Limited care

If Gov. Nikki Haley doesn't make Tony Keck her former Department of Health and Human Services director very quickly, I predict that after the next election she will be known as ex-Gov. Haley.

How can a man be so shortsighted as to think insurance companies restricting their customers to one or two hospitals is a good idea?

Who is he serving? The people of South Carolina or the insurance companies who don't need any help looking out for their interests?

We the people need somebody on our side.

It doesn't require a degree in rocket science to know that if what Mr. Keck recommends comes about, the insurance companies will put pressure on the hospitals to charge less and less each year.

The hospitals will willingly comply because they want the business.

The main path to cutting costs so they can charge less is to cut the quantity and quality of care. Fewer nurses on the floor and less experienced doctors will look good to both the administration and the insurance company.

It's a win-win situation for them, but a death sentence for the patient needing care.

Not to worry - the Kecks, governors, Sen. Reids and even the RINOs will never be assigned to doctors in cheap hospitals.

Frank Fralix

Maple Branch Road

Reevesville

Who's that?

You know you're getting old when you only recognize the first few names in the "Today's Birthdays" section of The Post and Courier.

Lenny Branch

Northcutt Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Don't blame trees

Have you ever driven north on I-95 from I-26 toward Florence?

Have you noticed that in some sections the trees on either side of the road are almost as close to the pavement as those on I-26?

Why is no one proposing to take them down?

Are we going ahead with this tree destruction because the "hated" federal government will pay most of the cost?

It seems to me that someone has made the decision that these trees must go and they shall be undeterred in their effort, logic and public resistance notwithstanding.

Accidents occur on this highway because people drive much too fast. Every time I travel on it, driving 70 mph, people go around me so fast that it feels as if I am standing still. And they seem to do it more at night.

When people driving like that go out of control, the absence of trees is not going to save them.

I believe that rumble strips and guardrails can be placed along much of the section in question with an equivalent result. Let's push state officials to move in that direction.

Fritz Saenger Jr

Cove Bay Lane

Mount Pleasant

Slighting Mandela

I appreciate the editorial given to the late great statesman Nelson Mandela in the Dec. 6 edition of The Post and Courier.

However, I am less than appreciative when your newspaper prints an article written about a dog having its blood drawn takes the middle spotlight on the front page, and places below that article a relative small rectangular print about the late president of South Africa and a small picture of him. To me this is beyond all rational understanding.

Is this front-page news? Yet as much as people love their animals, I see this as placing what is taking place in a dog's life of more importance than a human. Other papers had front-page spreads honoring this great man.

Here in Charleston, your paper speaks of change, but many things remain the same, and this is a very blatant example of the shameful way things remain the same with no respect to humans of different colors.

When African Americans are involved in crimes you splash the pictures on the front page. Certainly, President Nelson Mandela is more deserving than what your paper printed on its front page.

It will be interesting to see if other subscribers, especially African Americans, have the same opinion that I have.

I feel assured that the good people that respect people of all colors will question the decision about the front-page story, and the picture of a dog versus the death of a great statesman such as President Nelson Mandela.

Katie B. Catalon

President

National Beauty

Culturists' League Inc.

Liverpool Drive

Charleston

Explosive effect

In the Dec. 7 issue commemorating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the photo of the spectacular explosion aboard the USS Shaw was not due only to the power of Japanese bombs.

At the time of the attack the destroyer was in drydock for repairs.

It was hit by three aircraft bombs, two through the forward deck and one off to a side that ignited intense fires throughout the ship.

Battling the flames proved hopeless and the ship was abandoned.

Minutes later the flames reached the fully loaded forward magazine, setting off a tremendous explosion that blew away the ship's bow. Miraculously the remains of the ship survived, although severely damaged.

By late January 1942 the Shaw was fitted with a temporary bow and sufficiently repaired to steam under its own power to the Mare Island Navy Yard (a sister to the Charleston Navy Yard) near Vallejo, Calif., for more substantial repairs.

I grew up in Vallejo and was 17 at the time. I remember looking from the Vallejo side across the one-eighth-mile wide Napa River to Mare Island where the Shaw, with its awkward bathtub-like bow, was moored before being moved to the dry dock. There were articles in our local newspapers about the ship.

My father worked on Mare Island most of his working years, many long days and nights during WWII. And during the war my mother, a master seamstress, worked in the flag loft.

Repairs to the Shaw at Mare Island were completed in June 1942.

After training at San Diego, she rejoined the fleet at Pearl Harbor for duty in the Pacific, earning two battle stars.

George Holzworth

Wittenberg Drive

Mount Pleasant

Save the farms

My daughter and I are native Charlestonians (city girls) but thanks to Groupon and the Stono Riding Academy we got to see a small piece of John's Island from the back of a horse.

On a beautiful Lowcountry fall morning, the horse (George) knew the trail, and we rustled through the fallen leaves under grand oaks dripping with moss and towering pines atwitter with small birds.

No wonder our ancestors stayed when they found this glorious land.

To Charleston County Council: Please use some of the Greenbelt money to save the Legare farm and other small farms in danger of development or we will no longer have a rural John's Island.

What's happening to the Lowcountry is not progress, it's destruction.

Martha T. Rudisill

Pier View Street

Daniel Island

Stop piling on

In response to the letter arguing that Clemson's football team is overrrated, let's look at it from a different angle. Clemson defeats Georgia, with South Carolina losing to the same UGA team the following weekend by double digits. USC's other "quality" loss is to a 5-7 Tennessee team (2-6 in conference).

The combined records of the teams that gave Clemson its two losses is 23-2, while the two teams that beat USC combined to go 13-11.

Instead of making silly overrated comments, we should support all of our teams in South Carolina and be proud that Clemson and USC have had successful seasons resulting in quality bowl games.

Chase Jones

Lakeview Drive

Mount Pleasant