Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Alvin Greene

Voters should have detected deficiencies

Although I, a Democrat, voluntarily relocated to South Carolina, I never thought that some of my fellow Democrats would be so careless with their vote.

Even with rudimentary research prior to the primary, Alvin Greene showed himself to be a cardboard cutout, no platform, no depth, no funds and no campaign. Where was the investigative reporting? Where was the Democratic leadership? Where was the informed choice of our few Democratic voters?

How useless to vet this candidate after the fact.

Eva Scharfstein

Pawleys Island

Governor race

Barrett proves worth of service, values

On Tuesday, S.C. voters will return to the polls in a runoff election to nominate the Republican candidate in the general election for the office of governor. I strongly endorse and support U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett for that office. I have known Gresham for several years now and can vouch for his conservative values, as those being the ones I believe in also and support completely. His service in Congress the past seven years has been outstanding and more than qualifies him to be governor of our great state. Therefore I strongly support and will vote for Gresham Barrett on Tuesday and encourage all voters of South Carolina to consider doing the same.

Dick Steele

North Myrtle Beach

Voting

Open primaries invite manipulation

Re "Closing Ranks," June 12 editorial:

I disagree that closed primaries are an affront to democracies. On the contrary, open primaries disrupt the process by inviting cynical results through poll manipulation. The basic premise is if your candidate is clearly a front runner going into the primaries, the best way to enhance a win is to vote for the weakest opposition candidate to ensure victory. Nikki Haley was considered damaged by the illicit affairs campaign, especially on the heels of Mark Sanford. In some circles she was considered unelectable. Hence, receiving positive results from the opposition party - but it seems to have temporarily backfired. The result won't be finalized until Tuesday, and ultimately Nov. 2.

This tactic is used by both parties and should be stopped. The "jungle primary" concept is equally silly. Simply allow the respective parties to hold their own closed primaries - winners proceed to the open election.

Chris Merillat

Myrtle Beach

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