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Letters To The Editor: Politics & The Virus Response.
As we continue to recruit businesses to Laurens County, it is crucial that we are able to offer these businesses a strong, educated workforce upon arrival.
That’s one of the reasons why we are supporting Brenda Stewart’s race for Laurens County Council. To date, she is the only candidate talking about advancing Laurens County by furthering partnerships with school districts 55 and 56, and Piedmont Tech to enhance vocational training for high school students.
Like Brenda, we want to see our county’s students have the opportunity to receive advanced technical skill training before graduation. Such training empowers them to enter the workforce, and/or continue their education at Piedmont Tech or a four-year institution, if they choose.
A vote for Brenda is a vote for a bright future in Laurens County. We hope you will join us on June 9th by supporting Brenda Stewart for Laurens County Council District 7.
Joe R. Giles and Lou C. Giles,
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day upon us on April 22nd, we are already reducing our carbon footprint during the pandemic by severely curtailing travel. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products. Yes, that.
A recent article in the respected journal Nature argues that animal agriculture is a major driver of climate change, air and water pollution, depletion of soil and water resources, and destruction of wildlife habitats.
Oxford University's prestigious Food Climate Research Network reports that solving the global warming catastrophe requires a massive shift to plant-based eating.
In an environmentally sustainable world, we must replace meat and dairy products with vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as we replace fossil fuels with wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources. Each of us has a unique opportunity to heal our planet by transitioning to plant-based eating.
We can begin with a 1-minute NY Times food test at:
Then, let's celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at our supermarket. The internet offers ample advice and recipes.
A Response to the City of Laurens’ Position on the Stay at Home Order
“Many have continued to engage in behavior which puts themselves and their neighbors’ health at risk.” The only people who know why so many are “engage[d] in behavior” that the government dislikes are the people themselves, and they alone have the power of determining whether what they are doing is justified given their other circumstances, including their risk of infection by a virus that has infected only eleven people in a county with over 66,000 residents. Some of these people may be trying to avoid abuse; others may suffer from debilitating emotional disturbances such as depression that are exacerbated by idleness, loneliness, and confinement, and which are best countered by things like getting out and seeking human company. The government should not presumptuously revile people whose motives it cannot know.
Further, the statement above savors of a parental instinct (“put themselves . . . at risk”) which is wholly unacceptable in any government constituted to serve a free, self-governing people. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive” (C.S. Lewis). If people decide the dangers of cowering are greater than those of infection, that is their choice to make.
“Infections in Laurens are steadily on the rise, and Tuesday Laurens County suffered their first death.” Laurens’ zip code – over half of whose residents live outside the city limits – has two cases; the county has had eleven in the two weeks since the first was recorded. Neither qualifies as a steady rise, much less a dreadful one.
“Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported eight confirmed cases in Laurens County, but it estimates that the current number of infected individuals is actually 85.” Scientific and medical professionals often boast about how they deal with objective facts in an empirical manner, and yet here they are engaging in unconfirmed speculation that is, moreover, contrary to what we do know: for every positive test in SC there have been more than eight negative ones. And yet, the ‘actual total’ is ten times higher than the confirmed one? I think not, and I think that we would do well to regard such speculation as being about as credible as divination.
“Only citizens who are engaging in ‘essential business, essential activities, or critical infrastructure operations’ are permitted outside their homes for those purposes.” The only people who have the intimate knowledge needed to decide what is essential and what is not are business owners and their employees and patrons, who can assess for themselves the best response given risks and consequences. Any attempt on the part of a remote government official will be arbitrary, unfair, and inefficient, based more on what is being done in other places than on the actual situation in our community. If you doubt that, you need only consider that liquor stores are essential and operating normally, while schools are not.
“Violations of the Governor’s Executive Order are a criminal misdemeanor and are punishable by fine or up to thirty (30) days imprisonment.” We are letting inmates out of jail so that they do not contract the virus; and yet we are also going to jail people because they might be spreading it? People are being thrown out of work in droves and are so broke that we are sending them checks to pay their bills and help bolster the faltering economy; and yet we are going to take money from them in the form of fines and give them a record to make it harder to find a job in future? Interesting logic there. On the other hand, if such threats are meant simply to dissuade people, then why do they admit so many exceptions (essential shopping, exercise) that are so easily feigned? Any way you consider it, this is not a sensible measure from the standpoint of practical utility, and it is certainly not just to make a ‘crime’ of daring to live somewhat normally in the face of a virus that has infected about one out of every 6,048 county residents, and that has killed 72 people in a state of 5,000,000 that experiences over 50,000 dead annually.
