Health premiums

Just how far will The Post and Courier go to present biased data to further the cause of state Republicans? The Aug. 3 headline “Some health premiums could soar” was so misleading as to be irresponsible.

Over 60 percent of Americans are insured by group plans, which are most likely to remain unchanged under the Affordable Care Act. The 13 percent of Americans who presently buy private insurance are going to benefit from state exchanges that have been properly established and vetted (something our wonderful state neglected to do).

In states that did establish proper exchanges, rates for individual health insurance have dropped 30 to 60 percent. So not only was The Post and Courier headline inaccurate, it also misled the reader into believing that exchanges were not effective in lowering health care premiums.

Remember the Affordable Care Act also forced health insurers to allow dependent children to keep coverage under their parents’ plans and kept insurers from rejecting new clients or not renewing policies of clients with pre-existing conditions.

Is the ACA perfect? No, but it’s a first step in providing affordable health care for all Americans. Hopefully it will evolve into a single payer system that removes an unnecessary and costly element of health care (insurance companies).

John Manzi

Little Oak Island Drive

Folly Beach

Demeaning police

What is Mayor Joe Riley thinking about these days allowing a TV series like “Reckless” to depict our police department as a reckless group? How many TV viewers are going to believe it is fictional?

How many accolades have we gotten recently? Two? Three? Four? The one that hurts the Holy City is the fourth drunkest city [“The Daily Beast,” 2012] and now perhaps the most reckless police department.

Our police are our protectors and put their lives on the line every day for us.

How can Joe sit back and let this happen? It’s appalling.

Doris Akers

Darwin Street

James Island

Saving Veronica

There is no doubt in my mind that Veronica should be with the Capobiancos. They were her parents. Dusten Brown had no legal right to her. It is inexcusable that the South Carolina Supreme Court initially ruled in his favor and Veronica was taken away and given to a man who didn’t know her, and originally hadn’t wanted her.

The U.S. Supreme Court wisely decided in favor of the Capobiancos, seeing through the flimsy excuse that her Native American heritage was the issue. The tragedy is that Veronica will again be wrested from a life she has become accustomed to and returned to two people she probably won’t remember.

Who considered Veronica during this tragic episode? It is totally unfair that a little girl has become the victim in this legal wrangling.

Shame on the South Carolina Supreme Court. It was responsible for her well-being and for the Capobiancos’ rights. Its decision made no sense and led to this very tragic situation.

There are no winners.

Cynthia Greene

Tidal Creek Cove

James Island

Helping the aging

With his statewide “Face of Aging” tour, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell has demonstrated his desire to address the concerns of both the aging and the disabled communities.

As a parent of an adult child with disabilities, I say there is need for a single-entry system to access information to services for the aging and disabled.

I speak not only for the disabled, but also for that aging parent who may have had an unexpected event like a stroke, and who suddenly needs assistance with daily activities. Imagine getting the call about your parent. Where do you turn for help? To one of the guidebooks that are outdated before they are printed? Calling one agency only to be referred to another?

Mr. McConnell seems to get it when it comes to the needs of these two communities. I hope he can reform the confusing, fragmented system to provide a streamlined, easy-to-access system that eliminates duplicative services for both the aging and disabled.

Michele Lichtenberger

Apache Drive

Summerville

Mad Hatters

Which Tea Party was that?

I was so confused by the Tea Party. I thought they took their name from the admirable act of defiance against British unreasonableness in the Boston harbor back in 1773.

But I had the wrong tea party. Today’s version actually took its name from the famous party Alice threw in Wonderland. The major difference between the two is that at Alice’s party there was only one Mad Hatter.

In today’s Tea Party, almost everybody wants to be the Mad Hatter.

Ed Gold

Laurens Street

Charleston

Phone ban

It’s about time one of our local governments is considering a ban on using hand-held devices while driving. Hats off to Mount Pleasant’s Police, Legal and Judicial Committee for recommending such an ordinance and to full council for taking the first vote to approve a ban on texting while driving.

Sadly, South Carolina has some of the nation’s deadliest highways and is one of just a few states that still allows texting while driving.

That fact statistically contributes to many highway deaths (23 distracted/inattentive fatal collisions in the state and 6,480 accidents so far this year).

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies have shown that reaching for a phone, dialing and texting can triple a driver’s chances of getting into a wreck.

Our Legislature again declined to take on the issue this year. One of our area’s representatives recently told me, “It is an unpopular issue with voters that will hurt re-election chances for anyone who supports a texting ban while driving in South Carolina.”

It may be unpopular, but it’s the right thing to do for everyone driving South Carolina’s highways. I believe there will be a groundswell of support for anyone in favor of a ban on texting while driving.

No text is important enough to die for or to place other motorists in harm’s way. Bluetooth and other hands-free devices should be exempt.

Hopefully, Charleston and North Charleston will follow Mount Peasant’s lead and consider similar ordinances. And who knows, if we can get our elected officials in Columbia to act, all drivers just might see some relief on our automobile insurance premiums. Research documents that banning texting reduces accidents.

Charles Thompson Jr.

Country Club Drive

Charleston

A good choice

It is a rare person who reaches the highest levels of accomplishment competing on the international stage in a commodity business.

That person has the management skills necessary to motivate an incredible mix of people. That person has the smarts to offer low performers other career choices.

That person knows about competition and the challenge to keep a business profitable. Indeed, that person has been measured by results, not rhetoric. That person has tested communication skills in multiple cultures and ethnicities.

That person led his enterprise through a potentially crippling power shutdown during a major hurricane.

Paul Campbell is a brilliant choice for airport director. He is that rare person.

Yet pundicrats are forming the “earthly chorus of predetermined failure.”

“How can he do both jobs?” they sing.

One of his proven strengths is the ability to self analyze. Mr. Campbell will make the necessary changes to remain effective at whatever he does. That is what leadership is all about.

That is what this choice is all about.

In the meantime, can we all just relax and judge a man by his performance?

DENNIS ASHLEY

South Main Street

Summerville