Act of kindness
Something amazing happened at the Stiles Point Elementary voting precinct last Tuesday.
I walked in with two young children, one in hand and one in arms, expecting a two-hour wait to vote. Just as I settled in the back of the line and geared up the kids to “be good for a reward later” a beautiful woman, whom I had never met, walked over. She asked if I would take her spot toward the front of the line while she took mine at the back.
I hesitated, almost teared and accepted.
We spent only an hour in line, but were about five minutes from “meltdowns.” She was there for three hours plus.
Liz was the name of my angel. I don’t know her, but I am sure those who do are as thankful as I am to have met her. I am looking forward to passing this act of selflessness and generosity to someone else soon.
Fort Johnson Road
I hate to break the news to my party’s leaders, but it’s not 1992 anymore. Had Mitt Romney faced Barack Obama 20 years ago, Romney would have won in a landslide.
Unfortunately for my fellow Republicans, the party refuses to adjust to the country’s changing demographics, mostly concerning the Latino vote.
Let’s face it, the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in America and their family members will eventually become voting citizens. These future voters are both socially and economically conservative, in addition to being very religious. In other words, they are Republican.
Why not find middle ground with Democrats and grant citizenship while at the same time securing the border and establishing English as the nation’s official language? It just makes too much sense.
Now that President Obama has been re-elected, one of the major problems he is going to have to face early on is his mishandling of the tragic loss of our ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.
As the congressional investigations and hearings get under way in the new year, the president and his cohorts should remember some recent American history, specifically that President Nixon and his aides covered up a third-class burglary — Watergate — in which no one was injured or died.
During the Senate Watergate hearings, Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker and committee counsel Fred Thompson asked: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” As the facts emerged, Congress passed articles of impeachment, which led to the president’s resignation on Aug. 8,1974.
The Benghazi tragedy and the president’s inaction and apparent distortion of facts require that Congress conduct its investigation and hearings expeditiously.
The quintessential question remains today as relevant as it was almost three decades ago; “What did the president know and when did he know it.”
C. Stephen Heard Jr.
Seabrook Island Road
I’d like to publicly recognize the geniuses who planned and approved the James Island Connector Run on the same day as The Citadel Homecoming events and football game. Many Citadel faithful planned their departure for downtown at the advertised 10 a.m. re-opening of the connector, which did not happen on time.
I’d also like to applaud the Wappoo Cut bridge operator for opening it at the exact same time everyone was going around the closed connector.
If you were in doubt about the need for completing I-526 before Nov. 3, take an existing section of it away for a few hours, dump the increased event or emergency traffic on surrounding roads and then open a drawbridge. You may change your mind.
The Citadel, Class of ’83
A letter in the Nov. 7 Post and Courier followed the writer’s attendance at a speech by author Jon Meacham concerning divisions between Republicans and Democrats. The writer proposed some solutions to “the terrible polarization in our society.”
I understood his proposals to involve kicking out clueless elected officials, bringing in an oligarchy of knowledgeable and determined people and choosing one wise leader to lead the way.
I commend his candor in admitting that he doesn’t know how these proposals can be accomplished.
I wonder how the right people would be chosen and empowered, and why we might have confidence in their administration. Also, it is not clear how this course of action would end polarization.
I am certain it would be much safer and we would be more likely to find solutions by returning to the constitutional principles of liberty, limited and dispersed government power and free enterprise. We might expect less polarization if, having no recourse to illegitimate power, we resolve differences through listening and questioning, by reason and persuasion, with respect and humility.
Oran S. Baldwin Jr.
I was disappointed to learn that the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission has decided to cancel the Kiawah triathlon at Beachwalker Park after 17 years. Unfortunately, this event cannot be duplicated at another venue and have the same appeal.
No more could the PGA host the championship away from the Ocean Course or the Bridge Run host the 10K away from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.
Logistically the strain on the Kiawah community and the pressures on our dedicated public workers may have reached a limit for this early morning event in September.
However, the community should work hard to find a solution to keep this 17-year tradition moving forward.
We should embrace long-standing traditions in our community that support health and fitness. If you don’t believe me, just ask the thousands of local athletes of all ages and backgrounds who have used the Kiawah triathlon to turn the corner on making healthy lifestyle choices.
Don’t extend I-526
I am deeply opposed to the extension and completion of I-526.
Numerous investigations have shown this would result in travel time savings that are insignificant when compared to the harm to the flora and fauna which God bestowed on the Lowcountry.
Further, an ancillary injury would result to the cultural heritage of many folks in the African-American community; this was eloquently stated in the moving letter by Henry Darby, published on Nov. 7.
The majority of those directly affected are opposed to this development. We should respect those who love the land.
I am very disappointed in the attitude of Mayor Joe Riley. It is a mirror reflection of his approach to the independence of James Island as a town.
Jerry P. Winfield
Mount Vernon Drive
Dr. Walter Leventhal of Dorchester Medical Associates in Summerville, has been taking care of my health and well-being for many years. He has saved my life more than once. I honestly believe that I would be dead if he hadn’t taken over my health care needs when I became his patient.
I do not have health insurance and live well-below the poverty level, yet, I have been able to get the finest care from a doctor I trust with my life.
I might add, that poverty was my choice when I dedicated my life to a wonderful non-profit sanctuary for dogs that suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment.
I pray we do not lose our fine doctors of the Lowcountry and I am forced to put the trust of all my health care in the hands of the government, if the damage is not already done.