Credibility strain

The United States is committed to Israel. We can't defend Israel without a certain amount of credibility. When the United States says it's opposed to Israel's settlement of Palestinian lands, and Israel continues the settlements, the United States loses credibility.

When Israel and the United States are for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine problem, and Palestine obtains recognition before the General Assembly of the United Nations, requiring the United States to veto it, the United States loses credibility.

When the United States joins the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany and China in a temporary agreement with Iran to freeze Iran's nuclear program, to dilute its stockpile of enriched uranium, and Iran agrees to inspection by the International Atomic Agency (which Israel forbids) and Netanyahu vociferously objects, while having nuclear bomb capability, both the United States and Israel lose credibility.

Netanyahu makes the United States' defense of Israel difficult and many in Congress look like jackasses.

Ernest F. Hollings

U.S. Senator (Retired)

Calhoun Street

Charleston

School politics

I attended the Nov. 23 board meeting of the James Island Charter High School, and I was shocked at how it ran the show. Or shall I say lack of show?

Board meetings are supposed to be transparent, but that was clearly not the case that night.

A Nov. 27 newspaper article stated that its decision to sideline the principal might have been about football. The issue should be education and what is best for all of the students.

Yes, JI Charter had a rather bad football season, and the coach resigned. So let the athletic director and principal interview and hire a new coach. They could consult the board for final approval, but allowing the board to select the coach might be setting a bad precedent for the school.

Is there more to the leadership problems at JI Charter? Who knows, since no one is talking. The article states that Dr. Nancy McGinley signs the principal's contract, so maybe the board should consult with the district's Human Relations Department instead of paying outside attorneys with our tax dollars. Those tax dollars would be better spent helping the school close the achievement gap, raise the graduation rate and elevate achievement overall.

Sherry Huber

Majestic Oaks Drive

James Island

Tigers 'overrated'

In the Dec.3 Post and Courier Coach Dabo Swinney of Clemson said, "We're still one of the best teams in the country. That's a fact."

The fact is they played 12 games of which 10 were against average or below average opponents, and the two good opponents crushed them by a combined score of 82 to 31. A record of 10 and 2 sounds good but the fact is that Clemson is just an average team and highly overrated.

J.R. Van Vechten

Schooner Bend Avenue

Summerville

No solution

I would like to expand on some points made in the Nov. 24 article "South Carolina schools using increasingly controversial Common Core State Standards."

Dr. Richard Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics, Stanford University, and a member of the Common Core validation committee, refused to sign off on the Common Core math standards because he has determined that, "By 8th grade, our students will be two years behind those of the highest-achieving countries."

Dr. Sandra Stotsky, professor emerita of English language arts, Arkansas University, also a validation panel member who refused to sign off on the ELA standards, has declared, "The reading level deemed sufficient for high school graduation will be at about the 7th grade level."

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent nearly $200 million promoting Common Core State Standards. The National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the National PTA have received grants totaling more than $10 million. Is it any wonder that these organizations have endorsed Common Core?

Vendors such as MicroSoft, GE, Google, Pearson Textbooks and an array of others will enjoy a vast new market of consumers as Common Core in implemented across the country.

AccountabilityWorks, in a Pioneer Institute-sponsored project, has determined that the adoption of Common Core in South Carolina will cost the state between $275 and $300 million over the next seven years, $175 million of which will be spent up-front on implementation costs next year.

We fully support Sen. Larry Grooms in his efforts to stop Common Core in South Carolina. Join us at scpie.org or on Facebook at StopCommonCoreinSouthCarolina.

Sherri Timmermann

Greater Charleston Parents Involved in Education

Wellesley Circle

Mount Pleasant

Same old, same old

Let's see ... executive airport opportunities and president of college. Need references?

Just know a politician.

Frank Moore

Plantation Lane

Mount Pleasant

Impeach Obama

President Obama signing a nuclear arms treaty with Iran is crazy. Even more alarming is that he did not consult Congress.

Obama continues to arrogantly ignore the balance of power, laughing at our Constitution, and he has gone far beyond his executive authority as president.

Over the last five years his acts have devastated our economy, race relations, religious freedom and a host of other freedoms.

I'm hoping the recent nuclear treaty fiasco, which infuriated even fellow liberal Democrats, will lead to his immediate impeachment and removal from office. The people elected a president, not a dictator.

MIKE MOORE

Pimpernel Street

Summerville