If it were a rational amendment to the state constitution more material would be made available to the voters. When it is treated as confidential, the people it would benefit control who has the information to vote their way.
I am against lifelong careers for any elected officials. We have seen the evils the gridlock has caused in the U.S. Congress, most of which is triggered by the same people in the same elected office for years beyond their usefulness, which results in a lot of hurtful words passed back and forth and absolutely nothing accomplished for the people of this country. I believe that this Invincibility and eventual moral corruption of officeholders who have permanent job security and all that it conveys is hurtful to our country and will be for our great state if this bill is allowed to pass and become state law.
Bosses, whether in the public or private sector, who are given total control by their minions eventually succumb to a misguided moral responsibility to control the weaker members of our society when in fact they should be there to aid the downtrodden.
All elected officials should be contained to a definite time period in office to allow for the true spirit of our founding fathers, which was to have great participation in governing our country from a diverse group of people not the same ideas and people over and over.
Time to check your smoke alarms
The Charleston Fire Department has a simple but powerful reminder for all members of our community this weekend. When you change your clocks for daylight savings time, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and please remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
Twenty-five years ago, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) recognized a disturbing trend that many home fire fatalities were taking place in homes without working smoke alarms. So the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program was developed to help reduce and hopefully, one day, eliminate this number. Along with thousands of fire departments nationwide, Energizer and the IAFC have been reminding communities to check and change their smoke alarm batteries and to make sure their smoke alarms are working when they set their clocks.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fire structures in half. As a 22-year fire service veteran, I have witnessed first-hand the tragedy and devastation of home fires. It's even more heartbreaking when a young life is cut short. The tragedy of the Arlington Avenue fire back in March of this year still haunts me. We lost nine lives in that fire. We don't want to ever see this happen again.
Overall, almost 66 percent of home fire deaths in this country occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Considering that residential fire deaths peak in winter months, it's critical to check and change your smoke alarm batteries each and every fall. Remember to rely on smoke alarms to wake you up if there is a fire just as you rely on an alarm clock to wake you up to get ready for work. Smoke or the smell of smoke will not wake you up!
We hope you'll join the Charleston Fire Department, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs in sharing this life-saving information with your readers and encouraging them to help make a difference in our city and across the country. Sincerely,
Charles E. Overstreet
Charleston Fire Department