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Letter to the Edtior

Jane Dyer laments lack of leadership and civility

web posted September 12, 2009
I am embarrassed and offended by Mr. Wilson’s behavior, not because I am a Democrat, but because I am an American and a South Carolinian.  When our elected officials are so crudely partisan and seek only political advantage instead of dealing with an issue as important and serious as providing affordable and effective health care for our people, it is time to change those officials.

The past few months have been painful enough as we watched our great state’s reputation dive for the gutter.   I have worked across the U.S., and I have heard firsthand the jokes aimed at South Carolina.

First, our anti-job creating, anti-stimulus, anti-effective governor makes us the object of ridicule   throughout the country by not understanding that a Governor has responsibilities 24/7.  He cannot just take off on a boondoggle, not inform his staff or his state of his whereabouts, and then place his personal life above his duties.

Then, last night, one of our “Just say NO” Congressmen completely embarrasses our entire state and country by showing a sheer lack of respect for the Office of the President of the United States of America.  As a former Air Force Officer, I am offended and surprised to see such a lack of self-discipline, control and sheer unpatriotic contempt.

 South Carolina is not the only state that is desperately in need of creating jobs.  Other states are doing everything possible to bring new industry to their states, while we are continuously becoming less and less credible because of the behavior of our elected officials.

We have great people, magnificent resources and embarrassing elected officials.  It is past time for us to elect leadership that takes our states problems seriously, is committed to working on solutions and will restore the tarnished reputation of our great state.

Jane Ballard Dyer
Easley, SC

Editor’s note: Jane Ballard Dyer is a candidate for Congress in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. After graduation from Clemson with an Engineering Degree, she joined the Air Force and became one of the first female pilots, flying refueling tankers.  For the last 20 years she has flown cargo jets for airlines throughout the world.  Married to John Dyer, a decorated Air Force fighter pilot, they have raised four children.   She grew up in Pickens County and currently resides in Powdersville, SC.


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