Guns and children

In a July 12 letter to the editor, the writer asked “if anyone can explain why parents are asked if they own a gun when updating their children's medical record at the pediatrician's office.”

In its policy statement, titled “Firearm-related injuries affecting the pediatric population,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said that “physician counseling of parents about firearm safety appears to be effective” in reducing a child's risk of injury. That's why the question is asked.

Richard Hernandez

Dr.,PH

Fairbury Drive

Goose Creek

Utility players

The members of the S.C. Public Service Commission are each paid $160,000 per year to help protect the interests of consumers. It seems they are doing everything they can to protect the monopoly powers of the utilities.

Give the citizens a break.

Terry Tsurutis

Burningtree Road

Charleston

Demand change

We can learn a lot from the people in Egypt. Instead of having rhetorical congressional hearings by a bunch of egotistical “elitist” politicians with no grit and no resolve to remove corrupt politicians from office from the top down, the Egyptians turn off their cell phones, stop channel surfing and actually put their objections to corrupt government into action. They hit the streets unified, demanding it be corrected immediately or else.

Get the picture, America? We don't have to put up with this mess going on in Washington. Are you a couch potato or a patriot? Guess we'll see in the next little while.

Mike Moore

Pimpernel Street

Summerville

Say no to amnesty

We keep hearing that we must do something about the millions of illegal immigrants working in the United States, and current proposals seem to suggest making them legal residents will solve the problem. Sort of like raising the speed limit to 100 mph would solve the illegal speeding problem.

The Senate immigration legislation, if signed into law, will instantly grant legal resident status to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. Millions more will soon come streaming across the border. The current call for immigration reform is nothing more than an ill-disguised attempt by Sen. Lindsey Graham and others to pander to the Latino voting bloc in the hopes of winning a national election.

After amnesty, we can stand by for the next step in the process, which will be a demand for equal treatment in all respects, including job opportunities and welfare for our new legal residents. Anything else would be unfair and un-American.

According to the Boeing website, citizenship is not necessarily a requirement for employment consideration. Did we spend hundreds of millions of public money in order to provide good jobs for foreigners? Alternatively, do we intend to keep a permanent underclass of workers restricted to doing the jobs that “Americans” won't do?

Sen. John McCain recently stated that we were “exploiting” those who work here illegally. How many people from other less fortunate nations that don't share a common border with the United States would love to come here and be “exploited”?

Perhaps our current Republican senator is willing to compromise principles in order to win elections. As the tired old saying goes, “I can't do any good for the people if I don't get elected.” As for me, the Democratic Party will have to field a really weak candidate before I cast another vote for Mr. Graham.

A.D. Heathcock

Palisades Drive

Mount Pleasant

Camp milestone

St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island was recently blessed to celebrate reaching 75 years of ministry and service. This milestone was marked with a three-day event that was widely supported by past and present supporters from throughout the Lowcountry and beyond.

As a ministry of the Diocese of South Carolina, Camp St. Christopher began as a summer camp program for underprivileged children. It added a year-round, full service conference center in 1971 and its heralded Barrier Island Environmental Education program in 1981.

Throughout the three-day celebration we welcomed visitors to explore St. Christopher's property, visit a history exhibit and participate in special activities and events.

On June 23, a worship service was held in the historic Chapel of the Palms with a standing-room-only crowd of worshippers from throughout the Seabrook Island community and the diocese.

St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center is poised to continue its ministry of service in bearing Christ Jesus for many years yet to come.

Rev. Robert Lawrence

Executive Director

St. Christopher Camp

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

Lesson not learned

As we veteran teachers predicted, the death knell for public education is spreading slowly and inexorably throughout the country.

The S.C. Board of Education, obviously with the blessings of the state superintendent, has approved the extension of Michelle Rhee's non-profit Teach for America program by placing two more districts here in the Lowcountry within its grasp. If the public believes that this is a non-profit agenda, I still have that Brooklyn Bridge for sale at a reasonable price.

I am a 28-year veteran teacher who stayed the course and is no longer intimidated by the administration. Teachers have become demoralized by this consistent attempt on the part of administrators to demean the profession and keep them in a state of virtual servitude.

It's time that someone tells the public what is really going on in the school systems, and in these contrived, duplicative fiefdoms known as districts. They not only abuse the teaching staff but waste taxpayer money to fix the problems that they caused in the first place.

Where is the outrage on the part of teachers to the article detailing the privatizing of teaching positions by outsourcing substitutes to Kelly Educational Staffing? The school district says that it wants to expand the concept to the entire district this fall.

Where is the indignation from educational departments at our local colleges that train teachers? Doesn't this reflect poorly on them too?

Education is a big money enterprise, and the monied interests have taken notice. They are duping the public into believing that teachers are substandard, but the truth is that corruption has permeated the process, and teachers are being used as scapegoats.

It's only fair that your paper, at the very least, present the facts, and then use your bully pulpit to demand full disclosure from the state superintendent, and from the local administration.

Ian Kay

Sasanqua Lane

Charleston

Limited pity

I feel it necessary to respond to your July 8 article “Civilian workers brace for furloughs.”

It is too bad that a couple finds it hard to get by on a $75,000 annual salary. I worked 53 years maxing out Social Security payments most of those years, and his monthly salary is almost four times my Social Security payment. Not expecting to live wholly on Social Security, I maxed out an IRA account at the $2,000 maximum level and other savings.

My wife drives a seven-year-old car, purchased used. I drive a 19-year-old pickup, we live in a 50-plus-year-old house, eat off the $1 menu at a fast-food restaurant on Friday night and a Sunday brunch at a chain restaurant for $20 or less and do not get food stamps or a free cell phone.

Since I paid my Social Security and about a million dollars in taxes during my working years, the government does not supplement my income.

Oh, I also spent over five years in the military, including service in the Korean War. My pay during that time was $21 to $75 per month.

I do hope the 11 days loss of pay does not devastate their lifestyle.

J.W. Williams

Otis Road

Walterboro