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Editor’s note: Charleston City Paper publishes letters received each week on Saturdays. To submit your own reaction to City Paper coverage or local issues, we welcome letters to the editor.

Law Enforcer

In light of the civil unrest we have experienced in Charleston and witnessed around the country, public safety and security is among the top issues in the 2020 election cycle. Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon has proven for decades that he will enforce the law while respecting residents’ 1st Amendment rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. He was sheriff in 1989 in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and prevented looting, violence and property destruction throughout the county.

Sheriff Cannon’s less experienced Democratic opponent is on record for opposing the standard riot control measures needed to keep the peace. Following the Charleston riots on May 30, she wrote, “I have watched in disbelief and great sadness as law enforcement across the country and here in Charleston are using aggressive and provoking tactics against largely peaceful protests.”

If you saw images of the smashed windows, gunshots, and looting on Upper King Street on May 30, you know that a lot of lives were threatened and property destroyed. Sheriff Cannon deployed his deputies and technology assets on May 31 to ensure that the streets of downtown Charleston remained safe.

We all have an expectation to be secure in our homes, our workplaces, and other venues we choose to visit. Public safety and security are vital to a strong economy. Sheriff Al Cannon is a proven leader who will always enforce the law and keep Charleston County safe.

John Steinberger
Charleston

A New Nancy

Power-hungry Pelosi has spent too long in Washington, D.C. She is getting too good at her slimy political games. It’s time to send Pelosi packing and send a New Nancy to Congress. It’s time to elect Nancy Mace. 

Of course, Nancy Pelosi is not running for Congress here in the Lowcountry, but her loyal foot soldier Congressman Cunningham is. And that’s basically the same thing.

He claims bipartisanship here in the Lowcountry, but then goes to Washington and votes with Nancy Pelosi 90% of the time. 

Congressman Cunnigham says he doesn’t believe in the Green New Deal here in the Lowcountry, but then goes to Washington and votes for all the Green New Deal mandates under a different name and the same price tag!

I’m tired of representation in Congress that says one thing in the Lowcountry, and does something another in Congress. That’s why I’m voting for Nancy Mace to replace Democrat Congressman Cunningham. It is time for leadership with integrity, and that’s not what we’re getting with Congressman Cunningham. Join me in voting for Nancy Mace for Congress!

Forrest Bjork
Charleston