Charleston is a beautiful city, but ... My “but” is because I am a Vietnam veteran who uses a wheelchair, and my pet peeve is the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital in Charleston. Has any official ever taken his personal car and, with no warning gone to the VA hospital and tried to find a parking space in the VA parking lot? Lots of luck.

Parking in the VA lot is comparable to trying to put 16 eggs into a 12-egg carton. It is unreal and is a headache for veterans. Go and see for yourselves — if you can find a parking space.

When my wife takes me for an appointment I get out at the front door. It usually takes her from 45 minutes to an hour to find a parking space.

We veterans need help, and I invite U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and other officials to check out the parking and show us that you really care about us by doing something about our problem.

The VA hospital is nice and so is the staff, but someone must have been asleep when he laid out the parking areas. We can’t fold up or make our cars disappear. We veterans need your help. The question is: Will you help?

John H. Bethea

Robin Road


As a person of faith, I believe deeply in a Golden Rule ethic: We should treat others the way we would like to be treated. Religious scholar Karen Armstrong puts it even more boldly: We should think about the things that we find harmful or hateful and never do those things to anyone else.

As a citizen, I believe in our country’s ideal that every person should be treated equally under the law. No one deserves special treatment, but everyone deserves the same treatment.

So with it was with deep disappointment that I read Adam Beam’s article in Thursday’s Post and Courier stating that both of our declared gubernatorial candidates oppose marriage equality.

I wonder why both candidates, Republican and Democrat, would take the right to marry for themselves and deny it to other South Carolinians who only wish to be treated equally.

As a person of faith, I ask what is wrong with the Golden Rule?

As a citizen, I ask what is wrong with equal treatment under the law?

Rev. Jeremy Rutledge

Circular Congregational Church

Meeting Street


I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Memphis, Tenn., for my 40th birthday in April of 2003. My wife and our three younger children went as well. We had a wonderful time visiting the National Civil Rights Museum, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and the Temple of Deliverance where the late Gilbert Patterson was pastor.

For this, my 50th birthday year, I made preparation to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was bombed in 1963, the same year that I was born. My youngest daughter was the only one to accompany me on this trip, and we were moved beyond measure.

I believe that students from the tri-county area would be vastly inspired if such a trip were to take place annually during their spring breaks. This would allow students to share their new-found knowledge and understanding of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go as a nation. It may even help with the senseless violence that continues to occur amongst our young people. This trip could be life-changing.

Garfield E. Capers

Malden Avenue

North Charleston

Bill Clinton: “A great democracy doesn’t make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.”

Really? Try buying any firearm without an ID.

Does a great democracy make it harder to buy wine, beer and liquor than to vote? Does a great democracy make it harder to get on an airplane than to vote?

Does a great democracy make it harder to rent an automobile than vote?

Does a great democracy make it harder to pick up pre-ordered concert tickets than to vote?

In a great democracy isn’t some sort of identification required if stopped by any law enforcement.?

Maybe next election we just open the doors and let whoever comes in cast a vote as many times and in as many locations as he wants.

In fact we could use school buses to pick people up off the street. Whoever gets the most votes wins, period.

No primaries, no recounts, no runoffs.

Let’s see how that works out.

Don Watts

Clarksville Lane

Goose Creek

I am so relieved that we are told by our fearless leaders that since we do not plan to put boots on the ground in Syria, we are not actually thinking about starting a war.

And since the president isn’t planning anything like a real war, he can do whatever he wants without congressional approval.

But I think I remember something from my history books in school. Were there any Japanese combat boots that actually hit the ground in Pearl Harbor?

Maybe that was not really an act of war after all. And if not, why did the president get so upset?

Philip J. Murphy

Ventura lace

Mount Pleasant

Thought for today: One is never truly an adult until he has taken on some sense of responsibility, especially the act of taking care of himself.

Bobby Joe Hosmer

Fryes Lane