Poor SC performance shows need for change

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 14, 2014 

The April issue of The Atlantic magazine had an article on Greenville and the Upstate, revitalizing the area's culture and economy, and extolling Mayor Knox White and Nancy Whitworth, the city's director of economic development. It read in part: "Overall, South Carolina is still poor, ranking 40th among the states in per capita income."

But there's much more. A New York Times op-ed last October stated: "Almost 27 percent of children in South Carolina are living below the poverty line."

Also, on the opinion page of your newspaper last November: "Eighty-six percent of the poor, uninsured, non-elderly adults in South Carolina will fall into the so-called 'coverage gap' in the Affordable Care Act because the state opted out of the Medicaid expansion, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured."

Also, in a letter on this page in January: "The K-12 Achievement Index of States that lists the best and worst school systems in the U.S. has just been released. South Carolina tied for the 6th worst school system."

Also, in a March story from the McClatchy Washington Bureau: "South Carolina is among the states most ripe for corruption because of government secrecy, weak ethics enforcement, little disclosure of legislators' finances, according to a nationwide analysis ..."

Surely, it is time to end spiteful politics and elect new leaders who will focus more on the needs of the good people in South Carolina.

John P. McLaughlin

Hilton Head Island

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