Support JetBlue

I recently took a last-minute trip to New York for business. I saw in The Post and Courier, the chairman of the Aviation Authority, Andy Savage, welcoming JetBlue to Charleston. So I booked my flight on JetBlue and had an awesome experience.

People are quick to write to the paper to complain, but my letter is to praise not only JetBlue’s low fare but its exceptional service. There is nothing discount about JetBlue except for its pricing.

I would encourage others to fly JetBlue as well.

We must support discount carriers like JetBlue with our business or face higher air fares by the other carriers.

Chris Drummond

Bagley Drive

Mount Pleasant

Surrounded

During a recent trip to the Upstate I found myself on the “Highway of Death” twice as I had to travel both ways.

As I waited for certain death from the ever-present trees between the lanes leaping out to grab my car, I came upon a great idea:

Why not avoid these deadly trees as I spin out of control from speeding while texting and trying to read “War and Peace” by simply turning right away from the deadly trees. But wait. There are trees on the other side also.

Oh, the humanity.

Douglas Bunch

Stablegate Lane

Hollywood

Silence deafening

Congratulations to Doug Pardue and The Post and Courier for the series on “Forgotten South Carolina.”

The silence that has greeted its publication indicates that it confronted basic facts about our state that most prefer to ignore. Given the legacy of slavery, high unemployment, low wages, less than minimally adequate education and the lack of access to health care, the insistence of so many elected officials and candidates that our priority should be more spending reductions (on top of the almost $2 billion in cuts since the recession) and cutting taxes (that are already some of the lowest in the country) indicate an almost total lack of concern with the problems outlined in The Post and Courier series.

The fact that so many members of the Legislature, and candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat, are unwilling to provide even 10 percent of the cost to provide basic health insurance to a half million South Carolinians is especially outrageous.

Even if the highest cost estimates of the state share for expanding Medicaid are accurate (about $350 million a year for the next six years) that is less than half of the $600 to $800 million a year the General Assembly has reallocated in tax cuts since 2006.

Philip H. Jos

Wappoo Drive

Charleston

It’s personal

In the Feb. 24 Post and Courier special report on poverty, historian Walter Edgar is asked, “Why can’t South Carolina shake the deep disparities ­— poverty, sickness, and ignorance?” Mr. Edgar cites, among other things:

1) Distrust of government;

2) Fierce individualism;

3) Belief that you are responsible for your own family; and

4) A conviction that it’s your fault if you are poor.

Let me get this straight. Mr. Edgar is saying that it is a problem if:

1) People believe that big government is a potential threat and should exist only to protect the basic rights of its citizens and not act as caretaker and big brother.

2-3) All human beings as individuals are primarily responsible for themselves and their families.

4) All human beings have a personal responsibility to act in a manner so as to propel themselves to an ever greater level of education, financial well being and success.

It seems to me that these are among the very values that are so conspicuously absent in the multi-generational culture of ignorance and poverty.

Eric Wainwright

Willow Pointe Lane

Johns Island

Donate well

Politicians want donations for their elections. However, they don’t need the funds.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which rescues animals, needs it, as do children in poor countries who need help to survive. Instead of politicians, my donations will go to a group that truly needs it.

Politicians’ lies and actions have caught up with them.

Anna Barnett

Habitat Boulevard

Johns Island

Read and learn

I am not a sports fan, but I look for Mike Mooneyham’s pro wrestling column every Sunday. Why?

He is such a great writer. Mooneyham brings out the dignity and character of people who are passionate about the sport. He gives me an interesting glimpse into something I know nothing about. And as I search for his column, I often find other articles in the Sports section that grab my attention.

I am interested in money, politics, pets, architecture, cooking and landscaping. So The Post and Courier feeds these passions with thoughtful, local insights provided by David Slade, Brian Hicks, Drs. Perry Jameson and Henri Bianucci, Robert Behre, Teresa Taylor and Tony Bertauski.

People often ask how I know so much about local events, and the answer is always the same — “I read the newspaper every day.” A good source of news is an important component of a well-functioning society. Thank you for performing this service for our community.

DONNA McCASKILL

Governors Court

Mount Pleasant