Every day, in every area of our state, hard-working South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same.
Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.
My name is Chaundra Fletcher. I am a member of North Corner AME Zion Church in Lancaster. I am very active in social activities that involve the homeless, hungry and children.
I have worked in social services for the last eight years. During this time, I have learned much about the abuse and neglect of children, as well as victimization of women. I have also learned much about poverty.
It seems that the laws continue to change without any regard to those who are less fortunate. I would dare to say that many people today would be considered working poor.
Recently, there have been a couple of columns in The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway regarding the county budgeting process.
Mainly those concerns have dealt with funding for public safety (specifically for the sheriff, solicitor and public defender’s offices) and the appropriations and expenditures of excess funds from the 2013-14 budget. The implication was that these funds should be used for adding additional staff to these departments. I will be the first to state that these departments are a very important core function of government.
I am writing today in honor of one of your former residents, Royce Stewart. Royce departed this life on Feb. 12, 2015. He and spouse Lavonia have been residents of Kershaw since the early 1990s. Our hearts are saddened by his loss and hope that Lavonia finds comfort through the support of family, friends and the community.