Enabling fever

I believe we all are familiar with the Chinese proverb that says, “If you give a person a fish he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”

Many parents today love their children so much they do something called enabling. They give and give to get them through life’s little crises until children don’t get the opportunity to become responsible for their actions and become productive citizens.

Some parents regret their actions later, but it is usually too late. Sad for the parents, but even more sad for the children.

I believe the enabling process has moved from parents into society in the form of entitlements and welfare. If the government gives you rent, food stamps, cell phones, transportation and medical care, why would you work or do anything responsible?

Bad parenting government. Sad for America.

Jim Brumby

Calais Drive

Mount Pleasant

Red Cross comfort

I am proud of the American Red Cross volunteers and staff who have put their lives on hold to provide comfort and hope to our neighbors affected by tragedy this holiday season, from local house fires to the devastation Hurricane Sandy left across the Northeast.

Within a 48-hour period your local American Red Cross has provided comfort and assistance to 54 individuals due to home fires.

On Nov. 26 a fire ripped through an apartment complex on Delta Street in North Charleston. Red Cross volunteers were among the first emergency crews on the scene, providing water and snacks to firefighters and hugs to those out in the cold watching their belongings go up in flames.

Within hours of that fire, those same disaster service workers responded to five additional home fires in the Lowcountry. Most of them volunteers, they work tirelessly to serve our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also, so far 37 disaster workers have deployed from the Charleston region to assist Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Red Cross has served more than 7 million meals and snacks to individuals in areas affected by Sandy. More than 6,100 Red Cross personnel are currently deployed from around the nation, 90 percent of them volunteers.

We’ve assisted 150 victims of home fires in the Charleston region just in the month of November. Since July 1 of this year, we have assisted 477 affected by home fires.

As a volunteer or financial contributor to the Red Cross, you embody this generosity of spirit throughout the year. Your gift of time or money helps us deliver a humanitarian mission that touches many.

Mason Holland

Chairman

Board of Directors

American Red Cross

Charleston Region

Rivers Avenue

North Charleston

Season for change

It is the Christmas season all over the world. I wonder which country and/or people honor Christmas in the most fitting way.

Is it the United States where we have 8 percent unemployment due in part to the fact that many of our Christmas gifts come from other countries? Is it because our government cannot agree that all, I repeat, all Americans need health insurance?

Is it because U.S. troops are fighting and dying in two countries whose governments are rumored to be very corrupt? Is it because after more than 200 years of being a country, we still have bigotry and prejudice?

If you are like me and don’t like the answers to these questions, it is not too late to make the answers more positive for the sake of our future.

We have to understand that most of our purchases should not come from other countries. We have to understand that U.S. troops are also moms, dads, sons and daughters. Our troops need to be brought home now.

As for the bigotry and denial of health insurance, these go hand-in-hand. How can a society claim to be civilized when many millions of citizens are without the necessary safety net of health insurance?

Perhaps this Christmas will be the start of better times in our country. If we all understand the real meaning of Christmas, we can change things for the better.

Timothy M. Bledsoe

Cypress Drive

North Augusta

Safety options

As controversies regarding the extension of I-526 drag on and on, why don’t we take a look at a traffic and safety improvement that possibly could be accomplished before another Hugo visits us? We’re overdue for that, you know.

Extend the Betsy Kerrison Parkway down Bohicket Road to Maybank Highway. Then continue it down Main Road to U.S. 17 and improve the intersection there. Bees Ferry Road immediately north to the Glenn McConnell Parkway and Highway 61 is already being widened.

Why don’t we do it? Oh, you can’t do something like that. It makes too much sense.

Arthur Ravenel Jr.

Wittenberg Drive

Mount Pleasant

Not sporting

Why does every local television station think everyone wants to watch sports? Many of us couldn’t care less about sports. On the weekends there is no news or weather. It is ridiculous.

We are not all jocks.

What are they thinking?

Sherrie Parker

Village Green Circle

Summerville

Church’s mission

Not since medieval theologians debated the question of “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” has an issue so profoundly trivial diverted the church from its essential mission as the controversy being stirred up by the Episcopal Bishop of South Carolina.

Surely, he can find something more important to worry about like, say, the Goose Creek High School football team.

Alex Sanders

Water Street

Charleston