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by | October 30, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

To see evil and do nothing is evil
Dear Editor:
Abortion is an unrighteous decree. Since Roe vs. Wade was overturned, almost 60-million babies have been killed in the wombs of their mothers.
Mother Teresa, now a saint, said, “The nation that kills its unborn has lost its soul.” The baby in the womb has a separate DNA than the mother.
Planned Parenthood is the evil organization that mostly performed, and still performs, the killing of these innocent babies. Most of these abortions are paid for by the taxpayers.
These precious babies are not protected by anyone or any agency.
Genesis 4-9 states, “Then the Lord said to Cain, the voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” This was the first murder, when Cain killed his innocent brother.
So does the blood of the 60-million babies who were murdered. No murder goes unpunished, either on earth or on the great and powerful Judgment Day.
There is forgiveness and peace for those who turn to the Lord for forgiveness.
Please vote the Bible on election day.

Sherry Fender Steedley
Walterboro

Building inspector does a fine job
Dear Editor:
I read with interest the letters submitted to the Oct. 20 edition of the other newspaper read by many Walterboro residents, and am compelled to write to support our only Walterboro code enforcement officer, Angelo Pacilio.
The letter referred to a condemnation notice for a house located at 517 Hampton Street (owned by Peden McLeod), which was severely damaged by a large tree that fell as Hurricane Matthew crossed Colleton County. It is my understanding that Mr. Pacilio is required to notify an owner if his/her property is uninhabitable as a result of damage or neglect, and Mr. Pacilio was simply complying with the law by sending the form letter. It is also my understanding that the general language in the letter was drafted by Mr. McLeod’s law partner, City Attorney George Cone.
Angelo Pacilio enforces the building codes without regard to the identity of the owner or the contractor.  I am currently restoring a home in one of the historic districts, and received a letter from Mr. Pacilio stating that my grass had grown too high and needed to be cut or I would face a fine.  I had my grass cut.  The previous code enforcement officer (the late Ronnie Hickman) did not adequately enforce the building codes, and I was forced to file a complaint with the state licensing board which ultimately suspended Mr. Hickman’s license.
If Mr. McLeod would think back to 2007-2008 and remember the problems he and the buyers of 1009 Wichman Street suffered as a result of a less-than-diligent code enforcement officer, he would appreciate how lucky the town is that Mr. Pacilio does as good a job as he does. Owners have been spared disputes with their contractors; contractors have the confidence that the code enforcement officer has approved their work if an issue arises with the homeowner; and we are all safer that the work that is being done to our homes and those of our neighbors have been performed in accordance with all applicable building codes.

Carol Black
Los Angeles, Calif.
and Walterboro

Law officers are a special kind of people
Dear Editor:
Law enforcement from every angle is made up of a very special kind of people. Their dedication can by matched by none. They place their lives on the line for our security. They have saved my life, even without knowing it.
For the last 20 years, I have watched one put all his life’s energy into becoming not only a protector, but also a leader of his men. He has earned their respect and confidence. I’ve talked to them and they positively agree he is a good and honest sheriff, giving his all.
Law-breakers never quit. He has a bull by the horns and is holding it the best this county has seen in a while.
Let’s continue to help by voting to re-elect Sheriff Andy Strickland. We have a great system that works. Let’s keep it in place.
Lonnie Remley
Walterboro
It’s time to claim our part in community
Dear Editor:
I had a most enjoyable luncheon today with special people I met by chance. While having a sandwich and enjoying another glorious weather day after Hurricane Matthew, a couple came in wearing Otis Rhodes t-shirts. I started talking, asked if they knew Otis and it was him!
We sat together, taking about so many relevant issues here in Walterboro. Our conversation went from engaging people in communities, redirecting at-risk youth, improving communication lines. I spoke on “in-services” education that I feel is desperately needed here in Walterboro. I have been here almost four years and have been well received by many, but misunderstood by some, possibly because of my Northern language or my not always knowing Southern language. I promote comfortability and safe spaces to attend or set up forums focused on Walterboro, a community that “needs all its people to own.”
I feel it is unrealistic and unreasonable to continue allowing the same handful of people to make decisions for all of us. I have personally made numerous attempts to volunteer my services to this community. I am a strong advocate for bridging socio-economic gaps, psycho-social differences and advocating for equality and justice for all.
We are all part of one group, and I feel it’s time to claim our part in this wonderful community. Sharing will make our community stronger.
Our conversation was three individuals brainstorming and pooling our resources to want things to work. Our youth need a community, activities promoting future success stories, clear goals and visions, and learning cooperation, integrity and respect.
Thank you, Mr. Otis and Ms. Tammy, for such wonderful sharing. I wish you and all campaigning success in your future and the future of all of our children and grandchildren.
People who transcend their differences and take the high roads (or perhaps the road less traveled) can make great things happen — more positive energy and less meaningless verbiage. Look up, not back, but forward and start to love again. Stop your isolation behind closed doors. Put down your technology and see each other and greet each other. Ask each day to bless and be blessed. I know you would rather help than harm. I do live the Golden Rule because I believe it is so alive and well in so many of us. I will never surrender to the few, when there are so many who want love, peace, faith, understanding and prosperity.

Kathleen Santamarina
Walterboro

Family needs closure in murder
Dear Editor:
Tywan “Tadow” Greene was killed at the Sportz Center Lounge and Bar one year, six months and one day ago. It’s so sad that we, as his family, have to keep sitting and waiting on the detectives at the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office to do nothing.
No one is in custody for it yet which is very mind-bothering. They keep telling me the same thing: we don’t have any information. I get tired of them telling me that. It never fails, every time I go down there, that’s the answer I get and it makes me mad. And I feel like if they actually got out of the office and in the streets and tried to work his case, they could give me more answers than they have been giving me this whole time.  They are sitting in the office in the A.C., waiting on answers to come to them, rather than getting in the street and trying to figure it out.
It’s not fair that his killer is still walking around freely, and Tywan not here with his kids and family anymore. There were a whole lot of people out there that night — we know that somebody saw what happened. So many who were there that night were dressed in white at his homegoing service  and you mean to tell me, no one knows anything?
Our hearts are shattered to pieces that can never be put back together, because we can’t bring Tadow back — death is final and the person who pulled the trigger is still here, alive, walking around, doing what they want to do while we had to make funeral arrangements and attend a funeral. We will always hurt and always miss him.
We need closure so that we can start our healing process. Tadow didn’t deserve for his life to be taken away. Colleton County detectives need to do more than they have been doing so his case can get solved.

Tearra Holmes
Walterboro

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