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Letters, September 4, 2013

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:33 am

Eric Muller diatribe

I read with interest Eric Muller’s opinion diatribe (freedictionary.com: a bitter criticism or attack) in his Aug. 29th letter “John Brock column.” I also read Tom Slagsvol’s letter in which he ended with “You lose Mr. Muller, but you are very funny.” I don’t find it funny; I find it sad.

All objective evidence supports the fact that under Obama’s stewardship the United States is in decline economically (e.g., poverty is up, wages are down, and fewer people are in the workforce), socially (e.g., racial strife is up, more young adults are living with their parents, and fewer two-parent households), internationally (e.g., relations with Russia are strained and the US is now unpopular in Egypt and other Mideast countries), and it goes on.

Mr. Muller’s blind support of Obama ignores the harsh reality that his policies are disastrous for the United States and its people. Since he can’t provide objective rationale for his position, Mr. Muller resorts to using terms such as lies, ignorant, and scare tactics (how did he miss “racist” and “homophobe”).

Obama got over 51% of the vote in 2012 and now has 43.8% Job approval (Realclearpolitics.com). It is not that people don’t like Obama; it is his policies they don’t like.

To columnist John Brock; keep up the good writing. And to Tom Slagsvol: kudos for your response to Mr. Mueller’s balderdash (freedictionary.com: senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense).

Philip Holberton

Back to school message

Dear Students,

Commander Ed Jayroe and members of Andrews American Legion Post 69 extend our best wishes to our students for a happy, safe and successful school year.

Now is the time to reach your potential by developing productive study habits and defining career goals. Always seek the assistance of your teachers, guidance counselors and clergy in overcoming obstacles and difficulties. Consider participating in study groups, school clubs, sports, ROTC, church and community activities.

Always treat your classmates, teachers, police, fire fighters and adults with respect. Use your communication skills to develop trusting and caring relationships. Never bully anyone. Consider mentioning a younger student, or helping a senior citizen, or volunteer to help a veteran. Establish a food bank, or a scholarship fund or organize a cleanup of school grounds and community.

Avoid gangs, drugs, alcohol and smoking. These behaviors are harmful, illegal for teens and often can be deadly. Never touch a weapon without adult supervision. Never carry a weapon, especially to school. If you see someone with a weapon immediately tell a teacher or the police.

This school year honor our veterans and troops by achieving your best and being a role model for your fellow students. Take time to learn about the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and our heritage. You are the future of our great nation , of South Carolina and our community.

Google National American Legion to find out information about child welfare, family assistance, youth support, scholarships, Boys’ and Girls’ State programs and the Law Cadet Program. All are outstanding programs of the American Legion.

Also Google the National Crime Prevention Council for drug, alcohol, bullying and gang prevention information.

American Legion Post 69 can be reached at (843) 543-4652. All war era veterans are encouraged to join their local American Legion Post.

For God & Country,
Greg Bennett
Children & Youth Officer
Andrews American Legion Post 69

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