Accept all patients
I am an attorney representing clients who are injured and need urgent care. They often go to hospital emergency rooms or to urgent care centers. All have good doctors.
Some have complained that they went to an urgent care center but, when they lacked cash or acceptable insurance, were put in a wheelchair at the entrance and EMS was called to take them to a hospital emergency room.
A March 23 Post and Courier article had a section on "Urgent care critics" but did not deal with our hospital emergency rooms being saddled with patients rejected by urgent care centers due to no cash or acceptable insurance.
Hospitals may not reject patients due to lack of cash, so hospitals competing with "urgent care" are losing paying patients to these centers while being required to serve the non-paying.
Solution: We need a statute that requires urgent care centers to accept all patients regardless of payment ability.
Gary A. Ling
W. Montague Avenue
I read Brian Hicks' column claiming that Sen. Lindsey Graham, despite his unpopularity with some factions of the Republican Party, is still a shoe-in to get re-elected. I agree with him on that matter, but I am appalled and angry when he makes light of the Benghazi tragedy.
The remark he made that by mid-June we will "no longer have to listen to Graham blame Crimea, the war on Christmas and daylight saving time on Benghazi" is a typical left-wing comment that follows Hillary Clinton's and President Obama's thinking.
Don't try to be comedic at the expense of Americans who were killed and their families who are grieving. Write more comedy columns about building a winter bridge and lay off politics.
Bridge bike lane
Have you ever seen the huge crowd of competitors at the start of the Tour de France? Fewer than 200 bicyclists compete in that race.
Now picture in your mind the insane City of Charleston estimate of 1,500 people per day crossing the Ashley River on bicycles. Morning bike lane commuters would be backed up to the Coburg cow.
Parking and traffic problems have been cited as reasons for people to ride bikes to work. If the City of Charleston continues to allow unbridled construction related to the hospitality industry on the peninsula, and the College of Charleston enrollment remains at 12,000 or more, it won't make a difference if 15,000 people bike to work.
I also read that Asheville, Greenville and Spartanburg have benefited from changes such as bike lanes that contribute to cleaner air and reduce auto congestion.
Which of those cities had to address the issue of a crowded, 1.5-mile by 3-mile downtown central business, medical and educational hub?
I'm sure people supporting this project, including the "smart, tech savvy young people" that a bike lane will attract, would never consider themselves selfish or inconsiderate. That being said, the fact remains that if you dismount and walk your bike across the bridge, a distance of about one half lap around Colonial Lake, it would take less than four minutes, during which time you will still be exercising in the fresh air. Should the rest of us pay several million dollars to prevent your being inconvenienced for a few minutes?
Sea Eagle Watch
Fix Social Security
On March 6 yet another editorial said the Social Security system must be changed. Every attempt to improve this system has met with opposition in Congress. I have a way to add funding for infrastructure updates, schools and job training all with no cost to the U.S. government.
One side of Congress or the other will say this cannot be done. But it can and should be done straight away. The longer we wait the harder and more drastic the solution will be.
The only difference between making a budget for the government or devising a retirement system and doing the same for your family is one of scope. The government works with bigger numbers.
The Social Security Administration can (see section 201(b) of the Social Security Act of 1935) and should be directed to place all receipts into municipal bonds and to divest itself of all federal bonds.
This will provide municipalities with funds for needed improvements and provide actual income to the U.S. government instead of uselessly moving funds around. And it will keep U.S. citizens out of the line with China the next time the government runs out of funds.
Charles E. Pound
The public dole
Recently, President Obama has made greater efforts to create opportunities for minority men.
A very high percentage of men of color (greater than 70 percent) are born to a single parent already on government assistance.
Problems for them will not be resolved until the government stops "rewarding" women for illegitimate children. The present-day system encourages women to have children by providing additional income for each child born.
Why would a "potential father" worry about supporting his child when he knows the government will do it for him? Marriage is not an option for women whose monthly income would decrease.
Continued government assistance increases the number of out-of-wedlock births leading to more poverty, crime and reliance. It also assures votes for those supporting this practice.
Perhaps it would be cheaper for the taxpayer to buy birth control for women on government assistance than to pay for their illegitimate children for 18-plus years.
If women knew they would not receive assistance for out-of-wedlock children, single parent birthrates would decrease. Taxpayers should not be expected to pay over and over for more and more children.
Can our elected officials help us out of this mess? Anyone else tired of being his brother's keeper?
Paula Davis, R.N.
Boeing saved lives
I strongly agree with the March 17 letter titled "Boeing bombers," which calls attention to the lack of credit given Boeing for its development and successful production of the World War II B-29 bomber. He is correct in saying it saved countless lives.
It is true that a long-range, dependable, four-engine bomber to fly the vast Pacific path was required for the air offense against Japan. Boeing warned the Army Air Corps that the B-29 was not ready for delivery.
Gen. Arnold forcefully told Boeing it was urgently needed and to get it into production anyway. Only by beginning production would the issues be resolved. Boeing came through.
I was a crew member on this aircraft on Tinian Island during World War II. Of all the flights we made, only two required emergency landings, one on Iwo Jima and one on Okinawa.
All of us "B-29s" are grateful and owe our lives to the unsung heroes who fought and died so as to provide a landing strip for crippled planes to make it safely back to base.
I recall these B-29s I flew in: "Goin' Jesse," "Nippon Nemesis" and "Starduster." Thank you, Boeing.
Boeing is a class company that should be honored for its accomplishments and given the credit it deserves.
Thank you, College of Charleston Board of Trustees.
You have restored my faith that sometimes the best man does win.