The photo of a young man in uniform graced the “News of Note” column on Sept. 17. That man was Marine Corps Pfc. Ralph Johnson, a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from Charleston. The article announced the start of production of the Navy’s next guided-missile destroyer, which will bear his name.
While this is a very impressive honor, the wire story neglected to mention the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, also named for the 19-year-old Vietnam War hero. The Bee Street center and six community clinics provide more than 53,000 veterans in 22 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline with care.
Perhaps this is the highest honor — being able to serve those from whom you came and whom you know. By sacrificing his life for his fellow Marines in Vietnam in 1968, Johnson has honored generations of local heroes.
As president and CEO of South Carolina Federal Credit Union, a cooperative formed by 14 Charleston Naval Shipyard employees, and previously named Charleston Naval Shipyard Federal Credit Union, I am proud to see a local hero honored in this manner. I am also proud to see that this commitment to community and service continues daily in Charleston.
Marine Corps Pfc. Johnson’s actions are evidence of his personal commitment to defending his country and comrades. His legacy is a reminder of how we can each give for the good of the whole.
The destroyer is expected to finish production and be delivered in the first half of 2017. I wish it, and the brave men and women aboard, well on their charge of defending our country. Just as Pfc. Ralph Johnson did, I know the USS Ralph Johnson will serve and protect a new class of heroes.
Scott Woods, CPA
President and CEO
South Carolina Federal
I’d like to know who in the Department of Transportation had the bright idea to roll out new traffic lights at Cooks Crossing (Highway 61/165) before completing the right turn lane from 61 to 165.
The old way to bear right towards Summerville is closed, but the new right turn lane is not yet open.
The pileup of cars coming from Charleston on 61 waiting to go through or turn right at the intersection in the evening is ridiculous.
I have stayed in my office an extra hour to avoid rush hour. Even at 7 p.m. or later, I have waited 15-20 minutes in a line of cars over two miles long.
The lights have not been timed to account for directional load, so cars are waiting at the new red light needlessly.
It wouldn’t be so bad if work were continuing, but construction crews have been missing in action all week.
I’d like to think that this project will, when finished, create a better traffic flow at what has been a really bad intersection, but right now it is worse than it has ever been and the rollout of the lights seems thoughtless, if not inept.
There exist fundamental knowledge and morality that are vital to proper and successful living, and that must be communicated to the young as a basic rule of life. I speak of wisdom that will lead not always to material prosperity but to that more profound prosperity that transcends adversity in life.
This kind of knowledge is often not communicated via textbooks or lectures, but rather the manner in which real people around us live.
I greatly fear that the lesson being inculcated by our leaders in Washington, through inaction and irresponsibility, is promoting an attitude of indifference and apathy in tomorrow’s taxpayers.
With the passage of time and advancement of years there comes to those who are educated in conventional wisdom the understanding that life and the world are not so simple.
Faced with the temptation to jettison conventional morality and wisdom, the young and immature may find that the foundation from which our nation was erected fails to provide peace and security, worldly wisdom and foreign ideas become more attractive.
Thus, the issues under debate in Washington — or rather those not being debated, are not only damaging the fragile reputations of law- makers, they are conveying the lesson that America’s constitutional laws no longer carry the weight our founding father’s intended.
It is all too obvious that our elected federal officials are unconcerned with America’s image here and across the world.
CHARLES WILLIAMS JR. Ed.D.
Bonieta Harrold Drive
In answer to a recent letter titled “Elephant folly”: What could be wrong with wanting to save a beautiful, majestic creature from complete extinction?
Human beings have almost decimated the other inhabitants of our planet and are steadily killing off every animal that has a bone, tooth, fur, hands and gallbladder for money.
I never liked the Clintons personally, but I wholeheartedly agree with them on this issue. Something needs to be done now to stop the mindless poaching of defenseless animals. In this case, the majestic elephant needs our assistance so badly that even if we had started 10 years ago it still might be too late.
It’s the close-minded folks who think humans are the only important species on the planet who cause this kind of animal genocide to begin with. We must stop the killing. I applaud Mrs. Clinton and will lend any assistance.
Bikes and cars
I, for one, am tired of hearing all these bike fanatics whining about their rights, especially on main highways over 40 mph. If you allow them, you should allow a horse and buggy — this isn’t the 1800s.
In my opinion, anyone who rides a bicycle on a main road, is either mentally ill or just plain dumb.
After all, who would expose themselves to a 3,000-pound vehicle coming within a few feet, going three or more times as fast? The driver may be drunk, drugged, negligent or just a bad driver.
Just think about that for a moment. I’m sorry to burst some bubbles, but that’s what progress does.
On Sept. 29 my RV broke down on the frontage road in Mount Pleasant. I was unable to move it because the power had gone out.
Officer Charles Green, whom I can’t say enough good things about, stayed with us for over four hours and helped with traffic. It was well after dark before my RV could be moved.
My roadside provider was not able to locate anyone close by to help me, so Officer Green called Palmetto RV Center in Mount Pleasant for help. They helped me find a lot in KOA but we were unable to get the RV there.
Palmetto RV owner Mike allowed us to move my RV to his premises that night and promised they would do their best to fix the problem quickly.
On Monday Palmetto RV ordered the necessary replacement part and by 4 p.m. Tuesday my RV was fixed and ready to go.
Without the assistance of Palmetto RV and the Mount Pleasant Police Department this situation could have been a nightmare.
J. Melvin Truett
N. Hollywood Drive
Another sad fact about the Marley Lion slaying was revealed in the Oct. 8 Post and Courier. The 10th from the last paragraph starts, “Authorities arrived minutes later.”
The next paragraph starts, “After paramedics arrived 15 minutes later. ...”
Fifteen minutes later?
Where did they come from, Hanahan?