I understand the difficult circumstances the friend of a May 6 letter writer faced. She decided to have a late-term abortion due to problems with the baby.

Many have been counseled by medical personnel to terminate life before birth.

Children with defects are still human babies, and often a prognosis of a handicap is not an insurmountable tragedy. Our son was born with Down syndrome.

I can say that, even with his handicap, our son has given us much joy and many gifts. We are fortunate to have him and to know him.

He is a human being worthy of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as all other persons are.

S.M. Foley

Morningdale Drive

Mount Pleasant

Surprise is defined as an unexpected or astonishing event, fact or thing. Recently a number of Mount Pleasant residents have been acting surprised at the runaway residential development and the 55-foot-tall office building planned for Shem Creek.

Frankly, I am surprised that they are surprised. Mayor Linda Page was clear that this was her path during her mayoral campaign. She stated at the 88 Club forum that she could not tell a developer "no," and at the Moultrie Middle School said Mount Pleasant must "go vertical." She is doing exactly as she said she would.

It is tragic that town hall wants to spend taxpayers' money to facilitate unwanted building.

The impending tragedy is that the Town of Mount Pleasant and the City of Charleston want to deplete school district funds to pay for their enterprises.

The Charleston County School District is behind in infrastructure and salaries and the local municipalities continue to try to raid their general fund for development through Tax Increment Finance Districts.

Let's not be surprised anymore.

Joe Bustos

King Street

Mount Pleasant

When the Motor Vehicle Fee option was introduced as a way to supplement the increased motor vehicle accident (MVA) call expense, we, the St. Andrews Public Service District Commission, were informed that approximately 30 local governing bodies in the state currently apply the MVA fee option.

Mount Pleasant has had such an ordinance for when fire trucks respond for quite some time.

Some of the governing bodies in South Carolina have been billing for years. EMS has been charging transport fees for years.

Due to the PSD's central location, our call volume has increased approximately five fold in the last year. We do not choose or race other fire departments to calls. The calls are assigned by Charleston County Consolidated 911 Dispatch to the closest unit. Some departments don't have rescue trucks.

In my opinion, St. Andrews Fire Dept. is as well-equipped and trained as any other area department. Automatic response does benefit the entire community by providing the fastest possible response.

Responding to an accident scene, which might involve entrapment, fire with the possibility of an explosion, water submergence, or even downed power lines, could take hours to clear. Costs are involved. There is wear and tear on equipment, not to mention possible injury to firefighters.

At the current call volume rate of increase, we will either have to burden our residents with higher taxes or explore other means to supplement these costs.

The PSD sustains itself on property taxes. We do not run a deficit. We do not get to share in the local option sales tax and many other taxes and fees that cities receive.

I know some say one big city would be more efficient than smaller towns or public service districts; however, as a PSD resident, I disagree.

Larger city government is not the answer. West of the Ashley has been a "stepchild" of the city on many occasions, whereas, West of the Ashley is the PSD's only focus.

We will continue to provide outstanding service to residents of West Ashley.

Charles Ledford

Chair

St. Andrews Public Service District Commission

North Edgewater Drive

Charleston

I worked in the VA system as a surgical physician's assistant for 38 years with the last 28 years in cardiac surgery.

I went to work every day with great enthusiasm and humility, grateful to serve American heroes.

It became evident to me in the late '90s that the VA was suffering from "bureau mania" - more and more management.

The spread of bureaucracy was malignant and terminal as presently seen.

Make no mistake: The spread is from top to bottom, central office, regional office to local level.

There are many worker bees in clinics, on floors and in operating rooms who want only to take care of veterans. I can't say that about the bureaucrats.

The solution?

1) Take 60 percent of top and mid-level management, central, regional and local, and replace them with worker bees, doctors, nurses, techs, clerks, social workers, psych, clinical services, etc.

2) Change the VA's wordy mission statement to "Take care of the vet."

God bless the vets and those who, hands on, take care of them.

Eddie Shepard

20th Avenue

Isle of Palms

The risk of drowning from riptides at Charleston County beaches could be greatly reduced through the use of un-manned drones. Drones can fly straight or circular paths; they can stream video material day or night with infrared devices; they can remain aloft for 12 hours or more in one location.

They are extremely quiet and would not be noticed unless one stares straight at them. They can ascend to higher altitudes, yet retain visual clarity of their targets.

The pilot of a drone can operate it from a nearby location or 100 miles away. He can relay GPS data to fix the exact location of his surveillance. Drones can monitor road traffic for hours at a time; they can assist in manhunts. Unmanned drones are solutions looking for problems to solve.

A government agency could probably acquire a drone at little or no cost for up to a year, to test the feasibility of such usage in beach areas. A government agency could lease a drone for usage in emergency contexts.

Drones have been used by communities for several years. I don't understand why no agency in South Carolina has sought this resource.

If there is one unmanned drone operating in South Carolina in support of community functions, I have not seen it reported in the media. I think it's a great idea.

A.C. Waldrep

Lockwood Drive

Charleston

The Skip ReVille story is still of high interest. The Post and Courier article was fascinating. You handled the sensitive facts admirably. As sordid and painful as the subject is it was presented factually and without sensationalizing.

The newspaper's goal of directing "sunshine" on stories where those involved are endeavoring to hide the facts is good journalism and much appreciated and admired by your readers.

Mel Smith

Preservation Place

Mount Pleasant

The author of a May 16 letter to the editor concerning voting on H. 4307 and H. 4038 to legalize raw milk stated that "man has drunk raw milk since his time on Earth began." True, of course.

We can rephrase that by stating that "man has drunk milk since his time on Earth began, and has drunk cooked milk for only 120 years."

Our immune system is in our gut. It is comprised of trillions of beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa and archaea.

We weaken or destroy our immune system with antibiotics, man-made chemicals and heavy metals - which we liberally spray on our soils, add to our foods, pour into our municipal waters, inject and swallow in the form of prescription drugs.

When we ingest a diet rich in nutritionally stripped foods like white sugar, white flour, enzyme-dead processed canned foods, chemically tainted vegetables, nutritionally deprived, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) animals and farm-raised seafood, then our immune system isn't getting the living microbes, enzymes and fatty acids it needs.

These are needed to digest foods, rebuild and nourish the body, make healthy babies, fight off intruding invaders like foreign bacteria, alien fungi and deformed (cancerous) cells that our bodies make every day.

Then our weakened bodies no longer have the necessary gut bacteria and stomach acids needed to assimilate "raw" milk.

Thanks to the letter writer for bringing these bills to our attention.

Deborah Goldich

Sidneys Road

Walterboro

I am a 100 percent permanently disabled Vietnam veteran and would like to share an unfortunate, but true story with Post and Courier readers.

I have been trying to correct one serious mistake in my military records with the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records at great monetary cost to me, with negative results.

The board simply refuses to consider the facts about the matter.

So I contacted Sen. Lindsey Graham about this problem and was notified by letter that he could not do anything for me. His reason - AFBCMR answers to no one.

If the senator can't help a disabled veteran with a small problem like mine, how is he going to effectively represent South Carolina in Washington?

Steven G. Moravek

Forest Lane

Summerville

Last month, South Korea's prime minister resigned, taking responsibility for the government's reaction to the sinking of a ferry boat.

How refreshing to see a high official, in an expression of honor and humility, accept full responsibility.

How different our government would be without Attorney General Eric Holder (Fast and Furious), IRS official Lois Lerner (IRS targeting conservative groups) and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki (VA health care scandal).

Terry Williamson

Spalding Circle

Goose Creek