One job, please

Congratulations to my state senator, Paul Campbell, on his new job as airport director. The Aviation Authority apparently has been in turmoil, and enough of the board members concurred with Mayor Joe Riley that urgent matters before the agency necessitated a quick decision.

Although most of our legislators have other jobs, I am concerned that Sen. Campbell will be so busy learning his new job, dealing with the problematic terminal overhaul and taking care of the Boeing expansion that he will not have time for his part-time responsibilities as my senator.

When I voted for Sen. Campbell I felt that he was a capable person who, since retiring, had the time and energy to take a serious interest in state government. I don’t feel confident that will be the case going forward.

I hope he will consider resigning his Senate seat, and I wish him good luck in his new full-time career.

Joseph C. Moore Jr.

Dorchester Avenue

Summerville

Stop disrespect

A recent writer brought forward an excellent point regarding the replacement of Sue Stevens as director of the Charleston County Aviation Authority: There has been no mention of a “fix” for the real issue, disrespect for the director.

My fear is that the board feels it all has been resolved and now life will be good again back in the “South Carolina Good Old Boy Network.” Every female in the state should take notice. This is just one more setback for women in this state.

Marilyn Pearcy

Renau Boulevard

Summerville

Pay up

Most of the Yarnell 19, the dedicated firefighters who lost their lives fighting a devastating fire in Arizona near Prescott, were considered seasonal or temporary, and their benefits, including death benefits, reflected that.

Why hire seasonal employees to do this work? Dangerous fires mainly occur during a specific time of year, but that season is increasing.

Foresters, firefighters, climatologists and other natural resource personnel have stated that the dangerous fire season has increased by two months a year in the last 20 years. Whether it is blamed on climate change or not, the need for more and extremely qualified firefighters is immediate.

Arguing over the benefits these men deserve is ridiculous. They gave their lives to protect the communities and homes of the same people who now are trying to deny benefits to their survivors.

I see two options: Pay benefits to all, or see a markedly reduced firefighter force in the future. Whether public or private, if employees are not paid, both in salary and benefits, what they are worth to the employer/community, dedicated people no longer will be willing to make the extreme sacrifice, knowing those left behind will have to fend for themselves.

The days of indentured servitude are over. The days that remaining women and children are thrown to the streets to fend for themselves ended very early in the 20th century. Are we really willing to go back that far while maintaining we are a civilized society?

Joanne Hafter

White Falls Drive

Columbia

Do nothing

The U.S. Congress has taken a five-week vacation from doing nothing. They have failed to pass immigration reform, address gun violence, deal with a jobs bill and listen to the will the American people. Basically they have done nothing and have received big bucks for their neglect of the people’s business.

Democrats, Republicans, and Tea Party crazies are oblivious to their constituents’ needs. Their top priority is getting re-elected. The common good is a lost cause, and their failure to compromise on any legislation is destroying America.

The average voter thinks senators and representatives are doing a good job for their state because they bring home the bacon. But when the Senate and Congress are evaluated collectively, their approval rating is in the teens. What is good for America is replaced with what is good for my district and state.

We should blame ourselves. Many of us fail to vote, and we send do-nothing legislators back to Washington to do nothing.

We do not have the courage to support term limits, bridle lobbyists and take corporate and union money out of politics.

Is it too much to have government that represents the wishes of the majority? Is it too much to ask our legislators to practice the art of compromise?

If we ran our finances like Congress does its, we would all have to file for bankruptcy. In our work places what would happen if we failed to compromise, refused to follow company directives and voted ourselves a raise? We would be fired.

Until the electorate demands more from its legislators and holds them accountable, we will continue to receive nothing.

Brooks P. Moore

Blue House Road

Ladson

Be a volunteer

I have been privileged to be a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Summerville since 1989. I have been in position to refer many of my senior patients to the program as volunteers. We at MOW are in constant need of volunteers to help prepare or deliver nutritious noon meals to the elderly, homebound, isolated or incapacitated. This activity usually takes about an hour; from 11:15 a.m. until about 12:15 p.m.

Meals on Wheels is a community-sponsored program that survives from the generosity of people who care deeply about supplying a meal to those who otherwise would not be fed that day. In some cases we are the only visitors our recipients will see — reason enough to be part of this program.

Contributions from caring individuals, churches, organizations and businesses make it possible for Meals on Wheels to continue serving others. Our address is P.O. Box 592, Summerville, S.C. 29484.

Bob Iannace

Bacons Bridge Road

Summerville

Fair is fair

We certainly respect the Kentucky theater owner’s opinions about the movie “Lee Daniels, The Butler” and his right not to screen it because Jane Fonda, who peacefully protested the Vietnam War four decades ago, is in the cast.

In a free-speech country, such a non-violent protest to express his opinion on a matter of principle is his right, and arguably his obligation. Every opinion is precious.

I just hope he respects Ms. Fonda’s right to do likewise.

Every opinion is precious.

DOC ARDREY

Oyster Bay Drive

Summerville