Federal futility

How did we get to this point where we believe that local problems should be solved by the federal government (e.g. Medicaid)?

After 200 years, history shows that the federal government creates problems and is unable to solve them.

The federal government has failed miserably at managing the Postal Service, Amtrak, Medicare, Social Security, education, highways, energy, you name it.

Now the government is going to fund Medicaid expansion, and many of our citizens believe this is a good idea. Are you kidding? The government is, but yet people believe it is going to dish out more money?

It is about time that local governments budget and take care of our own programs. If we don’t we are just giving away more of our freedoms. All federal programs have strings attached.

Jerry Johnson

Prestwick Court

Summerville

Festival success

Often, young adults have an idea that sparkles and the energy to make it happen, and should you be lucky, as I have been, we get the benefit of their collective spirit.

Angel Postell and Marc Collins dreamed of the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, attracted hundreds to their ideas and, voila: a great festival relished by locals and visitors alike. Thanks to them both.

I cannot wait to see what they think of next.

Angel will leave the festival on solid ground, and her next step will assuredly be brilliant.

June Bradham

President

Corporate DevelopMint

Faber Place Executive Park

Charleston

Humble survivor

Regarding the March 19 column “Colon cancer: Know your family history” in Your Health, I felt compelled to share my experience to echo those sentiments.

First, I am humbled to be alive today. Because colon cancer runs in my family, I am very passionate about the subject and the need for early screenings. My dad and six of his siblings died from colon cancer.

I began having colonoscopies at the age of 35 and having polyps removed every year. Five years ago, I had genetic blood testing, and the results were no surprise. I had the colon cancer gene.

The doctor’s recommendation was to remove the entire colon. That was the only way to prevent me from getting colon cancer.

It was not a matter of “if” I would get cancer, it was a matter of “when” I would get it. My brother has since been tested and found to be positive.

Our children have now been tested, and unfortunately my son and my niece are also positive. I have spoken with most of my cousins and a surprising 75 percent have also tested positive for the gene.

If anyone in your family has died from colon cancer, I would highly recommend everyone in the family have the genetic testing. It is a simple blood test that is sent to Myriad Labs in Utah.

If the test is negative, then you do not have the colon cancer causing gene. If positive, you will need to have an annual colonoscopy beginning as early as age 15. Yes, age 15. I have a first cousin who found she had stage four colon cancer at the age of 22.

So yes, I am humbled to have escaped colon cancer and have now outlived my father all due to early screenings and colonoscopies.

Aurelia Smith

Smitty Lane

Bonneau

Orphan House

Thank you for the March 16 article by Robert Behre concerning plaques from The Charleston Orphan House being found and returned to Charleston.

In the article, Mr. Behre states that the Carolina Youth Development Center is “a descendant nonprofit” of the Orphan House, leaving the impression that there are possibly other “descendants.”

Actually, the Charleston Orphan House, Inc. (operating as the Carolina Youth Development Center) is the non-profit created in 1978 to accept the transfer of the Charleston Orphan House and all of its assets from the City of Charleston, at which time the organization began to operate under a board of directors rather than city commissioners.

As such, it is properly viewed as a continuation of the organization founded in 1790 as the first municipal orphanage in the country.

It adopted the name “Carolina Youth Development Center” during the ’80s to reflect its broader mission of serving the youth of the area through various residential and outreach programs.

J. Michael Grant

Past Board Chair

Charleston Orphan

House, Inc.

Carolina Youth

Development Center

Church Street

Charleston

Tel-a-ride pro

I am a rider of Tel-a-ride, the paratransit division of CARTA.

This letter is to praise the Tel-a-ride staff:

It takes a special person to remain unruffled and efficient in traffic while also serving clients who may need extra attention.

We travel between our homes, which can be difficult to find or access or both. And parking lots of medical facilities and the other places where we may have appointments can be crowded.

Recently, on the trip home from my doctor’s office, a young man had a medical emergency as we were about to pick up a passenger.

Our driver, Ira Brown, stopped the bus after entering the parking lot. He checked the young man to see if he was conscious and told him in a comforting manner that he would get help.

Mr. Brown stepped off the bus, I assume for privacy, and called the office. The office called the young man’s mother, and soon EMS was there and took over. He then proceeded to take us to our destinations.

I feel comfortable that if I have a problem while riding Tel-a-ride that all will be handled properly and with kindness.

Thank you to Tel-a-ride, and especially Ira Brown.

Pamela Henderson

Rhett Avenue

North Charleston

Adjusted timing

If life begins at conception, should Social Security begin nine months earlier than it currently does?

And, if so, how far back should the government go to reimburse people already on Social Security?

Lawrence M. Libater

Smith Street

Charleston

Willing workers

As equal opportunity employers, we Democrat, Republican and Independent voting Americans are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to actually do the work they were hired to do.

We realize this notion has been lost over the last few years; however, we are finally disgruntled enough to demand changes to the Washington federal government status quo.

Over the next few years, there will be 535 positions available for potential employees who are trustworthy, dependable, reliable, responsible, truthful, honest, constant and honorable.

Those hired will replace the 535 men and women who are currently serving in the U.S. Congress, none of whom, meet the above criteria for employment.

Jim George

Mulberry Hill

Summerville

Time to do the job

It’s sad that President Obama cannot complete a budget on deadline as required by law, but can find time for a photo-op to complete his March Madness basketball bracket.

Terry Williamson

Spalding Circle

Goose Creek

Trees and barriers

Don’t know if it would be effective, but why not save the expense of tree removal, leave them in place and just build the barriers?

Nancy Clark

Ronlin Farm Road

Awendaw