Letters to the editor
It has occurred to me, in light of the most recent violence in America, that if the president is going to honor the victims of recurring firearms violence, perhaps he should just leave our flag permanently at half staff.
In that Congress ignores the violence with impunity, perhaps it could fly the banner of the NRA over the Capitol building. That would more appropriately recognize who pays Congress than the banner that represents the American public. Its lack of action constitutes a glaring acceptance of violence without end, amen.
Stick to the facts
On Aug. 2, an article about a Boeing official being charged with DUI disturbed me.
I understand stating details of the arrest, but why all the information on the gentleman’s scholastic achievements and work history?
The extra fluff on the DUI driver was unnecessary and unrelated to the charges and arrest.
Stick to the facts. They speak for themselves.
Cheryl G. Creach
Recently, listening to a radio discussion between Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, I was struck by how unfortunate it is that the ideas of black men like them, who are, oh horrors, conservatives, are not given more credence in the black community. Instead, throughout our country, we have “leaders” who espouse victimhood.
Sowell wrote a piece some years ago in which he brilliantly explained how the Great Society engendered a welfare state that destroyed the black family structure. He pointed out that well into the middle of the last century, the black illegitimacy rate was low, actually about the same as among whites.
However, the Great Society made it easy for black men to abrogate their responsibility to support their families.
If you’re open-minded enough, read some books by Sowell and Williams, especially their autobiographies. These two men, both over 70 years old, had to fight for their rightful places in society, and they prevailed on their own merits despite prejudice they encountered.
Their courage, intelligence and perseverance paved the way for others of their race.
Nowadays we have victims galore. We have Atty Gen. Eric Holder, who cried about how he is a victim of racism because he was declared in contempt of Congress. So also did the Congressional Black Caucus accuse the House of racism for holding Holder in contempt.
The president is a victim of Bush’s failed policies. People who are being required to have a picture ID to vote are victims. Illegal aliens are victims. Young people with massive student loan debt are victims of evil banks. People who buy houses they can’t afford are victims. No personal responsibility.
Our country is going down the drain. The real victims are those of us who still pay for this nonsense with our taxes.
Out of Bounds Drive
While S.C. Medicaid is taking steps to steer people with basic health issues away from high cost emergency rooms, Roper-St. Francis is spending money to promote ER use.
Just this week I read The Post and Courier article about the state enrolling MinuteClinics and other retailers as providers for Medicaid in an effort to limit ER use. A day later I noticed the huge billboard at the entrance to I-26 from the Crosstown saying:
“If you don’t know
Just go to ER.
Roper, St. Francis Hospitals.”
I guess the hospitals feel that they make so much money off emergency rooms that they need to advertise them. They don’t seem to care that the cost of using the ER for primary care is spread over all health care users with and without insurance.
I write this letter with my three daughters and the daughters of fathers everywhere in mind.
Everyday from the gym to the beach my eyes feast on beautiful art. I see it on the streets and in stores. Everywhere I turn I am presented with a myriad of shapes and colors, but each time I see these masterpieces I cringe.
The canvas belongs to someone young and gorgeous with a lifetime ahead. Permanently imbedded under silky smooth skin is an ink that will not fade away quickly like those silly paste-on tattoos from a Cracker Jack box. Unlike a painting on the wall, the removal process of these things is long and painful.
At some point in the future, as you mature, what was once a beautiful display will begin to show signs of wear. Wrinkles are inevitable and despite all the fancy creams on the market your art will age with you. Take a look at those in my generation and older who opted for these adornments. It is not a pretty sight.
You may be pushed by ongoing peer pressure, but I implore you to say no. Make the only tattoo in your life the one you beat as a “different drummer.”
What happened Aug. 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the country was not, as the left wish it to be portrayed, a protest against gays and gay marriage. It was above all an outcry against tactics of the extreme left, who have taken over the Democratic Party, our government and the lap-dog media, which are systematically employed against businesses and individuals who express opinions contrary to the agenda of the left. Holders of those values are being persecuted and ridiculed.
Dissenters are routinely excoriated in the media and now by many in government. An individual is forced to fear voicing any contrary opinion because of threats to his or her business or organization’s very existence.
I fear America has become an incubator for the same horrible tactics used against another people more than half a century ago.
Political correctness and the demand to adhere to it are snuffing out any chance of reasonable discussion on vital issues that affect the continued existence of this nation.
Increasingly, many in government and in the mainstream media are guilty of these fascist tactics. It is un-American, it is disgraceful and it has got to stop.