Letters: Oil drilling, education initiative will impact us all

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:56 am

Education a long- term South Carolina problem

After reading several local articles, I am struck by two news postings that will have an impact on all of us. One is Governor Haley’s sudden turnaround in deciding we need to improve education in South Carolina and the other is the prospect of oil drilling off the coast of the Carolinas.

Governor Haley, where was all your interest in education a few years ago? Ah, that’s right ... elections are around the corner. Or could it be that Boeing, some technology firms and other business have told you that they need an educated work force to even consider bringing more work to SC? You like to give so many tax breaks to the companies, but now have found that not all companies want to come here even with that incentive. They need qualified workers ... something that you forgot about. Let’s be consistent and put money into education on a regular basis and not just for election year.

It is a long term problem and South Carolina’s education short falls can’t be fixed in one year.

Secondly, my other concern is Mr. [Bill] Crowther’s comments regarding drilling off our coast.

He said, “It could solve all infrastructure problems very quickly” and “the economic impact of what it could do for South and North Carolina far outweighs the risks.”

He is looking into testing for offshore drilling on the SC/NC coastline. What is he thinking? Has he forgotten all the damage that can be caused? There are so many reasons that this is a bad idea ... disturbing the bird migratory paths, causing problems with the fishing industry, giving up on looking at alternatives for greener energy sources, etc., but the risks are not just to the environment. Think about one small accident and what it could do to the tourism industry in this area.

A beach may be cleaned, wildlife may return, but it will take a long time to regain the confidence of tourists to visit again to what is now considered a pristine coast. Look at what one small leak caused in Charleston, West Virginia, or what one accident did on the Gulf Coast.

Is his short-term memory that bad?

Deborah Morgan

Pawleys Island

In support of Pat McKinney for Lt. Gov.

To: South Carolina Voters,

With the announcement by our current Lt. Governor that he is not running for re-election we were very excited that a reform-minded businessman is running for this office.

Pat McKinney has worked in business his whole life, volunteered his time to work with his church and many civic organizations and is a lifelong ... conservative.

We need some people like Pat in Columbia to fight tax increases and focus on reforming state government to save taxpayers’ money. Career politicians have had their turn in the Statehouse, it’s time for a true and tested businessman.

We support the election of Pat McKinney for Lt. Governor of South Carolina.

Thank you for reading this letter and consider supporting Pat in November.

James E. and Joyce Jerow

Pawleys Island

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