On Jan. 29 at 10:13 p.m., Berkeley Electric officials announced that repair crews were being sent home due to OSHA regulations. This is nothing against Berkeley Electric or the repair crews. I am thoroughly disgusted that government regulations left 990 customers in the dark.
I am a Berkeley customer. We lost power but it was restored in six hours even before the storm was over. Those men and women were out during wet, cold and dangerous working conditions. They kept going, and I applaud them. I am sure those crews were pushed to their limit, but I am also positive they would have kept going until all power was restored.
In an emergency situation, shouldn't OSHA regulations be suspended? To bureaucrats, 990 customers are a statistic. To those 990 customers, it was a very real and possibly dangerous situation. It's a shame that unyielding, uncaring government regulators and their regulations have precedence over people without power.
You'll never convince me that big government is good for the people. I doubt you'll be able to convince those 990 Berkeley Electric customers of that either.
Get money's worth
Monday's op-ed by Thomas Perez was titled "Cold economic realities demand extending unemployment benefits." It featured a story about a woman who sets her thermostat at 58 Fahrenheit to save money.
The opposing viewpoint presented by Peter Morici listed facts instead of telling stories to tug at our heartstrings. He should have titled his article "The dubious economic realities of extending unemployment benefits."
He could have begun with a story about Billy Joe and Bobby Sue hanging out on the couch smoking doobies and watching the flat-screen TV. He didn't, because that wouldn't be "fair."
I'm no economist, but when I read that paying 69 million able-bodied people not to work from 2008 to 2014 has proven to be a broad economic stimulus I shake my head. I think to myself, if that worked out so well, why don't we pay 138 million people for not working from now until 2020? Wouldn't this bring twice the benefits to our economy for twice as long?
No, Mr. Perez and Mr. Krugman, that was just rhetoric. Please don't do that. Pay people to be unproductive, and you'll get what you paid for.
How about trying welfare to work? This strategy worked very well for Bill Clinton and for our country.
How about building the Keystone pipeline instead of blocking it? This would create American jobs and lower our cost of energy?
How about if we stop attacking American companies like Gibson Guitars? Our government sends in a SWAT team on bogus charges and this ends up costing Gibson millions of dollars in lost work and lawyer fees.
I'm sure we can do much better with a little common sense.
Above and beyond
At 6 a.m. on the cold, icy morning of Jan. 29, I slid to the end of my driveway, and much to my amazement there was our double wrapped Post and Courier safely tossed in the high mulch protected from the moisture of the driveway. How that paper made it to this spot is a mystery considering every major bridge leading to the Isle of Palms was closed that night.
Hats off to our wonderful carrier Bill Kogelschatz and all those like him. Ironically, despite its "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" creed, no mail was delivered to me that day.
Daniel J. Tylak
Isle of Palms
Don't blame race
I'd like to comment on the Jan. 24 article by Brian Hicks. First of all, the issue of race had nothing to do with the girl being denied her "Life" assistance scholarship from the Education Lottery.
Second, if she is a natural- born citizen and of college age, that means her parents have been in the United States of America for at least 18 years. Why haven't they signed up to become citizens?
It is an easy process. My mother's family did it in 1926, and they could barely speak English. But they wanted to obey the law and, more important, they wanted to be citizens.
As for the Founding Fathers being illegal or undocumented, at that time there were no immigrations laws.
The Founding Fathers were just starting to write the Federalist Papers, then the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Congress passed the first Naturalization Act in 1790.
Those not willing to go through the process do not deserve any benefits.
This is what President Obama should have told the 535 members of the U.S. Congress during his State of the Union address:
"Since you refuse to pass any legislation to help the lives of struggling Americans, I am forced to use my executive order powers to move this nation forward. So you are no longer relevant. Please go back home, but remember to return your federal paychecks to the Treasury."
Bad driving kills
As the I-26 tree discussion goes on, we continually hear the conventional wisdom that "speed kills." In fact, speed itself does nothing more than make a bad accident worse. Bad driving kills.
If speed alone caused accidents, then there would be wreckage strewn along the autobahns of Germany, where I have been passed by gray-haired ladies wearing driving gloves when I was doing 90 mph - in the right lane.
We can always lower the speed limit on I-26 to 45 mph and "save lives"; however, this would probably cause more accidents than it would prevent, although they would perhaps be less serious.
Of course, there would also be much less traffic on the roads since no one would want to put up with the inconvenience of driving to Charleston.