Missing in action
Like millions of people, I sat by stunned as the images of the Boston Marathon bombings relentlessly played on every news channel. For me it was also quite personal.
I grew up in Boston and served as a seminary intern at Trinity Church, Copley Square, right along Boylston Street. I walked the area of that finish line hundreds of times. But it was also personal because victim Martin Richards is a family friend of the pastor of our partner church (Christ the King, Dorchester, Mass.).
Yet for all the news from every angle, there has been a glaring gap. Why has there been no apology or word of any kind from the Islamic community? Do they really think that this had nothing to do with radical Islam?
Rich Lowry, in his April 24 commentary in The Post and Courier, writes:
“The investigation into the Boston bombers won’t uncover some convoluted motive … with surprising twists like in an Agatha Christie story. It will be wholly predictable. The motive will begin and end with radical Islam and hatred of America. Everything else will be details. This shouldn’t be hard to grasp.”
Why is no one talking about this? Can you imagine the uproar if someone claiming to be a Christian did this? The fact is, Islam and Christianity are two very different religions and world views. An extreme Islamist turns to Jihad. An extreme Christian, described by the Rev. Tim Keller, a Presbyterian pastor and author, is one who, seeking to follow Jesus, is “most loving and most lovable, most forgiving and most forgivable, and master of the second chance.”
So, we wait for a word from the Islamic community. Can we hope it will come?
Rev. Alfred Zadig Jr.
Rector, St. Michael’s Church
Mark’s the one
If you needed your gall bladder removed, would you contact a good plumber? How about giving a blacksmith a shot at fixing your teeth? Certainly not. Whatever the job, you seek the best, most qualified person.
In the race for Congress you have a tried and proven representative, two-term governor versus a comedian’s sister. Who should get our vote? C’mon.
Mark Sanford has served the people of this state well in public office. His personal life doesn’t have a cotton-picking thing to do with his accomplishments in government.
Also the national Republican Party has turned its back on him. He can vote his convictions for our benefit unencumbered by any allegiance to the GOP. He won’t be a “grid locker.”
The hypocrites and the holier than thous may not vote for him, but I sure hope you do.
C.B. Jones Jr.
I am a bipartisan, split-ticket switch hitter who has always voted for the person and not a particular party.
Mr. Sanford has a somewhat blighted history. His gimmick of hand-painted plywood campaign posters as a sign of his frugality is ridiculous. More roadside trash. Where was this frugality while he was spending our money on his boondoggles throughout the Americas?
This man had his chance, and he blew it. After reading and hearing so much about his attempted political comeback, I can only say that my “Yes” vote for Elizabeth Colbert Busch will be my “No” vote for Mark Sanford.
The writer of the April 24 letter titled “No credibility” stated the following about Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
“She is a highly respected, smart business woman who has brought thousands of jobs to the Lowcountry.” Can the writer name just a hundred of those jobs?
Since it is very obvious The Post and Courier is supporting Elizabeth, perhaps a reporter could search out and publish the thousands of jobs.
Or just get the list from Elizabeth or her supporters. Politicians are notorious in making claims about creating jobs.
People who start businesses create jobs. All the jobs at Boeing were created by Boeing. A person who opens a fast-food restaurant creates jobs.
Employees might hire people, but they do not create jobs.
While the Post and Courier hasn’t come out and chastised either congressional candidate for accepting out-of-state funding, there have been more then a few letters to the editor regarding this subject.
It seems if you run for governor of our state it is perfectly acceptable and reasonable to receive out-of-state funding, but if you run for an elected office where you vote on matters of national importance somehow you should be limited in acceptance of contributions.
It seems a bit backwards, but then again it is a Republican Party-controlled state and the Republican Party is in deep trouble, it appears. Elect someone who actually knows how to work with people to get priorities done.
Mark Sanford’s track record of not working well with others is well documented, and most of us lived through his tenure as our governor. His own elected party officials found him belligerent and unyielding when trying to negotiate compromises.
Why send him to Congress to continue to be an outsider? Elect the candidate who will work to actually get things accomplished instead of priding himself on being the immovable object.
Scott Van Buren
Toomer Kiln Circle
Which is it?
Mark Sanford has several television ads which make me question who his opponent is. Is it Elizabeth Colbert Busch or is it Nancy Pelosi? Or is the labor unions?
Well, as my mother used to say, if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all. But he is not talking about Ms. Busch, which tells me he has nothing he can say about her that is derogatory so he tries to find someone or something to link with her. Let’s look at Nancy Pelosi ... well, she is a Democrat and a woman. Ms..Pelosi may be controversial in Sanford’s world, but she has nothing to do with the present election nor will she represent South Carolina. She is just a distraction to take away from Mark Sanford, the man who is having trouble with his campaign.
And as for labor unions, Ms. Busch proves she is ready to work for all South Carolinians, not just women, not just those in boardrooms, not just the establishment, all of us.
