• Friday, November 1, 2013

While pundits wax philosophical over who bears the blame for the government shutdown, we look, at least in part, to the schools as culpable. Because of the education industry’s recognized liberal bent, more children and young adults learn about Sojourner Truth than the truth about the founders’ intent for our noble experiment in self-government. Even some of your columnists and guest columnists either are unaware of or deliberately ignore this concise explanation of our republic’s structure by James Madison (aptly called “Father of the Constitution”) in Federalist Papers No. 45: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace...The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people....”

Perhaps we’re wrong and many who support an ever-expanding federal government simply “want free stuff” from Washington. But from what we see and hear, those same people may simply not understand that only a “few and defined” powers were given by the people to the federal government. They would do well to learn.

Elizabeth and George Vary

Mount Pleasant

Due diligence

With reference to an Oct. 23 Letter to the Editor in the Moultrie News concerning a proposed gas station at the entrance to the Rivertowne subdivision, two important things should be mentioned.

1. The property outside of the Rivertowne subdivision is located on Highway 41 and has always been destined for some form of commercial development from the day the plats were drawn for the subdivision. Commercial development of that property has not been suddenly foisted on the community and the town council of Mount Pleasant has not suddenly foisted any commercial developments along Highway 41. Hindsight is always nice and almost 15 years ago commercial corridors along a road like Highway 41, with subdivisions nearby or adjacent, seemed to be in order. Beating on past and present town councils is just too easy and expedient and does not solve anything.

2. If the writer is now concerned about town council failures and over-commercialization, he should have used a degree of due diligence, realized the potential for commercialization on Highway 41 at or near the entrance to Rivertowne, and purchased a home elsewhere or at least somewhere where the commercial properties are not so visible, as exemplified by the companion property to the north of the entrance where the Harris Teeter shopping center is located. There may have been misgivings when first proposed but I would think that many residents find its location to be a benefit to the community. There are communities in Mount Pleasant where commercial properties along main roads are not visible and do not impact on the communities they serve.It should be noted that there are procedures in place within the zoning process and appeals process to address issues of concern, such as this particular gas station location. Blaming the town and its councils for being a victim of its own success is easy. Ultimately all these decisions are made by residents, just like the writer, who should also be angry with himself.

Seymour Rosenthal

Mount Pleasant

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