Wednesday, August 27, 2014
To the Editor:
About a year ago, three locally elected officials were contacted concerning an injustice to one of their constituents. The constituent was a single (divorced) parent. Through no fault of her own, the company she was working for downsized and she was laid off.
Initially, the struggling mother of a 10 year old applied for unemployment benefits and received them. All the while, she continued to actively seek employment.
She also decided to take a few college courses (four days out of the month) to develop her skills and increase her chances of gaining suitable employment.
During the course of a routine interview with a local claims adjuster, the young mother was asked a question which she did not fully understand and gave a conflicting response.
As a result, her unemployment benefits, her only source of income, were terminated. She appealed her case and waited three months for an answer.
Despite the difficult days of waiting and the devastating hardships of having no income, she continued to unsuccessfully find work. Her appeal was denied and she appealed it again.
Finally, after four months of waiting, the Appellate Panel of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce agreed to review her denial. But she had only 10 days to make her case.
With this sense of urgency, a group of friends urged her to solicit the support of her elected representatives.
Although three were contacted, one stood head and shoulders above the others – Rep. Carl Anderson.
While others were slow to return e-mails and phone calls and even lukewarm in their support, Anderson was prompt, polite, empathetic and passionate in his support for this struggling mom.
As a result of his powerful and impactful letter to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce in Columbia, her appeal was adjudicated.
Being a stand up elected official is nothing new to Carl Anderson – he’s a stand up man. Throughout his entire political career, Anderson has taken a personal touch to serving his community.
Few can deny that he’s been vocal, visible, and available when needed. In a ultra-red state such as ours, it hasn’t been easy “bringing home the bacon,” but Rep. Anderson has a proven track record.
Whether it’s helping to secure funds for much needed all-day kindergarten classes, helping citizens to gain affordable health care, or helping to steer millions of dollars (not to mention jobs) for dredging Georgetown ports, Anderson is someone who gets things done.
Carl Anderson is by no means a perfect servant but he is a shining example of a public servant.
Dr. Martin Luther King, once said, “When I die, don’t mention that I have a PH.D, don’t mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize, don’t tell that I’ve preached hundreds of sermons. Just say that I did try the help somebody – so my living won’t be in vain.”
Rev. Carl Anderson tried to help this struggling mother and he’s got my vote – what about yours?