Shelter clinics

I appreciate the articles and letters about animal shelter clinics. Over the years, I have loved my vets, regular and emergency. Spay and neuter clinics also have a place.

Recently, I called a local vet about a feral cat near my home, which was sure to produce kittens. The cost for spay, rabies shot and distemper shot was $400.

I was dumbfounded. I hoped to do the community a service. A lady told me of a spay and neuter clinic for feral animals. I paid $55 to treat the feral cat. I believe the clinic and I both did a community service. We need both vets and spay/neuter clinics. I was also told to take the cat to my local vet to handle her ear mites and any other medical needs.

Shelter and spay/neuter clinics are a community service and fill a different need for the poor and for abandoned or feral animals.

Dianne G. Hughes

West Lake Shore Drive

Pinopolis

VA’s good service

A recent letter criticized the Ralph Johnson VA hospital. Patients there know the truth. Rarely do I have to wait longer than two weeks for referred services and in most cases less than a few days — sometimes the next day.

In fact, in no department that has provided service to me have I encountered anyone without a smile and a warm reception. The standard phrase I hear is, “We appreciate your service to our country.”

Louis Mintz

Highway 41 N

Mount Pleasant

Baseball debacle

At a recent baseball game at Hanahan High School, I witnessed the worst display of sportsmanship that I’ve ever seen. It started with what some considered to be negligent calls by the umpire.

I heard screaming, shouting, repeated banging on the ticket booth window, threats to the umpire and profanities coming from both men and women, young and old, but all old enough to know better.

It didn’t take long for the behavior of these fans to influence the behavior of those on the field, and a coach and player were subsequently thrown out of the game due to their poor judgment. The behaviors displayed showed disrespect, immaturity and a total lack of self-control.

As scary as the situation was in the stands, it got worse in the parking lot where the visiting team’s bus had a tire slashed. Fortunately, all the players were able to get safe rides home.

It is my hope that the administration and coaching staff at Hanahan High School are concerned enough with what took place that night that they won’t simply sweep it under the rug. The threats and vandalism need to be addressed. There must be an understanding that such behavior will not be tolerated on school grounds or while representing a school in any capacity.

Some people define good sportsmanship as the golden rule of sports — treating those you play against as you’d like to be treated. Sportsmanship is a style and an attitude, and it can have a positive influence on everyone around you.

A positive attitude learned on the field or in the stands carries over into other areas of life and should be the goal of any athlete and fan. Not all calls will go your way. Your team will not always win. It’s all about your attitude.

After all, baseball is a game, and games are supposed to be fun.

Lynn W. Lee

Condon Drive

Charleston

Moral fiber

I hire a person or company to do a job expecting the best results possible. Questions of faith, marital status, sexual orientation, hobbies, etc., do not play a factor in my decision.

If “the people” elected or hired individuals or companies based solely on high moral fiber, we would get nothing accomplished.

Let he with high moral fiber cast the first stone.

Bill Longman

Clark Hills Circle

Johns Island

Politics’ perks

Much like show business, politics provides employment for many persons who otherwise would probably be unemployable.

H.J. Beaujon, Ph.D.

Cessna Avenue

Charleston

Hero remembered

I was saddened to read the single line notice in your paper of the death of Dolphin D. Overton III. I was further saddened to find no further mention of this hero of the Korean Conflict. I suppose this is why it is referred to as “The Forgotten War.” To those who were there it was no minor thing.

Dolphin D. Overton III, Captain, U.S. Air Force, was born in Andrews.

He attended The Citadel, and after his knob year enlisted in the Navy. After World War II he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and entered the Air Force, where he became a fighter pilot.

He was sent to Korea and racked up an outstanding record flying F84 fighter bombers. After completing over 100 combat missions, he transferred to F86 fighter interceptors and remained in combat rather than rotating home.

At that time most of the MIG 15s were flown by Russians, many of them aces from WWII. They enjoyed sanctuary on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. This gave them a tremendous advantage. After 40 unsuccessful sweeps up MIG Alley, he, as many others had done, took the fight to the enemy and killed five MIGs in a four-day period.

Even though he was one of a gaggle to cross the Yalu, only he was reprimanded and sent home. His awards were withheld and he resigned his commission. He continued on as a very successful and outstanding citizen.

In 2009, after 57 years, his record was reviewed and his wartime feats were recognized. After previously being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters, he was additionally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and four Silver Star medals. He was an outstanding son of South Carolina and an almost forgotten hero.

Thank God he was recognized before his death.

D.P. von LEHE, Jr., M.D.

Hidden Fawn Circle

Goose Creek

WWII memories

Each time I read your annual “Holocaust Remembrance” insert it makes me sad. It brings back painful memories of growing up in wartime England.

Although there wasn’t any television yet, we learned about the world and the war from radio and newspapers.

In 1939 when the war started, I was 7 years old. When the bombing started we hid under the stairs. Later we had an air-raid shelter in the back. Later still, we had a huge metal shelter in one of the rooms downstairs. It looked like a four-poster bed.

After my school was bombed, my sister and I were evacuated, with others from the school, to Wales for a short time. Then it was back to the bombing.

Where I lived there was a large shipyard, crucial to the country. Supplies needed to travel inland also. We learned about spies and “loose lips sinks ships.” I still remember sitting in the school basement with my gas mask on, trying to learn.

When I came to America in 1955, I still had a ration book and so did my daughter. I left behind many piles of bombed rubble.

We should never forget cruel wars and never, ever forget the Holocaust.

Shelagh Lammers

Sandra Lane

Ladson

Gun control laws

Armed personnel in schools to protect our children? Forget it. How many armed security guards would be needed to monitor and effectively control the multiple entrances of all schools every minute of the day? Is the alternative to do nothing?

No. Go after those who can do something. The Board of Education, school administrators, teachers, PTAs — all have direct access to parents. What would happen if all parents of all school children were to demand that their congressional representatives enact “gun control” laws to protect their children?

Try it.

Joseph A. Duchesneau

Hidden Lakes Drive

Mount Pleasant