Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

On behalf of the families we serve at Family Promise of Beaufort County, we thank St. Francis Thrift Shop on Hilton Head Island for support of our mission to provide temporary shelter, family stability and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children. As a grant recipient, we plan to use these funds to help assist our families with Daycare Services for the children in our sheltering program. Daycare subsidies are not available for our clients until they have gained employment, but it is important that parents have access to these services while they are searching for jobs, going on interviews, and attending Family Promise life skills classes.

Additionally, we thank Calhoun Station, located in Old Town Bluffton, for providing funds to help defer the cost of housing our families when our host congregations are unable to provide shelter. These funds will assist in providing much needed support.

Many thanks to both of these charitable organizations. We look forward to sharing our family's success stories in the months ahead.

Lynda Halpern

Executive Director

Family Promise of Beaufort County

To the Editor:

The political dilemma in Washington continues. Blind party loyalty by selfish politicians and followers has stymied progress, contributing to gridlock and deterioration of our social system. Congress's approval rating is an all-time low, our reputation in the world is rapidly declining.

Both parties are shamefully guilty, culminating in our current presidential election fiasco, where the Democratic and Republican candidates carry an abundance of negative and controversial baggage.

I was a single-party supporter for many years, but now I am nonaffiliated, sometimes apolitical, keeping an independent and open mind, supporting issues not political parties, and so should you be.

True, the media has fueled these party inadequacies with articles and editorials such as, "The GOP dug its own grave years ago" (Washington Post) and "Republicans are architects of their own misfortune" (Miami Herald).

The Democrats have their own set of serious issues. How have we, the citizens, allowed this dangerous situation? Answer: We choose not to get involved.

We must demand from our current and future elected officials a commitment to working together cooperatively toward a consensus, establishing term limits while curtailing the influence of lobbyists, super PACs, earmarks and special interest groups.

Harmon Melville, in his book "The Confidence-Man" (1857), referring to a con man, said, "his [or her, brackets mine] victims have no idea when factuality ends and fiction begins."

Beware of the con, think independently, think outside of the "party" box. Be careful what you are asking for when you vote. No one party has all the right answers.

Earle Everett

Hilton Head Island