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FEEDBACK: On truth, falsehood and leadership

FEEDBACK: On truth, falsehood and leadership

David Kjellquist, Aiken S.C.: “Truth and falsehood are arbitrary terms.  … The force of an idea lies in its inspirational value. It matters very little if it is true or false.”   This sure sounds like what is guiding much of our leadership today. However, this was a statement from the Committee for Public Information during the time of the Sedition Act of the Wilson administration.

by · 11/17/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
FEEDBACK: On the political roller-coaster; About Democrats and victory

FEEDBACK: On the political roller-coaster; About Democrats and victory

Jim Rex, Fairfield Co.: Just listening to the author of “The Last Republicans” talking about how President Trump is destroying the Republican Party as we have known it.

You know how I feel about the merits of both parties and the inevitably of both needing meaningful competition to force them to change, but the destructive disruption of Trump does not represent the “constructive” disruption we so desperately need.

You quoted me in an article you wrote when Trump was a candidate where  I commented that Trump was the Republican’s “Frankenstein” and that their past practices had led to the monster now “getting up off the table.””

Also: William Heitsman about Democrats and victory.

by · 11/10/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
FEEDBACK:  Two are hopeful about Democrats’ chances in S.C.

FEEDBACK:  Two are hopeful about Democrats’ chances in S.C.

Carol Dodson, Elgin: “Brack wonders if S.C. Dems will squander another political opportunity in 2018.  As he mentioned, Dems’ track record is not good and if the same tired, Republican-lite approach is used, the outcome will likely be the same.  So, what needs to be different?

1. Gerrymandered districts are real, but they exist in both parties.  For some Dems, being in a “safe district,” (which favors the incumbent), keeping their  legislative seats is more important than making key changes that could help their constituents and their party, so playing it safe becomes the mantra. No risk may keep one safe but rarely does it cause real progress. …

by · 11/03/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
FEEDBACK:  Jury out on pharma middlemen; More rural scholarships needed

FEEDBACK:  Jury out on pharma middlemen; More rural scholarships needed

Steve Skardon Jr., Mount Pleasant: “I was surprised by your [op-ed] piece on pharmaceutical benefits managers.  PBMs are the middlemen in the purchasing of pharmaceuticals from drug companies, that then oversee their pricing, distribution and sales through pharmacies, government health programs and health insurance carriers.  Their purpose originally was that of an advocate for states and their citizens in keeping drug prices reasonable for their citizens.

“However, PBMs eventually became 800-pound gorillas in the Big Pharma world, lacking transparency or serious accounting to anyone except their stockholders who were thrilled with their double-digit annual growth and rising stock prices. “

by · 10/27/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
FEEDBACK:  Three very different views on guns, violence

FEEDBACK:  Three very different views on guns, violence

P.C. Coker, Charleston: “I hate to propose a barbaric response to this [gun] issue, but nothing will galvanize the public to demand more stringent controls on assault weapons and comprehensive background checks than for the media to start showing the dead in living color.”

Two other views from Ben Moise of Charleston and George Wilson of Stone Mountain, Ga.

by · 10/12/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
FEEDBACK:  On protecting the SNAP program; Remembering the past

FEEDBACK:  On protecting the SNAP program; Remembering the past

Pat Walker, North Charleston: “Although food insecurity affects more than 17 percent of people in South Carolina, it is often hard to see.  When a child can’t focus at school because they didn’t have dinner the night before or breakfast that morning, it isn’t always clear that hunger is driving their distraction – but it is oftentimes the culprit.”

Also: Bryan Harrison of Charleston on remembering the past.

by · 10/06/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
FEEDBACK:  On past, air conditioning and pensions

FEEDBACK:  On past, air conditioning and pensions

P.C. Coker, Charleston: “As Theodore White said in the Making of the President 1960, three things were the center of American discourse after World War II, civil rights, television, and the bomb. To that I would add for the South, air conditioning. [Brack: South has come a long way in 100 years]  I am one of the last people around who can remember a summer without air conditioning and back then we lived from day to day for a place to cool off.”

by · 09/29/2017 · Feedback
FEEDBACK:  Letters on women in the workplace and government’s needs

FEEDBACK:  Letters on women in the workplace and government’s needs

Coleman O. Glaze: “We have gotten so far behind on roads and infrastructure needs it will be years to catch up. We do a great job with a majority of students but we are failing too many with basic education.”

by · 09/14/2017 · Commentary, Feedback