Senseless killing

These senseless acts of violence continue to break my heart. Marley Lion was a very talented, bright and amazing young man tragically taken by a random act of inhumanity.

His absence has left a void in so many of our hearts. I still imagine him strolling the halls with his guitar at the Academic Magnet High School.

Something is terribly wrong with a society where children are being buried by their parents. It is with a very troubled heart that I note that in my 38 years of public education in the Carolinas, 14 of my students have been tragically lost to violence.

The pain will continue in the lives of these families forever. May God bless Marley’s family, friends and loved ones.

We must find measures to prevent such horrific acts and protect our most precious resource, our children.

Gary R. Weart

Brittlebush Lane

Johns Island

Acting like kids

With all the bickering inside the Beltway, I am reminded of two little kids. “If we don’t play by my rules, I’ll take my ball and go home.” The other kid says, “If I don’t get my way, I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue and pass out.”

The next time we as voters go to the polls, let’s give the ball to someone else and let the other one go ahead and pass out and be done with it. If these people are going to act as if they are perpetual two-year olds, they should be treated as such.

Stephen Clacys

N. Highway 17

Mount Pleasant

Parsing poverty

Poverty, in many respects, is a state of mind. I was born into poverty. When my one-year-older brother was born, my parents, both farm kids from central Wisconsin, lived in a tent. When I was born, they had upgraded to a refurbished chicken coop. By the time I was six my Dad had built a 600-square-foot house; my parents raised five kids in this small house. Most of our food was from their garden. By the time I was 10 I was doing odd jobs within the neighborhood to pay for my own clothes and shoes.

Since my parents barely made it through eighth grade they did not put any emphasis on education. When I got into high school a few of my friends convinced me that I should study and maybe my future could be better. During the first 15 years of my life I did not realize that I was poor. I did not have nice clothes like other kids. It wasn’t important to me. I realized that my friends had things that I did not have, but so what?

After graduating from high school with honors I joined the U.S. Navy and took every technical course I could, including nuclear power. After four years of service I enrolled at the University of Wisconsin.

No government can give a person out of poverty; each person must earn his own way to success. It takes willpower and resolve.

Many in poverty believe politicians’ campaign lies that they will give them everything. There is not enough wealth in the world to make everyone comfortable. Politicians know this. They are only after power.

They believe that the current large debt is a problem for the next generation of politicians to solve. Not one politician today has a plan to pay off the debt.

They don’t care that the current health care law is going to increase this debt. This law is all about power and control, not about the poor and uninsured as they claim.

There comes a time when people have to take responsibility for their own lives. I also believe that kids who drop out or graduate from high school with no plans for further education should do two to four years of government service. My military service changed my life for the better.

Jerry Johnson

Prestwick Court

Summerville

No proof

In reference to Melanie Balog’s Oct. 13 column titled “Keeping religion separate from science in schools”:

If science teachers would stop indoctrinating students that evolution is a “fact,” then maybe religion could stay out of it.

It’s Darwin’s theory of evolution. Even Darwin had his doubts and reservations.

Evolution? Prove it. You can’t.

Parents, check into what they are teaching your children.

B.J. Angelos

Science teacher, (Retired)

Highway 162

Hollywood

No leader

If I were president and my signature piece of legislation was the Affordable Health Care Act, I would have insisted that I be the first person to enroll, including my family.

Instead, Obama is staying with his current coverage. Seems as though he practices the old adage, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Ed Gilligan

Marsh Hawk

Kiawah Island

Solar power

My first thought while reading the Oct. 13 story about solar power was, “I wonder how much money SCE&G has given to these folks’ re-election campaigns.”

I then thought, “Gee, look at all the white guys.”

It’s also kind of difficult to understand how solutions that work in other states don’t seem to apply here in South Carolina.

I must add that the senator who thinks that electric rates are reasonable in South Carolina hasn’t been paying attention to the near constant increases granted to SCE&G.

Paul Vecellio

Edgefield Drive

Summerville

Change the law

If the radical right-wing controlling element of the Republican Party wants to deny health care to 40 million lower income Americans, shouldn’t they do it the old-fashioned way?

Run on a platform to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and elect a president, 60 U.S. senators and a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives. Then change the law, rather than holding the nation and our economy hostage.

I have no problem with the president negotiating with these radicals on the Affordable Care Act, provided the radicals are willing to negotiate on the marginal income tax rate and the capital gains tax rate for individuals with incomes over $1 million.

How do you think the radicals’ patron saints and sponsors, the multi-billionaire Koch Brothers, would like those apples?

Rich Bennett

Winged Foot Court

Johns Island

Fix the problems

I really appreciated the timely and informative column about the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate written by Rep. Mark Sanford in the Oct. 17 Post and Courier.

At a time when most Americans would be happy to get rid of everyone in Washington, because they appear to be stuck in partisan politics and lacking in leadership, Mark Sanford’s explanation reminded me that our two-party system does work.

So now we have to remain hopeful that our elected leaders will begin to seriously address the problems surrounding government waste and out-of-control debt.

Alice Whitt

New Street

Charleston

Losing freedom

Obamacare is the law of the land and all Americans should have to abide by the law, including the president and Congress.

I think those of us who want to remain free Americans should do as the veterans did and break down the barriers and march forward to take back our country as a free United States of America.

I fear we are going to become Americans living under a dictatorship, under one who doesn’t care what we want, only what he the (president) wants. Our freedom is being taken away.

Patricia Buckner

Hickory Nut Lane

Ravenel

Lake cleanup

Hopefully, the budget for improvements at Colonial Lake will include trimming and pruning the palmetto trees that serve as high-rise roach motels, rat hotels and squirrel condominiums along Ashley Avenue and other city streets

Frances V. Geer

Atlantic Street

Charleston