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Letters: Rep. Nancy Mace offers common-sense bill to legalize cannabis

Cannabis letters

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina has filed legislation to federally decriminalize marijuana. 

Ending cannabis prohibition is an important issue for the entire nation, and it has been a long time coming.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina has taken the initiative and delivered commonsense legislation that should garner bipartisan support.

In an era when Republican policy is too often political grandstanding with no substance, I was proud to see a South Carolina Republican step up and take the reins on an important issue.

South Carolina has become far too accustomed to leading from the back and Rep. Mace looks to change that.

There are a litany of legitimate reasons that justify legalization.

We are effectively facing a mass incarceration crisis. About 1 in 5 people in our nation’s prisons are locked up for nonviolent drug crimes. This is unacceptable.

Also, the racial disparity in enforcing the archaic war on drugs has resulted in the black community being nearly four times more likely to face arrest, despite equal usage across races.

This bill would provide a path forward for hundreds of thousands of citizens who have been unjustly persecuted as a result of these outdated and racially motivated drug laws.

Democrats have the opportunity to vote this bill through and provide this much-needed reform.

There is no reason to continue to treat this plant as a dangerous substance when it is, by all accounts, far less dangerous than controlled substances like tobacco and alcohol.

I would like to thank Rep. Mace and her team for making South Carolina look good on the political stage.

EDWIN SLAGSVOL

Charleston

SC needs infrastructure

After reading about the passage of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill last week, I was relieved that $6 billion will be coming to South Carolina.

While specific spending projects will be designated by the S.C. Statehouse, the funds could improve life for many of us.

The projects will maintain and improve our federal highways, bridges, water systems, airports, public transportation, vehicle charging networks and broadband access. The package also will address cyberattacks and subsidies for low-income citizens.

After years of talking about infrastructure, Washington finally came through with somewhat of a bipartisan bill.

Thirteen Republicans from other states and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voted for the bill. They now are taking heat from members of their political party for doing so.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and the S.C. Republican delegation are being applauded for voting “nay,” saying the spending would increase inflation and cost too much.

Fiscal conservatives can thank Reps. Nancy Mace, Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, William Timmons, Ralph Norman and Tom Rice for holding their grip on spending.

Rep. James Clyburn took credit in the article for getting GOP votes.

Candidates are already stepping up to challenge Gov. Henry McMaster, Sen. Scott and Reps. Mace and Timmons in the 2022 election.

After completion of the state redistricting process reveals our voting districts, I look forward to seeing what choices we have to elect legislators who will best represent us.

SHARON KLOMPUS

Greenville

Lucille S. Whipper

I take this opportunity to express my thoughts on the passing of former state lawmaker Lucille S. Whipper, a devoted friend, mentor and counselor.

During her campaign for the House District 109 seat to represent Charleston County, her friend, Isaiah Bennett, asked if I would help her. She won the race and thanked me most graciously.

I was impressed with Mrs. Whipper, who had grace, dignity and a warm personality. This was the beginning of a lasting friendship.

Mr. Bennett, who was president and organizer for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in Charleston, died in 2002.

I contacted Mrs. Whipper and let her know that Mr. Bennett’s nephew, John Johnson, and I were looking for a way to memorialize him.

She pointed us to the Coastal Community Foundation for help in establishing a scholarship to honor him.

Mrs. Whipper and I formed the Isaiah Bennett Memorial Scholarship fund at the Coastal Community Foundation with the assistance of Madeleine McGee.

We formed a committee to organize fundraising efforts that included Rose Simmons, Jim French, Benjamin Flowers, Bishop Rembert, Deacon Alphonso Evans and attorney Armand Derfner.

The requisite amount was raised within six months.

I offered gratitude to Mrs. Whipper for her leadership and diligence in steering this ship to shore.

She will be lovingly remembered.

She will be lovingly remembered.

S. STEPHEN MATTHEWS

Charleston

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