Robo call relief
July 7 started off with another round of robo calls from a credit card company calling me "for the second and last time." Needless to say, it was at least the 30th call, even after I pushed 9 to be removed from its list.
Another company called five times last Wednesday offering to fix my computer of some invisible problem that their computer showed it had with Windows. Fed up, I called my phone carrier and found out that I can simply block their phone number from ever calling my home again.
Write down the number that called your home, press star 60. A recording tells you to press 2 then enter the number you wish to block, then press pound and the company is blocked.
Some companies have several numbers that robo call, so you may have to "block" four or five times. But finally, there's a little peace and quiet at our home.
Old Towne Road
We have an invasion of America by illegal aliens at our southern border. It is time to stop it now. This is a direct threat to the national security and health of our nation.
Along with the thousands of children entering this country illegally there may be terrorists, members of dangerous drug cartels, people dealing in the sex slave trade and diseases that are a threat to our national health. This is going to overwhelm our government agencies and budgets.
The power to stop this is with Congress. Article IV section 4 of The Constitution of the United States states: "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion."
Article 1 Section 8: "The Congress shall have the power ... To establish a uniform Rule of naturalization ... To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasion."
President Obama and members of Congress seem to have forgotten their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution.
Obama is not a king, but he threatens again to raise his mighty pen and "to act alone without Congress" on immigration regulations.
This failure to protect our borders is a betrayal of trust.
North Highway 52
The latest of the 54 separate recalls by General Motors brings the total number of vehicles recalled in the first half of 2014 to 29 million, or about the number of vehicles sold by GM in the United States in the last eight years. Taken collectively, this is the largest recall in automotive history.
Problems at GM extend beyond making faulty vehicles and then failing to make timely corrections. Before the financial crisis GM was losing money, $38.7 billion in 2007 and $30.9 billion in 2008. With the shock to markets from the home mortgage-related debacle, GM would have gone belly-up if not for a U.S. government bailout in 2009. Part of this rescue by Big Brother government resulted in U.S. ownership of a large portion of GM shares.
With this ownership, the Obama administration pressured the company to produce electric cars. The result was the Chevy Volt, a car hardly anyone wanted and hardly anyone would buy without about a quarter of the purchase price covered by various government "incentives."
When China supports its industry with "subsidies" the rhetoric from our government is about how unfair it is, but when our government does the same, and they do plenty, it's "incentives."
In spite of these incentives, according to Reuters News, GM is losing an estimated $49,000 on each Volt it makes, and that loss will increase when the incentives end.
When all GM shares held by our government were finally sold, the cost to taxpayers for the bailout came to $11.2 billion, not counting billions lost by the original GM share and bond holders. Think of how many high schools could be built with $11.2 billion.
That doesn't count the cost of "incentives" and other government perks that are keeping this zombie company standing. Yes, they are selling cars, but they exist on government subsidies.
And how does GM thank U.S. taxpayers for all this help? It continues to move production and jobs out of the country. GM just announced the planned construction of a $270 million aluminum motor production facility in Argentina.
Thank you, Government Motors.
Night Heron Drive
Flags a joy
Thanks to the Evening Exchange Club members who installed the line of American flags along Lockwood Boulevard in celebration of Independence Day.
They also put them up for Memorial Day. It was such a pleasure to view the flags and think about our great country. What a wonderful gift to the city.
I am a native South Carolinian. I grew up in Mount Pleasant and frequented Charleston. I was appalled by CBS' new prime-time show "Reckless."
Although I was lured to watch by the show's previews, which featured superb aerial views of White Point Garden, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and beautiful architecture, the opening X-rated scene soured me immediately and left a terrible impression of my community.
Nothing in this program made me proud to be from the Charleston area. The corruption of the police department; unprofessional dress of the female defense lawyer; framing of a female police officer by her male partners; computer bullying; exploitation of women; marriage vows broken due to the power of money; planting of cocaine to frame a lawyer; use of date-rape drugs; and the most disturbing scene - the double X-rated gang rape by law officers of a colleague - all reflect poorly on Charleston, the Holy City.
The good points of the show - restoration of an old boat and beach home and the lead character's relationship with his daughters and father-in-law - just didn't outweigh the terribly bad points.
Sissy Kirchner Seyle
Let me see if I understand this correctly. I glean from a July 3 story that Doug Wojcik may be in trouble due to alleged abusive coaching methods with College of Charleston basketball players.
Wojcik's behavior was investigated in interviews with players, coaches, staff and boosters over a six-month period and documented in a 50-page report.
The athletic director was reportedly prepared to fire him, but the departing college president overruled him, recommending a suspension without his more than $33,000 monthly salary for August, and with some form of counseling.
Team players meeting with the incoming president insisted on the dismissal, but no resolution was reached. Apparently, many former and current players hold negative opinions of him.
Wojcik's teams have gone 38-29 in his two seasons at the C of C for a .567 winning average in the past two seasons, not much below his .588 mark as the "winningest coach" in seven seasons at the University of Tulsa. (Further information includes that "citing a decline in season ticket sales, Tulsa fired him on March 11, 2012.")
Also of interest in the article is his $400,000 per season salary and a potential buyout of the remaining three years of his contract, worth $1.2 million. (The C of C paid a $787,000 buyout to another basketball coach in 2006.)
We're not talking about well-beloved attitudes bestowed on previous coaches.
What seems to be the issue? One likes to think collegiate, non-professional - dare we say amateur? - athletics should be focused more on the team and the alma mater and less on the coach. Certainly there have been and are legendary coaches in all sports, but the better ones seem to have achieved legendary status through good demeanor, not churlish misconduct.
Why would the College of Charleston want to hold onto him? Could it be the monetary factor, which ain't "chump change"?
Frank A. Freeman
King Charles Circle