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Letters, September 18, 2013

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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

Register to vote

Tuesday, Sept. 24 is National Voter Registration Day which is sponsored locally by the Georgetown County League of Women Voters along with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

We plan to have members at local high schools in the city as well as at the Georgetown County Public Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to register prospective voters. Also, the Voter Registration office on Hazard Street will be staffed as usual to accept registrations.

We are especially targeting high school students who may be 18 years old by the time of the November election [in Georgetown] on Nov. 5, thus eligible to cast their votes.

The city election will be an important one and we urge parents to remind their sons and daughters to take advantage of the opportunity to vote in this and all future elections.

All need to have their Social Security number along with a photo ID.

Ralph P. Edwards
Voter Service Chair, LWV

Re: Stephen Goldfinch

Stephen Goldfinch wrote quite a letter about the dangers of people being dependent on our government. He said he wrote it to encourage an open dialog on this issue. He is disturbed that too many citizens are dependent upon the government, and stated figures about how many citizens are dependent on the government without defining the programs.

I do not know what programs the Heritage Foundation used in its study. My wife and I are two individuals that have been totally dependent most of our lives on other people’s tax dollars. I do not know if we are part of the 41% or not.

You see, we were both public school teachers. My wife taught over 25 years and I taught 38 years. Now that we are retired, we exist on pensions from our teaching positions paid for by our contributions and tax dollars. We also contributed to Social Security, so we are now collecting our benefits.

I have many friends that are also dependent on government programs. I have a friend that worked for the government at the Pentagon as a career, and now is retired collecting a pension. I have a brother-in-law that is collecting a federal pension. He put in 20 years in the military.

Mr. Goldfinch, when you complain about the dependence, be specific about what programs you are talking about. If you are serious about finding answers, you have to know the program, so discussion and decisions can be made with knowledge as to the benefits or dependency of that particular program.

In your discussion of what our founding fathers wanted for us, you do not mention the important history that occurred before the adoption of our constitution. Our founding fathers, at first, had the Articles of Confederation which did not have a strong central government. The states had more individual power. This was not successful so our founding fathers found the need to create our Constitution with a stronger central government. Our Constitution also has in it, the powers that the people can use by amendment to change our government. However, it requires a large majority of agreement to change, not a small vocal minority.

I fully agree with you that a discussion of these issues should occur. However, the climate of today’s world of no compromise or refusal to believe that the other side has a valid argument, is not going to give us answers but will keep us in a deadlock. I would hope the discussion could be open to all viewpoints.

Mr. Goldfinch, what specific program should be changed and what specific changes would you suggest for that program?

Edward Morgan
Pawleys Island

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