Great concern about nation

What is happening in our nation is cause for great concern: lack of compassion, utterances filled with obscenities, taunting people in restaurants, damaging

personal property, violent outbreaks, disrespect for positions that are contrary to others, unruly students in public schools, university professors advocating political unrest, crazed individuals gunning down church goers, politicians advocating open borders, rioters overturning automobiles-smashing showcase windows-looting stores. The list goes on.

We elect mayors, sheriffs, governors, senators, council members, representatives, and the president and vice president. Each has sworn to uphold the both their state and federal constitution. Mayors have the authority to appoint law officials that should be able to keep the peace. The federal government has the primary duty to guard against all enemies -- foreign and domestic.

The federal government, i.e. legislative, judicial and executive, is charged with enacting laws and the executive branch is expected to enforce the laws.

Our nation is defined by its borders. Non-citizens can obtain a variety of visas in order to gain entry into the United States and its possessions. Since the birth of our nation in 1776, non-citizens have gained legal entry in a variety of ways.

It is estimated that 37 million legal immigrants are in our country. When we add an estimated 22 million illegal immigrants presently within our borders, we can conclude that roughly 15 percent of those residing in our country are immigrants, and are NOT Americans.

How many more illegal immigrants can we absorb before we lose our national identity? No one really knows the drain on our resources but, suffice it to say, it is enormous. Those who advocate doing away with ICE are hell bent, it seems to me, on weakening America. Those who oppose the wall are advocates of open borders, which again, seems to me, weakens our national resolve and leads to a path of rebellion.

I am compelled to put my feelings in writing with the hope that others share my concern and are eager to act before it is too late.

Jay Pearson, Orangeburg

S.C. can benefit from energy leases

South Carolina could reportedly benefit from nearly $1.6 billion in tax revenues over 20 years if federal coastal waters were opened to energy leasing. Predictably, anti-development activists rolled their eyes and thumbed their nose, saying such production would be an eyesore visually, dangerous environmentally and of little difference economically.

But platforms or wind towers, if constructed, would be dozens of miles offshore, far out of sight, and revenue would be used for much-needed economic development efforts and beautification enhancements along the coastline.

Development would also reduce manufacturing costs for electric and traditional vehicles, a must in a state whose automotive industry has 400-plus suppliers and other companies that employ about 66,000 workers.

What’s more, it would lead to a welcome reduction in household energy costs. That might be of little consequence to some, including various well-heeled activists, but they would be lifesavers for many others. Families in South Carolina spend, on average, $3,763 annually on energy, a taxing number for many, especially the 15 percent in poverty. Policies that support wind, solar, oil, natural gas and nuclear equally can help lower these unnecessarily high prices, if done safely.

Thanks to improved techniques and innovative technologies, plus an assortment of state and federal regulations that remain second to none globally, South Carolina can reap these lower-cost energy benefits, grow its economy, safeguard its environment and protect other key industries like fishing and tourism, which, like us, lean on clean water and air to live, breathe and prosper.

Tim Page

South Carolina director

Consumer Energy Alliance

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