Redirecting life’s passion to gun control, prompts the reader

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Redirect passion

Listening to the horrific news of another school shooting – this time in Texas – I remembered the young man in the van who shouted “baby killers” to a large group of us gathered peacefully outside the Beaufort town hall a few weeks ago. We had come together to protest the many recent attacks on our reproductive rights.

I can only hope that the driver who attacked us with his words decides to use his passion and energy to protest the sale of weapons of mass destruction that are too often used to murder our babies.

According to NPR, we have already had more than 200 mass shootings in the United States this year, including 27 in schools. Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have none.

Caren Ross, Beaufort

Support Maness

The Republican Party has certified six candidates to run for state superintendent of education. Yet at least two of those applicants do not meet the qualifications set forth in state law. [SC Code 59-3-10] which requires mastery.

Applicants who did not meet this criterion committed to graduate. How can this happen? Most educators and other professionals work on their advanced degrees online or by taking afternoon, evening, and summer classes, sacrificing time, energy, and money.

Furthermore, none of these candidates provided proof of experience as a teacher or administrator in public schools.

How could the Republican Party certify candidates who clearly do not meet the criteria at the time of their filing.

I believe Kathy Maness is the most qualified candidate. Because of her teaching experience, her credentials, her leadership of the largest professional association of educators in the state, and her years of service as a member of the Lexington City Council for 17 years, she is the top contender for the state superintendent of education.

Elizabeth Gressette, Cayce

Change for the Horry Council

I am proud to be one of the many people in Horry County District 1 who know, trust and support Jenna Dukes for the Horry County Council. Jenna has been my pharmacist since we moved to Cherry Grove. I trust him to make decisions that affect my health, that of my loved ones and even that of my pets.

Jenna is a political outsider, which makes her a new face and voice for our district.

For years, our territory has been represented by elected officials who do not represent us or our values. Our current councilor consistently votes against funding much-needed public safety, law enforcement and road improvements.

Recently, I saw accusations leveled at Jenna for being funded by “millionaire developers”. I can assure you that I am not a developer and I am certainly not a millionaire. I am an ordinary citizen who craves change and representation that we can trust. We are ready for the leadership of District 1 to answer the tough questions Jenna asks.

I strongly encourage you to join me on June 14 in voting for Jenna Dukes, the “prescription for success” in Horry County.

Kimberly Brisson, North Myrtle Beach

Ways to save gas

Wow! Today I paid $4.19 a gallon for gas.

Surprisingly, my neighbors who have been working from home during the pandemic say they are being asked to return to the office. I can’t believe that during this gas price crisis some companies are asking for this. During the pandemic, many of their employees have adapted and enjoyed working from home.

We can only imagine the sheer number of gallons of gas needed to get employees back to work. Continuing to work from home could be a gas-saving solution for many households.

Another solution to fuel savings is for all of us to plan our trips to the store more efficiently.

Sometimes the solution to a problem does not lie with our government but rather with ourselves.

James Muldrow, Colombia