Letters to the Editor

Letter | It’s past time for South Carolina to slim down elected office lists

I read with interest your lead editorial in The Sun News on June 15. (”South Carolina on right track with more appointed state leadership posts”) We may be on the right track but we are using a coal fired locomtive to reach our destination. We need to move to a fast track bullet train.

At the federal level we have only four choices: President, Vice President, running together; two senators, which in normal times we have only one to choose at a time (Jim Demint's resignation from the Senate gives us two this year); and a congressperson.

At the state level we have entirely too many elective offices for the average voter to study and make an intelligent choice. We have made improvement by allowing the governor and lieutenant governor to run together on the same ticket but even this was delayed until 2018 because one senator had a personality conflict with our sitting governor. In this election we have a chance to move the adjutant general from an elective to an appointive office. At the rate we are moving on this track it will take us many years to get to the place we need to be.

The next general assembly should allow the voters in 2016 to move the secretary of state, the state treasurer, the controller general, the secretary of education, the secretary of agriculture in addition to the adjutant general from an elective position to one appointed by the governor. This would leave only the governor-lieutentant governor and the attorney general as elective positions at the state level.

At the county level we should move most of the various elective offices (sheriff, treasurer, auditor, coroner, clerk of court, probate judge, etc.) from an elective to an appointive status. At the county level we need only to vote for county councilperson, state representative and state senator.

In order to effectively compete in the changing world economy we need to streamline state and local government and we need to do it now. We can't wait another 30 or 40 years to move South Carolina from the 19th to the 21st century.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island