Make it Sanford

As a Greenville Republican, I appreciate that my ability to brag about Tim Scott as our newest U.S. senator is due in large part to the good sense of the 1st Congressional District to elect Tim as their congressman in 2010.

That same good sense should lead the 1st District voters to re-stock the state’s congressional delegation by electing former Gov. Mark Sanford from among a large field of shiny new imports.

Sanford may be tarnished, but he has a steel-tempered national brand that will help South Carolina break the name-calling stalemate in Washington with clear explanations of economic fiscal truths for which he is well known.

His plight is not unlike the current plight of the Boeing 787. Both have had serious episodes of overheated batteries — but neither should be defined by them. Everyone in South Carolina wants the traveling world to remain objective — kick the tires of the Boeing 787 and select it based on its flying performance.

We in South Carolina should be willing to “kick the tires” around Mark Sanford and elect him based on his ability to move the country in a direction that preserves our economic and constitutional freedoms.

Keith D. Munson

South Main Street

Greenville

Let them grieve

What a sad state our country is in when a family cannot be allowed to grieve a death without the details being printed in the paper.

Since when does “Freedom of Information” require that the prying side of our population be satisfied at the expense of a family in mourning?

My heart goes out to all who must not only bear the burden of a death, but respond to the grim curiosity of the public.

Jane Orenstein

Wainwright Manor

Summerville

Dangers of yoga

My husband read in the Jan. 27 Post and Courier that Sullivan’s Island Elementary School is introducing yoga to first graders.

I am writing to reach some, if not all, of the parents of these innocent children who will be introduced to Buddhism and Hinduism. The article said “yoga minus the religion,” but that is impossible because the essence of yoga is religion.

I recommend an incredible DVD that can be purchased from Amazon or ordered from any bookstore. It is called “Yoga Uncoiled from East to West.”

I, as a Christian, desire so much that my brothers and sisters in Christ who have gotten themselves wrapped up in this practice, watch this DVD so they can be informed as to exactly what they are opening themselves up to spiritually.

I will lend the video to Sullivan’s Island Elementary School for parents’ viewing if they are interested.

Cheryl Arnold

Hopkinson Plantation Road

John’s Island

Better births

No mother ever really knows what to expect when she’s expecting. But as your recent coverage (Jan. 22) of birth outcomes data shows, many South Carolina mothers need more guidance and support during pregnancy.

According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, 7.4 out of 1,000 infants born in South Carolina die before their first birthday. And the leading cause of infant death in our state is birth defects, which often can be prevented by proper prenatal care. One in five children in our state are born to first-time, low-income mothers, and many women do not have access to the services they need for healthy pregnancies. But thanks to programs like Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents as Teachers here in Charleston County, many of these women are getting the care and support they need.

Nurse-Family Partnership pairs a nurse with an eligible mother and lasts from pregnancy until the child turns two. Through the program, mothers learn about things like managing diabetes, avoiding the dangers of smoking and other problems that can lead to birth defects. And, the Parents as Teachers home visitation program helps enhance school readiness in children through the guidance of a professionally trained parent educator.

We are lucky to have such programs here to serve some of our most vulnerable families. Both are shining examples of how we can improve birth and long-term outcomes for the children in our community.

James Ella Collins Charleston County First Steps executive director

Rivers Avenue

North Charleston

Earth’s right to life

Passing a church recently, I was struck by the hypocrisy of its sign proclaiming “Right to Life Sunday.” Many Christians and Muslims don’t recognize a right to life for the one million plant and animal species that National Geographic estimates will be driven into extinction by 2050 as a projected nine billion humans overwhelm the earth, monopolize the fresh water and drive nature off the land so that forest, wetland and prairie ecosystems can be misappropriated for corn and soybean fields, palm oil and cattle farms, subdivisions, strip malls, soccer fields, interstate highways, golf courses, schools and churches.

Unless we commit ourselves to saving endangered species, your grandchildren may never see wild animals.

Larry Knight

Rockbridge Road

Columbia

Reckless step

As an Eagle Scout I am appalled at news accounts that the scouts may allow homosexuals as leaders. This is reprehensible and an irresponsible act by bad leaders.

I call for the immediate dismissal of this contemplated action and for the resignation of those board members who allowed this dangerous act to be considered.

