion on three facts: First, Gov. Sanford left our state without informing all parties as to his whereabouts and how he could be contacted in the event of an emergency; this is clearly dereliction of duty. Secondly, Gov. Sanford committed adultery, which is still a crime in South Carolina; how can all citizens of our state be expected to follow the laws when the governor is selective in which laws he chooses to follow? Thirdly, Sanford lied about his whereabouts.
Therefore I beg the governor to do the right thing and resign. If he chooses not to resign, then I implore the Legislature to impeach and remove him.
MARK D. SWEETMAN