Responsible choice

In the Senate and House hearings on the Benghazi incident, Hillary Clinton said she took responsibility for the attack.

In between the posturing for the “truth,” after months of manipulating the truth because the presidential election was at hand, I was struck by the fact that she admitted total responsibility.

If Hillary really believed she was responsible for Benghazi, one would think she would have resigned right after the incident.

In two years she will begin her run for president, and I’m sure she will run on accountability.

Pat Kilroy

Milton Drive

Goose Creek

Women engineers

In a recent column Melanie Balog pointed out that women are underrepresented in engineering and technical positions.

The American Association of University Women encourages all parents and schools to support women and girls in these areas.

The discrepancy in income between men and women could be significantly reduced if women and girls were actively recruited into science, technology and engineering careers.

Too often we still expect women and girls to eschew technical careers because of the stereotypes we continue to perpetuate. All students should be aware of the income potential and employment opportunities of whatever field of endeavor they are considering.

Ellie Setser

Public Policy Chair

S.C. American Association

of University Women

Trail Hollow Drive

Charleston

Tyranny antidote

As a life-long hunter, I have often pondered the need for assault rifles and high capacity magazines, but then I would always recall Thomas Jefferson’s statement: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny in government.”

Certainly in recent history I’m sure the citizens of Egypt, Iran, Libya and Syria would have cherished a more level playing field against the tyranny of their governments. Over 60,000 have been killed in Syria alone. An armed citizen remains a citizen. An unarmed citizen is a subject.

To those who are not aware of the brilliance of Thomas Jefferson, please read the following opening remarks by President John F. Kennedy (surely a person Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston School of Law Professor Armand Derfner admired if not adored).

President Kennedy, in his opening remarks at a White House dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners, said the following: “Ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House.

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

So, when it comes to intellect and immense foresight, with all due respect to the afore- mentioned gentleman, I’m surely going to give the nod to Mr. Jefferson.

Bright, forward-thinking individuals always prepare for what may lie ahead.

As citizens, we will always be outarmed by government, but if tyranny does arrive, God forbid, and my weapon choice is a pistol, shotgun, or assault rifle, I will grab the assault rifle and the largest capacity magazine that I can find.

Jay Stabler

Oaklanding Road

Mount Pleasant

Escalating risks

National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre recently said, “The NRA sat in on a White House meeting that was sold to the public as an ‘open discussion’ about how to improve school safety.” He continued, “But that was a dirty lie. They didn’t listen to gun owners’ concerns.”

We hear what you say, but you don’t know what we hear.

What we hear is:

1) Guns don’t kill people, blah, blah, blah.

Listening more closely we hear:

2) People with guns kill people.

3) People with assault-type guns kill more people.

4) People with assault-type guns with extended capacity magazines kill even more people.

5) People with guns modified to fire rocket-propelled grenades would kill more and more people.

It is called escalation, and uncontained it can create havoc, much like the 2008 financial meltdown.

Left to its own devices, mankind will escalate many bad things. That it can happen does not mean it should happen.

David Stevens

Suncatcher Drive

Hanahan

Fingerprint ID

Let’s consider another method of preventing voter ID fraud. Instead of a photo ID, why not require a thumbprint or fingerprint ID?

This method of identification is becoming a common practice in day-care centers, grocery stores and other businesses.

After all, a picture has a limited time value because people age and change appearance in various ways.

It is therefore most likely that someone may not be recognizable from a photo taken 5, 10, 20, or 50 years ago. Verifying an identity from a photo seems counterproductive unless voter ID cards are updated regularly.

Everyone is known to have unique, immutable fingerprints. Therefore, a fingerprint system for voter registration and voting could prevent all future voter fraud, and potentially produce the bonus result of identifying criminals through the AFIS (automated fingerprint ID system).

In a high-tech era, digital biometrics could be the answer to authenticating voter identity. And since South Carolina has been contemplating the purchase of new and improved voting machines, why not include stipulations for a fingerprint ID reader/sensor as one of the machine requirements?

Or, why not change the entire voting process and let us mail in our votes as some states are already doing?

This would certainly give a needed boost to the U.S. Postal Service, especially from South Carolina because of the numerous primaries and elections that seem to be regularly occurring.

And we could even sign our ballots with a thumbprint to make our vote totally secure.

I first wrote down these observations as a tongue-in- cheek piece, but the more I ponder over such ideas, they really become more valid than ridiculous. Petition to the state Legislature, anyone?

Freida McDuffie

Harbor Oaks Drive

Charleston

A fitting name

In Wednesday’s Post and Courier, a letter writer wrote a thoughtful instruction manual for walking the Ravenel Bridge. I want to thank him and answer a question he asked about the name of the pedestrian/bicycle path on the bridge, Wonders’ Way: “Who came up with this name?”

Wonders’ Way was named after Garrett Wonders, an officer with the U.S. Navy and an elite cyclist. Garrett was killed in 2004 while training for the Olympic trials in cycling.

According to his mother, “Garrett simply loved life. He loved to laugh, he loved to learn, and he gave himself wholeheartedly to his passion — cycling.”

Each of us who enjoys the path should be aware of Garrett and why it is called Wonders’ Way.

More information on Garrett can be found at http://www.garrettsride.com/bio.htm

Christopher Wells

West Point Drive

Mount Pleasant

Dangerous stance

I don’t understand why some law enforcement officers across the country oppose President Obama’s proposed new gun regulations.

It is beyond me that these officers want the hard-core criminals and the mentally ill to have on their possession more effective and lethal weapons than they have to protect the public.

Where is the logic?

G.A. Monocrusos

Betsy Road

Charleston