Having been the litter control officer for Aiken County, I would like to state that the problem is with incompetent leadership within our jail system. The very reason that I took early retirement was because I was not allowed to do my job. The powers to be wanted baby-sitters instead of correctional officers. You are required to be the inmates' friend instead of an authority figure. What we have created is a nursery for criminals. We have pampered and coddled criminals for so long that they are no longer required to do any hard labor.
It is not my intention to be rude or arrogant. In every direction you look, all you see is incompetence and ignorance. At the expense of repeating myself, we are living in a fool's paradise.
It has been my observation that the people of South Carolina choose to be ignorant. It's easier to go with the flow than to buck the system.
Let me end by saying patriotism means to stand by one's country and telling the truth, not by standing with incompetent leaders.
Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.