Equal Rights

Last Tuesday night, Mount Pleasant Town Council discussed and returned to committee a resolution to support the Equal Rights Amendment which now stands before the South Carolina House of Representatives.

The 24 words of the amendment and of the proposed legislation speak for themselves − “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The ERA is a nonpartisan issue with bipartisan support. It supports both women and men. However, women have faced a higher bar under the law often because of the time in which laws were written. Those who wrote the United States Constitution could not have anticipated the changing roles and responsibilities women would face over the next 200 years or so.

The Equal Rights Amendment is an opportunity to create law that will enable dimensions of basic equality. It is a matter of human rights and an issue that calls us to consider carefully who we are as a people.

As South Carolina knows, equality is a challenge that is hard won, a step at a time through acts of courage.

This is a time for Mount Pleasant Town Council to act with courage and join the city councils of Charleston and Columbia that have both given unanimous support to the ERA.

Melinda Hamilton

League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area President

Mount Pleasant

Jody Stallings

I’ve been wanting to say this for awhile so I’ll go ahead and do it now. Thank you for running Jody Stallings’ “Teacher to Parent” column every week. He is a common sense, personal responsibility kind of guy whose advice I always find thoughtful and spot-on. I hope you keep him as a regular contributor. Thanks again.

Mike Schwartz

Mount Pleasant