One at a time

It seems that, given his reported experience and abilities, Paul Campbell could possibly be an excellent choice to be the new director of the Charleston Airport.

However, in any serious job total commitment beats multi-tasking every time. If Paul Campbell wants to keep his S.C. Senate seat and be the airport director it is likely he would be a marginal director/senator at best.

Furthermore, an old adage says: “Serious men of position and influence must avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”

Clearly, when a powerful state senator takes over a powerful airport administration position, the possibility of impropriety jumps to front-and-center.

Wearing two hats creates a distinct odor of conflict-of-interest that never completely goes away. Political and business opponents are always eager to exploit such situations. And even if the director/senator resists temptation he could be compromised by less scrupulous associates.

So, if Mr. Paul Campbell is the right man to be airport director he should be offered the job, but Sen. Paul Campbell should be ruled ineligible. Better still, he should gracefully remove himself from consideration and avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

Terry W. Ryan

Captiva Row

Charleston

Fueling tensions

I can’t believe that Brian Hicks [Aug. 14] would even suggest that the Civil Rights marker in front of the old Kress store was knocked down on purpose. It was a big yellow box truck.

Of course he knew that, as he implied later in his column.

People in this country are trying their best to get along and are doing a good job. It’s people like him who can’t handle it and want the racial tensions to continue.

L.O. Segrest

Whispering Marsh Drive

Charleston

Watch for ticks

A recent letter titled “Beware of ticks” warned of tick-borne disease in South Carolina. Now more than a month later, we are still in the middle of tick season.

“Rickettsia” is not a disease, but one name for the organism (Rickettsia rickettsii) that causes the most common tick-borne disease in South Carolina — Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (or Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis). While many cases of RMSF are probably missed, 2,800 were reported for the United States in 2012 (the highest annual total to date).

This year the disease has been much less common — 553 cases thus far, versus 1,687 this time last year. Reasons for this change are not well understood. In South Carolina only one case has been confirmed this year, and 10 more are probable.

The good news is that the case fatality rate has dropped from the 1930s, when one in four people with the disease died, to less than one in 100 today.

Prevention of tick attachments is “the name of the game,” no matter how common or rare the illness. How is it done?

1) Wear light colored clothing (so dark ticks are more easily noticed), and cover as much skin as possible. Permethrin-treated clothing can be considered for use by persons who are in high exposure area for long periods of time due to work/recreation.

2) Use DEET containing insect repellents on exposed skin (up to 30 percent strength).

3) Avoid high tick concentration areas when possible (high grass at the junction between woods and fields).

4) After outdoor exposure, a head-to-toe body inspection should be done to find any ticks that have “stowed away” on your person. If you find a tick attached, remove it by grasping the tick as close to the skin as possible with fine–tipped tweezers and pull it out, avoiding crushing the tick’s body. No worries if the mouth parts are left, they will be absorbed by the body.

An alternative removal technique is to use a firm straight edge such as a credit card to force the mouthparts out of the skin, using a sweeping motion. Mark the date of removal on your calendar.

If the tick “host” develops a flu-like illness in the next three weeks or less (fever and malaise, with nausea, vomiting, or rash) — see your primary care practitioner as soon as possible.

W.M. Simpson Jr., M.D.

Emeritus Professor

of Family Medicine, MUSC

Former Director of the

S.C. Agromedicine Program

Montagu Street

Charleston

Egyptian realities

I am certain Post and Courier readers are confused regarding the U.S. position on Egypt and our aid mostly going to the military. The facts are straightforward and fairly simple:

1) The military now in charge is supported by over 70 percent of the population.

2) The Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Morsi are basically hard-core Muslim extremists who hate the USA.

3) Their goal is to install Sharia Law, which opposes women’s rights and basic civil rights. It calls for persecuting Christians and destroying their churches (26 in Cairo alone at last count).

4) An Aug. 20 story in The Post and Courier detailed their forcing 25 innocent young policemen to lie in the Sinai sand and shooting them in the back of the head — proof of Brotherhood brutality.

For those who say President Morsi was democratically elected, recall that Hitler gained power in part through the democratic process, too.

5) The military is friend to the USA and supports the Camp David accords between Egypt and Israel, which guards the peace in the Middle East. The Brotherhood would, if restored, drop the accords.

6) Stopping our aid to Egypt would send the wrong signal to the military and the vast majority supporting it. The Saudis and other neighbors are sending 10 times the U.S. aid, fearing a return of the Brotherhood which would cause a bloodbath in the Middle East.

Our own Sen. Lindsey Graham and his twin brother John McCain are calling for our aid to stop. Are we surprised?

Only the Egyptians can solve their problems, and left alone will eventually hold free elections and establish their form of democracy.

Ernest J. Berger

Deer Point Drive

Seabrook Island

A real lifesaver

We were enjoying dinner on Aug. 16 at Sullivan’s, a restaurant on Sullivan’s Island, when I started choking. The Heimlich maneuver saved my life. I am very grateful to the doctor, EMS technicians, firefighters, police and restaurant patrons who provided aid.

The Heimlich maneuver, done by my husband and Dr. Douglas Appleby, who happened to be there, is a skill everyone should endeavor to learn. It can clear an airway in children and adults.

The website is www.Heimlichmaneuver.com. The ability to manage successfully a choking episode could prevent a needless tragedy.

Mary W. Geils

Paul Revere Drive

Charleston

Vote them out

I read in an Aug. 9 Post and Courier editorial that the White House assigned the Office of Personnel Management to “ease the financial blow to our national legislators and their allegedly indispensable staff talent” by exempting them from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

This continues the White House practice of deciding which of the laws the president is sworn to uphold, to ignore or to break. Just as disturbing is that this time members of Congress lobbied for this to happen.

There are other laws on the books that apply to everyone except these same legislators and their staffs.

It appears to me that about the only way to eventually correct problems like these is to, each and every election, refuse to vote for the incumbents until such time as the corrections occur.

Joe Sharpe

Kestrel Trail

Hanahan

The heat is on

If your are thinking about getting a dog and plan to leave it outside, well, please get a cat instead — or a bird, or a fish, or a book.

Shawn Fulcher

Royal Palm Boulevard

Charleston