Wrong school site
At this time, when there is a need for fiscal responsibility, it is surprising that there has not been a greater response from the community to deny the building of the proposed $26 million school on Sullivan’s Island. Approximately 100 children on the island intend to go to the school, yet some island residents support building a school for 500 students. Additional students will need to commute from Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms.
To build an expensive school on a barrier island deemed a “V” zone is irresponsible. Due to building requirements in a flood zone, the capital investment would be far greater than on the mainland, not to speak of excessive insurance and maintenance costs in this vulnerable location.
Since there is a necessity to renovate many schools throughout the region, and a need to build more schools in the fast-growing town of Mount Pleasant, why would we spend vast sums on building in a high-risk area? The devastation to the barrier islands of New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy reminds us how vulnerable Sullivan’s Island can be.
I recently attended a drama club performance of “Maple and Vine” at Stratford High School in Goose Creek.
I was shocked to see sado-masochism and active homosexuality portrayed in an approving manner.
If this play were performed at the Dock Street Theatre, I could voice my disapproval by simply not going. But this play was performed at a public school, meaning taxpayers have been forced to subsidize a play that many of us find morally objectionable.
This performance wasn’t done by professional actors, but by children.
A case could be made that Stratford High School is guilty of child abuse.
Natalie T. Whiteman
Tony Bartleme and The Post and Courier did an excellent job telling the story of Mattie Poston and the horrible experience she and our family had with regard to her long-term care insurance provider, Banker’s Life & Casualty (“Bad faith,” Oct. 21).
We appreciate all who contacted us to express their outrage.
The fact that the article was “most popular” on The Post and Courier’s site for the day and was one of the top 10 for the week speaks to the nerve that this has hit.
Banker’s Life is still selling long-term insurance in South Carolina despite our experience, the high number of complaints about them to the Department of Insurance and the comments by Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, who stated that they are “a very unusual and different company.”
“They run independently, and they’re one I absolutely can’t comment about. But I can say other companies take a different outlook and approach to things,” he said.
Long-term care insurance is important to planning, which makes Banker’s Life’s breach of contract so much more appalling.
Our experience has taught us is two things: Consumers should thoroughly investigate an insurer before making a commitment, and our state government must pay more attention, including severely penalizing those that fail.
We encourage everyone to contact the S.C. Department of Insurance and the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs to ask what they are doing to protect the residents of South Carolina from predatory insurance companies. More must be done to protect the elderly and infirm.
Kay Poston Newman
Maybe Gov. Nikki Haley will finally get it, being that her first responsibility is to keep the people of South Carolina and their interests secure. And yes, that includes protection from avoidable cyber breaches of our most private and confidential information that our state officials collect.
Hopefully, this will serve as a reminder that fewer photo ops on the presidential campaign trail and more time at home paying attention to day-to-day operations is in order.
There is much rhetoric about running government like a business. Well, most recognize that government is not a for-profit-and-loss business.
Nevertheless, in keeping with that preferred rhetoric, the redress for this massive breach should be consistent with what would happen in a well-structured business environment — the involuntary resignation of those responsible, starting at the top.
EDWARD B. POLITE
Heather Island Lane
Just imagine a country where everyone has health insurance. It could be called “Medicare for all” — and we already have the system to administer it. It’s called the Social Security Administration. Never again the question: “Will I get benefits?”
And, just imagine what that would mean to every private and public sector employer, large and small down to the self-employed. Talk about being competitive! No longer would a person’s employment or lack of employment determine whether he or she would get health care. And, no longer would employers or employees bear the cost. How would we pay for it? A progressive tax based on income. Aren’t we our brother’s keepers?
Paul T. Nelson
Wind pool risks
Do any of our elected representative care about how property insurance companies are hurting S.C. residents? We just received a $300 plus increase in the S.C. wind pool insurance cost. It is now over $2,500 a year. This means we will be paying six times what we used to pay for wind or hail damage. As reported by The Post and Courier, we are not in a high risk area.
Why are companies that have canceled homeowners’ polices allowed to participate in the wind/hail pool? There’s no incentive for them to keep rates competitive. They write themselves a blank check and pass the rest on to re-insurers.
Allstate recently announced it will cancel some home insurance policies unless the resident also purchases Allstate car insurance. Where are our elected officials’ voices?
South Carolina could have self-insured and had enough to handle any widespread emergency by now. This money would not have left South Carolina. Just as money coming into the state through businesses locating here has a multiplied positive economic impact, money leaving the state has a multiplied loss for the S.C. economy.
Part of the lack of action by our elected officials may be due to large campaign contributions by the insurance industry to these same people who are supposed to do what is best for S.C. residents. In my book they fail.
I just talked to a young family in my neighborhood, which is moving to inland Georgia due to not being able to afford insurance rates. The wind/hail coverage is now many residents’ highest annual cost of owning a home.
Parrot Creek Way
Show the flag
After the tsunami in Indonesia, we, the USA, rushed U.S. Navy ships to the area to provide relief supplies to the people of the area.
This included an aircraft carrier and an amphibious carrier, as well as several support ships and escorts. In addition to providing supplies, the ships made water, which was sent ashore. They also put crew members ashore to help.
Why is there not any Navy presence in New York andNew Jersey? I know ships cannot get close to the Jersey shore, but they can get in New York Harbor.
Not only could they provide water and food, but just imagine the uplifting feeling for those affected by the storm if they could see an aircraft carrier just offshore.
David L. Fortiere
OSC, U.S. Navy (Retired)