The perpetual lunacy and arrogance of our state government continues to amaze. Whether the issue is taking guns away from abusers, paying for decent public education and necessary infrastructure or supporting offshore oil exploration along our pristine coast, the folks in Columbia seem uninterested in either the facts or how their constituents feel.

Is there something in the water there that makes these people act the way they do? Even Mark Sanford figured out the right thing to do about offshore oil exploration after getting out of Columbia.

For me, DHEC’s clear violation of the law in its eagerness to pander to the interests of the donors who control the loyalty of the politicians who appoint and supervise them is the last straw.

All of the data suggest that there are no significant oil or natural gas reserves off our coast. Unburdened by these facts, however, the politicians and their lackeys at DHEC seem committed to degrading the coastal environment — our biggest economic driver — with virtually no chance for gain.

More specifically, there is a less than 1 percent chance that oil or gas could be found offshore here; there is a 100 percent certainty, however, that going down the road to turn this state’s coast into something like the coasts of Texas or Louisiana will kill what made our state the draw that it is.

I visited South Padre Island before the Deepwater Horizon disaster. I was surprised to find in my room small packets of chemically treated wipes. When I asked what these were for, I was told they were to clean the tar balls off your shoes or feet if you went onto the beach.

I can tell you that they were needed; the beaches — touted by Texas as their best — were peppered with small black tar balls, brought ashore from “incidental” oil leaks from offshore rigs. Is this the future our “leaders” in Columbia see for coastal South Carolina?

Michael Koon

Middle Street

Sullivan’s Island