Blood donations

The article in the June 10 Post and Courier regarding the Red Cross is important, and the stories touch people as they are meant to, encouraging them to donate blood.

As health care providers, my husband and I know the need for donations and the impact of critical blood shortage.

He previously used the donation center (now closed) at work since it was convenient, and my department has sponsored many blood drives.

Since my husband’s last donation, the Red Cross has started what I consider telephone harassment, worse than telemarketers. I come home to no fewer than two calls nearly every day asking us to donate.

When we answer, with the intent to ask them to stop and inform them we will continue to donate, they hang up. Needless to say, this is not the best way to ask for or encourage donations.

Heather Crego, R.N., B.S.N, CCTC

Lead Liver Transplant

Coordinator

MUSC Transplant Center

Ashley Avenue

Charleston

Say it’s not so

This must be a joke! The S.C. Education Lottery spent $20,000 to film one minute of a football player advertising a game? And then it’s somehow termed a “public service announcement”?

That money could certainly have been put to better use as a scholarship for a student whose family may live for a year on less than was paid to this athlete for his time.

If Marcus Lattimore was truly interested in the welfare of people of South Carolina he’d have returned that money as a gift to help struggling students.

Bob Orenstein

Wainwright Manor

Summerville

Story clarification

I was a little agitated when I learned, shortly after the incident, that it had made it to press. As owner of Overly Stables, I did what I felt necessary to ensure the well-being of the person who was “knocked down” by her own pony.

I guess “Horse tramples woman” sells better than “Pony knocks down his owner.”

Further, your facts are not straight. She was never diagnosed with “multisystem traumatic injuries.”

Perhaps they suspected such injuries, but there were no broken bones, stitches or any such trauma.

Perhaps clearing this up will offer your readers some relief over her condition.

This article and its headline were damaging to our business image. They suggested that one of our ponies inflicted life-threatening injuries when that was not what happened.

The woman was released from the hospital at 2 p.m. the same day. This was an accident (albeit a nerve-wracking one) that resulted in little more than some bruises.

Her pony was frightened, spun around and unintentionally knocked her down. The end. The owner of the pony, who was also the victim, is none the worse for wear.

Everything I work for and try to instill as a riding instructor is trust and confidence in the horses we ride and work with.

Horses are beautiful and athletic animals, capable of doing amazing feats with their human counterparts.

The ones we keep at our stable often thrive on human attention and interaction and are very conscientious of their young or beginner riders. They are also powerful, and strong creatures that command respect.

We must never become complacent or take for granted that we can always control their behavior. Anyone who works with or rides horses knows this, and must accept the assumed risk.

Marka Dethier

Markley’s Grove Boulevard

Summerville

Howdy, folks

Defending his administration’s review of telephone records as a national security measure, President Obama says the purpose of phone call monitoring is to identify “folks who might engage in terrorism.”

Folks? You mean like the neighbors down the street or the nice people at the grocery store?

Using such a folksy word to describe potential murderers trivializes the deadly menace of terrorism.

BILL WALKER

Marshall Boulevard

Sullivan’s Island

Park changes

A June 12 letter to the editor lamented the condition of Harmon Field.

Harmon Field is important to the surrounding community for many reasons and has been used to meet the community’s needs for 85 years.

One of its many users is Burke High School, which is also important to the surrounding community.

The City of Charleston has a contract with the Charleston County School District to provide athletic practice and game fields for Burke.

When the city built the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, it required a portion of the original Harmon ball field.

In order to meet high school league requirements for field size, the field had to be relocated. The only option was to move it to its current location at the corner of Line and President streets.

During the process of making changes in our public spaces, the City of Charleston always initially reaches out to the closest neighborhood association for guidance.

The plan to move the ball field was presented to the West Side Neighborhood Association during several public meetings at Burke High School and was well received each time. The new field location, bordered by Line and President streets, is under construction and is fenced for safety and security reasons.

The new ball field will not be substandard by any means; it will be equipped with sport lighting, irrigation, dugouts, fencing and seating. The project is scheduled to be completed in September, and I believe the community will be very pleased with the finished product.

Gerald F. Ebeling

Director

City of Charleston

Department of Parks

Meeting Street

Charleston

Electric bills

I requested to opt out of the Weather Normalization Adjustment that SCE&G has been using to adjust our electric bills either with an add-on or subtraction each month.

I strongly feel this practice is not legal, because SCE&G should not bill us based on anything other than our actual KWH usage, unless we give our consent for them to do otherwise.

SCE&G said that I can’t opt out and that the WNA is legal, because the Public Service Commission approved it.

The Public Service Commission has become a rubber stamp for SCE&G. I feel they were in error in making the WNA mandatory.

I have been tracking the WNA on my bill since Nov. 2, 2012. SCE&G has added $70.26 and subtracted $27.40. This amounts to an additional $42.86 to SCE&G due to the WNA.

You can immediately see how potentially profitable this program can be to SCE&G, since it serves over 600,000 electric customers in South Carolina.

This is a potential back-door rate increase, which is not justified since SCE&G has some of the highest rates already and is requesting more.

William T. Reynolds

Kushiwah Creek Drive

Charleston

What next?

Every time I think that politicians in South Carolina have finally “jumped the shark,” they prove me wrong with another example of the truth in James Petigru’s statement.

So state legislators want to nullify the Affordable Care Act? I believe we tried this once before and hundreds of thousands of people died as a result in the Civil War.

Actually, on second thought I think Petigru was wrong. South Carolina is most certainly not too big to be an insane asylum.

Rick Stringer

McDonough Road

Folly Beach

Not your Ma Bell

Hello. Hello. NSA? Can you hear me now?

Jonathan Walker, Ph.D.

Coral Reef Drive

Johns Island