In the May 25 edition of The Post and Courier, I read that the U.S. House voted, 231-192, to prohibit the Department of Defense from spending any of its 2015 budget on programs that address climate change. A "yes" vote was to add that prohibition over arguments that climate change affects national security.
South Carolina's representatives voted along party lines with our one Democrat voting no, all Republicans voting yes.
Personally, I don't care if people believe the climate is changing or not, and if it is, what the cause may be.
However, the Department of Defense considers it a threat to national security, and that's enough for me. But as usual politicians don't think they need to listen to anyone who knows more about an issue than they do, which includes the military and the scientific community.
Citizens have absolutely no control over the laws passed by politicians on any level, or how these laws will impact our lives. I think I know now how the third-class passengers on the Titanic felt.
Patricia A. Luck
We can, too
Peter Morici's commentary "Micromanaging climate won't work" (May 15, The Post and Courier) is emblematic of a defeatist attitude prevalent in America today.
While acknowledging that the science of man-made climate change is real, Morici throws up his hands and declares any attempt by the United States to combat it futile. China's emissions alone, he says, make pointless any efforts to limit CO2 emissions by the United States.
So let's just give up now, he seems to say, and accept our fate. To do otherwise is just too expensive.
What has become of America's can-do attitude? What has become of our belief in ourselves? Did the Greatest Generation throw up their hands when the Nazis devoured Europe? Did they sue imperial Japan for peace? No. They acted forcefully, with purpose and with the will to prevail despite the costs to themselves.
The Greatest Generation was forward thinking. They had a sense of responsibility. And through their actions they demonstrated that America, alone among nations, could change the world.
And we still can. Despite our current self-doubts, America still occupies a special place among nations. Only America can persuade the global community to confront climate change in an effective way.
We can and we must persuade China and other developing nations that limiting emissions is in their own national interest. We can and we must find a way to arrest global warming without bankrupting our own economy.
Will these answers come easily? Of course not. But daunting challenges didn't stop the Greatest Generation, and they must not stop us.
We must shake off the poisonous pessimism of those like Peter Morici and believe once again that America can accomplish anything it sets its mind to.
How refreshing to read my name on these pages absent some sort of swirling controversy. But thanks to the gracious nature of a May 25 letter writer such was the case. She wrote thanking me for building Mount Pleasant's first roundabout at the intersection of Mathis Ferry Road and Shelmore Boulevard.
Truth be known, the I'On Company was but one of a number of players who made that roundabout possible. These included Joel Ford, who was town planner at the time, the Coastal Conservation League and Buck Limehouse, then chair of S.C. Department of Transportation, who had just returned from travels in Britain. Roundabouts are more common there, and his enthusiastic support for the idea was critical. And finally, a majority of Town Council members and then-Mayor Cheryll Woods-Flowers, backed by stalwart supporters of the development concept, faced down vocal opposition, to enable the roundabout and I'On itself to be built.
As the letter writer pointed out, in the 16 years since the roundabout was built in front of I'On, numerous others have been constructed throughout the town.
This is due in no small part to the leadership of Town Transportation Engineer Brad Morrison, Director of Planning Christiane Farrell, and numerous members of several town councils.
The success of these innovative traffic control devices has inspired numerous other South Carolina municipalities to build their own roundabouts. As in Mount Pleasant, the result is enhanced traffic flow and safety.
So as one of many who was fortunate to play a part in the roundabout's construction, I say to the letter writer on behalf of the I'On Company and all those mentioned above, "You're welcome."
How wonderful it is to live in a country that allows politicians whom you would never vote for to harass you with recorded messages all hours of the day. Go to the blackboard and write 100 times, "This is an ineffective and stupid way to try to get votes."