Offshore drilling

I was pleased to read about Sen. Tim Scott’s interest in expanding America’s offshore energy production to the Atlantic, including offshore South Carolina (July 19, “Tim Scott, Mark Sanford wade into offshore drilling debate in South Carolina”).

Sen. Scott clearly understands that safe, responsible offshore energy production will create jobs, help grow our state’s economy and reduce dependence on dangerous foreign countries for oil.

The senator also seems well aware of some coastal communities’ reservations regarding the distance of energy production from the shore and has acknowledged that a buffer zone of 25 miles seems appropriate.

Gulf states like Louisiana and Texas have enjoyed the economic benefits of offshore energy production for decades, while still maintaining a vibrant tourism industry, and I’m confident South Carolina would do the same.

I’m thankful Sen. Scott has recognized the role South Carolina can play in helping America become more energy independent while creating a new generation of jobs and economic activity and protecting our state’s tourism and recreation industries.

Andrew Jordan Jr.

Birch Street

North Charleston

Airport director

Any job that pays $211,140 a year, such as executive director of the Airport Authority, sounds like a full-time position to me.

We deserve a competent, experienced full-time person in that job.

Robert W. Slater

Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Capri Drive

Charleston

Ballooning debt

Recently, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak with lawmakers about finding a long-term solution to our unsustainable national debt.

Representing South Carolina as a member of the Campaign to Fix the Debt (www.fixthedebt.org), a national bipartisan movement, I was in meetings in the offices of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Reps. James Clyburn and Tim Gowdy.

I shared my concerns about the future of our economy if our growing debt is left unchecked.

As a small business owner, my ability to plan for the future, invest in my business and create jobs is hampered by the economic uncertainty created by Washington’s inability to address this problem.

Moreover, by doing nothing we place a tremendous burden on today’s young people and future generations who will inherit this mountain of debt. It is simply unfair.

I walked away from my meetings sobered by the political challenges that make reaching a bipartisan solution to our national debt problem so difficult.

If progress is to be made, our elected leaders need to hear from us on this issue, which is why I encourage my fellow South Carolinians to contact our senators and representatives and explain why getting our nation’s fiscal house in order is important to them.

LIR PATRICK DERIEG

Derieg Law Firm LLC

Barnwell Street

Columbia

What problem?

The July 30 lead editorial in support of Voter ID laws missed a single point: These laws are the “solution” to a problem that has been shown repeatedly not to exist to any consequential degree in our democracy (well, except maybe once in a while in Texas).

So Voter ID is just more post-Nixonian Silent Majority code-speak, ginning up unsubstantiated resentment and fear of “the other,” and in the process making uninformed voters easier to manipulate.

We’re not all required to be bone-headed. It’s a choice.

PHIL SNEAD

North Edgewater Drive

Charleston

Look for solution

Residents’ quotes in your article about trash left behind by college students were disappointing. I take offense at students being called spoiled brats.

The economic impact that the local colleges have on the town of Charleston is extensive.

Local residents need to take a more progressive approach and figure out how to embrace this impact and make it as positive as possible.

The college and local landlords provide little if any help to students as they move out of Charleston.

The rental agreements are one-sided to protect the landlords; there is little compassion, flexibility or willingness to work with students to make this transition easier and less costly for all.

I compare it with Ohio State University or Miami University where there are multiple programs, communication and landlord leniency to help reuse furniture, leave it for new tenants, sell to other students, etc., and thus minimize transition costs, trash collection and expense to other citizens.

It has been very difficult getting information from our daughter’s future landlord and zero flexibility in move in/move out policies.

The College of Charleston administration has not taken any leadership in helping forge this type of cooperation. Disappointing and expensive for everyone.

To blame students who have to move out and either don’t have the means or don’t know what to do with unneeded furniture is disingenuous. It’s a problem that many people need to work to solve.

CHRISTA VIETS

Carrigan Ridge

Dublin, Ohio

Answers needed

The events at Benghazi, whereby a U.S. ambassador and three other U. S. citizens were killed, need to be explained.

I want to hear from the survivors of that attack. Where are they? What light can they shed on the mystery?

Why did Ambassador Christopher Stevens leave the safety of Tripoli to have a meeting with someone from Turkey?

Could not the meeting have been in Tripoli?

Why would Stevens go to Benghazi where he knew there would be danger?

Why were security people pulled from the Benghazi area shortly before the attack, where several Benghazi attacks had already occurred?

And most importantly, why are answers to these questions not forthcoming?

National security? What national security? Foreigners walk across our borders daily, unencumbered.

BETTY L. WILLIAMS

Dennis Avenue

Moncks Corner

Graham and guns

Sen. Lindsey Graham is being courted by Vice President Joe Biden to help push Obama’s gun legislation.

I can’t contribute to his re-election campaign or vote for him if he helps.

There are many hunters in this state.

There will be a huge backlash against him, and I will see to it that it comes out.

At this point, Sen. Graham seems to be more of a Democrat than a Republican, and I hate fence straddlers.

Joseph Ohorodnyk Sr.

Vickie Street

Ladson