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Letters: SC should drop archaic practice of executions

Chair letters Sept. 18

An S.C. Circuit Court judge ruled Sept. 6 that requiring death-row inmates to choose between a firing squad or electrocution is unconstitutional.

Tthe state's electric chair in Columbia. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed on May 14 a law that restarts the state's stalled death penalty with the electric chair and whether to add a firing squad to the execution methods. 

The death penalty has been abolished by the vast majority of the free and developed countries around the world.

The United States is an unfortunate exception with roughly half of the states still allowing the death penalty.

This year, at least five states have executed prisoners, all through lethal injection.

Gov. Henry McMaster is going to court to appeal a recent ruling that the use of a firing squad or electrocution is unconstitutional.

He wants to bring back practices that have been abandoned for a long time across the country.

With so many urgent challenges that need to be addressed in the state, it seems embarrassing, shameful and wrong to see South Carolina being led down a lonely and backward route into the past on this topic.

PETER ULBER

Charleston

Daniel Is. traffic

If Daniel Island’s hurricane evacuation plan is anything like Tuesday’s Elton John concert plan, its residents are doomed.

KEVIN MCGUIRE

Johns Island

City got it right

The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area continues to appreciate the city of Charleston’s responsiveness and commitment to public input in the redistricting process.

The recently released alternative maps reflect a serious consideration of public comment that is unfortunately all too rare in other governing bodies.

Clearly stated, League members support the alternative maps and urge City Council to move forward with one of the alternatives. The group does not support one over the other.

Specifically, we believe these alternative maps create districts that are compact, contiguous and keep communities of interest together.

We are especially appreciative of the Johns Island district which unites a community of interest and gives its citizens a stronger voice and better representation.

Additionally, the alternatives reduce the number of districts on the peninsula to be more in line with population growth.

This has the added benefit of not splitting peninsula voters more than required by population.

Like the original proposal, these alternatives also preserve two majority-minority voting districts.

Unlike the previous proposal, these alternatives do not focus on incumbent protection but rather prioritize citizens’ interests and keep neighborhoods and communities of interest together.

We encourage City Council to move forward with these alternatives, and for state legislators to take note of the city’s process in future redistricting efforts.

JOAN ZALESKI

VICKI WESTBERG

Co-presidents

League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area

Summerville

Suicide numbers

Powerlessness, sometimes, is inevitable. A young teen’s suicide is not.

I shine a spotlight on what I believe is the insidious failure in our last-chance-defense: the mental health system, to which we trustingly turn for advice and life-or-death interventions.

Our trust and reliance, however, might be sorely misplaced based on information in an article in the American Psychological Association magazine.

Mental health leaders are condemning first-line mental health practitioners for failing to adopt evidence-based best practices that enhance assessment and prevent suicide.

Depression and anxiety affect my family and friends.

I long to help them; it is a problem I can’t ignore.

I’m a grandmother, not a governor or psychologist. But even a grandmother recognizes that we can’t manage (or fix) what we don’t measure.

So who is counting teen suicides in Greenville? And who reports the data to public officials and when?

I cannot think of any good reason to conceal or delay this statistical data.

In this real-time information age, why is the Greenville County coroner’s most recent publicly reported suicide data from 2020?

The state level is worse. The latest online reports are from 2018.

Join me in demanding real-time data starting now.

We would have only ourselves to blame if we are oblivious to a growing trend, or worse — an epidemic.

AUDREY PASIN

Greenville

Fix bail system

Why does our court system continue to set low bail amounts for people charged with gun crimes?

The courts should set a high bail for crimes involving any type of weapon.

Maybe this would help lower the crime rate.

FRANK MOORE

Mount Pleasant

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