Banning reality

The decision by the S.C. House to pass H 3435, amending the S.C. Comprehensive Health Education Act should have me dancing in the aisles. The changes will positively impact our son's generation of South Carolinians and what they learn in health education. It has taken 38 years to require that instruction be "medically accurate," a huge step forward.

Yet, I can't help but be disheartened that my son and his generation are still prevented from referring to his parents' relationship in a public school health class unless it is in the context of a sexually transmitted disease.

"The program of medically-accurate instruction provided for in this section may not include a discussion of alternate sexual lifestyles from heterosexual relationships including, but not limited to, homosexual relationships except in the context of instruction concerning sexually transmitted diseases."

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. federal government, as well as nearly two dozen ally nations around the world recognize and celebrate our relationship, yet the S.C. Legislature says it can only be talked about in health class in the context of a disease.

Is that how our legislators truly see us? We who work hard, pay our taxes, contribute to our communities, raise our families and grow our neighborhoods? Really?

Warren Redman-GreSS

Old Forest Drive

Seabrook Island

Liberal fallacy

A recent column, "Fix the Second Amendment by Adding Five Words," is an excerpt from a book by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, which yields insight to the thinking of an activist liberal jurist.

He understands the intent of the original wording of the Second Amendment, but since he, as a Supreme Court judge, knows better what the founding fathers really meant, or at least should have meant, Stevens' solution is to rewrite it to his liking. Thus his suggestion to add five words and totally change the meaning of this constitutional assurance of the right to bear arms.

Thankfully, the founding fathers were thoughtful enough to incorporate sufficient protections from radical activists such as Judge Stevens. And, thankfully, I didn't waste the money to buy his entire book of judicial drivel.

Ron West

Diamond Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Revealing terms

I wonder if Paul Krugman knows what he revealed in his April 29 column in which he berates the Nevada rancher who had a highly publicized confrontation with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over grazing fees on federal land. Mr. Krugman classifies the ranchers as "welfare queens of the purple sage." The headline on his column, both on The New York Times website and in The Post and Courier print edition, calls them "high plains moochers."

Does Mr. Krugman realize that by inference this is also labeling welfare recipients as moochers?

I don't believe that was his intent. Maybe he was having a bad day at the socialist fountain.

Robert Savin, M.D.

Privateer Creek Road

Johns Island

Selfless service

On May 21, my 19-year-old daughter, Lauren, will embark on a trip to Africa with the Bread of Life Missions.

She will spend her summer off from the College of Charleston to do a three-month internship in Turkana, Kenya, a village that she visited last summer on a mission trip sponsored by Seacoast Church. Pictures and stories from her previous trip document the love and passion Lauren has for the Turkana people - most of all, the children.

As a father, naturally I am concerned for her safety. But she is driven by her Christian faith to serve a world that needs clean water, food, education, shelter and so much more.

This letter is to recognize not only my daughter, but all the young humanitarians and their families in the Lowcountry who make unselfish sacrifices and display such commitment as they travel around the world.

Many times the media focus on the negative while reporting on young people. I challenge you to report on the positive and uplifting contributions being made on a daily basis by young heroes in our community, nationally and internationally.

As parents we all have dreams for our children. I am honored and proud that my daughter, like many young men and women, wants to change the world. Please join me in praying for their safety. May God bless them all.

Bob Shipley

Ladson Road

Ladson

Deer decline

Instead of trying to figure out the decline of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the Department of Natural Resources needs to address the decline of whitetail deer in the Francis Marion National Forest.

People buy a Wildlife Management Plan permit to hunt deer, and this brings revenue to DNR. No deer, no permits sold. Pretty simple. These snakes don't have many fans.

C.B. Morris Jr.

Farewell Corner Road

Charleston