Put politics aside

Solomon prayed for wisdom and God granted his request, allowing Solomon to be the richest man in history. His riches didn’t make him spiritually mature, but certainly helped his kingdom.

Retired Sen. Fritz Hollings shows extreme wisdom on the financial challenges facing America. The Value Added Tax is nothing new to Sen. Hollings. He tried to introduce this to Congress and was rejected by political interests from both major parties.

Recently Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson had a practical debt-reduction plan, which was also rejected. I urge all politicians to stop blaming everyone else and let good common sense rule for all of America.

Please pray that our leaders will start making wise decisions and put politics aside.

Jack Cranwell

Gin House Court

Charleston

Aim to save sub

I’m a ex-Navy destroyer- man, and I say “save the Clamagore.” We have a great destroyer in Charleston. Long live the Laffey. But what is a great destroyer without a great target?

I’ll be sending in my support. Now it’s time for all tin can sailors to come to the aid of the bubble boys.

Of course it would be a better target up in the marsh. We wouldn’t have to go to general quarters for anti-submarine warfare ops. Just let our gunners take care of that light work.

John Childs

Amy Drive

Goose Creek

Toughen gun rules

I read with interest your article in the March 7 Post and Courier regarding Sen. Lindsey Graham’s proposed law seeking to keep the mentally ill from buying guns.

This is a commonsense step in the right direction if it stops a person who has been adjudicated mentally ill from walking into a gun shop, purchasing a firearm and then shooting someone with it.

Unfortunately, Sen. Graham’s bill, would only apply to a person who attempts to purchase a firearm at a retail gun store where the seller possesses a federal firearms license and must comply with ATF record check requirements.

If a person who is mentally ill or has been convicted of domestic violence walks into a gun show or responds to a “guns for sale” ad in the newspaper, he will be exempt from any records check as to his fitness to purchase and own a firearm.

Sen. Graham’s bill puts a Band-Aid on the national wound that is Sandy Hook, Aurora, Columbine, Blacksburg and what was almost Ashley Hall.

Instant background checks should be done on all gun sales. Firearm owners have a responsibility to ensure that their guns don’t fall into the wrong hands and should ensure that they are transferred through a federal firearms license holder when selling to a person unknown to them.

Brian Shealey

Berringer Bluff

North Charleston

Immigrant reality

Human beings are not “illegal.” Immigration is not simply “legal” or “illegal.” It is not an either/or process. Thinking in a dualistic way lets us avoid the glaring fact that our immigration system is in need of comprehensive reform.

When our system is selectively enforced, as it is at present, it is because our national, societal, economic and diplomatic realities have broken through it. They don’t fit into such reductive boxes. We need a conversation in which everyone who is affected has a voice and multi-faceted solutions are sought.

We have to find a place for the stellar high school student who just found out that she is not a citizen, but was brought to the United States when she was a month old.

Can we really label her as illegal when she had no choice and no motive?

Many people are without status — or in between status — because of an immigration system desperately in need of improvement.

We in South Carolina have all benefitted from immigration — contact with doctors and engineers who are newly arrived, with people who harvest our fruit and vegetables, with the person who builds our homes and landscapes our lots.

It’s time to resolve social problems affecting productive, faithful and family-oriented immigrants who live and work in our communities, without putting people in dehumanizing boxes.

RICH ROBINSON

Chaplain

Nuevos Caminos Mission

Main Street

Summerville

Worthy example

I was delighted to learn that the newly elected pope chose for himself the name of St. Francis of Assisi, generally known as patron saint of the animals.

Indeed, Catholic and Anglican churches hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of Oct. 4.

On one of his nature walks, Francis reportedly preached to the birds and is often portrayed with a bird in his hand.

On another occasion, Francis concluded a pact with a ferocious wolf that was terrorizing local townsfolk, whereby the wolf would quit preying on the town’s sheep in exchange for being fed regularly. He even persuaded local dogs to stop harassing the wolf.

He freed a rabbit from a trap, returned caught fish to their stream, and fed half-frozen bees in winter-time.

I hope that Pope Francis will inspire Catholics and all persons of goodwill to show non-human animals the respect and compassion they so richly deserve, particularly when it comes to subsidizing their abuse and slaughter for food at the checkout counter.

Jason Henning

Royal Palm Boulevard

Charleston

Winners, losers

Increase Medicaid benefits and cut Medicare coverage? What’s wrong with this picture?

Pat Honour

Hardee Avenue

Summerville