Corporate America (the oligarchy) is heading toward taking the free Internet away from us. The Federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia has found in favor of Verizon Corporation and against the FCC, saying the FCC did not have authority to write net neutrality into regulations over Internet operations.

Very soon we will be able to access only what corporate America wants us to access, read only what corporate America wants us to read, and do research on only what corporate America wants us to research.

For all of you who worry about our government and how big it is, good luck with that. What you should be concerned with is how powerful corporate America is becoming and what the ramifications of that might be.

I’m glad I’m in my mid ’70s. All new battles will have to be fought by young people who don’t know the war for their lives has already begun. The war is being waged by organized religion and corporate America against the citizenry of our once great nation.

It is an unholy alliance indeed, and an even larger problem is how promiscuous they have become. Their progeny are multitudinous and are siphoning the very life from us.

David Stevens

Suncatcher Drive


I want to thank Tom McQueeney for the Medal of Honor football game at Johnson-Hagood Stadium. Tom had the vision, but he also possessed the leadership skills to pull together community support in a severely truncated time-frame.

My wife, Debbie, and I enjoyed the game immensely, and the weather held off long enough to make it a very pleasant experience.

The game also gave me a chance to see the great facility that has been created and to reminisce about seeing Coach Eddie Teague’s Bulldogs play when I was a neighborhood kid.

Tim Hoppmann

Harbor Mist Court


The Dec. 30 court ruling by Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein involving Episcopalians in South Carolina is the fourth victory for the original and continuously functioning Diocese of South Carolina founded in 1785, four years before the founding of the Episcopal Church (TEC). Yet again, efforts by TEC and TECSC to distort the truth and to harass Episcopalians loyal to the diocese that preceded the national church have been found without merit.

To date, all four court filings by TEC have been decided in favor of the original Diocese of South Carolina.

How sad that TEC continues to spend millions of dollars trying to attack the legitimate diocese, the one that more than 80 percent of Episcopalians in the diocese chose to remain loyal to.

Now seems to be the time to stop. Leave us to worship in the churches our forefathers built and that we have maintained. Leave us to use that wasted money we’ve had to spend on frivolous court filing so we might continue to provide free medical clinics, community assistance to the poor, Christian education for our children, and to spread the gospel through missions.

Leave us to believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and not an optional way.

Dr. Peter T. Mitchell

Broad Street


This year’s influenza season is proving to be a severe one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-P) recommends that everyone over six months of age receive an influenza vaccination each year. If you haven’t gotten yours, do it today.

It is highly effective in either preventing flu or making the flu less severe. The vaccine cannot cause flu and usually produces no side effects or only a little soreness at the site of the injection.

If you have already been vaccinated against flu, great — but remember to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and stay away from those with the flu, if you can.

Talk to your primary physician if you have questions, or call the Charleston County Medical Society at 577-3613, if you need help finding one.

William Simpson, Jr., M.D.


Public Health Committee

Charleston County

Medical Society

Montagu Street


One of our state’s most serious education failings is misidentifying the causes of poor public school results.

We insist on wasting huge resources on “politically correct” cures that have no success. If we don’t identify the cause of the problem honestly, clearly and without regard for public popularity, we can never solve the problem

A reduction in entitlements for parents will bring a proportionate increase in the realization that education and employment are necessary once the monthly check stops.

Let us accept the blame for past ineffectiveness and actually do something that will improve the results of our public schools.

Clearly, there is a relationship between huge entitlement rolls and poor public school results.

Gary W. Pollard

W. 2nd North Street


Why would it be a good idea to allow people to carry concealed weapons into bars and restaurants? Why is this desirable today, if it hasn’t been so before?

We should already know the answer: Less than 100 years ago it was considered OK. In fact, there was no requirement to conceal one’s weapon at all.

I can see it now: “Hell on Wheels is reborn in South Carolina.” Tourists will be able to visit historic Charleston and experience the Wild West at the same time.

Marshall Dillon’s character may have been fictional, but the Wild West was not.

There may again be a time when many of us feel that we need the comfort of a firearm while enjoying a drink or meal in public.

Those with slower reflexes and some extra money might choose to hire a modern day “Have Gun, Will Travel” Paladin. Or then again, maybe they will just prefer to remain safe at home.

Carey Brier

Axtell Drive


Gov. Christie’s response to a problem in his administration is in stark contrast to President Obama’s dealing (or failure to deal) with problems in his administration.

Gov. Christie discovered the perpetrators and fired them immediately.

The president “didn’t know” about the politically motivated persecution of party opponents by the IRS. He made no correction and no movement toward making sure it would never happen again. No heads rolled, as far as I know, despite it being a dangerous and horrible situation in the national taxing program.

V. B. Rambo

W. 9th North Street


A Jan. 12 letter titled “Save the coyotes” mentioned the “rewilding” of the maritime forest on Sullivan’s Island.

That would imply there is a maritime forest here to “rewild.” Perhaps the gentleman would care to show where exactly this maritime forest is.

My wife and her immediate family have been on the island since 1944, at 1806 I’On Ave., and now we are on Atlantic Avenue. We have photographs from the ’60s through the early ’90s that show there was not ever a maritime forest. There were wax myrtles.

The land in question is accreted land; when my wife was a youngster on the island, the accreted land had not formed, and as such the area along Atlantic Avenue was part of Fort Moultrie. She remembers it being a part of the parade ground. There was no maritime forest to “rewild.”

If some residents think it’s somehow fitting to share our island with wild creatures that are predators of the highest order, then let them relocate these animals to their neighborhoods. Don’t tell me I have to learn to coexist with something that was never here and doesn’t belong here. That includes coyotes and a fake maritime forest. Rewild indeed. Hogwash.

David L. Fortiere

Atlantic Avenue

Sullivan’s Island