Unequal justice?

Last year a U.S. soldier apparently went rogue and killed a number of civilians in Afghanistan.

No one knows what drove the sergeant to commit this crime. He had suffered a serious head injury and, according to reports, had seen considerable action. Maybe he had friends who were killed by Afghans, not in uniform, and in some deranged moment determined that anyone looking like an Afghan should be killed.

He has already been tried and convicted.

Major Nidal Nalik Hasan has been charged with murdering 13 and wounding 32 at Fort Hood in 2009 while shouting, “Allah Akbar!”

Not only has he not been tried, but he continues to draw his salary from the Army, which has topped $278,000 in three and a half years. A few things about all this boil my blood.

Bill Clinton issued an executive order prohibiting anyone except police from carrying a firearm on military installations, creating a “gun free zone,” making it easier for a terrorist to kill people.

Hasan is charged with killing Americans.

Not just Americans, but the best of us.

Are we as a nation so afraid of offending Muslims, who as a whole don’t show much displeasure over atrocities committed by fellow Muslims, that we dare not speak harshly when they commit heinous crimes?

The major flaunts his beard against Army regulations, and nothing is done about it. Now he’s decided to represent himself (if he ever goes to trial), which will turn the proceedings into a circus reminiscent of the Zacarias Moussaoui trial.

I wonder if the sergeant had been a Muslim and the major a non-Muslim whether the time frame for seeking “justice” would have been the same.

Bill Reed III

Bowfin Drive

Moncks Corner

Bad attitudes

I am a military brat. I have lived, like most military dependents, all over the world and this country, with all kinds of people, in all kinds of cultures.

In my life, I have never encountered a society more prejudiced, homophobic or just plain hateful.

Two recent letter writers offered very narrow-minded diatribes. I would like to know how the gay community has harmed them.

Both need to open that big book and read it — at least until they reach the part that says, “Judge not.”

Religious fundamentalist extremists abound in the conservative South. We are inundated with their ignorance daily.

They should open their eyes. The world is changing, moving forward. It is becoming a more accepting society.

What would Jesus do if he walked in the room?

With open arms, He would accept everyone. Read the Bible, instead of pounding on it and hiding behind it.

I suppose it’s good to get an idea of just how many uneducated people are out there, but these hateful letters by uninformed writers are becoming tiresome to your educated and free-thinking readers.

Anne Massey

Savannah Round

Summerville

Nothing finer

This letter is about wondrous sunrises and gorgeous sunsets on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant.

If the whole world were able to view our beautiful scenery I believe there would be a little more peace and serenity in everyone’s life.

Try this the next time you walk out the front door:

Look up at the sun, let it shine down on your face and ask yourself one thing, “Does it get any finer than Carolina?”

I bet it doesn’t — enjoy.

William Perper

Vincent Drive

Mount Pleasant

Misplaced trust

Sen. Lindsey Graham needs another lesson on the American Constitution. More specifically, on the Fourth Amendment.

On June 6 Graham said that he was “glad” the National Security Agency was collecting wireless communications en masse from Verizon Wireless, his personal network provider.

The Guardian obtained documents revealing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued an order for all wireless communications from Verizon customers regardless of whether the calls are domestic or international.

These documents confirm what was verbalized by some previous officials including 32-year veteran NSA whistleblower William Binney, and Verizon isn’t the only one.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution states:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

There’s nothing to interpret here.

As a lawyer, Graham should know better, but that’s what happens when power and corruption of money in our current government overrule law. Graham is well known for his penchant to overcompensate when it comes to the military.

According to Graham, you can never spend too much, kill too many or let civil liberties get in the way of sticking your chest out.

It’s quite ironic that a man who likes small government can’t help but push for more when it comes to the military.

Jason Gregory

Long Grove Drive

Mount Pleasant

Local gas tax

Given the nickels and dimes South Carolina throws the Department of Transportation’s way, the Superstreet fiasco at the intersection of Savannah Highway and Main Road should come as no surprise.

It’s time Charlestonians put their pocketbooks where their mouths are and realize that if we want nice overpasses and roads (that aren’t overcapacity the day they’re completed) we have to pay for them.

Until the Republican-led state Legislature gets on board, local governments will have to help foot the bill.

With a $29.3 billion shortfall on road projects by the year 2033, no one should expect more than a pothole being filled by the state.

The only way that West Ashley will ever get its own redesigned portion of U.S. 17 is if we raise the half-cent transportation sales tax to a full cent.

You can write to the DOT all you want, but $26.5 million will not appear out of thin air, and no one should expect it to.

Braden Davis

Charlestonians for I-526

Swordfish Circle

James Island

Parents lose again

I need a veterinarian’s prescription to buy cat food that consists of rabbit, green peas and sweet potatoes, but a 10- year-old needs nothing to buy the morning after pill.

Somehow this is regarded as a major victory for women’s rights.

Please!

This is a another major victory for taking away parental control.

Let’s call it what it is.

Linda Ensor

Hamlet Road

Summerville

Unwelcome news

I understand that all newspapers are having difficulties as we move more into the digital age; but not to have national news as a primary goal of any newspaper is sure to trigger its end.

Yes, there is a small section somewhere in the middle of the paper where you have some national news — but it is the national events which drive much of our world, including Charleston and the South.

To nearly eliminate that from the local paper doesn’t make any sense.

Judith Allen

Fieldstone Circle

Charleston