I am saddened by the Nov. 26 letter to the editor attacking Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina.
The letter writer falsely asserts that Bishop Lawrence’s diocese is in a state of decline when the facts of 11 percent growth in attendance and 8.5 percent growth in dollar giving for the year 2010-2011 were clearly published by The Post and Courier in July of this year.
I am also saddened that The Post and Courier would publish this letter writer’s misinformation. I am saddened by Rev. Roy Hills likening of Katherine Jefforts Schori’s election as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church to an act of the Holy Spirit when her leadership clearly repudiates the authority of our Christian Bible.
I am saddened by the National Episcopal Church’s narrow agenda, even preoccupation with the subject of homosexuality, particularly as regards marriage, when we all know that God created us male and female which is the basis of our lives from generation to generation — think Genesis, generation of life, creation.
Finally, I am saddened by the stance of a group of Christians who call themselves a steering committee of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina whereby they identify themselves as the faithful, the continuing, and by influence the real, the true Episcopal Church in our Diocese of South Carolina.
It is politically correct to say “I am saddened” — actually I am appalled.
W.C. Wilson, M.D.
The recent news stories about development of East Edisto as well as possible options for I-526 funding should be cause for consideration of improvements that already are, and will increasingly continue to be needed for Highway 17 south of Charleston.
This highway is the only way in and out of my neighborhood, and I am greatly concerned about what, for certain, even more future traffic on Highway 17 will mean to and from Charleston as East Edisto development happens.
Now is the time to do some serious planning, especially since we see how long the I-526 problem has been lingering.
Our Washington warriors are at it again, fighting tooth and nail over taxes, while most everyone is ignoring the 800-pound gorilla — the entitlements. Mr. Obama wants a balanced plan.
We don’t need a balanced plan; we need a plan that produces balance. So what does Obama mean? He wants to raise taxes and then cut spending. Been there before. Taxes get raised, the spending increases, America loses.
To begin with, giving more taxes to a government with an historic penchant for waste and corruption makes about as much sense as cleaning teeth with a shotgun.
The Democrats are fond of their mantras, “raise taxes on the rich” and “fair share.” The problem with this foolishness is that you can confiscate wealth that exists in a given moment but you cannot confiscate future wealth as easily because people are far less likely to produce that which they know will be confiscated.
Raising taxes destroys wealth and our ability to create jobs. Not arguable; fact.
It is not now, nor has it ever been, an insufficiency of taxation that has created the quagmire in which we find ourselves.
Rather, it has been massive profligate spending and suffocating, trillion dollar levels of mindless and business-destroying regulations.
The Republicans are scratching their heads, wondering how they lost the election. It seems to me that the reason is that they keep acting more like Democrats.
We don’t need two Democrat parties. Republicans are supposed to be the party of limited government, free markets, sound money, and property rights. The guardians of our Constitution.
Well, act like it. Quit running moderates for president and try conservatives with Libertarian tendencies or stay in the wilderness.
Salt Wind Way
Coins can count
I was in Paris over Thanksgiving and used the euro in paper and coin denominations.
The Dec. 1 article about reluctance to embrace the $1 coin in America is probably more about resistance to change than anything else. The euro coins, as well as lesser amounts, were easy to carry and use.
I briefly had a psychological thing that the 1 and 2 euro coins were change, and not significant like something in my wallet. By the fourth or fifth day I overcame this and gave them the respect I had for the paper euro.
I believe we ought to give $1 coins another try, especially considering the $4.4 billion savings to our government (ourselves) over 30 years.
Francis X. Archibald
After the tragedy involving our embassy in Libya, condemnation by Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Sen. Lindsey Graham was to be expected.
So let me remind you of one similar, tragic incident occurring on 9/11, under the leadership of G.W. Bush.
Several Saudi Arabians appeared at a flight school in Florida, paying cash, wanting only to learn to fly a large passenger plane, without having to learn about takeoff or landing.
According to reports, the flight school reported an inquiry to the FBI for their consideration, being a strange request. According to further reports, the FBI took no action on this inquiry, ignoring the information, putting it in a waste basket.
Some time later, the same Arabs appeared at Logan Airport in Boston, buying one-way first-class tickets to Chicago, with no prior reservations, again paying cash.
No eyebrows were raised, either by the airlines or the FBI.
It was a horrific experience. Several thousand people murdered, and the Twin Towers crumpled.
I am asking Sen. Graham, could he not equate these two incidents, which bear the influence of intelligence agencies and the not-so-accurate or prompt communications with the White House?
He has been very quiet on the former, very vociferous on the latter. Let’s hear what he has to say.
Which president does he wish to blame? Both?
Lake Moultrie Drive
I thought the Nov. 30 front- page story on free phones was a joke, but unfortunately it wasn’t.
This is a program that should be cut. This is fiscal madness. I have to pay for my own cell phone.
The rationale for the program is that it helps people get jobs. What next — free cars so they can drive to job interviews?
We are $16 trillion in debt, and the deficit rises daily. Based on President Obama’s budgets we will have trillion dollar deficits for the next four years.
We cannot afford programs like free phones.
We are giving people more money not to work than they can get working. That needs to stop.
There are jobs out there. They may not be the jobs that people want, or the jobs that pay what people want, but there are jobs.
President Obama wants tax increases on those earning over $250,000 per year now, with the promise of spending cuts next year. I don’t earn enough for the increase to affect me.
So what will happen with the additional tax revenue collected? Will it go toward paying down the debt, or will it go to new spending?
The American people need to ask themselves this question: Do you trust the politicians (Democrats and Republicans) to responsibly spend our tax dollars?
The answer to me is no — they need to cut spending, including entitlements, and pass a balanced budget requirement, with a flat tax, so everyone pays a share.