Changing America

Thank you, Mr. President, for changing America. That was the only campaign promise that you made and actually kept. Unfortunately, in 2008 we didn't know what that change was to be, and in 2012 we were just plain stupid to elect you for a second term.

The old saying "fool us once shame on you, fool us twice shame on us" has never been more true.

The country has fallen apart in the six years that you have been in office. You should be so proud. The national debt is now $17 trillion. You are walking all over the Constitution with Obamacare, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the NSA, IRS, the VA mess, opening the borders, the growth of welfare, killing the middle class, killing jobs, the non-approval of the Keystone Pipeline, the War on Terror and releasing terrorists so they can go back home to fight America again.

All the above has done nothing but set the USA back 50 years. This is what we get when a community organizer is elected president of the United States.

Carl Wiggins

Nabor Drive

Charleston

Truck traffic

I travel I-526 often and have noted that most trucks do not comply with the truck lanes on the Don Holt and James B. Edwards bridges. Many times trucks jockey all three lanes so that cars can't pass.

I suggest that the restriction should apply on the bridges as it does on I-26 for trucks with over six wheels.

Paul Krechman

Jasimine Court

Summerville

Religious views

I have to laugh when I read letters from (Republican) people who claim to be "the majority" of Americans. The fact of the matter is there are approximately 25 million to 30 million more registered Democrats in this country than Republicans. That is how and why Obama won the election, not once but twice, electoral votes and all.

South Carolina is not representative of the majority of people who live in America.

The majority of people want laws not to be based on religion, the reason this country was founded to begin with.

Freedom from religion doesn't mean you can't be religious. It means you can't use your religious beliefs to make laws that pertain to those of us who don't share your beliefs. Until that stops happening, the divide will only grow, causing the "majority" of people to run in a direction that will never benefit the Republican Party.

How is it that the states professing to be entrenched in religious beliefs are the ones advocating guns for all, while shamelessly advocating to repeal Obamacare and leave people without health insurance? How is it that these same states have representatives who can't stand the government they claim to represent?

How is it that their hatred of our majority and electorally elected president has deemed it OK to insult him and his family and attack his morality?

When did choice become a decision I can't make with my physician, not my legislators who are not physicians? Why is it that these same states want to regulate my body and who I can marry, yet not want to regulate the air I breathe and the water I drink from the industries and people who are polluting it?

How is that they would use the safe return of a soldier against the president who secured his release - regardless of the number or ranking of the detainees traded?

How is it that their opposition to sane gun control gains strength with every mass shooting when by all rational odds it should be weakened by the frequency of intentional and accidental shootings of children? How is it that people professing religious beliefs don't see the irony in their actions? Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your actions do.

Though I am not in the majority in this state, I am among the 25 million to 30 million who are the "majority" who will vote Democrat, in all elections, from this day forward, or until the day comes when politics is completely void of the divisiveness and not-so-holy religious views.

Cathy Perkins

British Drive

Moncks Corner

Good care

With all the bad press about VA hospitals I felt that the Ralph H. Johnson VA hospital needed to be recognized for the good care my husband is getting from the hospital.

My husband has been in the VA system for many years and about four years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

He has been placed on a home-based health care program that takes a lot of stress off both of us. We no longer have to make those long trips to the hospital.

I realize there are problems with some VA hospitals and there may be at Ralph H. Johnson also. No place is perfect, but our experience has been good and I just wanted to say, thank you.

Martha Riley

Paradise Pond Land

Harleyville

A carriage ride

During a short stay at the Isle of Palms recently, my wife and I, who had never been to Charleston, decided the best way to see the old city was to start with a carriage ride.

We chose Friday, assuming it would be less busy than the weekend. We also chose a carriage company because the facilities looked nice and the mission statement explaining how they treat their animals was posted.

Our driver explained the mules were two sisters named "Rhyme" and "Reason" and told us how much they could pull, how they were cared for and how much they worked.

We felt good. They looked out for mules that would have no future if it weren't for this carriage-pulling job.

The driver explained the lottery system and the fact that he had to obey traffic rules. The ride was very enjoyable, and we both learned a lot.

I was also impressed by Charleston's drivers who seemed to look out for the carriages. They stop and wave on carriages. I don't think this would happen here in Charlotte, as we seem to have a more cosmopolitan driver. We like to say, "They aren't from here."

The mules made a few missteps. For example, they bumped each other, and if not for one car swerving in the other lane, this might have been an issue.

From a safety standpoint, it would work better if there were a driver and a narrator. I noticed that our driver did a wonderful job talking about the city, but every time there was an issue with the mules, he was talking and not driving.

I think it would be a shame if your fine city lost such a noble and quaint cottage industry that provides a service to so many families and to so many animals and vets. It is a part of Charleston I have always heard about.

In addition, we spent $750 in your city, and had a ball doing it.

George McGimsey

Hunley Ridge Road

Matthews, N.C.

Retirement age

One of the reasons that the economy is recovering slowly is that 10,000 war babies are reaching retirement age of 65 every day. That's 300,000 a month, and the effect of these figures virtually ensures that the economy will return to full employment even if it languishes in 2 percent growth.

An increase of 175,000 in new jobs for a month gets front page coverage in the newspapers, but if 200,000 workers retire from the job rolls, it's likely not to even get mentioned. And that trend will last for the next 20 years.

The labor participation rate is now near an all-time low of 63 percent, and most of the downward movement in that figure is due to retirees. Adding uneducated workers from our southern border and Third World countries is highly unlikely to replace these retirees in economic impact.

Furthermore, the 75 million who make up the "war baby boom" are going to be spending less, and spending more carefully than younger two-income families. It has a double impact on the economy.

And it's unlikely that these workers will return to the workforce. Their tolerance for human resource managers, and all their ignorant, picky ways, is practically nil.

William A. Johnson

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant