Hail to the chief

I read the slanted article written by your Post and Courier reporters about Charleston Fire Chief Karen Brack. It always amazes me that law enforcement, politicians and people in leadership positions give you guys the time of day.

You obviously enjoy trying to drag people down.

I know sex, violence and corruption stories sell, but don't you think the people who read your paper are entitled to the whole truth, not just what sells?

I don't know Chief Brack, never met her nor have seen her except in the news.

But what I have noticed is that she is in charge. I worked in local government for many years as a supervisor of law enforcement personnel.

It is no different than fire- fighting: You have lazy officers who abuse sick leave, constantly complain but do nothing to support the good things, want more pay for less work, criticize their supervisors and jump ship as soon as they can find a way to go out on disability pay (which by the way, is a better percentage than a normal retirement) by blaming their department heads.

I think the real issue here is Chief Brack expects a good day's work for a good day's pay.

Imagine that.

Robert L. Minter

Lieutenant (Retired)

Charleston County

Sheriff's Office

Mimosa Street

North Charleston

Misleading media

In regard to Frank Wooten's Sept. 14 column titled “Defending lawyers by reason of necessity,” he, as many others before him, misinterpreted Shakespeare's famous line from Henry VI, “The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.”

If Mr. Wooten had done his due diligence, he would find that the line was meant as a compliment to those in the legal profession.

Dick the Butcher was allied with the rebel Jack Cade, who surmised that if he was able to create a state of anarchy, he could overthrow the monarchy and become king.

The remark was made to posit that if the lawyers who instill justice in society could be eliminated, then society would spin into utter chaos and the monarchy could then be overthrown.

It is exactly this sort of misinformation or biased interpretation of facts that the news media so casually spew forth in an effort to distort public opinion.

Instead of ridding society of lawyers, perhaps the rebels should have enlisted the services of a journalist.

J. Brooks Davis

Attorney

Folly Road

James Island

We didn't start it

A Sept. 11 headline cited Obama as saying, “U.S. is ready if Syria diplomacy fails.”

My response — then why didn't the president go through with the congressional vote to authorize force and have a bump plan ready to go?

Mr. Obama came to the White House lacking leadership skills, and he has not improved those skills.

Former Sen. Fritz Hollings wrote in a Sept. 11 op-ed, “Stop the War on Terror.”

I agree we should end the war on terror — when all the terrorists surrender.

That ain't going to happen in my lifetime.

Sen. Hollings should stop drinking the Kool-Aid and get in touch with reality.

Mike Roderick

Lt. Col., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

North Highway 17

Mount Pleasant

Not 'The Pig'

I grew up with Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. The Newton family lived a few blocks from us downtown and my Mom only shopped their Meeting Street store, which was revolutionary in its time.

She traded Greenbax stamps for our Christmas presents. The closest store for me now is the Ben Sawyer Boulevard location. When you walk in there, the upbeat atmosphere is infectious.

If Harris Teeter changes one thing in my Pig, from employees to the deli, I will sit on the floor and pitch a fit.

Kay Chandler

Cove Bay Lane

Mount Pleasant

Firemen's burdens

I woke up Sunday morning with firemen on my mind. Much to my surprise, firemen were on the front page of The Post and Courier and occupied a large section of the middle. I thought to myself, “Well, there goes the letter I was about to write.”

Then I realized there were even more reasons to write it.

A few months ago, I was one of the privileged few to get an insider's look at what lies beneath the 70 pounds of equipment worn by a fireman when I was asked to be a judge for The 2014 Firefighter Calendar.

I am not simply referring to a physique that would win hearts and minds and body-building competitions.

These men know what it takes to fight fire with fire. Thus physical fitness is a high priority, and it shows.

I am talking about a heart that burns with a love of life. For many that started by walking in the footsteps of revered family members who wore the same boots. For all it means a love for all life, including the regard they have for one another.

While camaraderie is essential for the functioning of any group, it is natural to the firemen; they literally have each other's back at all times.

Thus, it was natural to “pair the leading rescuers of humans and the leading rescuer of animals” and create a calendar as a fundraiser for the Charleston Animal Society. It is now hot off the press.

