Letters to the Editor - June 18, 2020

In support of Mark Smith
I want to remind all voters of the opportunity and privilege to vote on June 23 in the runoff election! This past Tuesday, candidate Mark Smith was on the sidewalk asking for your vote and support. He has worked very hard to prepare for this opportunity to serve District 99, which includes Daniel Island and the surrounding areas. Mark has been actively involved in local city, county and state government. Mark works well with others in resolving local issues and seeking help for our community.
In the past, turnout for the runoff elections has not been well attended. I’m asking you to make a dedicated effort to support Mark Smith as our representative. Mark is going to do what he says and be accountable to you, the voter. I encourage all to vote, doing your part to make our system of government work!
Stan Cleveringa
Daniel Island
Bishop England action supported
I applaud the article pertaining to the BE student who was expelled for a racial social media post — and I applaud the Bishop England administration for their direct and immediate action.
As a former school psychologist, superintendent, high school principal and public (and private) school educator, I am so appreciative of affirmative action and action that is publicized and proactive. We must continue to foster positive feelings and actions that reinforce the values of education and equality for ALL — the only path to true advancement — for EVERYONE OF ALL COLORS AND BELIEFS.
John Edwards
Daniel Island
Remembering the Emanuel Nine
Five years ago this week nine precious souls were taken from their families and this community. While many residents never met these congregants, Charleston was and continues to be profoundly impacted by their loss.
This week we’ll celebrate the lives of the Emanuel Nine again, five years after the hateful shooting of June 17, 2015. Our country will continue to discuss issues with race that plague it, dividing and negatively impacting local communities. We’ll talk about ongoing work needed to change hearts of people carrying hate for those unlike them. These discussions, while uncomfortable for some, are extremely necessary for our communities to unite and prosper together.
Hopefully, we’ll also discuss needed changes in law to help prevent such actions from occurring again. In the five years since, many have tried to make positive change in background check legislation. Arm-in-Arm is a group of South Carolinians formed after the massacre at Mother Emanuel, dedicated to promoting responsible gun ownership and preventing tragedies like this from reoccurring. Our group is laser-focused on bringing together gun owners, veterans, medical practitioners, educators and other stakeholders to lead the conversation, creating common ground efforts. We believe that’s the way forward — listening, finding common ground and rolling up
our sleeves to make effective solutions a reality.
Over the next several months we’re engaging with gun owners looking to help create effective, reasonable, fair, and enforceable universal background check legislation. If you or someone you know is interested in being part of the solution, please email info@arminarmsc.org.
Towner Magill
Board member and legislative chair,
Mount Pleasant
Cast your vote in runoff
I am writing this letter to acknowledge the wonderful turnout that took place on June 9.
It makes one proud to see the larger than usual number of voters for a primary race.
There were many well-qualified candidates and a number of concerns to be considered.
With the upcoming runoff scheduled for Tuesday the 23rd, it is important to finish the process and choose the best person for the office to represent our district in the State House of Representatives.
I would like to ask you to support Mark Smith with your vote. I know him and believe in him. Mark exemplifies the leadership qualities necessary to represent us.
We need and deserve a man like him to fight for us in Columbia.
Jerry Bacon
Daniel Island


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