Letters to the Editor

‘Forever To Thee! Not, UofSC!’ No true Gamecock will buy into the new logo

Gamecock logos line up on the hurdles in the new indoor track and field complex at USC.
Gamecock logos line up on the hurdles in the new indoor track and field complex at USC. tglantz@thestate.com

When I heard the University of South Carolina had released a new logo, I was anxious to see it, but what an incredible disappointment it turned out to be. UofSC? Are you kidding me?

It is my understanding that an outside firm, not just outside the USC marketing department, but outside the state of South Carolina, came up with this ridiculous logo that no true Gamecock will ever buy into.

The University of South Carolina (THE USC) was a school before California was even a state, so Southern Cal should have no right to our name. We are also “Carolina,” not UNC Chapel Hill as many people outside the state believe.

We will never be UofSC, and the suggestion that we change who we are and have been since 1801 is a slap in the face to all Gamecock alumni. USC/Carolina fans and alumni are sick and tired of being treated so disrespectfully by commentators and people outside of this state who do not understand our fanaticism and our love for our school. Forever To Thee! Not, UofSC!

Sidney Gatch


Fairfield’s education bonus program raises questions

Looking at the Fairfield County School District bonus program, three major questions come to mind. First and foremost, their base salary must be comparable to the base salary of other districts for the additional $5,000 bonus to have relevance. Second, the bonus will have a positive impact only as long as they continue the program. Third, while I value all work and respect everyone willing to work, I cannot understand why Fairfield would also include a $3,000 annual bonus for support staff positions, bus drivers, cafeteria staff etc, where I have never heard of an issue with retention or in filling jobs. While the “support staff” bonus is a nice thing, the need and financial benefit for the district escape me.

William Barlow


Single-payer health care seems like a scheme

Many are falling for the idea of “single-payer” health care. That is a huge mistake.

Single payer, to my knowledge, does not favor competition in pharmaceutical companies. That means there is no prod to either have drug price competition to lower prices for the consumer or to improve the drugs already on the market.

This is a huge flaw and concern. Don’t fall for “single-payer” schemes. It is either naivety or a fraud. I’m not falling for it and don’t think it wise to go that route.

Danny House

West Columbia

If Ocasio-Cortez’s misstatements be forgiven, why can’t Trump’s?

I saw a Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez interview where she said, regarding her incorrect statements of the past, “If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally .” OK, if it’s OK for her to get facts incorrect at times, then why isn’t it OK when the left feels Trump has made misstatements.

On that same slant, if Kevin Hart is actually forgiven for old statements regarding LGBTQ, etc., and asked to do the Oscars, then why can’t people forgive Trump for some of his bloopers! Hypocrisy abounds in the swamp.

Jeanette Macchiaverna


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