“The City of Laurens Police Department will vigorously enforce this Order.” Isn’t there a risk that the police will get or communicate the virus by enforcing this? If you say no, because they will be taking precautions, then I ask ‘and if the people in question are taking precautions as well, why harass them, seeing that precautions work so well? If they are not taking precautions, why take the risk in confronting them? Is arresting someone good social distancing?’ Further, this is the stuff of police states. Such action dishonors the policing profession, which exists to protect our liberty, not to infringe upon it. Rights such as freedom of association, the pursuit of happiness, and assembly do not cease to exist because there is a nasty virus about. This reduces the police to uniformed brigands harassing the people, little better than Louis XIV’s dragoons or the red coats who occupied Boston prior to our revolution. And again, the Laurens zip code has two cases as of now.
“If you witness a violation of the Order, please dial the non-emergency line to report the violation.” Encouraging informants sows discord and mutual suspicion into the community, and is a favorite of communist countries. People should uniformly refuse to comply, as this has no place among our freeborn people.
“It is essential that we reduce the spread of infection during this critical period so that we do not overwhelm the limited resources of our healthcare system.” This does not comport with what is currently happening to the healthcare system. Prisma has furloughed nearly 2,500 employees. Our response thus seems to be doing more harm to the healthcare system than the virus – many limited resources are being shed by the health systems themselves.
“The City of Laurens cannot and will not fail to enforce them.” Several municipalities violated the law by enacting stay at home orders when they lacked the authority, apparently without repercussions; why could Laurens not do the reverse? It wouldn’t be the first time that local government refused to comply with higher authority, and it would be in accords with the natural law principle that governments must do what is best to protect their people’s liberty, even if it means clashing with higher governments, a principle to which we appealed in 1775 and 1860.
“This is an emergency.” The virus is nasty, true, and my sympathy goes to those who have lost loved ones because of it. But the main emergency is spiritual, as we have yielded to mass panic that is wholly disproportionate to the severity of the situation. It is impossible to act wisely when panicking, and thus we have pursued measures that are destroying our economy and which, on that account, may prove worse for public health than the virus. People who are consigned to their homes often engage in behavior that is detrimental to their health: drinking, eating poorly, doing drugs, lazing and eschewing exercise, etc. Couple that with loss of employment and financial pressures, and we may see an increase in substance abuse, suicides, heart conditions, etc., all of which may prove, in the long run, more harmful to our nation’s people and to our healthcare systems than the virus.
Many of us remember and talk about the great generation of our nation, which was our parents generation. They lived through the horse and buggy days to the moon landing. In school, they studied all their subjects, made passing grades and if they received any recognition it was for their accomplishments not participation. That’s one major thing that is so wrong in this day and time. Our children and their children should be recognized and awarded for their accomplishments not for participating in this and that.
This mindset has worked its way into our governmental process. Over looking the supportive basic needs of life but to move on using our tax dollars to more bigger and elaborate things. Don’t grow government until you’ve mastered taking care of the people and the things you do have.
Today, we have a generation that is more incline to give away your rights than to demand a fair solution or defend your rights. They are in the progress mode for new, bigger and greater things, instead of a sustaining mode; which is in reality where we should be.
You and I live in a small, poor rural County that is hard pressed to provide the proper physical environment (New School) with class rooms for Industrial training. While we still have communities that have existed without and need the quick response EMS box units or stations. Is it that County Council has no interest in our personal welfare other than our tax dollars and special tax districts to fulfill their personal gain.
Might I remind you that your County leaders gave away millions of tax dollars to a large industrial company worth billions of dollars, and have raised the your taxes ten mills on everything you own for emergency services for them. Why, because you are subsiding eighty percent of the employees of ZF transmission who are not residents of Laurens County but will use our services that you and I pay for EMS units.
We should ask ourselves why do we give away to the rich and saddle the pore with the burden of payment. I understand but my terms would offend most.
Neville Chamberlain, appeased the aggressive nature of these bullies in the early 40’s but, that’s history now. History doesn’t repeat itself, government repeats history!
This is a cancer on the tax payers which will grow every year. You allowed them to look down their nose at our government, publicly insult each and every one of you. To me and every veteran in Laurens County should be ashamed of your conduct.
Jesus is real and I think God is sending us a message.
