Letters to the editor

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Farnsworth support

As November 4th draws near, I would encourage voters to look closely at the Dorchester District 2 School Board election. Education is the foundation of a strong community and our School Board sets the vision for that foundation.

As a parent of a Dorchester District 2 student, it is important to me that we elect proven leaders with a vested interest. We need leaders who will be a strong voice for our kids, parents, teachers, and community. Justin Farnsworth has two children in our schools and his wife is a teacher in the district. That is the kind of vested interest I think we need on our board!

Working for a global financial firm, Justin truly understands what it takes for our children to be successful in the real world. As a US Navy Veteran, Justin has the exemplary leadership skills that will make a positive difference in our schools. His experience and unique skill set will be an immediate asset to the School Board!

My family is proud to call Justin a friend. Please join us in voting for Justin Farnsworth on November 4th!

Dr. Torie Clark

Summerville, SC

Show me the $$

I wonder if there is some additive that is secretly put in the food of our elected officials when they get to Columbia or Washington. Quite often lawmakers seem to forget the folks back at home when they start spending our money. They conveniently forget that no government has a job and everything that is purchased comes from the taxpayers’ pockets.

After representatives spend a ton of money to get their dream job, some of them start to whine about how they can’t afford the expense involved and vote themselves a pay increase. Wouldn’t it be nice if every working stiff in the country had the same advantage?

Granted, legislators occasionally have a decent idea, but they seem to ignore the practicality of it when they don’t project it out for years ahead. Thus, the idea becomes unreasonable. It was a wonderful idea that everyone should have healthcare, but somehow the expense and repercussions were not factored past the end of their noses or the next election. Allowing our borders to be unhampered to cross was a dream for many but the dangers and expenses that came without sufficient regulation has become a nightmare for states and educators across our land. Now an elected official thinks there should be a SC law that all law enforcement officers wear body-mounted cameras. Good idea? Absolutely. Practical?? NOT! He admits that the cost has not even been evaluated, but will have to be paid for at the local level.

I imagine that many law enforcement agencies already know the benefits of having the equipment and have it on their “want” list, but let’s give them a chance to look at their financial resources. If cities and counties are forced by statute to pony up the expense, they will have to cut back somewhere else to meet their budgets. Which programs will suffer? Who will it affect – DSS, food stamps, schools, fire departments, libraries, parks and all law enforcement agencies that are already short staffed and under equipped? How much will everyone’s taxes increase? Don’t even think “grant money” as that is really taxpayer money, too.

The homework needs to be completed. Neither the math teacher nor the voters will give any points for not finishing the equation.

S. M. Salmon

Summerville SC

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