Letters to the Editor

A few thoughts on state spending

I just trade in my '12 vehicle for a new one. Why did I trade it in after only two years on the road? When I had my original vehicle checked for a mechanical problem, I was told of other multiple potential problems due to the many potholes on our roads here in the Sun City/Hilton Head area.

After doing a little probability math, I decided to get a new car before things got worse, obviously due to the conditions of our pothole-filled roads.

Meanwhile, Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen to refuse millions in federal dollars to provide health care for 320,000 mostly hard-working South Carolinians. Could those federal dollars have freed up other money for road repair and infrastructure?

And speaking of health care, we should not confuse social progress with socialism (a way to redistribute wealth). Social progress is how we give all kids access to top-notch public education, make Internet access feasible for more residents and provide cost-effective health care. The growing gap between the haves and the have-nots has translated into crime and more people on welfare -- results that undermine our global competitiveness.

And one final thought: why are teachers so underpaid here that some district hire teachers from other countries? The answer is clear: extreme conservatism is destroying this great state. We need new state leadership and a focus on giving everybody a chance to become a contributing member. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Don Cotnoir