I attended the Memorial Day ceremony held on the USS Yorktown. The theme was "letters from the front." Letters written by soldiers from the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam and the current conflict were read by guests.
To say this was a moving ceremony would be an understatement. One letter was written by a young man during WWII to his unborn son.
Another by a young women fighting in the Mideast wishing her dad a happy Father's Day. All of these young men and women were killed in action. Guest readers and those of us listening had a hard time holding back tears.
I want to thank Patriots Point for having this inspiring tribute to those who gave their lives so this country could remain free.
Thanks also to the guest readers for giving their time to this tribute and also to those who attended for remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Senior Chief (Retired)
As each day passes the VA scandal gains momentum. Cooking the books in order to make their performance look good was and is done in order to allow mid-level managers and above to qualify for substantial annual bonus payments.
These actions are neither legal nor moral.
I am afraid the next thing we will hear from this agency is that if you can't afford the operation let's touch up the X-ray.
A complete overhaul from the very top down is necessary in order to change a culture that ultimately shortchanges our veterans.
Marsh Hawk Lane
There appear to be major problems in our nation in finding an experienced and highly qualified leader for election as president with whom the majority can feel comfortable.
Various young politicians vie to become the president, but few appear experienced enough and qualified while serving as representatives in our Congress.
Many lack experience to serve as president with related worldwide international issues and military involvements, highly competitive foreign governments, unstable foreign relations and very costly political commitments.
Perhaps we are overlooking the answer by failing to look for leadership from our military officers, many of whom are trained, qualified and experienced in international relations.
We should be looking for that one special individual with years of top-level military tenure.
We should be looking for someone such as Lt. Gen. John Rosa as candidate for president, although I would truly be very disappointed in losing such an outstanding leader at The Citadel.
Isle of Palms
Like the writer of a May 23 letter titled "A risky cycle," I live a couple of blocks off St. Andrews Boulevard and travel that way several times a day.
One day a few weeks ago, I saw two bicyclists on St. Andrews Boulevard - one was in the center median and the other was on the sidewalk.
Neither was in the bicycle lane.
A few weeks ago I wrote a letter to the editor suggesting that benches be added to the Denmark Vesey memorial in Hampton Park.
On May 25 I finally had a chance to revisit the memorial and much to my surprise two beautiful benches had been installed.
After the letter was published I was contacted by the City of Charleston Department of Parks and the mayor's office letting me know the benches were in the works. They also thought it was a good idea and had planned on installing them.
Thank you to all those who made this happen.
Professor Robert E. Freer Jr.'s op-ed titled "Focus on the real Benghazi scandal" focused on the wrong issue regarding what caused this country personal tragedy resulting in the death of Ambassador Stevens and his personal security detail. After reading Professor Freer's chronology of events from March 2012 to September 2012, I couldn't help but question our ambassador's decision to visit the consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.
His commentary is replete with information regarding the deteriorating situation in Benghazi. Most of his comments are correct, except for saying the State Department turned down a request for a DC-3 to permit fast escape by our ambassador.
The DC-3 in question was brought from Iraq on a temporary basis to transfer arms within Libya until the establishment of a regular commercial airline.
This happened prior to the deteriorating situation in Benghazi. After a commercial airline was re-established in Libya, the State Department removed the DC-3 in August for other duties.
The DC-3 was never considered a means of escape. Since a DC-3 would be landing and parked in an airport, it's doubtful that Ambassador Stevens would have been able to drive from the consulate to the Benghazi airport. It would have been easier to proceed to the CIA mission.
Considering the fact that our embassy in Tripoli was secured, that the CIA mission in Benghazi was secured, that no consulate staffers were listed as present during the attack on the consulate, I must question putting the blame for our tragedy on the State Department, especially on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
If the Secretary of State demanded that Ambassador Stevens proceed to Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, under a deteriorating situation and without proper security, then, and only then, should we put the focus of the real Benghazi scandal on Secretary Clinton and the State Department.
DANIEL F. FIFIS
A May 20 column misrepresents wind energy's positive contribution to the health of our wildlife and our ecosystem, and disregards the industry's legacy of care.
The wind energy industry is proud to be the leading source of utility-scale electricity with the lowest environmental impacts. No energy source - or really any human activity - is completely free of impacts. The decision Americans must make is how to power our country after carefully weighing the costs and benefits.
Generating electricity from wind does not create air, water pollution or CO2 emissions, use water, require mining or drilling for fuel, or generate hazardous waste that requires permanent storage.
Out of all mainstream energy sources, wind has by far the lowest cradle-to-grave lifecycle impact on wildlife and habitat.
The wind industry has worked for years alongside major conservation organizations, such as the National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation. Both support developing wind power because of the role it plays in fighting climate change, the greatest threat to all wildlife and our society.
Affordable and reliable wind power represents the smartest way to keep the lights on while preserving our natural environment and all its inhabitants.
Director, Siting Policy
M Street, N.W.
It seems only right to me that those who build on sand should be responsible for the sand.
Alfred F. Croucher III Riverland Drive