No drilling

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:06 am

No drilling

To the Editor:

Many of our officials are happy about the possibility of finding oil off our shores. They talk about jobs and increased revenues to our area.

However, the major problem with allowing this in South Carolina has not been mentioned in previous letters opposing this project.

The Republicans, that have control of our state government, are always calling for removing regulations on businesses. They say this gives the business the opportunity to grow without costly requirements of laws and regulations. It is scary to have Georgetown turned into an oil center without strong regulations. It is worse when you have elected officials that think industries should be left alone.

If you take a look at what happened with our neighbor, North Carolina, recently you will see the danger. The recently elected Republican Governor told the regulators to stop bothering the businesses and instead, help them get things done. Shortly, thereafter, were the big spills of pollutants into the local rivers.

There are many cases in our country of industries bending or outright disregarding regulations for more profit.

With the pressure from stockholders for results, many times business will take short cuts.

Within a company, a person looking to get higher pay, will take chances to get the job done sooner or cheaper, so he can show the boss how good he is. This is why we need strict regulations and need penalties for not following the rules.

We must have trained inspectors to check on businesses to see that the rules are followed.

Until we see a change in the attitude of our legislature and our local officials, it is too dangerous to speak or even plan for an oil depot in Georgetown.

Edward Morgan

Pawleys Island

Vets may be eligible

To the Editor:

During the Vietnam War, herbicides were used to destroy foliage. These herbicides, including Agent Orange, have harmed veterans. Veterans exposed to Agent Orange may be eligible for compensation and health-care benefits for conditions related to Agent Orange exposure, including those who served:

In Vietnam or within the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.

Along the demilitarized zone in Korea between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971.

In Thailand military bases between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.

VA compensation is available for veterans suffering illnesses or disabilities proven to be related to exposure. Monetary allowances are available to children of Vietnam veterans who suffer from bifida and other birth defects identified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Public Law 107-103 provides a presumption of exposure to herbicides for veterans who served in Vietnam during wartime. Proof of exposure is not necessary for claim purposes.

However, evidence of service in the areas during the time frames listed above and supporting medical documentation are required. The law also removes the 30 year limitation on presumptive service connection for respiratory cancers due to herbicide exposure. However, some conditions require proof that symptoms started within a specific time frame.

Exposure to Agent Orange is conceded by the VA if a veteran served in Vietnam, Korea or Thailand during the above listed areas and dates. The veteran must submit medical documentation of the conditions officially recognized by the VA along with proof of service and an opinion from a doctor stating that it is as likely as not that the condition is the result of Agent Orange exposure.

Conditions recognized by the VA as related to Agent Orange exposure are: Chlorance,; Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Multiple myeloma; respiratory cancers to include lung, larynx, trachea and bronchus; Prostate cancer; Soft tissue sarcoma; AL amyloidosis; Hodgkin’s disease and Porphyria cutanea tarda. Along with Peripheral neuropathy (acute or subacute); Type 2 Diabetes; Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL); AL Amyloidosis; Chronic B-cell Leukemias; Ischamic Hearet Disease; Parkinson’s Disease; Spina bifida in children of veterans (not including spina bifida occulta).

Birth defects in children of women Vietnam veterans is recognized in Public law 106-419 which authorizes the VA to award monetary payments, vocational rehabilitation and medical benefits to children of female Vietnam veterans born with birth defects, other than spina bifida. The female veteran would have to have served in Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is available from the VA if a service-related disability caused or materially contributed to a veteran’s death. Monthly payments may be available to the unmarried surviving spouse, unmarried children under 18, helpless children, children between 18 and 23 if attending a VA-approved school and low-income parents of the deceased veteran

The American Legion offers a free Claims Coach app that helps veterans and their surviving spouses understand the VA claims process. To download the app, visit www.legion.org/mobileapps and clicking on “use the Claims Coach on your desktop.”

To locate an accredited American Legion Department Service Officer, go to www.legion.org/serviceofficer.

Veterans can contact an Agent Orange registry coordinator at their nearest VA health-care facility to discuss scheduling an Agent Orange registry examination.

