Pay hike for what?

The S.C. House of Representatives claims the job doesn't pay enough and wants a 53 percent per year raise.

My state representative just reapplied for the job in the June primary. He knew what the job paid, which is $10,400 plus other expenses totaling about $30,000 a year for a part-time job.

I wonder what kind of job my representative is doing at such a low wage if a pay raise will allow him to do more for the state of South Carolina?

Dennis L. Compton

Filly Court

North Charleston

Fix immigration

As a conservative evangelical in South Carolina, I am happy to see that Sen. Lindsey Graham secured his party's nomination in the June primary. I am also excited to see that Sen. Graham has again voiced his support for immigration reform.

Immigration is a moral issue that affects many people and families in our country and our state. God's heart for immigrants is clear throughout the Bible, making immigration an issue relevant to all Christians.

Sen. Graham is correct to say that the issue cannot be dead.

The issue cannot be dead when our brothers and sisters are still living in a broken place.

Our continued support is necessary. Sen. Graham's continued support for immigration reform shows that he shares our concerns.

Political wins or losses do not change God's heart for the immigrant, and Christians will continue to support immigration reform.

Iskra C. Perez Salcedo

Emerald Forest Parkway

Charleston

Power of words

I was working toward my master's degree when I first heard a professor use profanity directed at a student.

In undergraduate school, I was a member of the debate team; therefore, I traveled to numerous colleges, universities, tournaments and conventions. I interacted with hundreds of professors.

While working toward my doctorate at LSU, I never heard a professor use inappropriate language toward a student.

During a lifetime of teaching, I have never heard a professor savagely attack a student, the student's parents or the university that pays his or her salary.

Student athletes have far more exposure to coaches than the regular students have to their professors.

Students attend college to prepare for a career and to help them develop into productive adults. It is a crucial time in their lives.

Why would an educational institution employ someone who destroys the self-esteem of those students or undercuts their self-confidence? How much is the mental health of a student worth?

Words are powerful. They have the power to hurt or heal. That words are more powerful than the sword is more than a cliché. Most of us carry scars from some long ago unkind remark from someone important to our lives.

If a professor or coach hit a student there would be no debate. Bullying is counterproductive where ever and whenever it occurs.

Mitch Carnell

Birkenhead Drive

Charleston

Ethics reform

If S.C. citizens are to have ethics reform, we are going to have to pressure legislators. As we can see from the last session, they are unwilling to do it.

Ethics legislation was introduced early in the session and at every turn it was weakened until the House voted unanimously for the remnants of the bill, probably very aware that the Senate would kill it.

What do they fear?

Are we governed by dishonest men and women who do not want to be constrained by having an independent body investigate ethical breaches?

Are they afraid to disclose sources of income or sources of campaign funds and supporting political action committees?

They will not pass any ethics legislation unless the people demand it. We get the government we deserve when we sit idly by and leave them to their own devices.

Contact your legislator through the following website and demand action: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/1egislatorssearch.php

Marie Eloise Setser

Public Policy Chair

S.C. American Association

of University Women

Trail Hollow Drive

Charleston

Artistic triumph

Congratulations and thank you to Mayor Joe Riley, curator Mark Sloan and members of the Halsey Gallery for the Shepard Fairey installation up and down King Street.

You can pick up a map at the Halsey and walk the tour.

What extraordinary art and great fun.

Sandra N. Fowler

Middle Street

Sullivan's Island

Divulge the truth

I read the June 25 story "Man died from shot to the right side of head." Andy Savage and Dot Scott have deemed the situation questionable, at best, even though Chief Greg Mullen says there is no evidence that the officer fired his weapon.

Yet the most telling quote in this article is, to me, the one by an onlooker who claims that he saw what happened.

Apparently he did not divulge what he saw to investigators because "nobody here is going to talk to the police."

Anyone who has honest information that could help the police and yet won't share it should be charged with obstruction of justice.

If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Cindy Sandifer

Okehampton Drive

Goose Creek