Many distractions

I don’t understand all the uproar over texting while driving. I know it’s distracting, but so is watching the GPS on your dashboard, adjusting the radio, inserting a CD into it, watching the speedometer, fuel gauge, temperature, amps, etc. plus eating, reading a book or newspaper (yes, people do this), doing your hair or nails, or putting on your face, smoking a cigarette, then putting it out in an ashtray if you can find it.

But high on my list of all-time worst distractions are pets sitting in drivers’ laps and children misbehaving in the back seat. Do you know how long a parent takes his/her eyes off the road to look back at kids and try to correct the problem? Distractions have been around as long as we have been driving. Can we outlaw all of them or just those we think are worse than others?

If we are bored driving and feel we must do distracting things, let someone else drive and save a life.

Bill Goff

Wando Landing Street

Daniel Island

Wrong message

Given all the evidence that proper riding harness helmets mitigate injury, I was somewhat concerned by your photo/ad on Page 10A in the Sept. 22 Post and Courier showing a rider without proper headgear. I think this is not the correct message to send.

Deborah Stanitski, M.D.

President

Equestrian Medical

Safety Association

Wharfside Drive

Charleston

Obamacare vote

Beware the chef who does not eat his own cooking. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was voted on and passed by our miscreant elected officials even though most never bothered to read the act before voting.

Since that vote, the staffs of our representatives have read the act and made it abundantly clear to their bosses that they want nothing to do with it. As a result, Congress exempted its members from the act’s regulations.

The majority of the American public, better known by those inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway as “the unwashed masses,” have no idea what’s in store. But for the best and brightest in Congress and their minions, this act is unacceptable. Words and speeches are legislators’ trade, but their legal sidestepping of this act speaks volumes.

If Congress does not want this type of health care for its members, why should the people be burdened by its exorbitant costs and associated taxes to pay for it?

I believe that every member of Congress should march to the nearest health insurance marketplace and sign up for health care for themselves and their families, in a show of solidarity for the act. If they are going to cook up this tasty offering then they should have to experience it with their constituents. Should they choose not to, then the act should be immediately defunded.

Kevin Hildreth

Thayer Hall Drive

Mount Pleasant

Commit to equality

In her article on presumed slave participation in historic church construction, Jennifer Berry Hawes suggests that this poses a conundrum for worshippers “committed to equality.”

I, too, am all for equality when it comes to recognizing the builders of our historic city. Recorded evidence clearly shows that, by far, most of the church construction in colonial and antebellum Charleston was performed by skilled free artisans — wood-joiners, masons, plasterers , ironsmiths and painters who did much of the work with their own hands.

Ironically, names such as Thomas Weaver, William Axson, Jacob Sass, Thomas Elfe, George Lea, John Stevenson, Richard Moncrieff, John Vaun, William Fullerton, Samuel Cardy, David Lopez, Antony Toomer, Joseph Massey, Kinsey Burden, William Watson, Johann Iusti and Anthony Forehand are easier to find in old ledgers and defunct newspapers than in the recent pages of The Post and Courier.

I’d like to see a commitment to equality when focusing Post and Courier articles on historic church-building, and to acknowledge the collective work of all — whether free artisans, indentured whites or hired-out slaves. Their labor created incredible buildings that stand as timeless testimonials and evoke a sense of pride in their achievement equal to any feeling of contrition.

Michael Trouche

Marsh Court Lane

Mount Pleasant

‘System’ failure

“These homicidal maniacs ... need to be committed.” Such is the solution to shooting tragedies according to National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre (The Post and Courier, Sept. 23) who alleges that the “mental health system is in complete breakdown.”

How convenient to blame tragedy after tragedy upon a “system.” Such a stance provides anonymity. No one person is responsible, hence no immediate intervention is mandated.

The “systems” in the case of Aaron Alexis’ mass shooting at the Washington Naval Yard include the Pentagon, the FBI, several police departments and emergency room staff at VA Hospitals. As usual, the “systems” will “conduct an investigation,” the results of which will disappear in the usual mounds of paperwork.

Sadly, tragically, Aaron Alexis sought help for his severe, critically escalating mental illness from police departments, emergency rooms and clerical personnel, all to no avail. Each of those encounters involved some person’s individual inefficiency, failure to follow through or negative bias to the “mental cases.”

Greedy CEOs, CFOs, VPs and gun shop owners care little about outcomes and focus instead on commitment. “Get them off the street.” What a sad situation. NRA enthusiasts cry out for preservation of individual rights while acutely ill patients are unable to receive health care.

Consequently, entire families are plunged into sorrow and loss. We should not accept that.

Sally Moran, R.N.

Lockwood Drive

Charleston

Colonial Lake

Spend $5.2 million to improve the Colonial Lake park so people can better enjoy the area. Really? What do you think $5.2 million could do to enable our veterans to enjoy a better life? How about getting volunteers if they want the park improved?

Our military have fought, died and come home with major disabilities. Many enlisted voluntarily.

We owe them for making it possible for us to have the freedom to enjoy parks and our way of life.

Priorities, people, priorities. Let’s spend the money where it will do the most good — on our veterans.

Rhea Fitzgerald

Gadsden Street

Summerville

Grammar gaffe

I read in the Sept. 24, Post and Courier, an article titled “Graham faces hardest battle.” In that article, one of Sen. Graham’s primary opponents, Lee Bright, is quoted as saying “If you elect me to the Senate you will think Jesse Helms has rose from the dead.”

Not only am I very frightened about the possibility of having another Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate, but I am also appalled at the faulty grammar used by state Sen. Bright.

Rather than wasting his assets in an attempt to defeat Sen. Graham, I would advise Mr. Bright to spend his money to take courses dealing with English grammar so that the next time he issues a statement he can at least get it grammatically correct.

Edward Pritchard Jr.

Ben Sawyer Boulevard

Sullivan’s Island

Liberalism won

When the only defense of political conservatism in America is the village idiot of Texas reading “Green Eggs and Ham” on the Senate floor, you know that liberalism has won. Rest in peace, William F. Buckley.

William G. Ethridge

Ethridge Drive

Bonneau