Seat belt irony

I wonder why taxpayers are paying for illuminated signs on interstates admonishing automobile drivers to “Click-it or Ticket” at the same time that they are admonishing drivers to watch out for motorcyclists, who are allowed to drive 70 mph without benefit of a helmet.

There is no logical explanation. Could it be that the motivation is purely financial? A lot more cars than motorcycles are on the road.

We’re even told in a public service announcements that officers are trained to detect drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up at night. Motorcycle drivers are free to blow by automobile traffic with nothing between them and the pavement but ignorance.

I am a strong believer in seat belt laws. They work. So why do we place the burden of motorcycle safety on the backs of automobile drivers instead of where it belongs — on the helmetless motorcycle driver? My guess is that motorcycle drivers are a bit harder to prosecute after they are inevitably launched.

Helmetless motorcycle drivers should be required to enroll in an organ donor program before they receive their licenses.

At least there would be some public benefit to the inequity of the law.

Charlie Smith

Cabell Street

Charleston

Hostile climate

An Army reserve unit in Pennsylvania was told in a redeployment briefing that Christians were extremists, the same as al-Qaida.

Why is the Pentagon creating a political climate hostile to religious liberties?

Nobody can take religious freedom for granted when the military is proselytizing a new faith.

Dennis L. Compton

Filly Court

North Charleston

Locally grown

The point of Doug Pardue’s article “Vegetables seen as an economic salvation for Forgotten South Carolina” is lost because of the “Forgotten South Carolina” label. Who’s forgotten us? Charleston is the No. 1 travel and wedding destination in the United States. One thing travel articles about South Carolina always mention is the delicious locally grown produce and pick-your-own fields.

The pity plea distracts readers from the purpose of the article: to support small family farms. What people have “forgotten” is that this is the way things used to be — fresh produce from the farm on a daily basis, and a farm-to-table trend is growing.

My family has been farming since I was born. I know the struggles, but I’ve also seen people’s desire for cheap, boxed produce from the supermarket switch to the desire for locally grown and organic.

This trend has blossomed into a way of life here in Colorado, where I now live, after years in South Carolina. Most restaurants proudly advertise that their leafy greens and veggies were grown within 50 miles, and consumers can buy Colorado-grown produce in any grocery store.

The writer also blames “corporate farms” for the fact that “one out of three lives in poverty.”

The actual culprit is a serious lack of education. Education is one of the most effective ways that parents can raise their family incomes.

More jobs are always welcome. But are our citizens willing to get down on their knees and do back-breaking labor in the hot sun?

I hope so.

Corrina I. Miller

Hill Top Road

Golden, Colorado

Day to remember

On Memorial Day we remember those great Americans who sacrificed for our freedom. I am grateful to all who have given their lives for the freedom I have. I especially want to honor one of my friends who was killed in action in Vietnam.

The first American hero I met was a Citadel basketball manager, Joe Eubanks. He was short, thin — an ordinary guy. As he gave out towels and picked up sweaty shirts he would talk about his desire to become a helicopter pilot. He wanted to be in the U.S. Army and fight for his country.

Joe was killed in Vietnam trying to rescue soldiers who were trapped in a gun fight. He is one of thousands of Americans we need to honor on Memorial Day and every day.

A small plaque above the entrance to The Citadel basketball team locker room honors Joe “Rat” Eubanks. As time passes and those of us who knew Joe grow older, I worry that his memory will be forgotten.

Many people go to McAlister Field House for graduations, assemblies, athletic events and military ceremonies. I hope that some will notice the plaque and know that a former Citadel basketball manager made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Please say a prayer in honor of Joe and all our fallen heroes. Don’t let their memory fade.

David A. Bornhorst

Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

Citadel Class of 1968

Palisades Drive

Mount Pleasant

‘Arsenal of history’

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the state of South Carolina is honored to have been recognized for our preservation of the Powder Magazine by the May 20 editorial in The Post and Courier.

We are also honored to have been selected for the Susan Pringle Frost Lifetime Achievement Award for Historic Preservation from The Preservation Society of Charleston at its May 9 meeting.

We are proud that our members gathered the resources to purchase the Powder Magazine in 1902 and have since been dedicated to its preservation to tell the story of the early days of our city, state and country.

The South Carolina Society has owned this historic structure for 111 years, and we have dutifully supported its maintenance and repair through times of hurricanes and tornadoes.

However, when we found we needed $400,000 for major repairs in the 1990s, we asked the Historic Charleston Foundation for help. Without hesitation, the foundation came to the aid of the Powder Magazine with all its resources and expertise to fund, research and conduct the repairs to the magazine.

The result is that the Powder Magazine stands strong. We will be forever grateful to the Historic Charleston Foundation, as the Powder Magazine can now fully take on its role as the arsenal of history, entrusted to preserve and present our history to the public today and in the future.

Arrington J. Walker

President

The National Society of the

Colonial Dames of America

State of South Carolina

S. Edisto Avenue

Columbia

Tax breaks

I’m just amazed that Hollywood and the film industry have finally come to understand that tax breaks are good for business. It seems they’re all excited that South Carolina is offering television and film productions incentives to shoot here.

Unfortunately, while they think tax breaks are good for their business, they don’t feel the same way about the rest of us.

The vast majority of those in the film industry are sycophants of the Democratic Party who are all about raising taxes on corporate America.

It’s time to lower corporate taxes across-the-board so the entire state can enjoy the same incentives.

MIKE VEGIS

Sea Eagle Watch

North Charleston

Wilson was right

In September of 2009, during a speech by President Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted, “You lie!” twice at the president. It was considered a shocking breach of decorum and both sides of the aisle demanded and received an apology from Rep. Wilson.

I remembered being embarrassed to be both a conservative and a resident of South Carolina.

However, after listening to recent White House responses to the Benghazi, IRS and Associated Press scandals, I would like to apologize to Rep. Wilson.

It is clear to me now that on that day four years ago, Rep. Wilson was actually the smartest man in the room.

RICH GONZALES

Bowline Drive

Mount Pleasant