Letters: Charleston County President Teddy Pryor’s Actions Are Unworthy of Honor | Letters to the Editor
I did a double take while reading the June 23 comment from Charleston County Councilor Henry Darby suggesting the name of the new Charleston County Social Services building in honor of Council Chairman Teddie Pryor.
In fact, 33 million double takes.
County taxpayers paid $ 33 million after President Pryor’s costly unilateral decision on the lease with a developer at the Charleston Naval Hospital.
As part of the process of digging this financial hole, there will be a new social service building.
Mr. Darby must have a short memory because he was not satisfied with the latest offer to sell from the Naval Hospital. At the time he said, “So, $ 15 million out of $ 33 (million)?” referring to the cost of the county court settlement. “It’s an $ 18 million shortfall, but I won’t go into that tonight.”
Let us not forget Mr. Pryor’s refusal to take responsibility for the modification of the lease and his response: “Why make a mountain out of a molehill?”
Most Charleston County taxpayers would agree that $ 33 million is more of a mountain than a molehill.
Mr. Pryor’s most recent misstep was trying to secretly pay then-county attorney Joe Dawson a very generous bonus after quitting his job.
Asked about the payment, his comment was that he wasn’t trying to hide anything. Obviously he was, and it’s also been revealed that Judge Dawson has now written his own bonus deal.
The information remained withheld until The Post and Courier revealed it and the county and Dawson were forced to adjust conditions.
Alley of the Pines
I really appreciate Governor Henry McMaster for taking the time to go through local projects in the state budget and not just sign the bill.
Unfortunately, the legislature canceled the $ 152.5 million in appropriations it had vetoed.
The assignments seemed to be a wish list rather than necessary proposals. It’s a shame that some lawmakers are using the process to issue election rewards rather than thinking about how to spend their constituents’ hard-earned money.
After more than a year of closures, deaths, illnesses, business closings and job losses, these vetoes have been a thoughtful response from the governor.
Some worthy projects such as tornado relief, domestic violence and children’s issues were rejected. But others, including museums, gardens, places of entertainment and art, must be financed with local funds from people who will be able to benefit from them.
Don’t make others pay for something they will never get the chance to attend.
It reminds me of when the Sears Christmas catalog would arrive.
Our children were allowed to ‘dream big’ for 10 items each for advice to Santa, but no guarantee of receipt.
I had peace and quiet and the catalog got horny.
One of them recently said that he didn’t remember receiving a single thing on his lists, but was still happy with what he actually got.
South Carolina lawmakers are voting on how to spend our money.
Every project that requires funding should steal or die on its own merits, not be hidden away in something desperately needed.
VA service excels
After hearing the bad publicity received by Veterans Affairs, I was reluctant to apply to become a patient at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, 53 years after my release.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was, with courteous and helpful assistance.
Two hours later, I got a call setting up an appointment with my assigned primary care physician at the new facility on Rivers Avenue.
Thank you VA for the excellent customer service.
Pleasant Hill Drive