Beach belongs to all, including dogs
Re April 5 letter by Beverly Long, "Dogs shouldn't be on the beach"
I disagree fully. I have two dogs I take to the beach daily.
I pick up after them. I buy my bags at the pet shop; they come in a roll, easy to put into a pocket and you have as much as you need for a day of fun.
Yes, dogs urinate, but the sand takes it up quickly. Yes, I have seen piles on the beach also, from some careless dog owners. That's sad.
People with children bring food, toys, beverages and leave it behind for others to step in, that doesn't mean children shouldn't be able to go to the beach. I also see dirty diapers left behind.
I did take my dogs to the barc park when they were young. I encountered many fights with other dogs and people who could care less if their dog steals your dog's ball.
We live here at the beach, and it should be for everyone to enjoy, people and animals as well.
We should be supporting schools
Is South Carolina anti-public education? Recent legislation, elected officials' opinions and public opinions/comments via news interviews/letters to the editor seem to endorse the end of public education.
It seems that South Carolina holds the value of those public school educators, administrators and others employed in the public school education industry in very low regard.
There are two identical bills currently under consideration, one in the S.C. House and one in the S.C. Senate. These bills are pro-school choice/vouchers/private education/home schooling. One of the provisions would provide a $1,000 tax credit per child for supplies for parents who home school.
Currently, public school teachers receive a $250 allowance per school year, for supplies they provide for their classrooms, consisting of anywhere from 20 to over 35 students per class. That equates to less than $10 per student for public school teachers while home school parents, who usually have far less training and teaching related to education than public school teachers, would receive 100 times that reimbursement per student.
If South Carolina truly wants to educate its young people for employment in the 21st century, one would think that investments in the public education system, improvements in the curriculum and facilities, and proper reimbursements to those responsible for the education of the students would be a high priority.
Shame on us.
Partisan bickering overshadows work
Each party is so busy blaming the other for the mess we're in that nothing seems to be getting done. It is vital to our country that both parties get together and come up with a solution to our problems - especially with regard to unemployment and rising energy prices.
Before each election we get inundated with mail and phone calls letting us know how much they have done for us and why we should elect or re-elect them. After the election, they seem to have forgotten the people who elected them. I've always been proud to cast my vote, but lack of accomplishments by both parties makes me wonder why I should even bother.