LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR

The Island Packet - - Opinion -

AR­RING­TON WRONG ON WHY SHE LOST

Katie Ar­ring­ton’s post­elec­tion com­ments show why the ma­jor­ity of vot­ers of the 1st Con­gres­sional Dis­trict didn’t vote for her.

Blam­ing Mark San­ford for not en­dors­ing her masks the key facts that she didn’t work hard enough to earn the con­fi­dence of vot­ers, was overly zeal­ous in blindly sup­port­ing a con­tro­ver­sial pres­i­dent, flip-flopped on the off­shore drilling is­sue and sen­sa­tion­ally tried to paint her op­po­nent as a tool of Nancy Pelosi. She was, and still is, an un­known can­di­date. She did a piti­ful job pre­sent­ing her­self to the elec­torate.

I never heard her talk about how she would work to­ward build­ing coali­tions in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, dis­cuss is­sues of in­ter­est to most vot­ers (re­cent polls tell us that health care, im­mi­gra­tion, the econ­omy are top of mind) and most im­por­tantly of­fer her views to the myr­iad prob­lems fac­ing our coun­try.

Based on her vic­tory speech af­ter de­feat­ing San­ford, she un­abashedly painted her­self as a com­mit­ted “Trumper” … not a smart thing to do when you are try­ing to ap­peal to at least 51 per­cent of the elec­torate. She seemed not to re­al­ize that this was a gen­eral, not pri­mary elec­tion where the po­lit­i­cal strat­egy is far dif­fer­ent. In short, she made the as­sump­tion that all Re­pub­li­cans were go­ing to vote for her. Clearly, that didn’t hap­pen.

I hope she doesn’t fol­low through on her threat to run against Joe Cun­ning­ham two years from now. We must have far bet­ter-qual­i­fied, smarter, and more po­lit­i­cally as­tute/adroit Repub­li­can can­di­dates from whom we can choose.

– Richard J. Dean Hil­ton Head Is­land

WILL ELEC­TION FIX THIS IN SC?

The elec­tion is a done thing. The po­lit­i­cal TV ads are gone and the lawyers have re­gained con­trol. The po­lit­i­cal lit­ter on the high­ways is be­ing re­cy­cled. Is a stronger, wiser South Carolina des­tined for us?

South Carolina ranks 41st on the list of states with best and worst schools, high school grad­u­a­tion rate is 82.6 per­cent (18th low­est), and pub­lic school spend­ing is $11,178 per stu­dent (20th low­est).

The Na­tional As­sess­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Progress, aka the na­tion’s re­port card, ranks our eighth-grade pro­fi­ciency lev­els as fol­lows: math, 25.7 per­cent; and read­ing, 27.8 per­cent.

The NAEP rates South Carolina fourth-graders 65 per­cent below ba­sic read­ing skills and 79 per­cent below math.

Th­ese stats ex­plain why only 27.2 per­cent (13th low­est) of adults have at least a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, and why adults (ages 25 to 64) with in­comes at or above the na­tional me­dian is sixth low­est.

Do our politi­cians have the right pri­or­i­ties? Is plug­ging holes in the road more im­por­tant than fill­ing brains? The cy­cle is per­pet­ual. Par­ents weren’t taught and thus they can­not help their chil­dren to learn. – John McGoldrick Okatie

BEAU­FORT SHOWS LOVE OVER HATE

To the in­di­vid­u­als, re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions, and re­li­gious faiths that have come for­ward to ex­press sym­pa­thy, em­pa­thy, com­fort, sup­port and dis­gust at the mas­sacre in the Tree Of Life Syn­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh, we at Beth Is­rael Con­gre­ga­tion in Beau­fort say … thank you!

It is com­fort­ing to re­al­ize that the Beau­fort com­mu­nity has the hu­man­ity, love and com­pas­sion that tri­umphs over hate.

With sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion, shalom. – Barb Mark For the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Beth Is­rael Con­gre­ga­tion Beau­fort

ONE MORE THING ON GOOD OL’ BOYS

Your re­cent let­ter on “Good Ol’ Boys” nailed it.

But the writer for­got to men­tion that many of those Good Ol’ Boys – and Gals – are also de­vel­op­ers and Real­tors. Bless their hearts. – Julie Mor­ringello Bluffton

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