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Future should be determined by steady leadership

Posted 7/16/20

As cases of COVID-19 surge around the country, one might be forgiven for a degree of pessimism. In South Carolina, I am encouraged by our progress. Yes, cases are rising - they were always going to as we began reopening. At the same time, we are …

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Future should be determined by steady leadership

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As cases of COVID-19 surge around the country, one might be forgiven for a degree of pessimism. In South Carolina, I am encouraged by our progress. Yes, cases are rising - they were always going to as we began reopening. At the same time, we are gradually but steadily climbing out of the economic hole caused by the coronavirus. What you're now seeing is the (admittedly) imperfect process of finding an appropriate balance between protecting the public while attempting to do the minimum amount of economic damage. Make no mistake, economic damage does have a human toll. Gov. Henry McMaster has a difficult task before him, but he has demonstrated steady, measured leadership over the past months. I applaud him for not caving to the more authoritarian tendencies of some of his blue state equivalents.

I encourage our Sumter School Board, as well as the headmasters and boards of our area private and charter schools, to recognize the detrimental, and possibly catastrophic, effects on our children of their decision to not reopen schools in the fall. Many counties and states across the country are implementing common sense, health-conscious policies that enable our children to learn in a proper school environment while still safeguarding their health.

Our elected officials should take all FACTS into consideration while making these life-altering decisions. Our future should be determined by steady, measured leadership, like that shown by Gov. McMaster, rather than knee-jerk, panicked reactions to media hype.

SHERY SMITH

Sumter