Letters: SC needs information literacy, Clyburn, meat, McMaster talk

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FILE - The Snapchat app is seen on a mobile device in New York, August 9, 2017. As concerns continue to grow about the impact of social media on the psyche of teens, platforms from Snapchat to TikTok to Instagram are working on new features they say will make their services safer and more age-appropriate.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE – The Snapchat app is seen on a mobile device in New York, August 9, 2017. As concerns continue to grow about the impact of social media on the psyche of teens, platforms from Snapchat to TikTok to Instagram are working on new features they say will make their services safer and more age-appropriate. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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Information literacy

Our second president, John Adams, said, “Facts are intractable things. Whatever our desires, inclinations, or dictates of passion, they cannot change the state of facts and evidence.” Unfortunately, information is more convincingly changeable than ever before. Social media has become the source of news for many of our youth. We need to protect our youth from falling victim to dangerous disinformation campaigns. South Carolina needs to pass an information literacy curriculum to protect our students from propaganda and fear mongering. Information literacy means understanding how information is created and the context in which it is used. Other states and countries have already implemented measures to educate their societies to identify unethical use of information. Since 2016, Finland has been successfully teaching its children to master digital information resources. New Jersey approved the Information Literacy Curriculum Bill last September. The South Carolina Department of Education should consider adopting similar standards that teach our students to identify misinformation and disinformation.

Jennifer Brown, McCormick

Claiborne was right

Criticizing Congressman James Clyburn for his accurate measurement is a clear example of redirected verbal aggression. The Republican MAGA traces the behavior of the Nazi takeover of the German government, from the “gathering storm” to the putsch of Beer Hall by various “militia”-type groups, and beyond. Direct your warnings where they belong, and not to those who, like Rep. Clayburn, admonish those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.

Claire Lubell, Hilton Head

the study

Most of the counting has been done, and the electoral process is expected to end soon. Regardless of all the promises made, the reality is that the elected officials, who are supposed to represent the people, will actually work for the party bosses. Some people voted but didn’t do the proper research to find out what positions their candidate took. Many voted along party lines they were raised in, by race, or group affiliation rather than issues. We have one of the best political systems in the world that enables us to live the lifestyles that we have. Our dominant position in the world is threatened by the foreign powers that have arisen in the past 70 years because our majority party will focus on eliminating whatever programs the previous administration implemented rather than finding new solutions to our problems. Fortunately, we can change this. Before the next election, it is up to each of us to study the issues and get a clear view of the problems so that we can discover the best solutions that will benefit us and future generations.

James Muldrow, Columbia

Bonnie Wright platform?

Governor Henry McMaster’s acceptance speech included some words from a Bonnie Raitt song: “We’ve got four more years to go, we’ve got more work to do, so let’s give them something to talk about.” We already have work to do at SC, which ranks 49th in ranking schools, 39th in overall child well-being and 34th in healthcare. So, Governor, let’s work to improve the lives of all our citizens. Maybe after that, we’ll have something to talk about!

Seal Trace, Hilton Head

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