Animal cruelty is unacceptable
I read with amazement Tyler Huff's recent letter to The Herald. Describing the support of cockfighting as "civil discourse" is to say that breaking the law of our country and our state is "civil discourse." Fidel Castro was the master of "civil discourse" if Mr. Huff chooses to make a comparison to Cuba.
Supporting abuse at any level, be it dog fighting, cockfighting, child abuse or abuse in nursing homes is abhorrent. These creatures are the "least of these" who cannot speak for themselves. I suppose that abuses inflicted on any of these are acceptable to some people, but to the vast majority of educated, well-informed people I know, cruelty at any level is unacceptable.
I don't know how being an environmentalist as Mr. Huff accused Ms. Smith of being quite fits into the scenario of cockfighting, but I'd like to proudly count myself in the environmentalist category. If positioning myself as anti-cruelty places me in the category of being an animal activist, I proudly join that group as well.
Martha H. Sinyard
Simrill has solid record of service
I read with interest the recent article announcing state Rep. Gary Simrill's decision to run for re-election. It did make me chuckle reading the story's view on Simrill's vulnerability and comments made by York County Democratic Chairman Jim Watkins and his 3-year-old letter about school vouchers.
I can't speak for Mr. Simrill, but I would imagine he felt no urgency to respond to Watkins after the way he and Dan Ballou ran the 2002 campaign in such a negative manner. Their campaign relied solely on personal attack ads, slanted quotes and even interrupting each and every public debate when Mr. Simrill had his allotted time to speak as well as completely ignoring the issues at hand and the support for the citizens of York County.
It's obvious to me if the Democratic candidate does not have the political experience or can't translate a successful business career into service that they must rely on mudslinging and running the campaign on a negative basis. This was the case in 2002 but backfired, and, as quoted in the Herald, "Simrill trounced him with 64 percent of the vote." How, you ask? Mr. Simrill ran on his record of service and support for the citizens of District 46 and the state of South Carolina, championing causes in support of law enforcement, traffic signals for schools, tougher child support laws, environmental protection and strict enforcement of DUI laws and more.
The people of York County responded, as Mr. Simrill received a huge bipartisan vote, doing very well with usually Democratic supporting African Americans, senior citizens and even a very strong showing in Mr. Ballou's neighborhood precinct. I would imagine many Democratic business people, civic groups and others crossed party lines to show their support in the privacy of the voting booth.
Buckley was Renaissance man
Thank you for your timely and important comments about the late William F. Buckley Jr. His writings and his record-setting television series will be missed. His quick wit and extraordinary command of the English language were key factors in his successful promotion of a broadly conservative agenda.
While we expect people born into families of means to accomplish much, Bill Buckley did it all -- author, business founder, lecturer, musician, and sailor -- a Renaissance man of the highest order. And, as you pointed out, even those with different political views held him in great respect.
R.I.P., Mr. Buckley.