Fond memories

In a recent Post and Courier, I read a column written by one of my favorite op-ed columnists, Paul Greenberg. It was titled “ ‘God Bless America’ still hits home: Sing it again, Kate.” What wonderful and poignant memories it brings of weekends with my dear friends, Katie and Richard Salmons, and of singing (?) “God Bless America” and “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountains” along with a Kate Smith tape.

I recall also when Katie was in a coma at Roper Hospital. The family told me they had taken in a tape player, but were unable to find the Kate Smith tape. I retrieved my copy from my car. I hope that, on some level, Katie heard it before she began her journey to be with her Richard.

I am listening to a Kate Smith recording as I write this.

Carolyn Hutson

Rutledge Avenue

Charleston

Light up the spirit

April 19, 1775: “The shot heard ’round the world” occurred when the first Americans from Lexington, Mass., told the government, “You’ll not take our firearms.”

Do today’s Americans, of all walks in life, hold to that spirit that was their ancestors’?

On April 19, liberty slipped into shoes and began its walk in America. Show that American spirit this April 19 by lighting firecrackers.

Bill Ivy

Point Park Drive

Johns Island

March of Dimes

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. More than four million babies were born last year in the United States, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and researches problems that threaten the health of babies.

You have been touched by the March of Dimes if …

• You or your child received a polio vaccine;

• You took the B vitamin folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects;

• You or someone you know is one of the nearly 9,000 parents who had a premature baby in South Carolina this year;

• You had a healthy baby due in part to regular prenatal care.

The March of Dimes also provides support and resources to families while at the hospital, wondering when or if they’ll be able to take their baby home.

And, for 75 years, it has worked to prevent prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality through research and community-based programs.

March for Babies is the easiest way you can support the March of Dimes mission. Join the family and corporate teams and individuals who will walk in honor of a baby they love to raise much-needed funds.

This year’s event celebrates 75 years of improving the health of babies. We understand the importance of bringing healthy babies into the world. After all, Trident Health welcomes almost 3,000 new residents to the Lowcountry each year — we want each and every one of them to get a good start.

March for Babies in Charleston will take place on April 27 at Cannon Park. We invite you to join us. Bring your family, friends and colleagues to walk three very special miles to celebrate 75 years of work towards healthy babies.

Sign up at marchforbabies.org today.

Todd GallatI

CEO, Trident Health

Co-Chairman

March for Babies 2013

Medical Plaza Drive

North Charleston

Lou Caputo

CEO

Summerville Medical Center

Co-Chairman

March for Babies 2013

Midland Parkway

Summerville

Futile efforts

Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If so, I can only conclude many of our citizens and most of our lawmakers are insane. We seem to think just passing a law solves any problem.

Health care too expensive?

Pass a law!

A nut case shoots up

Pass a law!

Recently a writer called for another law restricting our gun rights, but not asking why any sane person would think that someone who ignored all present laws would obey some new law.

No, but passing a law is easier than instilling morals, so we pass feel-good laws, and things continue to get worse.

I’d like to point out that just as many people owned guns before the ’60s as own them today but we seldom heard of kids shooting their classmates. Children were taught right from wrong. Yes, even the Ten Commandants hung in public places and each school morning opened with prayer. We knew there is a God and how he expected us to act. Our parents taught this, and if they fell down on the job our teachers made sure we knew what was expected.

Starting in the ’60s we discovered drugs could give us a high, birth control made free sex penalty-free and abortion was available when birth control failed. Even though the politically correct will never admit it, we also discovered street mobs could override the law and the news media could bring down the powerful by refusing to publish anything that didn’t fit their template. It was during this period good old Uncle Sam, aka Robin Hood, decided to get re-elected by giving those who didn’t want to work a check.

The result is our trillions of dollars of debt and the breakdown of society. Are we really insane enough to think we can continue along this path without dire results?

L.F. Fralix

Maplebranch Road

Reevesville

Deserved honor

Seven Marines were killed in a Nevada military training site recently and now two more in a shooting in Quantico, and what did they get for their sacrifice? No medals are awarded for injuries or death in non-combat situations.

Back in the mid to late 1990s I designed a medal called the “Peace Heart Medal” to be used in place of a Purple Heart, which is used in combat situations. The medal I designed had a dove carrying an olive branch in gold over a white stone for purity like the Purple Heart.

The ribbon was white with two red lines on each side and a blue center one, with stars running down it representing the U.S. flag. With the help of U.S. Rep. Floyd Spence of South Carolina it was put into legislation.

The Department of Defense shot it down, stating that it had enough medals to cover all situations.

Of course that was a lie. Our military personnel and their families were left with nothing to honor these sacrifices. Being a Marine Vietnam veteran and former 60-mortar squad leader on 100 percent permanent disability, wounded five times in that war, I consider this a sad commentary.

My sympathies go out to the families.

Semper Fi.

Gregory J. Topliff

Glenwood Drive

Warrenville

‘Sordid past’

I have read the recent accounts of South Carolina’s numerous shortcomings, from its “sordid past” to the present- day failure to address problems with education, poverty, health care, race relations, politics, etc. I, for the life of me, cannot understand why people, mainly from latitudes to the north, would ever consider locating here. One would assumed that they, armed with superior knowledge and intellect, would research and discover the aforementioned deficiencies in our backward state.

Perhaps their intent is humanitarian in nature and their sole purpose is to assist and guide us locals into becoming just like the utopia they freely and willfully departed.

Jimmy Powell

Tern’s Nest Road

James Island

Primary evidence

Well, so much for the Moral Majority and the Christian Right.

JIMMY STUCKEY

Meeting Street

Charleston