After watching the news recently about the 50 senators debating the Washington Redskins' name I thought to myself: Is this all they have to do for $174,000 a year?
We have far bigger problems. I was so depressed I wanted to go out and shoot a stop sign.
Then I started to think about all the Southerners subjected to the New York Yankees' name, and I'm a Yankee fan. Can you imagine all the sleepless nights this generates in the South?
Next thing I thought about were all the bird watchers and the stress they live with: the Orioles, Blue Jays, Cardinals and the Falcons. No wonder these birds have a hard time flying in a straight line.
We wonder why this country is slipping so fast - it is because we worry about a mascot name more than the real problems in life.
I, for one, hope the management of the Washington Redskins doesn't cave in. If you don't like the name stay at home or change the channel.
On my morning drive, I pass an array of political signs. One, for the superintendent of education job, tells me she wants to "stop Common Core."
Having lived in South Carolina for many decades, I've seen the alphabet soup of education programs developed by the state. Yet after those many years, the South Carolina education "product" does not do well in national rankings.
Along comes a group led by state governors to look at teachable skills necessary for successful employment in the 21st century workplace. Bright minds were engaged. Discussions were many. The summary of that effort is labeled "Common Core." Perhaps the standards have flaws. Perhaps there can be improvements. Perhaps it is the very best standard yet.
The prospective candidate may have studied the standards in detail and can articulate its strengths and weaknesses. Yet when I pass that sign, I translate her message into "I have no plan to improve education." Like most of the current crop of wannabes, she is running "against." How does that move us forward?
S. Main Street
Today, our veterans are not getting the care they deserve. This is a tragedy that should never have happened and we need to correct this problem as quickly as possible. Also, we need to prevent this problem from ever happening again by planning ahead.
Before we voluntarily go into wars like Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan, Congress needs to commit the money and train the personnel necessary to provide long-term care for those who will be injured physically and mentally in such conflicts.
Learning from our present predicament, Congress should be willing either to pay the price for first-class care of our veterans or not become involved in any more wars.
Amelia W. Vernon
If being a state senator is almost a full-time job, as so many senators claim, then how does that square with the executive head of the Charleston County Aviation Authority continuing to be paid to do both jobs? Has the wool been pulled over the public's eyes, or do we have a new Superman walking in our midst?
Bishop Gadsden Way
Our iconic ship "Spirit of South Carolina," is about to be sold at auction and will then probably depart from here. This ship, a replica of a 19th century packet boat, was built in Ansonborough Field and launched from Union Pier into the Cooper River. She is very much a part of the Charleston scene, and a major tourist attraction.
Just as we joined together to save the Angel Oak by contributing what we could into a fund to purchase the land on which it grows, could we not do the same to save this beautiful ship? Can this newspaper, or some civic organization, spearhead such a drive for funds?
Lisa K. Barclay
Help me understand. A U.S. Marine crosses the Mexican border by accident and gets thrown into a Mexican jail.
Millions of Mexicans enter the U.S. illegally, and they get health care, food stamps, education and drivers licenses (in 12 states). Is it just me who does not understand?
In the May 19 letter titled "Sad reality" Sen. Larry Grooms is lumped in with the old guys in Columbia.
Why? Was it due to his taking a stand after constituents clearly sounded off about the filth that students at the College of Charleston were encouraged to read?
Do old or young instructors, teachers, professors or whoever is responsible for dictating what students must or can't read get free passes based on the assumption that they know better than others what is and isn't good reading material?
Sen. Grooms, accused of beating drums that are political during an election year, is a man of good character who listens to his constituents and attempts to help.
He's also human and therefore makes mistakes but many wouldn't agree that this is one of them. Almost all colleges attempt to assist in helping students become well-rounded thinkers.
With a library full of books and resources, why should students be limited to one selected by a group pushing what others would never want to read?
Is this more "political correctness" dressed as "we're not dictating, just wondering what those with opposing views are afraid of"?
Why do those who eagerly harp on equality fail to see the many inequalities they force on others they so rudely oppose?
Doesn't this limit or prevent others from responding to how such a harsh attack is right or wrong and even a bit hypocritical?
In the May 17 editorial "So much for 'civil discourse,' " you point out that those who accuse the Koch brothers of evil are hardly in a position to complain about the lack of civil discourse in American politics.
You are right, but I'm not in politics, so let me assure you that the Koch oligarchy is far more dangerous to America than any group of terrorists currently planning mayhem on our country.
That's as civil as I feel I can get on the subject of Koch.
I picked up the paper the other day and couldn't believe it - another front-page article on Skip ReVille. It appears that The Post and Courier is comparable to CNN - continually rehashing the same subject until one wants to scream.
I know sensationalist news sells, but must you make the readers suffer with still another story on Skip ReVille? Yes, he's serving his time, and unfortunately there were victims. But it's old news, and we need to get on with it. There are plenty of stories about our neighbors who contribute their time and effort to the betterment of our community. Let's read about them. Maybe you can make these articles "page-turners" worth reading.
Stono Watch Drive
While reading Robert Rosen's timely and informative Tuesday Commentary page column on the S.S. St. Louis debacle, a question arose in my mind: Why is it that FDR concluded that issuing an executive order to remedy a desperate immigration situation would illegally bypass Congress and violate the Constitution, but our current president thinks otherwise?
Edward C. Fennell