If one were to gather 100 objective college graduates (or any other persons capable of making an objective decision) and ask them which of the three final candidates for president of the College of Charleston would be the best selection, those votes would be split between Jody Encarnation and Martha Saunders exclusively. Both are experienced educators whose backgrounds would fit well with any higher educational institution.
However, if you are a member of the Board of Trustees, which has its eye on a merger with MUSC, the candidate that could most influence the Legislature toward that end would be Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.
I find it interesting that Lt. Gov. McConnell, who asked to be considered for the position and was not a finalist of the search committee, has now risen to be one of the three finalists.
Can one assume that the board feels his short-term political assets to gain the merger with MUSC may be more important than the long-term health of the college?
A subtle media campaign is aimed at convincing the state Senate that stopping Common Core (CC) in South Carolina has little public support.
If the Senate believes this, then members better pack their bags.
They will be history in the 2014 primary. The leadership needs to issue a special order to bring the bills to the floor without amendments and give them an up or down recorded vote.
South Carolina is one of 30 states writing laws to stop CC and its destructive impact on our children and our American way of life.
The most courageous superintendent in America is Dr. Joseph Rella of Comsewogue School District in New York State.
After he read the Common Core material, he briefed about 2,000 parents at a local high school stadium about how disruptive the program would be to their children's future. Time and again he brought them to their feet cheering.
South Carolina superintendents and the education bureaucracy are silent, but behind the scenes they are pressuring the Legislature and pushing for CC.
In Charleston, our superintendent ordered the principals not to discuss Common Core with parents but to give them a Q and A sheet approved by Washington.
Washington doesn't care if CC fails, because its goal is to acquire absolute control of all education, which they will have by 2015, if the states don't act now.
We can do nothing unless the Legislature passes the bills without amendments.
Salt Marsh Cove
The real story
Thank you for posting a letter about the riot in Orangeburg.
This is the first time we have heard from someone who was on the front line and told it like it really happened.
Thank you for finally putting the truth out there.
Retired S.C. Highway Patrol
Guerins Bridge Road
Trim the military
A recent op-ed by Rich Lowry titled "Military budget delusion" calls for us to continue to spend more on the military than all other nations combined.
This is necessary, he says, in order to maintain our "global influence."
He goes on to lament the lack of cuts in "entitlements" and says the military budget is a "drop in the bucket" compared to these terrible "entitlements" (like Social Security that are paid for and not part of the budget).
He also argues that the stimulus in 2009 paid "not a cent" toward defense.
Was the military on the verge of economic collapse in 2009?
Of course not.
We should have cut spending on the military a long time ago.
We need to spend money on job creation and improving infrastructure, which would benefit everyone.
Having this huge military invites future Dick Cheneys to create wars.
A Feb. 24 letter titled "Rewriting history" concerned the first Union prisoners arriving at the Andersonville prison camp in Georgia.
Everyone knows how bad the conditions were and how many died. Not many have heard of Camp Douglas in Chicago.
The conditions in Andersonville were nowhere near as cruel as at Camp Douglas.
No one knows how many died there, as many records were intentionally destroyed after the war. Nobody was held accountable.
After the war Henry Wirz, a commandant at Andersonville, was tried by a military tribunal and hanged.
If you don't believe history has changed, read "South Carolina, A History" by Walter Edgar.
Compare that to "History of South Carolina," by William Gilmore Simms.
It reminds me of George Orwell's "1984" quote:
"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
WILLIAM H. PLAYER
Bacons Bridge Road