Voting imbalance

Three hours! That is how long it took me to vote at Oakbrook Middle School beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

I understand the excitement of this election and am glad so many people want to exercise their right to vote. But what is disconcerting is that at a voting station right next door at Oakbrook Elementary School voters went in and out within five minutes while we stood in the wind and cold. Our line extended halfway around the circle with curbside handicapped voters in cars wrapped around as well.

Yet there was never a line next door in the three hours I waited to vote.

If we aren’t careful, voters are going to be so exasperated by this that they won’t vote in future elections.

Kelly Y. Nobbs

Kennestone Lane

North Charleston

Bad move

Kudos to a Nov. 3 letter writer speaking out against the College of Charleston’s likely move from the Southern Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association. As the grandmother of a freshman Cougar baseball player, I am disheartened by this talk about moving to a different conference.

To paraphrase from my grandson’s interview on signing day: “Playing for a team like the College of Charleston and being close to home — it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Part of the reason he chose to play at C of C was so that his family would be able to see more games. I am praying that the college will not leave the Southern Conference.

M. L. Viohl

Winslow Drive

Charleston

Union drawbacks

Recently, an out-of-state union official wrote in a letter to the editor that non-union employees in South Carolina have no voice on the job and no rights. In his mind, this is in contrast to the wonderful life provided by a union collective bargaining agreement.

Where has this man been for the past 20 years?

Where was he when major industries like steel became non-competitive and left the United States — due in large part to union representation? Where was he when unionized GM and Chrysler laid off employees by the tens of thousands and filed for bankruptcy—due in large part to union representation?

American workers want good jobs, with good pay and benefits. But most of all, they want jobs that they can count on.

Working together with their companies, South Carolina workers have learned that they can compete with employees in any part of the world.

Many of these same workers have also learned that joining forces with unions (like the machinists) that are only concerned about the unions’ welfare can lead to confrontation and strikes — not cooperation in building better jobs. And when that happens, job security can be at risk.

Today, 6.7 percent of the private sector workforce is union. In other words, over 93 out of every 100 American workers choose to work non-union.

South Carolina is a wonderful state. Our economy has thrived far better than some unionized states like California, Wisconsin and Michigan which are drowning under financial burdens. That is not surprising. Companies in South Carolina have far more flexibility in changing with the times to provide job security for South Carolinians.

The letter writer should know that South Carolinians are doing very well without his advice.

Elaine Morgan

CEO, Berkeley Chamber

of Commerce

Moncks Corner

Hope Lodge

Thank you for David Quick’s excellent article on Oct. 14 about Margot Freudenberg and the 42nd anniversary of the founding of the Charleston Hope Lodge, one of more than 30 now in operation across the United States.

David interviewed volunteers, current patients and returning patients who came to celebrate.

Margot Freudenberg’s life of service has been written about in The Post and Courier many times. She borrowed money to participate in President Dwight Eisenhower’s People to People trip to New Zealand. There she observed a home for cancer patients undergoing treatment.

She returned to Charleston with a dream of such a home near the Medical University for adults from out of town who needed a place to stay while they were being treated for cancer. Some were having to stay in hotels for months at a time.

The story of how she and the local president of the American Cancer Society raised money for the Hope Lodge at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Calhoun Street, and how they added to the home over the years is worth telling over and over.

Margot has given her life to this city. While she worked as a physical therapist, her volunteer work in all areas of civic life has been remarkable. She often says to me that “I have been forgotten now. I guess they all think I have died.”

She is housebound, with 24 hour caregivers, but is excited every time anyone comes by to visit.

Please put her on your “to do list” soon.

Ruth M. Patterson

West Park View Place

Mount Pleasant

Co-conspirators

I am writing the chastise the obvious jackals in the media that used staffers 24/7 to call the Experian phone lines over and over to prevent South Carolina individuals and businesses from getting free credit protection.

This sinister plot to allow Gov. Nikki Haley to blame them was of course planned in a late-night meeting at the governor’s mansion with representatives of the electronic and print media in attendance.

I congratulate the media for voluntarily falling on their collective swords to protect the governor and allow her to blame them on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina.

Now can everyone in Columbia get serious and fix this problem?

I have run out of sarcasm.

Stew Williams

Chisolm Road

Johns Island

Blind faith

What I find utterly astonishing about the election is that about one half of the voters followed the music of the Pied Piper’s rhetoric without knowing or caring where it leads them and the country.

Robert G. Currin Jr.

Palmetto Point Road

Edisto Island

Legalize pot

Whenever government attempts to legislate social behavior, enterprising (i.e., nefarious) individuals will think of ways to skirt and profit from these laws. The prohibition of alcohol famously created many millionaires in just this fashion.

Prohibition also failed in a spectacular manner with the federal government’s repeal of the 18th Amendment.

Why not legalize marijuana? Let our farmers, the best in the world, legally grow the crop with FDA regulation. Can you imagine the kind of bumper crops the agricultural engineers at Clemson University could produce?

I am confident that they could include, in each marijuana cigarette, the recommended supply of daily vitamins contained in a one-a-day tablet. Supply and demand would dictate the cost and all levels of government could enjoy an additional stream of revenue via product taxation.

We could put ourselves in a position to eliminate the country’s debt and annually balance our budget deficits. Let’s put it to a vote, nationwide, in two years.

Let the people of the United States vote to legalize the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. If it passes, then the people have spoken. If it does not pass, then the people have spoken.

If we, as a constitutional republic, can stand by and watch fellow citizens destroy their lives with legal tobacco and alcohol products, does it make sense to continue the over-the-top “war on drugs” costing billions of dollars to keep a relatively harmless drug out of the hands of citizens?

Fresh off of this contentious election, let us utilize our established method of deciding issues and allow the citizens of the United States to have their say, unfiltered by their morally and fiscally corrupt representatives in Congress.

Kevin Hildreth

Thayer Hall Drive

Mount Pleasant