The right kind of sparks will fly when you see it.

It will ignite your passion to purchase.

Hats off to Capt. Pete Salvo for pulling this great idea out of his helmet and to Caroline Eller and her committee of The Charleston Animal Society for putting it out.

This cause is one that deserves to spread like wildfire. www.charlestonanimalsociety.org

Archie Burkel

Top Hat of The Hat Ladies

Heyward Cove Place

Charleston

No free health care

It does not matter what side of the parking issue at the VA Hospital you are on, the writer of the Sept. 15 letter titled “Pay for parking” should be elected “soldier for a year” and sent on a year-long mission with the possibility of a one-way ticket.

There is no such thing as “free health care” for veterans of the U.S. military.

Health care may be at no additional costs for the majority of vets, yet all potential customers are subject to a financial evaluation on the ability or not, to pay a co-payment.

Retirees also pay income taxes to the state and federal governments.

This author denigrates service personnel who have lost time with family and friends when shipped away for long durations, and repeatedly missed events that the letter

that the letter writer is available to attend.

Robert C. Klowas

U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

Ashley Crossing Drive

Charleston

Thrown for a loss

I am a fan of University of South Carolina football, and there is one thing that bothers me.

Why doesn't USC recruit African American quarterbacks?

There are African American quarterbacks and some very good ones playing college football all over the country. There are also some very good ones in the NFL, but it seems there is none good enough to play for USC.

Clemson doesn't seem to be doing too bad with its quarterback.

The quarterback who led Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season and the national championship game last season was African American and from Myrtle Beach.

Was he recruited by USC to play quarterback?

Paul N. Mack

Peppertree Lane

North Charleston

The right to gripe

A letter to the editor on Sept. 13 chided the paper for daring to criticize President Obama's foreign policy.

I am glad he understands it. I don't.

But I digress.

I believe the writer is a little misguided in his thought processes.

What makes this country great? A free press.

We are free to agree, disagree or critique anyone or anything without fear of reprisal from government or employers (whistleblowers, take heart ).

No one individual or political party has an infallible insight to the truth.

That's what the Letters to Editor page is designed to accomplish. Keep reading, and be enlightened.

Robert Savin, M.D.

Privateer Creek Road

Johns Island

Heritage Square

Ever since Hurricane Hugo essentially destroyed Heritage Square in Summerville there have been numerous ideas for the development of the site. It sits on the Berlin G. Myers Parkway in a highly visible location.

We've heard of a hotel, a shopping mall anchored by a big book store, purchase by the government to build an arts venue/conference center, and other attractive ideas.

The latest news reported in The Post and Courier on Sept. 14 tells of a gun shop and shooting range. That's just what a family-oriented small town needs.

Let's give the gun fanatics a reason to come to Summerville. Maybe we can raise the murder rate to match other local towns.

While we believe in free enterprise, there must be some protection for our population from retail establishments promoting violence.

Jane Orenstein

Bob Orenstein

Wainwright Manor

Summerville

Chemical victims

Over 1,400 men, women and children in Syria were destroyed by sarin gas, which disrupts the nervous system and suffocates its victims by paralyzing muscles around the lungs.

It can take two weeks or more for the victim to die. It's a horrible death.

Most humane people agree chemical weapons should be banned or destroyed. Our country is building a huge plant to destroy all of its chemical weapons.

But with the exception of a small pro-life community, there seems to be little to no concern about chemicals such as methotrexate, mifepristone, misoprostol or other drugs called antimetabolites, which can cause lung damage, interfere with cell functions and cause death.

They are used in abortions. We can only imagine it's also a horrible death.

The suffering in Syria was so inhumane, our president wanted to bomb Syria, yet in 2011 over one million innocent babies met a violent death in the United States.

Our government paid for the procedure that ended 14 percent of those lives. And there is no uproar.

It's become obvious to us that our common sense has stopped working so all we have left is prayer.

Please pray for this great country of ours as we try to work out who we are and why we were put here.

Phrona Lybrand Charlie Lybrand

Cloudmont Drive

Hollywood