Too many careless
to carry a gun
Re Frederick F. Williston letter "Presenting gun can be enough," April 29:
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If we take Williston's argument to its ultimate conclusion, he would have us all going about our daily business armed with guns. Williston cited the Virginia Tech tragedy and how it might have been prevented if "one professor or one student had the training, the license and the proper weapon." What about the Columbine incident? Do we put firearms in the hands of high school teachers and students too? Is this really the best solution for maybe curtailing the acts of "bad guys" who, if they really are bent on shooting others, probably will?
From his experience, Williston assumes that with training, we all would handle our weapons properly. In my experience, he is including too many Americans who demonstrate they are careless, mistake-prone, frequently use bad judgment and are not serious about responsibilities involving human life. Are these the kind of people we want walking among us carrying loaded firearms?
There is no easy solution. But what's scary is that people like Williston see American society so threatened by this issue we need to arm ourselves, further exacerbating the problem rather than seeking better strategies for keeping firearms out of the hands of the "bad guys."
Cleary has it right on schools issue
Local citizens have had the opportunity to read various comments, information and opinions pertaining to the Georgetown County School District's bond financing issue, including input by Sen. Ray Cleary.
The rational conclusion one can draw is that the school district's approach to funding school operations needs some work.
Members of the Georgetown County school board asked for legislative assistance from at least two of the four members of the General Assembly representing Georgetown County. On March 17, Rep. Vida Miller introduced the bill (H4755) that could turn the request into law.
Had a few concerns with the special legislation not been raised by citizens in Georgetown, the questionable legislation could have become law in less than a month.
Cleary doesn't need me or anybody else to make his case for his involvement with the matter, or for his involvement in and support for education generally.
However, the candor and forthright speaking, supported by facts and the record, that he has demonstrated is seldom seen these days. Cleary has given some clear guidance to our dealing with the hard choices we face moving forward.
Senator looks out
Sen. Ray Cleary should be applauded for his vote to uphold the governor's veto of legislation that would have allowed the Georgetown County school board to engage in operational deficit spending - something that is very unwise and prohibited by the state constitution.
The senator has taken a strong stand for responsible spending by the school board. State Department of Education numbers show that Georgetown County school district enrollment continues to decline while per-pupil spending continues to increase, despite this tough economy. District enrollment fell by nearly 190 students or 2 percent between 2008 and 2009, while per-pupil spending actually increased from $13,064 to $13,104 in the same period. Yet, according to state Budget and Control Board reports, the county school board spends less than 50 cents of every dollar in the classroom on instruction.
My thanks to Cleary for looking out for taxpayers' interests by taking a principled stand against Washington-style deficit spending.
Trailer tax could aid school system
I was again bewildered by the state budget and the increases in fees to residents (which we don't need) and decreases to schools and roads. The negative needed to be made up can so easily be reached by licensing all these trailers that are on our roads. They do as much if not more damage to the roads and contribute absolutely nothing to the upkeep. I happened to be working in my yard and counted at least eight gardening trailers go by within a matter of an hour. Just imagine what the whole day was like? Some of the sizes are ridiculous. They are larger than the vehicles pulling them, which makes it difficult to even see the vehicle. Plus many of them have no lights. We are one of the few states that do not take advantage of this fountain of revenue.
What are our representatives in Columbia thinking? Taking away again from our already failing school system, which ranks almost last in the country, and cutting back teacher time and pay is a travesty. Get these trailers licensed by size and end this mess.