Monitoring funds

It appears that the S.C. General Assembly is not interested in monitoring the funds it allocate to higher education and other institutions.

Had this been done, the financial problems at South Carolina State University would have been exposed and many prevented long ago.

Examples are the grants for the transportation center, distribution of land grant college funds and vendor kickbacks. Higher education is big business, and it isn't surprising when the knowledge that audits are not performed leads to corruption of some in leadership positions.

Most of the colleges and universities I have been associated with employed an internal auditor and were audited annually by the state. None had the financial problems that exist at S.C. State University.

Here are a few things the auditors should be looking for:

1) No shows. Names of individuals receiving salaries but not performing the job.

2) Job descriptions and the qualifications of individuals employed in those jobs.

3) Work that has been outsourced, yet a department staffed with personnel to do this work still exists, i.e., laundry, food service, maintenance.

4) Parking meters - internal controls

5) Athletics and gate receipts. Check internal controls.

6) Endowments administered by university v. administered by a private campus foundation.

7) Equipment inventory.

8) Auxiliary services.

It is never too late to be a good steward of the people's resources.

Perry R. Leazer

Certificate Court

Charleston

Cut the hot air

Frank Wooten's July 12 column perpetuates the false narrative that reducing the risk of global warming by cutting carbon emissions will kill jobs and be bad for the economy.

It's time to put that specious assumption to rest.

A study released in June by the highly-respected Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) examined the impact of a steadily-rising fee on fossil fuels with revenue from the fee returned to households.

After 20 years, this market-driven solution would reduce CO2 emissions by 52 percent.

The study also found that 2.8 million jobs would be added to the economy, chiefly because the revenue would be recycled into the pockets of consumers who are most likely to spend it.

Many conservatives, like former Treasury secretaries George Shultz and Hank Paulson, support this type of revenue-neutral carbon pricing as the most efficient and effective means to deal with climate change.

Republicans like Mark Sanford, who would prefer an alternative to EPA regulations when it comes to deducing carbon emissions, might want to consider the "fee-and-dividend" approach to pricing carbon.

There is no dilemma here. We can preserve a livable world and add jobs with a fee on carbon that gives the money back to the people.

Steve Valk

St. Charles Avenue

Atlanta, Ga.

Sponsor a child

For the last four or five years I have sponsored a boy in Honduras through Children International. He gets medical and dental care, attends school and is provided with clothing and some help for his family.

If everyone of us would sponsor a child in Honduras or Guatemala we might be able to avoid the influx of children we are facing at the present time.

Ilse Calcagno

Hidden Oak

Seabrook Island

Respect players

Have we forgotten the famous, or infamous, Indiana Hoosiers basketball Coach Bobby Knight?

It seems there are many similarities between Knight and College of Charleston Coach Doug Wojcik, although we haven't seen a chair being thrown on the court yet at Cougar games.

Does Coach Wojcik believe that demeaning players as reported in the media is going to make them a better team, or more importantly better people?

I don't think so.

Respect builds loyalty; loyalty builds teams.

It works in business as well as sports. I believe loyal teams become successful.

Jerry Signorelli

Rosedown Point

Mount Pleasant

Not profiling

I would first like to say to the family of Denzel Curnell how sorry I am for their loss.

Whatever the circumstances, their loss is something I hope that I never have to experience.

There was obviously a concern for the protection of the lives and property of the residents of that complex or it would not have been necessary for Charleston Police Officer Jamal A. Medlin to have been there.

Mr. Curnell was reportedly carrying a concealed weapon. We don't know what was going through his mind, why he felt it necessary to be armed. He was experiencing a tough time in his life but he still had a gun.

I would rather have our police officers be pro-active in stopping the crime before it is committed instead of continuing to read about all the shootings and deaths.

I applaud Officer Medlin for doing his job and the Charleston Police Department for standing its ground and not releasing information until all the facts had been completely investigated.

A police officer concerned about crime and doing what he was asked to do is not my idea of racial profiling.

Jack Woods

Wayfarer Lane

Charleston