Defining GOP

I would like to respond to the June 10 letter titled “GOP jumps tracks.” There will always be a few extremists on both sides, but the vast majority of Republicans simply believe in less government.

We believe in God. We believe it is our right to defend ourselves against those who wish to harm us. We believe a woman’s right to “choose” comes before she conceives a child. We also believe in protecting the environment. We strive to love all people and don’t believe it is our right to judge others.

Every person in this country has the opportunity to succeed through hard work, not entitlements. Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime. Our principles are really quite simple.

Nancy Bryant

Yemassee Street

Summerville

Diplomatic snub

Michelle Obama displayed an appalling lack of diplomacy by not being present during the visit by the president of China and his wife.

This was a unique opportunity for the leaders to meet in an informal setting, with their wives. The discourteous behavior will certainly be construed as an insult.

This incident even tops Ms. Obama hugging the Queen of England. Toned arms or no, you don’t hug the queen.

Tim Carswell

Ptarmigan Street

James Island

Taxing questions

Before any more taxes get levied on my property or on any sales I make at my store, I would like to know how much money the school district got last year for its expenses and from what sources.

How much money was collected in property taxes?

And in that some funds are divvied up, with poorer counties getting back more than they paid in, what percentage did we get back from Columbia?

How much money went to the school district from sales taxes last year? How much money was received from the federal government earmarked for special needs schools? Did the school district receive funds from any businesses? If so, how much?

What grants did the school district receive? We hear a lot about the budget and the need to increase it, but I, for one, would like to see an accounting of what came into the school district last year and where it came from.

Jo Cannon

Ashley Avenue

Charleston

Bike lane folly

Contrary to a recent editorial in The Post and Courier and a column by Tom Bradford, Brian Hicks was correct about the proposed bicycle lane on the Ashley River Bridge.

At times the third lane of traffic commuting in the morning towards MUSC backs up well onto the bridge. If the right-most lane is given to bicycles, this backup will be longer.

Further, some of the traffic will spill over to the left two lanes, making the commute time longer for other users of the bridge and causing accidents. Advocating for the bicycle lane demonstrates a lack of knowledge of the laws of traffic flow. More people will be inconvenienced by a bicycle lane than will benefit from one.

Saul J. Adelman, Ph.D.

Fairfield Avenue

Charleston

Wrong and right

Frank Wooten, in a June 9 column, wrote: “Rejecting unsustainable Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, which the law allows states to do, according to the Supreme Court, makes sense.”

On the same page, Paul Krugman wrote a commentary stating: “[I]t doesn’t even make sense as cynical politics.”

He stated that a new study from the RAND Corp. examined the consequences if 14 states whose governors have declared their opposition to Medicaid expansion.

If the expansion is rejected, the result, the study concluded, would be a huge financial hit. “The rejectionist states would lose more than $8 billion a year in federal aid, and would also find themselves on the hook for roughly $1 billion more to cover the losses hospitals incur when treating the uninsured.

“Meanwhile, Medicaid rejectionism will deny health coverage to roughly 3.6 million Americans, with essentially all of the victims living near or below the poverty line.”

Mr. Krugman concluded that rejecting Medicaid will reinforce the opinion held by lower-income voters (many of them non-white) that the GOP has little concern about their well-being and reinforce the already strong Democratic advantage among Latinos, in particular.

Irving S. Rosenfeld

Simpkins Street

James Island

Patriots Point fan

My family and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Charleston for the first time, and we were impressed with your beautiful city. In particular we found the people welcoming, helpful and very friendly.

One of the highlights of our visit was the USS Yorktown and Patriots Point. Everyone in our family is a history enthusiast, and we found the USS Yorktown one of the most complete, detailed, entertaining and well-run historical exhibits we have ever visited.

We were impressed with the veterans working the deck of the ship, who volunteered information readily and enthusiastically brought U.S. history alive. The access to so many levels and areas of the ship (including the kitchens complete with a recipe for 10,000 cookies) was unparalleled. We stayed for an entire afternoon.Patriots Point quite simply is on par with the best historical exhibits we have visited, including the Smithsonian and our own Canadian museums. Congratulations, and we will be spreading the word about Charleston — and returning as soon as possible.

Tim and Connie Welch Rowanwood Avenue

Ottawa

Ontario, Canada

Hidden from view

I like to read the real estate transactions in your Sunday edition. However, recently you have made the print so small that it’s impossible to read without a magnifying glass.

I would like to see more space devoted to this section so that it can be read.

Vivian Filosa

Magnolia Woods Drive

Mount Pleasant

Cold facts

Check the packages of Breyers Ice Cream — vanilla and chocolate are still called ice cream (at least 10 percent dairy fat). Variety flavors are called frozen dairy dessert.

Carol O’Connor

Cypress Pointe Drive

Mount Pleasant