Letters to the Editor

Short-sighted officials hurt long-term prospects

I recently read that budget cuts will eliminate a key source of well-prepared teachers with the termination of the master of arts teaching program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

This is not the only budget cut affecting our education system. Obviously, our state elected officials don't care if we are ranked 48th out of 50 states in education. Nor do they care that we spend $13,700 a year (2006 data) for each criminal in our penal system, while we spend only $8,700 a year (2004 data) for each public school student.

Why are they spending more taxpayer dollars on the effect of the problem than on the cause?

It is public knowledge that our on-time high school graduation rate is only about 55 percent and has only improved by 1.5 percent during the past 10 years. Do they understand that? Where are their values?

Why do you think it is so difficult to entice businesses to move to South Carolina? Part of the problem is that we don't have enough young educated people who want to stay here. Young professionals from outside the state are concerned about putting their young children in our education system

Do state officials really want to bring in new employers, reduce unemployment, reduce crime and raise average income? Then they should focus on giving all of our children a quality education.

Don't let Ben "Pitchfork" Tillman's legacy govern South Carolina any longer. Let's move into the 21st century.

Bill Kuttruff Hilton Head Island

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