My congratulations to The Post and Courier, its research team and the writers of the series about domestic violence and abuse in South Carolina. The series was well written, insightful, informative and very revealing - shockingly revealing. Perhaps what is more shocking is that "we the people" continue to vote for and elect representatives who are not serving the needs of their constituency.
It is all too easy to tackle simple issues like animal abuse instead of the much bigger issues like the number of women killed by their current or former domestic partners.
We elected these legislators to do a complete job, not just the easy part. If they are incapable or unwilling to try to make changes in the laws that govern domestic abuse and violence, should we continue to vote for them?
They still have time to demonstrate that they are capable of making meaningful changes before the next election.
Let's hold them accountable; let's make them earn our votes.
Johanna Allston, Ph.D.
Tom Point Road
I wonder if something is secretly added to the food of our elected officials when they get to Columbia or Washington. Quite often they seem to forget the folks back at home when they start spending our money. They seem to forget that no government has a job and everything that is purchased comes from the taxpayers' pockets.
Granted, legislators occasionally have a decent idea, but they seem to forget the practicality of it when they don't project it out for years ahead. It was a wonderful idea that everyone should have health care, but somehow the expense and repercussions were not factored past the end of their noses or the next election.
Now an elected official thinks it should be a state law that all law enforcement officers wear body-mounted cameras. Good idea? Absolutely. Practical? Not. He admits that the cost has not even been evaluated but says it will be paid for locally.
I imagine that many law enforcement agencies already know the benefits of having the equipment; let's give them a chance to look at their resources. If cities and counties are forced by statute to pony up the expense, they will have to cut back somewhere else to meet their budgets. Which programs will suffer?
It could affect all law enforcement agencies that are already short-staffed and under equipped.
How much will everyone's taxes increase? Don't even think "grant money" as that is really taxpayer money, too.
The homework needs to be completed. Neither the math teacher nor the voters will give any points for not finishing the equation.
What is wrong with the Israeli government? Hamas wants total autonomy of its waterways so it may trade, export and import like any other sovereign country can. Hamas is demanding an end to the Israeli/Egyptian blockade.
What's wrong with that? Hamas has every right to spend its funds on rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and bomb belts if they choose.
Hamas has every right to spend over a billion dollars on underground infrastructure to go into Israel and smuggle weapons if they so choose.
The Hamas government has every right to tell its citizens to remain in homes being used as launching sites for rockets aimed at Israeli civilians (Jews, Christians and Muslims) even if the Israeli government warns those people to leave before their jets bomb those sites in retaliation.
Israel left Gaza and has withstood over 6,000 rocket attacks over the last four years alone. What's wrong with Hamas if they want to destroy Israel? It's in their charter, so at least they're being honest about it. Come on, Israelis, give Hamas what they want and there will be peace - and no more Israel.
Steven Zimmerman, D.C.
I applaud The Post and Courier for the series on domestic violence. It was hard to read about the pain and devastation of women battered and killed by the men they loved, but you brought an unflinching view of this sad reality.
The attitudes and ignorance of some legislators is jaw-dropping. I urge you to continue to cover the issue and keep the light on what happens to measures under consideration in the Legislature.
If we can maintain animal shelters in every county, surely we can put shelters for battered women in every county. Cultural shifts in attitude are hard and take time but a first step is talking about the elephant in the room.
W. Beach Court