During this time of the coronavirus quarantine, I have been reading my Bible more and thinking about the world and the national situation. In today’s world and in our nation there are certain factors that want to ridicule and destroy the Christian faith. They say Jesus is a myth and the Bible is just a story book. Well, if you question the truth of the Bible, Josephus, the most famous Roman Jewish historian (93-94 AD) and Tacitus, a Roman Senator and Roman historian (116 AD ), in their manuscripts mention extensively Jesus’s ministry, his crucifixion by Pilate and the Jews, and the formation of the early Christian church. Other sources prove that Jesus was a real person in history.
The media, some politicians and liberals are trying to destroy the Christian faith. They are leading the world and nation down the road to destruction. The nation has disobeyed God’s laws and will. Our courts have approved abortion and homosexual marriage, have stopped prayer and worship in our schools and upheld many wicked things. I think this coronavirus is a wake up call from God. God is warning us as he warned the Jewish nation in the Old Testament. Turn from your wicked ways, America and the world, before God’s patience wears out. Only 25% of the people in Europe and in other western cultural nations like Australia and New Zealand, attend church now. At this time, in the Bible Belt, only 50% of people attend church, but in the late 1990s, about 70% attended church, so we as Christians are losing ground. After 40 AD, all of the apostles went west to Europe and only one went east. That was Thomas. Thus, I believe that God gave Europe the duty and destiny to spread the Gospel of Christ around the world . Europe did spread the Gospel well until the middle of the 20th century, but now Europe is falling short. Thus, I believe, America was created as the new Christian Israel.
Our country was founded on the Christian Judean faith. It is mentioned in our constitution. Today. our faith is being attacked by some politicians , the media and liberals who will raise a fuss if they see a Christian praying in a public place, but if Christians say something negative about a Moslem, they will be strongly condemned. Christians are being criticized if they do not keep turning the other cheek, but Christians in today’s world are being slapped around . We need to stand up and do as Jesus did, not be afraid to preach the Gospel and defend it. Now is the time to stop turning the other cheek and have a lot more onward Christian solders as if going to war. The message of God today is to stand up for Christ and fight the evil that is trying to bring Christianity down. We need to lead our nation and world to the salvation of Christ. That is what I believe .
Dr. Byron Brown
Dear precious sheep of God, dear confused little lambs, do not fret, do not give up, God has not forgotten you.
I know how you feel, how hurt you have been as you have searched for a house of God where the full gospel is not only preached but also lived. Do not give up, do not give into those many who break away from some church to start one they that they fit in, and beware what and who. Remember it is written in 2nd Timothy 3:5-7, please know, no one can have sin in their life and claim salvation. God does not save one in sin, He saves from sin. One cannot be saved until sin is admitted and forsaken. Christ plainly states, go and sin no more. There is only one God, one Savior, one salvation, one pathway. Do not be fooled by the ones who put a big irk on your lifestyle just to confuse you from the truth. John 5:14.
Please read and heed, 1st John 3. Know this and understand, one cannot rob a bank, repent claim salvation, and keep the money. Do you understand? There is a way that looks so good, feels so right that fits your own lifestyle, but know this, not my words, God’s word. Proverbs 14:12, read it. My calling is much like that of Jeremiah. I am to warn, to instruct, to stir up God’s sheep, to take care, to be sure of the path they walk, to put on all the armor, and pray, pray, pray. No other way can anyone stand up to the soon coming evil. Ephesians 6. Already you can see the evil and unnatural imps of hell seeking for high places in our government. Beware, take heed, walk in God’s old paths. Be prepared for the trying times we shall soon face.
“Thus saith the Lord stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls, but they said, we will not walk therein.” Will you?
Today God has many watchmen, many prophets who warn, and know this, God knows who loves Him and He calls them by name. 2nd Timothy 2:19, John 10:3. Remember please, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31.
In His name,
Tommie R. Nelson
Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety.
The two institutions that can definitely be trusted is the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service. The money saved by eliminating the need for poll workers could be used to offer free postage on the envelopes used to vote by mail. The person voting would also have more time to consider what they are voting for and would not be confined to the hours of the polling place. It would also prevent unwanted entry to schools and churches from anyone trying to harm someone. In addition the voter would not be harassed by someone trying to place unsolicited campaign literature into their hand. The additional revenue would boost the Postal Service and perhaps keep it afloat until we as a country are able to vote online.
Voting by mail would solve the registered voter problem and guarantee safe passage of the ballots to the County Board of Elections.
Note: No political letters will be published after the May 27, 2020 issue. We DO NOT publish unsigned, no-address letters to the editor. All letters are subject to editing for potential libel issues. The June 9 primary election is pending the end of the COVID-19 threat.