Candidate criteria

In response to the letter “Rotten politics,” I think it is great that Ted Turner gave $1 billion to the United Nations to help children and starving people. However, Ted Turner is not running for Tim Scott’s former seat in the House.

John Quincy Adams once said, “Always vote for principle.” The important thing to know is where a candidate stands on issues, what his beliefs are, and how well he would represent the people who elected him.

Some knowledge of the law might be helpful, as well as some form of public service. I doubt that this election is much different from any other.

Also, I find it hard to believe that citizens in one party or another are all alike and can be grouped together. I would doubt that the politics in South Carolina are much different from politics in Georgia or any other state.

Faye Lohr

Oakcrest Drive

James Island

Plan for peace?

Thomas Friedman in his March 14 op-ed wants Obama to ask Israel: “What is your long-term strategy? Do you even have one?”

Of course, Israel has one.

Survival. Just plain survival. The same strategy we Jews have had for 2,000 years.

Moshe Arfa

Cliffwood Drive

Mount Pleasant

Magic money?

What an extraordinary offering by Richard Schreadley in his column titled, “Bernanke to the thrifty: Drop dead.”

The financial demise of our nation’s economy can be avoided if only the average voter would understand that it is government, and government alone, that causes lasting inflation. It does so by creating money out of thin air and putting it into circulation.

“Too much money chasing too few goods” is not merely a saying. It is a truism. The U.S. Congress created the Federal Reserve. Irrespective of its claim of independence from political influence, the Fed is, in essence, government.

For whom a financially ignorant electorate votes has profound consequences on the nation’s financial well-being. The government that spends more than it can afford will ultimately destroy the financial well-being of a naive middle-class constituency. It is clearly happening now. Mr. Schreadley’s words state the inevitable until and unless we right our financial ship of state.

Time is running out.

Lawrence McMahon

Town Creek Drive

Charleston

Fix bad roads

After traveling throughout this state over the years on all types of roads it’s easy to see that the Department of Transportation failed to build sufficient “shoulders.” This includes the section of I-26 that is in the news.

The drive from Charleston to Columbia has to rank as one of the most boring non-scenic roads out there.

Fix it.

Frank Moore

Plantation Lane

Mount Pleasant

Touting the train

Apparently more and more travelers choose to hop on a train. They prefer it to driving or flying to their destination. Makes sense.

But if you have ever boarded a train from the Amtrak station in North Charleston you would be wondering if you are in some Third World country. “We actually have a Statewide Rail Plan under way as part of our larger Multimodal Transportation Plan to be completed later this year,” according to a report in The Post and Courier.

Please people, just do it. If North Carolina subsidizes the Amtrak route between Charlotte and New York City, promotes passenger rail and touts if for economic development, where are we?

Get going!

Also as a resident of Summerville, I would dearly love to leave the auto at home and take the train to downtown Charleston for a day out. The tracks are already in place. Rail travel would help alleviate our congested highways and be a boost for our local economies.

Denice Caywood

White Pine Way

Summerville

Old library blight

We often enjoy the celebration of Second Sunday. What fun to stroll lower King Street seeing the smiling faces of visitors, neighbors, friends and families. All is good in America.

That is until one crosses Calhoun Street and is faced with an architectural blight next to Marion Square — the old library.

Charleston’s website touts the establishment of the Livability Court as an innovative way to handle age-old citizen concerns and quality of life issues, namely a way to get people and businesses to clean up their eyesore properties.

How does the current owner of the library property escape enforcement of this sensible ordinance?

I guess it pays to have friends in high places.

Bob Stefani

Long Grove Drive

Mount Pleasant

Tighten belt

The entire national debt is made up of nickels.

A perfect example of government waste is the example of the president taking 12 legislators to dinner at a fancy restaurant in D.C.

The White House, last I heard, has a perfectly good chef, plenty of staff and adequate space to host such a dinner.

And the traffic in D.C. would not have been unnecessarily balled up due to “important” people being transported to the restaurant.

If every government entity would discipline itself to look at everything it spends, even small amounts, just think how much could be saved.

Chris Christopher

Halsey Street

Charleston