The Washington American Legion office can be contacted at (202)861-2700 for more Agent Orange information. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office can be contacted at (800)827-1000. Agent Orange VA updates and information can be obtained at www.vagov/agentorange.

For Spina Bifida concerns contact the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) at (800)733-8387. The Shriners Hospital for Children can be contacted at (800)237--5055 or www.shrinerhq.org. Another organization that provides Agent Orange information is Vietnam Veterans of America. Veterans are also encouraged to see their County Veterans Service Officer.

The Agent Orange struggle for Vietnam veterans and their children who experience birth defects is not over. The same is true for Vietnamese children who experience a high rate of birth defects in areas that were sprayed with herbicides. We can give the veterans our support and admiration along with passing on information where they can seek assistance. The information in this article came from American Legion publication # 70-006 Agent Orange Benefits and Programs.

For God & Country,

Greg Bennett

Adjutant,

Andrews American Legion Post 69

We pay for grazing

To the Editor:

It’s perversely ironic for rancher Cliven Bundy to excoriate poor people for collecting government subsidies, while ripping off the federal government of a million dollars in grazing fees. But, even if he were to pay up, Bundy and his fellow ranchers, would still be living on government welfare.

Livestock grazing is subsidized by federal agencies on 270 million acres of public land in 11 western states to the tune of nearly $300 million annually. Monthly grazing fees per cow and calf on private rangeland average $11.90, but corresponding fees on federal lands are set at a paltry $1.35.

Even so, grazing subsidies are dwarfed by other government subsidies and the medical, environmental, and other external costs imposed on society by animal agriculture. These extra costs have been estimated at $414 billion annually, or $3,600 per household.

Each of us can make our $3,600 annual contribution to the common good by replacing animal products in our diet with the rich variety of grain, nut, and soy-based meat and dairy alternatives in our neighborhood supermarket.

Gabriel Turnstall

Georgetown

Rosemary Alum say ‘thanks’

To the Editor:

With the year 2014 moving progressively, the Rosemary Alumni members are already planning fun activities and fundraisers for this year. The Rosemary Alumni’s purpose is to provide four (4) scholarships to Andrews High School’s graduates entering college each year. We thank each and everyone who made each scholarship possible with their gracious and kind donations. The Rosemary Alumni Scholarship Program is a non-profit organization founded in 2005. The founding members are: Samuel Britton, Shirley Rhodes, Mattie Durousseau, Joshua and Violet Stafford (deceased), Gertrude Davis, Carrie Frasier, Sal Darby, Gracie Coakley, Lottie Gittuard, Earl & Emma Drayton, Leon Parson, William Coleman (deceased), and Mattie Rivers. The founding members are graduates from the class of 1960 of Rosemary High School (presently known as, The Jerusalem Association Center). They saw and understood the need for education and wanted to assist high school graduates. The members hold fundraisers and we receive donations from several surrounding churches, individuals, and the Rosemary Alumni members. Our membership is increasing and we hope more people will become members of this wonderful organization.

Each year we award scholarships in the amount of $500. Over the past seven years we have given 20 scholarships totaling $10,000. As the rising cost of education increases we are focusing our efforts to increase our scholarships amount. Also, in this ongoing effort we hope to increase the number of scholarships each year. We must work for this accomplishment. We also know that we cannot do this alone and ask for your support to make this happen. For information or to become a part of Rosemary Alumni you may call, Geneva Coleman, President of Rosemary Alumni at 264-8051. If you would like to make a donation please make your check or money order payable to, Rosemary Alumni, and mail it to, P. O. Box 681, Andrews, SC 29510. We look forward to seeing and talking to you.

The youths of today are our leaders of tomorrow. Let’s invest in them. We live in a time where life as we know it changes rapidly and demands education to, simply put, keep up. Education is a solid and permanent part of our lives and it does not stop at one person. He or she passes that education on to family members, friends, and the list continues. One person educated inspires others. Please pass on your blessings and generosity to our future leaders. Let us be their role models.

The Rosemary Alumni members, scholarship recipients and their families thank you and appreciate your generous donations.

Rovena Greene

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