Whole truth

Over the past several weeks, numerous letter writers have opined that The Post and Courier has the propensity to neglect the full details of activities, issues and positions in its editorial pages.

Not unlike some of its regular columnists, namely Rich Lowry and George Will.

A case in point occurred in a recent editorial regarding immigration. The Post and Courier editorial cited expert analysis on immigration policy from the Center for Immigration Studies, failing to identify the history of CIS.

In fact, CIS was founded as an arm of the Federation for American Immigration (FAIR), both of which were initiated by Dr. John Tanton, a right-wing, anti-immigration leader whose published views on that subject and on other related issues are suspect, to say the least. Indeed, Tanton is the mastermind behind the very conservative lobbying organization NumbersUSA.

Perhaps it is unrealistic for us to expect a local paper with modest resources to expose its readers to the whole truth or even to offer references that may provide in-depth review of its sources.

On the other hand, the editorial writers have no problem with their omniscience when it comes to offering us the precision of their opinion, regardless of the topic.

Cermette Clardy Jr.

Carolina Boulevard

Isle of Palms

Gloomy outlooks

Whenever I need a downer I can count on Kirkpatrick Sale's columns to meet that need. So much so that I refer to him as Curmudgeon Sale.

I also agree with the June 16 letter writer's comments on global warming. I remember in the 1960s and 1970s we were being warned about the coming "Ice Age" and global starvation. Both were guaranteed to occur within the next 25 years.

Optimists are always outnumbered by pessimists. 'Twas ever thus.

Lynn Norringon

Elissa Drive

Charleston

Steady job

So Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott won their primaries and are headed into the November election as strong favorites. If history is any indicator, no one should be surprised by the results.

Here are two questions for those of you who follow South Carolina politics:

1) When was the last time that a senator from South Carolina was defeated in an election?

2) When was the last time that an elected senator from South Carolina was defeated in an election?

The difference between the two questions addresses the fact that Tim Scott was originally appointed as a senator and has not yet been elected to that position.

At the moment, Lindsey Graham is the only elected senator from South Carolina.

While you ponder those questions (or head to Google), I will tell you that, while some older Post and Courier readers (of which I am one) might remember the answer to the first question, it is unlikely that anyone reading this letter was alive the last time that an elected senator was defeated.

Here are the answers:

1) The last time that a senator from South Carolina was defeated in an election was 1966. Donald S. Russell was appointed as senator in 1965 to fill the vacancy created when Olin D. Johnston died in office, but Russell lost the primary election to Ernest F. Hollings in 1966.

I suspect that the way Donald Russell obtained the appointment might have turned a few voters against him. He was the governor at the time of Olin D. Johnston's death, but rather than appoint someone to fill out Johnston's term, he resigned as governor, and then the new governor, Robert E. McNair, appointed Russell to fill out the term.

2) According to my reading of Wikipedia's list of U.S. senators from South Carolina, the last elected senator to lose an election was Ellison D. Smith, who served as a senator for more than 40 years but lost the nomination to Olin D. Johnston in 1944.

It appears that being elected to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina is a very secure government job, second only to being appointed a justice on the Supreme Court.

John I. Moore Jr.

Professor

Department of Mathematics

Computer Science

The Citadel

Moultrie Street

Charleston

Burn later

I often read about pets that are left in vehicles and how this is against the law, yet I never read about the animals in the forest.

The babies in the forest are born or are hatching in April and May. I am concerned about the fawns, bobcats, turkeys and other fowl that nest this time of year.

The Forestry Service does prescribed burning this time of year. The fires are very hot. Animals cannot survive these fires, and if by chance they do survive, there is no vegetation for them to live on.

I've asked why they burn at this time of the year and have been told that they are allotted money to do the prescribed burns and if they don't use it they lose it.

Several Forestry Service employees have agreed with me that this is a bad time of the year to burn.

I was born in the Hell Hole Unit on 100 acres of private land in 1940 and have resided there all my life.

I played as a child in these woods and hunted in them all my adult life. I had numerous wild animals as pets in my youth.

While I agree 100 percent with prescribed burning, it should not be when all these animals are being born or hatched.

Everyone who is concerned for the welfare of these baby animals and birds should contact the Forestry Service about not burning during this time of year. The forest has always been here; skipping one year of burning would not hurt the forest at all.

I'm quite sure if anyone were to see an animal or bird suffering from smoke inhalation or being burned alive he would be horrified. Unfortunately, it happens.

This year between April 15 and May 4 there have been three sections burned on Highway 41 within miles of where I live. Each of these sections consists of thousands of acres of woods.

If you are traveling on this highway and see where it has been burned, you will understand how these animals probably were burned alive.

Kenneth Murphy Sr.

Murphys Law Place

Huger

Confirming folly

The U.S. Senate voted by a 78-17 margin to confirm Sylvia Burwell to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Ms. Burwell was the author of the White House memo that shut down the World War II Memorial during the government shutdown.

Sen. Lindsey Graham voted to confirm her for this promotion.

Dennis L. Compton

Filly Court

North Charleston

Revealing aim

In a local chain drug store, the magazine stand bristles with no fewer than eight different gun and gun-related "home defense" periodicals, most of them transparently capitalizing on NRA-fanned paranoia.

By contrast, no other category of magazine is represented by more than two or three titles, usually innocuous fare like brides and home magazines.

No one is saying gun magazines should not be published, but if the pandering of their publishers is questionable enough, what of the values of the store chain?

Bill Thompson

Afton Avenue

Charleston

Haley's awful toll

The S.C. General Assembly should pass a law that requires Gov. Nikki Haley to attend the funeral of every South Carolinian who dies as a result of being denied Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

It appears the governor's anti-President Obama political stance is denying more than 700,000 S.C. residents important medical care.

Maybe, just maybe, attendance at those funerals would cause a change of heart and prevent the deaths of many human beings.

Carl Nandrasy

Olympic Lane

Mount Pleasant