Letters to the Editor

Letters: Senate obstruction preserves permanent alimony


There seem to be endless ways that one lone state senator can keep bills from being voted on. The only reason to use this power is if the senator believes the majority supports the bill.

Allowing these blocks is not conducive to good government. It’s saying, if you don’t play the game my way, I’ll take my ball and go home. This is why there is such gridlock.

There are many grassroots movements in this state that work very hard to get a bill passed in the House only to have it die in the Senate without a vote. S.C. Alimony Reform has been trying for six years to reform the archaic permanent alimony laws in South Carolina only to have the bills delayed or killed each year by one senator. Permanent alimony usually means you have to pay your ex-spouse for the rest of your life. Many of our members will have to keep working until their ex-spouses die or they die themselves.

It is past time for the delays to end. At the very least, a senator should publicly explain such an objection. Every bill deserves an up or down vote. The majority should rule.

Wyman Oxner


S.C. Alimony Reform