Several weeks ago an editorial referred to a number of cases of suspected voter fraud. A few days later Rev. Joseph Darby's column appeared saying that the record proving voter fraud is relatively nonexistent, while the record proving voter suppression is the real problem.

Voter fraud to whatever extent it does or does not exist is an individual problem while voter suppression, written into law, caused by insufficient voting machines and opportunity (time) to vote creates a systemic problem that denies the very heart of democracy.

It is through the ballot box that an informed, active citizenry gets to offset the power of money corrupting our government.

It is an informed and active citizenry that protects our representatives from the power of special interests that threaten them with loss of financial support and attack ads.

It is extremely important that, as the primary season is upon us, we select the best candidates who will appear on the ballot in November and actually represent our ideals and values and will lay the groundwork so democracy can live in America.

Bob Krogh

Stockton Drive

Mount Pleasant

Singers of Summerville and Flowertown Players collaborative program, "What I Did for Love," transported us to Broadway. Songs spanned 100 years of show tunes, each masterfully performed and choreographed. "South Pacific," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables" -music filled the theater. The vocal talent was exquisite, and dancing ("Singing in the Rain") very nicely done. The program received two well-deserved standing ovations.

Shelby Dangerfield, Miss Summerville, a music theater major who plans to pursue a career in New York in musical theater also contributed to the evening of song.

We support her wish to become Miss South Carolina this year.

She is articulate, talented and directed. She would be a wonderful state representative.

Summerville Mayor Bill Collins and City Council have much of which to be proud. We have superb Summerville talent in multiple arts venues, which can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best elsewhere.

Entertainment organizations in Summerville add luster to our beautiful, historic community.

Shirley B. Berardo

Anthony A. Berardo

Schooner Bend Avenue

Summerville

A May 11 article reported on six extraordinary and concerned Republicans who are willing to "put their money where their mouth is" and run against an incumbent senator in South Carolina.

They all echo the same story about incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been in office too long and has forgotten that he is a senator from South Carolina and not first in command in this country.

He demonstrates aloofness to his constituency by declining The Post and Courier's request to comment on his opponents' concerns over his stand on many issues that cause concern among people in South Carolina.

Unfortunately, the old divide-and-conquer theory will hold true; dividing dissenting votes among six candidates will, most likely, ensure his nomination as the Republican candidate for the Senate.

It is a shame that these six candidates cannot come to an agreement that they all are running in the primary for essentially the same reason, and choose one on whom to focus all of their energies to unseat a senator who seems to have lost his way once he left South Carolina and became part of the problematic D.C. asylum.

Seymour Rosenthal

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant

Fast and Furious. Benghazi. IRS. NSA. VA.

As my mother used to say, "My goodness gracious."

As I say today, we're so very fortunate to be served by the most transparent administration in history.

Otherwise, some might call this troubling.

Carl E. Smith

Sea Lavender Lane

Summerville

On May 11, a letter writer wanted "chain gangs" and other ways of getting work out of prisoners.

He wrote that "they get free room and board, free dental care, free medical care and usually are in a one-room cell."

Well, I've never heard of a two-room cell; one room is the way they come.

At least two prisoners in South Carolina are housed in a room about 8x10 feet.

They have to go to the bathroom in full view of their cellmates, unless they hang a sheet up to give themselves some privacy, because it's right there in the 8x10 space.

And the board South Carolina so lavishly showers on these grown men costs $1.33 per man, per day.

They can buy additional food at the canteen, usually once a week, providing their families and friends send money to their cards.

The "free" medical and dental care costs $5 for each doctor visit or prescription, which comes out of the money the family sends to pay for food to supplement the bounteous feast the state already bestows on them.

It also is used for soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.

And doctors are not in any hurry to see people. A prisoner puts in a request and then waits to be summoned. Don't even bother to put in the request for anything that might not be life-threatening. By the time someone is seen, he's either better or dead.

The letter writer wants to work inmates all day in the heat, feed them nothing and "maybe" reward them with a couple of minutes of cell phone time, if they're good and hold their mouth just right.

Has he ever heard of "involuntary servitude"?

Incarceration is supposed to punish the guilty person by preventing him from being free to come and go and live his life as he pleases.

South Carolina has interpreted this to mean "deprive him in every way possible and make his life as bad as we can without actually breaking any laws."

Gloria B. Jenkins

Stonewood Drive

Charleston

Please support congressional action to allow regulation of campaign spending.

We need to undo what will be perceived of as one of the most egregious errors in judicial judgment in our history. It has taken the political power away from voters to those who can pay for representation.

Mel Goldstein

Fresh Meadow Lane

Mount Pleasant

Several articles and letters have been published in the last month or two about a former POW camp and remnants of the camp's chimney.

I can understand how some view it as an object of horror, but it also represents national, state and local history.

The soldiers held here were "leased out" to work in the fields, cut lumber and, I am sure, do local municipal road work and such that needed to be done.

This was not a holiday spot for them.

Officers and foot soldiers worked side by side, those who believed in Hitler and those who did not.

These prisoners helped put food on local tables and did work that our boys overseas couldn't do.

There are several web sites that are very informative about this time in our history. One is prisonphotography.org/2011/08/page 2.

This structure was used for heat and cooking and was not built using local labor but by the prisoners themselves.

I understand the position of the family who owns the property, but please, don't tell me that 20 years ago when they bought this parcel they didn't know what the land had been used for and what the existing structure was.

John Wilson

Colony Drive

Charleston