The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

PAUL A. WEHRLE, San Clemente

On a cool Jan. 6 of this year, with a sense of dread, we anxiously and closely watched as an armed insurrection attempted to overthrow our government. Had it succeeded, there would have been no more “Letting Freedom Ring” events.

Now, the local hubris has again shifted from guns to God. Our government must maintain the original intent of separation between church and state. Our government was not endowed by “Our Creator,” nor should we “Thank God for the Declaration of Independence.”

These are secular documents created by many brave but highly flawed and rather hypocritical men. Yes, we certainly owe them a debt of gratitude for their work centuries ago.

To state that our governor used his “extraordinary and unlawful powers to limit commerce, take away property rights and suppress the right of people to assemble” is simply hyperbole, not completely factual and completely misses the point of his necessary actions.

As a physician, I am fully aware of measures required to address a serious pandemic, one that has killed more than 600,000 people. Actions taken by our governor were absolutely instrumental in bringing our share of this pandemic under control and minimizing the significant morbidity and mortality.

During this pandemic, there was no “significant erosion of the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Nothing could be further from the truth. In a civilized society, sometimes we must have our affairs regulated, albeit temporarily, for the benefit of all.

Think back to WWII, when many onerous restrictions were placed on our citizenry for many years—enabling us to beat back two evil empires. The very prevalent short (term) thinking, me-first, and selfishness often on exhibit here and nationally during the height of the pandemic would not have led to success.

We all owe our governor a huge thank you for guiding us successfully through this perilous time, so that we may yet again “Let Freedom Ring.”

It is certainly time, if not overdue, for a local election. Be grateful that we can still vote.

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Staff