It’s time for Mr. Sanford to find a new day job.
Susan K. Hansz
Riverland Woods Place
Nestled just 45 minutes west of Charleston, surrounded by nature, historic plantations and Harold’s Country Club, is the Colleton County community of Walterboro. Walterboro was founded in 1783 by two brothers who were searching for a healthier environment as a summer home for their families. They found it on the stagecoach road from Charleston to Savannah and created Walterboro.
A true diamond in the rough, Walterboro enjoys a relaxing slower pace of living and exerts a feeling of freedom outside of the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Charleston. With businesses and homes just minutes away from everything, life seems easier. Walterboro’s rural views have invited and entertained hunters, fishermen, tea farmers, cotton farmers, a winery and more. Hiking trails are abundant, especially in our Great Swamp Wildlife Sanctuary, just a few steps from our newly renovated central business district.
Known as the Front Porch of the Lowcountry, Walterboro is a window into Lowcountry life.
Thousands of travelers move up and down our interstate highways daily, but many never stop to experience our community or realize how close Walterboro is to Charleston and the beaches. Many have never been exposed to God’s beautiful, slower-paced, historic piece of heaven on Earth.
Now that our economy is starting to accelerate, we’re seeing more travelers, including visitors from nearby communities. Many visit our locally owned shops offering custom gifts, clothing and food nestled among our famous antique stores.
Walterboro has space to grow. The possibilities for building additional residential developments, industry, restaurants, retail and entertainment are endless.
Soon, two new international companies, a milk processing company and a synthetic yarn producer, will join our industrial base. Commercial businesses owners are welcome to explore our community as Walterboro is prepared to embrace new growth. Combined, Walterboro and Colleton County make a large community with tremendous purchasing power.
Melissa C. Coursen
On March 19 and April 2 my wife and I worked as poll managers for the two special elections (primary and runoff) for the First Congressional District.
Our precinct was in Summerville. During the two 12-hour days that the polls were open, a total of 11.4 percent (March 9) and 8.4 percent (April 2) of eligible voters voted.
Having read a considerable amount of history about America’s participation in World War II, I could not help but realize the sum total of 11.4 percent and 8.4 percent equals 19.8 percent.
This figure, 19.8 percent, is hauntingly close to the percentage of United States casualties (killed, wounded, missing) in WWII, fighting for the preservation of our Constitution.
Thus, nearly 20 percent of the 6 million U.S. personnel in uniform in WWII either “gave their all” or nearly gave it all (wounded) in order that our Constitution would prevail.
Where were the rest of you on Election Day? My guess is that you were sitting around complaining about what a poor government we have, especially our Congress. A current poll showed only 9 percent of respondents favored the sitting Congress.
Two years ago, while visiting France, I had the supreme honor of raising the American flag over the cemetery located directly above Omaha Beach, Normandy. This is one of five beaches where allied troops invaded Europe on June 6, 1944.
That flag flew over a cemetery containing 7,000 American graves. Most of the dead had given their lives so that our Constitution would prevail.
Americans need to wake up to what we have, a right to vote on May 7 and all subsequent elections. A recent survey shows that we voters return 92 percent of incumbent members to the House of Representative and Senate. Thus, only 9 percent favor them, meaning 91 percent do not, but we return 92 percent of them to office. Something is wrong with this math.
George E. Whitfield
Glen Eagle Drive
Recently the S.C. Lions Club of Santee invited members of the Association for the Blind on a fishing trip on Lake Marion. President Larry Tracy asked local boat owners to volunteer their time and boats. He also made arrangements with the Quality Inn Santee to accommodate us.
About 90 of us came by bus from Charleston and Columbia. We were fed dinner, followed by a ride to a local roadhouse to listen to a band, dance and have fish and chips.
The next morning after breakfast, it was off to the dock to board a pontoon boat and numerous smaller boats. Those unable to board a boat stayed in the clubhouse. Not all of us caught fish. Most drowned worms; nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable time. It’s great to know that caring people are out there.
Fox Chase Drive
I am replying to an April 22 letter titled “Cadet standards.” I first would like the writer to know that The Citadel is not a military academy like West Point or the Naval Academy. It is a military college. He is being totally unfair to compare the two schools.
I am a grandmother of a Citadel cadet and am proud of him and all the young men I have had the pleasure of meeting and entertaining in my home.
The young men and, I am sure, the young women are the most courteous and respectable I have met in my 75 years.
They receive a wonderful education to prepare them for their careers after graduation. It is very prejudicial to point out overweight cadets and say they do not look good.
Cadets have a strenuous program to go through to become members of the Corps.
I go to most parades on Fridays. They are an experience everyone should see at least once.
I am at the school no less than three times a week and find the cadets respectful and in good physical shape and dress.
I think the writer should rethink his opinion.