Letters to the editor
For the life of me I can’t figure out how Cal Thomas equates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with Britain’s National Health Service.
The NHS provides all health services, employs doctors directly and operates hospitals.
The PPACA relies on private insurance companies to cover patients and reimburse private physicians and hospitals.
Yes, there are rules and guidelines set by the act, such as requiring coverage of patients with pre-existing conditions (which Mr. Thomas and private insurance companies evidently don’t like), but that is the extent of the government’s involvement.
It’s interesting to note that Mr. Thomas’ sole source of information is the London Daily Telegraph, a right-wing publication that has been called the “house newspaper of the Conservative Party.”
I also don’t see why Mr. Thomas, who regularly decries government spending on health care, appears to take a negative view of NHS cutting spending.
So which is it that he dislikes — spending or cutting? Or does it just depend on the point he’s trying to make?
I have been using Tel-a-Ride three or four times a week since January. I have yet to meet a driver who didn’t smile and call me by name.
They have a hard job with all the wheelchair and scooter people they have to get on and off the bus — and they always help with a smile.
Those who are able to drive and get around for themselves don’t realize what a blessing Tel-a-Ride is to those of us less fortunate.
Drivers like Robin, Beverly, Theresa and Twila and many others I can’t name deserve all the recognition CARTA drivers receive plus all the benefits.
I really don’t know what I would do without them. They are priceless.
Cyclists and safety
A recent response to an editorial about rumble strips affecting bicyclists’ favorite roads called for a permit and fee for a bicycle license and questioned a cyclist’s right to hold up a line of drivers going to work.
The writer missed the point that the rumble strips are exacerbating the problem by taking away the already narrow apron or shoulder thereby forcing the rider further into the road.
Also, the vast majority of cyclists I have known or ridden with for 30 years own and drive multiple cars and pay the same taxes as every other driver, funding the same maintenance and road projects.
Those riders obey the same laws as a vehicle on the road and therefore deserve the same rights to safe travel on the road.
Instead we are passed unsafely, given one finger salutes, subjected to rants to stay off the road and targeted by people throwing objects at us.
Put a human face on these bicycle riders. They are someone’s mother, father, spouse, son, daughter.
In other words, they mean everything to someone else’s family, and slowing you down for 30 seconds is not worth your taking chances with their lives.
Seven Farms Drive
Adapt for progress
A recent letter to the editor lamented development plans on Johns Island.
Although Kiawah may be a resort, Seabrook is not. Seabrook is a private, gated community with two private golf courses and no hotels. Both are kept in pristine condition.
Many residents of both islands regularly volunteer to clean up debris along River and Bohicket roads. Many volunteer at Our Lady of Mercy, Mount Zion Elementary, Haut Gap, the Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic and Habitat for Humanity.
There are no plans to kick people out of their homes. And families with land they have owned for generations might like the opportunity to sell some of it.
The plans could mean job opportunities for local folks. Kiawah and Seabrook have been employing local people for a long time and offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
And, for the record, the population of Kiawah and Seabrook represents a very small percentage of Charleston County, but pays a disproportionately high percentage of the taxes.
Johns Island is a beautiful, rural location. But times are changing, and only those who are adaptable survive.
I read about our new citizens. They must be thrilled, and I am happy for them and proud to welcome them.
In a way I’m a bit jealous. They have a formal document that declares their citizenship.
I plead with President Obama and his regime to enforce our existing laws. Our new citizens did it right. Everyone else should also do it right.
May God bless America.
Hidden Oak Drive
Stay ‘local’ course
Not long ago, Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails proclaimed the month of November “Buy Local Month.” Now the big push from town leaders is to crush small retail business with two major big box retailers on the Gregg Tract.
This development, if built, would negatively affect the existing retail community.
The town is courting Mr. Henrich, the developer, by changing ordinances and its comprehensive plan.
Four years ago the town spent much money and energy working out a satisfactory arrangement for the Marino Tract, Carolina Park, a 1,700- acre multi-use develoment. It was expected that the big box retailers would build there. Why not now?
Of the 10 on council, only Linda Page asked for input on this. I am a stakeholder along with all the other small retail businesses in Mount Pleasant. I am not at all against development, but it doesn’t belong in an area already congested.
Mayor Swails noted in his State of the Town address:
“History will judge us on our ability to manage growth and development in a manner that preserves our quality of life and our history.”
Council should let us stay the course and follow our original plan to develop the Carolina Park area.
John E. Royall Jr. Ben Sawyer Boulevard
The city of Beaufort is gearing up for a land grab under the guise of road improvement. The Boundary Street Redevelopment includes a road parallel to Highway 21/Boundary Street.
It involves 65 properties obtained through enforcement of eminent domain. The road begins at the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant then goes through our house and beyond.
The proposed road is to lead to the K-Mart shopping center. The Parallel Road Project is funded by the Beaufort County 1 percent Transportation Sales/Use Tax and a federal grant.
After paying property taxes for 50 years, we are now supposed to get out for someone’s special interest.
We don’t want to. Our house is not for sale.
The shopping center is easily accessed via Boundary Street. The parallel road would be a waste of taxpayers’ money and benefits no one but a developer. In fact, the road would threaten the environment and public safety of the community.
This is the worst case of eminent domain abuse in the history of Beaufort.
Uphold the law
It is illegal for a citizen of a foreign nation to enter the USA without going through the proper procedures. It is also illegal for a citizen of a foreign nation to enter Israel without going through the proper procedures.
Regardless of your thoughts on President Obama’s forgiving certain young illegal aliens, their entries in the United States were illegal.
A letter published in the June 27 Post and Courier titled “America first” states that an Israel poll shows “that 52 percent of Jewish Israelis identify with the statement by Knesset member Miri Regrev last month that African migrants are ‘a cancer in the body’ of the nation.”
Migrants are illegal aliens. This letter writer takes Israel to task for that view, but most of us Americans feel the same way about our illegal aliens.
The Israeli Supreme Court upheld the deportation of those illegal aliens.
At least Israel, if not the USA, knows that laws must be upheld.
Irving S. Rosenfeld