Pray for nation

It all began with 14 women in their middle 50s and their early 70s.

We were discussing the persecution, atrocities, torture and death of the Christian Copts in Egypt, one of the oldest Christian groups in the world. They have almost been annihilated, as have many Christian groups around the world.

We talked about how Christians are losing their rights and are being persecuted in this country and no one is speaking out.

It seems that any person or group can protest and the government will jump through hoops to protect its rights ... except for Christians. We realized we need to speak up.

We are not only to speak up but to vote. In the last election Christians stayed home and did not vote. Our vote is our right, and if we do not vote, we are not being good citizens or good Christians.

The women of the Tuten Woman's Mission group of Jacksonboro Baptist Church are asking all Christians to join with us to pray for persecuted Christians around the world and here at home, pray for our nation to return to God and pray that revival will sweep our nation.

We ask that you use your God-given ability to vote and return our nation to honoring God.

M. June Craig

Tuten Woman's

Mission Group

Jacksonboro Baptist Church

Old Highway 17

Jacksonboro

Dangerous drivers

The stretch of I-26 referred to as the "death zone" is as safe to drive on as most highways in South Carolina.

It is the drivers who violate the rules of driving in disregard to the safety of others.

Driving has become so routine that many fail to remember that they are traveling in a 2,000-or-more-pound hunk of machinery that will not stop on a dime. Many drivers are doing everything behind the wheel except staying focused on their driving.

I empathize with families who have lost friends and loved ones in accidents, some of which may or may not have been preventable.

Removal of all the trees in the median is not the answer. They actually protect drivers.The high cost of complete tree removal and installation of cable guardrails could be better spent on repair of roads and bridges.

Regardless of the decision, accidents will continue to happen, and removing the trees will destroy the scenic part of this interstate.

I like the slogan "Highways or dieways, the choice is yours," which fits all drivers.

For those who disregard the rules of the road, my slogan is "Drive like hell and you'll get there."

The highway department should consider:

1) Removal of trees only in high traffic accident areas and installation of cable guardrails.

2) Decreasing the speed limit to 60 mph between I-95 and Charleston.

3) A statewide ban on the use of all hand-held electronic devices while driving.

4) Increased fines for speed violations.

5) Increased patrolling between I-95 and Summerville.

Hopefully, when the public hearing takes place in January 2014, the Department of Transportation and local officials will at least listen to what the public has to say before making a final decision.

After all, we are paying for it.

Adriaan Kwist

Reynolds Road

Summerville

Futile formula

My niece is in the second grade at St. Andrews School of Math and Science.

Every day she comes home with very difficult algebra homework. Her mother has to spend nearly two hours every night to try and force this information into her young brain.

Not one member of my family ever studied algebra in second grade.

However, my family members have been successful in attaining an associate's degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree.

I do not understand the urgency of forcing young children who are not ready to "solve for x." It is too much too soon.

At least she has a mother who takes the time to try and explain the information.

Why can't we just go back to basics in everything we do?

Not just in schooling, but in everyday life?

But that is another letter yet to be written.

Robyne Brown

Pebble Road

Charleston

Port traffic

Ron Brinson once again sidles up next to the elephant in the room but doesn't smell it for some reason ("SPA hits high expectations gear," Dec. 15).

He correctly notes, again, that the port is a huge economic engine for the whole state and says State Ports Authority director Jim Newsome "should also be including I-26 and I-526 improvements on his ultra-ambitious 'to-do list.' "

A renascent Port of Charleston portends a greater nightmare for regional Charleston's only interstate facilities without improvements.

Add Boeing to the list of economic engines needing I-26 and I-526 improvements, and then tell us why local politicians are pushing to misapply $558 million of our limited state infrastructure dollars to extend I-526 instead of to enable sustained economic and employment growth in the Lowcountry and whole state.

Johns and James islands have no seaport nor huge aircraft manufactory.

And the population growth is occurring outside of the existing I-526 loop, clearly indicating the need for transportation improvements in those areas.

Brinson also writes, "The Port of Charleston is now the darling of state infrastructure development planning," and yet does not explain how the expensive low-priority I-526 extension scheme would be consistent with that darling status amongst planners.

Why does he never address this hugely significant aspect of his ongoing support of port improvements?

One might think that spending money to gain some sort of significant benefit (i.e., return on investment) would be a good thing.

That is how business should work, even taxpayer-supported business.

Mr. Brinson seems to have a fairly good grasp of that concept, except where odoriferous political elephants (and some donkeys too) are involved.

Rich Thomas

Betsy Kerrison Parkway

Johns Island

Yes, Virginia

Gene Sapakoff, in his Dec. 13 article titled "Buckeye State of Mind" wrote, ". Ohio has produced the most U.S. presidents. ."

As all Virginia school children of my age learned from their history (yes, we called it history) textbook "Virginia and the rest of the world," her moniker is "Mother of Presidents." Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents, while Ohio has seven.

Mr. Sapakoff has William Henry Harrison, the ninth president, being from Ohio. He did represent the Buckeye State in both houses of Congress and lived there when elected president.

Harrison however, was born on Feb. 9, 1773, at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County, Va., making him the last president who was a British subject.

He was reared there until he turned 18.

Robert Gallagher

Harbor View Road

Charleston

Push on, PSC

How wonderful it is to see that the Public Service Commission is alive and well.

I have thought for many years that SCE&G did not have a regulatory agency.

Now that they have indicated an interest in the way SCE&G bills their customers, I would hope that the Public Service Commission would make an evaluation of their financial statements and explain why these customers are burdened with billing increases every six months.

Janet P. Lyons

Tennyson Row

Mount Pleasant

Correction

An editorial in Saturday's Post and Courier incorrectly listed Rep. Bill Crosby, R-North Charleston, as voting in favor of a proposal to remove trees in the I-26 median. Rep. Crosby was present, but did not vote.