Food bank opens

I was honored to attend the opening ceremony for the new Paul Hulsey Food and Nutrition Center at the Lowcountry Food Bank on May 28. I applaud all who helped to make this possible, not only with financial donations but with their time, their energy and their commitments.

I am in awe of Jermaine Husser and his dedication to eliminate hunger here in the Lowcountry. Imagine, for $5 million the food bank is able to feed 31,000 people a week year round. It is able to grow a garden and teach children less fortunate how to eat properly; it is able to educate countless people. More importantly, to me, it is a symbol of what we as a community can do together.

As I applaud those who made this food bank possible I strongly urge those who propose that we build a theater for $105 million to $150 million (Post and Courier, May 27) to reconsider this idea.

I believe strongly in the need for developing and nourishing a cultural environment here in Charleston. I believe it is essential for this city's future growth and it's economic well being. On the other hand $105 million-$150 million for a theater that will seat 1,700 just seems absolutely absurd in these times.

Isn't there someone who can figure out how to fix the Gaillard for, say, $30 million and then let's give the rest to other needed efforts here in the Lowcountry?

MICKEY BAKSTBeech HillMount Pleasant

Which one?

President Barack Obama said he was shocked and outraged and also called it a heinous and vicious act. Was President Obama talking about the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller or the late-term abortions that he performed?

MARY DUCKERHuntley DriveCharleston

No peace

Concerning the May 22 commentary titled "What Obama should have told Netanyahu," by Trudy Rubin: I disagree wholeheartedly. What right does our president have to tell a free, independent state like Israel what to do, or what not to do? Our president has such great experience in everything. He served in the Senate for two years, of which half the time he was running for president. Now his great aim is to create the United Socialist States of America. Israel's prime minister has more experience in every phase of government than Obama ever thought of having.

Our government has such a great history of meddling in other countries' affairs, such as Vietnam. There will never be peace in the Middle East until all parties bent on the destruction of Israel agree to recognize the right of Israel to exist. Iran and its madman of a leader, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria must recognize the right of Israel to co-exist.

Israel is the only ally of the United States in this area. Other so-called allies are only using the United States for what they can get out of us. Maybe it is time for the U.S. to mind it's own business. We have enough problems in this country to keep everyone concerned — recession, unemployment, ineffectual leaders in Congress (Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Frank, to name a few). Incidentally, I am not Jewish, nor am I a member of any political party. I'm an independent.

DALE L. BROAMChesterfield DriveBeaufort

Court nominee

The present nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, is not the first Hispanic nominee and will not be the first Hispanic person to sit on our Supreme Court. The first Hispanic nominee was nominated by Herbert Hoover and confirmed by the then-Republican Senate.

Associate Justice Benjamin M. Cardozo served from 1932 until his death in 1938. He was the first person of Hispanic origin to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Justice Cardozo was from New York. His family emigrated from Portugal to the United States by way of Holland and England in 1740. Some of his family's surnames were Cardoso, Seixes and Mendes, clearly Portuguese names. Justice Cardozo himself was fluent in Spanish.

As Jews, they were expelled during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. They immigrated to Holland and then moved to England before immigrating to New Amsterdam, now known as New York.

ELLIS I. KAHNSavannah HighwayCharleston

Remark off base

I'm sure Lonnie Randolph thought his remark comparing Confederate soldiers with Hitler was clever, but it was just ignorant. Perhaps there are survivors of the Holocaust who would be willing to enlighten Mr. Randolph on the differences.

JACQUELINE LEARCross Creek DriveCharleston

Health-care costs

I read the May 17 letter titled "Exorbitant health-care costs a bitter pill," and according to the writer, the cost of the doctor visits and medications was way too much.

I agree with the the writer. Our health-care systems are charging too much, not to mention the waiting time. What has become more important, the people who need the care or making money?

We need to have a system that will care for all. Shame on the health care systems and the insurance companies who are business oriented, not people oriented.

Doctors were trained to help mankind. Insurance companies were created to help those in need, and the pharmaceutical companies are there to produce medicines for healing. All are there to help heal their fellow man, not to make a lot of profit. Instead they have become business people who are there to do only this. Shame on you.

I only hope you never have to experience any of this. I hope that someday we are going to look back on this as the Dark Ages of overpaying and overcharging by those who are supposed to be there to help you get better, not causing more stress.

ANNA M. BARNETTHabitat BoulevardJohns Island

Award deserved

Congratulations are in order for The Post and Courier and Tony Bartelme for receiving the Stokes Award for the "Toxic ash" series. It was well deserved and represents the kind of reporting that Lowcountry residents need more of — insightful, informative and important.

Let's see more of this quality reporting in the future.

BUTCH DAMONOld Mill RoadSt. Stephen

Lots of surprises

In response to a May 26 letter concerning problems with switching to HDTV: If the writer thinks that was a mess, wait until he experiences government run health care. Isn't that pleasant to contemplate?

ROBERT J. NAGYPortside WayCharleston

Being responsible

Having watched the news, read several papers (online) and read the comments of our government representatives, I have a question: Just when does this administration think that they are going to take responsibility for anything? Are they going to take responsibility for the current fiscal mess we are in? (They put us in the current mess.) Are they going to take any responsibility for the current Korea mess? I heard they were once again blaming the former administration.

Whenever I take over a job I assume responsibility. I don't blame whoever was there before. Doing so only belittles my own abilities.

We need to take responsibilty for our own actions and quit blaming the other guy. That's the easy way out.

CHRIS HAMILTONRumson RoadGoose Creek