Sickening sight

When I read a headline in the Nov. 21 Post and Courier I just about threw up. One man could be rewarded for doing his job for the Charleston County Aviation Authority with a $50,000-a-year raise.

This is a slap in the face to people who are struggling to save their homes and feed their families because they cannot get a job let alone one that would deserve a $50,000-a-year raise. I am certain they would all be happy to even make $50,000 a year as their base salary.

I have a son with a degree in business who is also a licensed electrician. He had a good job, but his company downsized, so he lost it a year ago. Since then, he has been unable to find work. He has lost his car and his cable TV (minor loss), and they are about to lose their house.

He tries to pick up odd jobs for a day at a time, which does not net them enough for the mortgage or even food.

This CCAA employee would be rewarded when actually he was just doing his job, and probably a great job at that. He could be given a bonus for his good work and not this ridiculous raise to $284,000.

A raise this large insults the poor on unemployment, those who cannot find work, the homeless and the about-to-be-homeless, and, yes, me.

I just cannot imagine any one person being worth that kind of a raise for just doing his job, albeit doing it well.

Beverly Cleary

Swift Court


Both sides now

In the Nov. 14 Post and Courier, College of Charleston English professor Joe Kelly chastised the paper for publishing Kirkpatrick Sale’s op-ed on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

I am grateful the paper published Mr. Sale’s column since it was factual, scholarly and interesting.

I look forward to Mr. Sale’s unique and thoughtful insights as opposed to politically correct pap.

Professor Kelly never made any case against Mr. Sale’s scholarship.

In today’s rancid political environment, filled with lies and never-ending political spin, it’s refreshing for The Post and Courier to offer historical perspective from thinkers like Mr. Sale.

Bill Miller

Boyces Wharf


Limit terms

You may be way off base thinking that Tim Scott is not a household name in South Carolina. I’d be willing to bet that he is one of the country’s best-known senators.

We need more like him and Rep. Trey Gowdey in Congress, and we need to figure out how to get rid of the career old fogies like Lindsey Graham, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and John Boehner.

Term limits would go a long way toward fixing our government.

G.K. Payne

Waterpointe Circle

Mount Pleasant

A losing war

Page 1 headline: “Bust nets nearly two tons of pot.” Hooray! That should cripple those Mexican drug cartels until maybe next week.

Does anyone in America really believe that interdictions, no matter how large, will have any effect on drug use in America? No disrespect to law enforcement for patting itself on the back.

From the local to the federal level, police agencies are doing their jobs enforcing the laws, and doing them well. The problem lies with the laws themselves.

After nearly a century of marijuana prohibition, first as a means to crack down on Mexican migrant workers in the 1930s and later as a means to crack down on rebellious youth in the 1970s, the United States is still spending untold hundreds of billions on enforcement, adjudication and incarceration for the possession and use of a plant.

And with an irony that would be laughable if marijuana cultivation, distribution and possession arrests and convictions didn’t still ruin hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

As of this writing 20 states and even the seat of national governance, Washington, D.C., allow the legal use of medical marijuana, in many instances with little more than an authorizing doctor’s note.

And adults in the states of Washington and Colorado can grow their own weed or drop by a state licensed — and taxed — grass boutique and choose from a wide variety of cannabis strains in a civilized setting.

Evidently some parts of this country never learned from alcohol prohibition that if sufficient demand for a product exists someone will always be willing to supply it.

You can’t change that equation, but you can control it and raise needed revenue by taxing it. Actually, shipping marijuana in the form of furniture doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. While relaxing in their comfortable chairs watching a ball game, lucky buyers could chip off part of an arm and have a pleasant toke or two.

Bill Farley

Heathland Way

Mount Pleasant

Protect pets

Over the years I have been shocked at how a magistrate can set such low fines and bail on horrendous crimes.

Then I read something unimaginable.

A letter to the editor (Nov. 18) reported that a man pled guilty to killing another man’s best friend (his dog) with a bow and arrow and was only fined $55.

Shooting anyone’s pet should have a fine and penalty imposed, as would shooting someone’s family member.

We are here on Earth to help take care of animals and give thanks to the ones that nourish our bodies.

If someone killed my dog, the safest place for him would be in jail.

Clyde Umphlet

Two Oaks Drive