So the editorial stance of the Post and Courier is that if Canada is releasing the carbon pollution from its tar sands, that's their decision and the United States can pretend that by building a pipeline to carry it across our country, we're not complicit.

That seems rather like whistling "Dixie" while houses burn.

Pretending that the few jobs required to build the pipeline justifies further commitment to fossil fuels is a fool's errand. We're much better off putting solar panels on every roof and building wind farms.

Anne Knight Watson

Pinckney Street

McClellanville

My 13-year friendship with Dr. James B. Edwards gives me the privilege to say that I've never personally known another man of such integrity, loyalty, accomplishment and humility. To find all these qualities in anyone is rare. But these attributes are almost non-existent in our public officials today. Jim Edwards was a model of a true gentleman.

His life serves as a genuine example of the Christian beliefs that he espoused. Many people he left behind will mourn Jim's loss, but the souls in Heaven will rejoice in his arrival.

DuBose Blakeney III

Church Flats Road

Hollywood

The article in the Dec. 27 Post and Courier concerning Carrie Cassidy, the woman beaten with a 2 by 4 piece of lumber in Myrtle Beach was sickening. No woman or man deserves that kind of treatment.

No woman is going to tell police she wants to press charges with the assailant right there or still on the loose.

Ask any woman in a safe house. Animals belong in cages.

I wonder if this woman was related to a police officer would the incident report have gone down as routine domestic violence?

Police have to deal with the worst of the worst on a daily basis, so they see it all and likely become less compassionate after seeing these tragedies so often. But who else can we call in an emergency?

I don't think this kind of thing does anything to improve police and community relations.

Dave Jacobson

Fox Chase Drive

Goose Creek

The Dec. 29 article about Obamacare navigators seems to take to task "conservative states like South Carolina who have refused to expand Medicaid." It extols the angel-like virtues of the Obamacare navigator who helps people get "cheap insurance" which in many cases is funded by federal tax credits.

The navigator also provides information on where people can go for help via "community resources," all of which are funded by taxpayers, one way or the other, I imagine.

I would be more impressed if a navigator provided guidance to clientele on how to finish their educations, how to get into job-training programs, etc. In this way they could be become independent of the assistance cycle and become productive, tax-paying citizens. Then they could help others break the assistance cycle.

Obamacare navigators are doing a disservice to their clientele by guiding them into more and more assistance.And by the way, of course the insurance is "cheap" - someone else is paying for it.

Bill O'Brien

Palmetto Peninsula Drive

Mount Pleasant

Kirkpatrick Sale, whose unorthodox perspective usually makes for good reading, has allowed personal demons to get in the way of historical analysis.

South Carolina was indeed devastated by Sherman's army 150 years ago, and in unprecedented ways, just not in the ways he claims. Lincoln's call to the nation to heal its wounds was not a malicious lie.

To assert "war waged with full military mobilization not only against the enemy but upon civilians in enemy territory from which neither women, children, the elderly or infirm were spared, had never before been seen before in the history of civilization" essentially ignores the history of warfare for the prior 10,000 years.

What do we make of the Roman conquest of Carthage, where fields were sown with salt not just to starve the population but to ensure their extinction, or the mountains of severed heads left in cities conquered by the Mongolian horde?

What the Civil War brought new to warfare was neither cruelty nor genocide but mechanized destruction on an industrial scale. The prevailing tactics of standing armies lining up in neat rows to mow each other down while civilians cheered them on was the historical aberration, not Sherman's deviation from it.

To interpret Lincoln's second inaugural as a promise to continue the war without malice is manipulation of a nuanced message down to a sound bite.

Lincoln's intention was to restore the dignity of the vanquished without trials for treason or demand for reparations.

He suggested "with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

This applied to North and South, with hundreds of thousands already dead. Malicious? I don't think so.

Jeff Russell

North Plaza Court

Mount Pleasant

In a Dec. 24 letter, the writer asserts, "If you're not an American Indian, your ancestors were immigrants."

Where does he think the American Indians' ancestors came from? America was not the Garden of Eden. There are no native Americans.

Tom Secrest

Lark Hill Road

Pawleys Island