Demand solutions

There have been three letters in The Post and Courier recently expressing concern for America and our future. Different but with the same message of concern about our woeful status in the world community. All excellent, and I applaud the writers.

I wonder if they were sent to our senators and members of our House of Representatives (misnomer?).

This is where our problems are housed.

Remember these elected officials are not on the same health care system and retirement system. They can draw “retirement” for life after one term and on and on.

But the solutions rest with them. Scary thought.

Still, we must express our concerns to them. They hold the keys to America’s future.

Creighton E. Likes Jr.

Wittenberg Drive

Mount Pleasant

Done deal

Rich Lowry’s Dec. 10 column was “Obama’s mission: Embarrass GOP.”

The president doesn’t need to do it.

Republicans already have.

William T. Ashby, D.V.M.

Stratford Drive

Summerville

Passing the buck

At a recent Charleston stakeholder meeting, I discovered something very unsettling about the S.C. Board of Education:

It refuses to discuss difficult topics, even if those “taboos” are exactly what people need to talk about.

The majority of people at the meeting were teachers who wanted to talk about state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais’ teacher evaluation plan.

They wanted to make sure their jobs weren’t going to be at risk because of their schools’ general standardized test scores. There was a question-and-answer session at the end of the meeting, but even then, Zais’ teacher evaluation plan was hardly addressed.

How can that be when so many audience members were directly impacted by the plan? The answer is simple: Their questions were censored.

Those who attended had to write their questions down and then watch as Zais’ assistants sifted through them and gave only “acceptable” questions to the presenter.

I get it; there’s limited time, and not every question is going to get answered. There has to be a cutoff at some point. That might be OK if more than 10 minutes were spent on questions, if at least some of the questions were less comfortable for the state board of education to answer, or if the state even knew how to answer all of them.

I lost track of how many answers were just variations of “I don’t know. That’s a federal regulation.”

There are going to be some things beyond the state’s control, but if they were going to censor, you’d think they’d highlight what they do know, not what they don’t.

I felt like Zais was just reminding teachers that they don’t actually matter.

If his plan passes, I fear for the future of education.

Corazon Stegelin

Dogwood Road

Charleston

Missing pols

Charleston recently celebrated Philanthropy Week. Over the course of a couple of days I had the pleasure of attending three events with roughly 1,000 people.

These individuals represented some of our largest corporations, small businesses, organizations and major foundations.

They are major contributors to the health and well being of our area.

It was a great chance for all who care about this area to come together.

The question on my mind, and the mind of many others, that I spoke to, was why was there not one politician at any of these gatherings.

I thought they were supposed to care.

Mickey Bakst

King Street

Charleston

Double standard

“I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?”

If we changed the race in this sentence, the NAACP, ACLU and all news outlets would be covering this “story” and branding the person who said it as a racist.

So how is it that Jamie Foxx can say this on national television and nobody says a word about him being racist?

Let’s imagine for a minute that a white public figure called President Obama’s first four years in office his “white” years and that he will be more “black” his next four. How long after they made this statement would the NAACP condemn these words?

I know that Foxx is a comedian, but if you look at his past he has made many more comments that are racist. Plus, if you see his demeanor when expressing these views it is all too apparent that he really means what he says.

Then again, this is coming from the man who thinks Obama is “our lord and savior.”

Let’s stop with the double standards. Racists are racists, no matter their race.

And this needs to stop in order for the country to move forward.

Chris Kotowski

Crystal Springs Drive

Goose Creek

Sen. Hicks?

Reading Brian Hicks’ latest stuff on the soon-to-be-filled Senate seat, I thought I would ask Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint Mr. Hicks to be our senator. Then we would not only have a “lame duck,” but also a “quack.”

William Grimsley

Roselle Avenue

Goose Creek

Crown Clowney

The Associated Press and sportswriters, etc., can give the Butkus and Heisman trophies to whomever they please, but we know that J. de Blade Clowney is the best man who has put on football cleats this year irrespective of amateur status.

The beast, and best of the SEC East, almost single-handedly dismantled one of the best teams in the country with more sacks than most have over the season.

Don’t forget that against Clemson Mr. Clowney was still nursing an injury that may well require surgery. If he’d done these things at USC West, the Heisman would’ve been his.

Remember that our star- crossed hero Marcus Lattimore was being touted as our candidate.

Ah, serendipity.

John C. Godfrey

Kracke Street

Charleston

Hard hitters

It seems somewhat ironic that the National Football League is spending so much effort trying to protect its players from concussions, while in the “sport” of professional boxing, the purpose is to see how much damage you can do to your opponent’s brain, including causing a concussion (a knockout).

E.H. Sparkman

Whispering Marsh Drive

Charleston