Front-page headline in the Feb. 6 edition: "Hagel: Ethics an urgent priority."
From the story by The Associated Press: "Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered service leaders Wednesday to add urgency to their drive to ensure 'moral character and moral courage' in a force emerging from more than a decade of war."
This no doubt stimulated by repeated reports of cheating on assignments by officers and others in the nuclear installations in the Midwest and now among sailors at the naval nuclear propulsion school in North Charleston.
Why be surprised at moral failures in a culture no longer supported by Judeo-Christian assumptions? We are now set to please the ACLU and others who are pained and distressed by mention of the Ten Commandments, the word Jesus and so on. The Ten Commandments are prohibited in schools, courtrooms and public buildings. A Navy chaplain was disciplined and even discharged because he used the name of Jesus in prayers and talks.
Prayer and Bibles are forbidden in schools. No one should be influenced by a moral, righteous cosmic power whose unmentionable name might be God.
Prohibit the basis of honesty and, "Duh," what do you get?
V. B. Rambo, M.D.
W. 9th North Street
No heat strips?
Final Checklist for the $700 million Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge:
Sea turtles? Check.
Ice Storm? Ah, ice storm?
Hello, ice storm!
W. Thomas McQueeney
Listen and learn
Via Internet, I watched and listened to the S.C. Senate education subcommittee hearing on Feb. 5 that featured presenters of the pros and cons of Common Core standards.
It seemed strange to me that all three speakers against the Common Core standards were representatives of specific agenda nonprofit organizations from out of state, while all of those in favor of using common core standards were S.C. residents - two were respected educators and the other was a Chamber of Commerce representative.
I was especially impressed with the passion and informational content of the presentation by Dr. Sheila Huckabee-Quinn from Clover. I was equally unimpressed by the mostly vacuous follow-up questions from the senators.
Hopefully, the entire Senate will have the opportunity to hear the testimony from that meeting and weigh carefully what was said and by whom before voting on S. 300. Perhaps watching the archived video should be a mandatory part of the debate with a pop quiz afterward.
It is doubtful that anyone could deny that S.C. public school education is lacking and that helpful changes are needed to go forward. Currently there are so many pending bills relating to education that it seems impossible to gauge how one proposed piece of legislation might affect another bill. For example, what does S. 888 (Academic Standards Accountability Act) actually mean in relation to Common Core standards?
As a concerned citizen and grandmother who knows the benefit of public education, I only desire that all future generations of public school students will have the best opportunities available.
Freida F. McDuffie
Harbor Oaks Drive
I would like to comment on George Will's recent column contending that the flood insurance act only affects rich people with second homes. He sounds like one of those liberal columnists.
I am 68 years old and looking forward to retirement. We were looking forward to using the equity in our home to downsize into a condo and be debt free.
This law is making it impossible to sell our home, as anyone purchasing it would be required to pay an extra $1,000 to $2,000 per month for flood insurance. Our home was built in 1967 on the marsh west of the Ashley. We survived Hurricane Hugo with only damage from trees.
I really resent the fact that the liberals think that all of us are rich folks with second homes who have continued to build in flood-prone areas. This is not the case. We are average Americans who have worked hard to build up equity in our homes only to have someone pass a law that they didn't read and did not do any studies to see how it would affect folks. I don't blame Mark Sanford for not voting for a law that was impossible to study. It is time that our legislators wake up and not just rubber-stamp bills.
We are now waiting on the House to pass a delay in the implementation of the flood law and go back and study its effects. If this law is not modified it is going to ruin the real estate market in Charleston. This will not only affect my home but will bring the value down of all homes in Charleston.
& Baths, Inc.
St. Andrews Boulevard
So you think there are discriminatory practices against prospective tenants who are deaf/hearing impaired. They are the tip of the iceberg.
How about these?
TV news channels that do not broadcast the weather reports in closed caption so that hearing impaired know about impending, possibly disastrous weather. Or captioning that streams too quickly to be read. Establishments (doctors' offices and hospitals included) whose computers will accept only nine digits - not enough to enter a Relay number, so no way to reach you. Establishments whose phones cannot place Relay calls because 711 has been blocked. People who hang up saying, "I don't want any," after the Relay operator has made his announcement.
With all the technology out there you would think a voice-to-voice system could easily be implemented. But then again, that would not be a money maker. Cap Tel is available but leaves a lot to be desired.
Many folks can use their Blackberries, Iphone 5s, text and drive at the same time, but cannot place a Relay call.
It is not just renters who discriminate against those who have hearing disabilities.
S. Hampton Street
Bring FMU in
Apparently Francis Marion University is moving forward with plans to establish a branch in Mount Pleasant. In my opinion, it is a reasonable and timely response to a need which has long been felt and has been growing over the past two decades.
The population base in Mount Pleasant and its environs is now quite large, with hundreds of college-bound students who do not have access to the College of Charleston or The Citadel.
Additionally, economic considerations prohibit most of those students from moving to a residential college miles from their homes.
Mount Pleasant leadership, keenly aware of the access problem for those students, has invited Francis Marion into the town. It is commendable that a board of trustees of a public university such as Francis Marion is willing to answer Mount Pleasant's call for help. That move will enhance the possibility for coordinated efforts between Francis Marion and Trident Technical College - a real advantage for both institutions.
Clearly, if the plans become a reality, the citizens of Mount Pleasant will reap many educational and economic benefits from the presence of a four-year college in their midst.
Conrad D. Festa
Isn't it comforting to know that the Obama administration has yet to decide that the attack on our power grid near San Jose, Calif., was or was not a "terrorist" incident?
This looks like the standard Benghazi dodge all over again.
The top responsibilities of an American president are national defense and to preserve and protect the Constitution.
Zero-for-two in my book.
Brick Landing Court