That these ill-advised board members are contemplating this policy, even after the U.S. Supreme Court twice found in the scouts’ favor as to its right to control its membership, is simply unconscionable. The nation should be informed that the BSA will stand behind protections provided by SCOTUS, not flee from them, and that boys from coast to coast will be provided the safest environment possible.

Duncan Jaenicke

Jigsaw Road

Summerville

Beware the fat

It looks like $50.5 billion will go for emergency relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

It’s about time. This type of spending bill is would be hard for a congressperson to vote against. Our citizens have suffered too much. But what is exactly in the bill?

Does all of that borrowed money go to the victims of the hurricane and to repairing their infrastructure?

Or did some of our elected officials siphon off $500 million here and $500 million there with amendments and riders? I certainly hope that the full S.C. congressional delegation took the time to read the entire bill before voting. I’m sure that the good folks still digging out from this environmental holocaust would not want a portion of their emergency aid going to Alaska to study unique methods of ice production or perhaps North Dakota to study why college students watch television.

Spending bills are routinely dripping with the fat of inserted pork. We as an electorate must not continue to stand by idly while these power drunk officials spend our money in order to ensure their re-election. We’ve got to hold them accountable for their actions.

Go online and investigate how your representatives in Congress voted on every bill.

If their votes makes you uncomfortable, let them know it. And when their time in office is up for renewal, you will have a good idea if you should reelect them.

Congress works for us and we pay for it via confiscatory tax laws. Make them earn their wages.

Kevin Hildreth

Thayer Hall Drive

Mount Pleasant

Officers in schools

Aaron Kupchik’s Jan. 31 commentary on school cops was perplexing. He discussed at length how administrators, parents and teachers have welcomed a police presence in the schools over the past 20 years. He even talked about police being mentors for the students.

He then takes a strong left turn saying studies show that “schools with security guards and guards who bear firearms have higher rates of serious violent crime than do similar schools that lack such personnel.”

He goes on to say that there are clear drawbacks to having armed guards in schools and that doing so puts youth at risk.

The risk is to the 95 percent of students who are not violent at school. I am sure Mr. Kupchik knows we are required to educate all children, no matter how dangerous, and teachers are not allowed to touch students for fear of lawsuits.

Schools that are most likely to have armed security guards are those in the most dangerous areas with the greatest number of dangerous students. The move toward more security personnel began in these high-crime areas, not in areas where a police presence was unnecessary.

The only negative is that it does cost more money to provide this service. In this case, taxpayers overwhelmingly are willing to pay for keeping their kids safe.

Perhaps we can provide more protection for our children in school if we stop funding studies at the University of Delaware to prove the obvious.

Using Mr. Kupchik’s logic we can conclude beyond a shadow of a doubt that. in fact, flies do attract garbage!

David Bourgeois

Chucker Drive

Summerville

Winking at sin

As a 74-year-old lifetime Episcopalian, I am totally disappointed in the direction of our church. For years I’ve prayed for our local and national church and for Presiding Bishop Katharine Schori. Like many other national churches they have been taught God winks at sin.

The 39 articles of religion clearly teach that the positions of the national church are wrong. I am personally a “grace Christian,” but clearly God does take sin seriously.

God’s will is perfect. We all need forgiveness of sin, and all are called to be new creations.

Repentence and revival is the only hope of the national Episcopal Church.

I will continue to pray for my Bishop Mark Lawrence and hope and pray for a spiritual awakening in the national Episcopal Church.

Jack Cranwell

Gin House Court

Charleston

All shook up

Who said that older people cannot enjoy good times?

I just returned from the North Charleston Performing Arts Center where I saw a concert called “Elvis Lives.” The performers were superb.

At one point the older ladies went to the stage and received pins, scarves and kisses from the Elvises.

It brought back many great memories. I saw the real Elvis in 1958. It was my first concert.

The North Charleston show was both memorable and “clean.” It started at 3 p.m. as many people don’t drive at night.

Thanks to everyone who presented this event. You think that the older generation can’t party? Wrong. I’m a 75-year-young music lover. Music keeps me going.

I don’t go to many shows, but this is one I’ll never forget.

DINY K. ADKINS

Lake Hunters Circle

Mount Pleasant