After reading in the Moultrie News about the three options for town hall presented to Sullivan’s Island Town Council by architect David Creech, I thought it was time I put my two cents in.

When I first learned that the town was considering a new town hall or remodeling the old town hall, I wrote council asking them to look into the island’s Old Exchange Building as an alternative.

It is well constructed; it has withstood many major hurricanes over the past 100 years; it is a very important, historic building; there is unlimited parking; the emergency generator building is right next to the building; and it even looks like a town hall.

I ask town council and the good people of the island to take your time in making a decision so this wonderful old building can be given new life.

William “Red” Wood

Thompson Avenue

Sullivan’s Island

I am convinced that 99 percent of the American public has never taken the time to read and digest the content of Obamacare. Many people believe that it covers everyone. It doesn’t.

There is a belief that all medical care is free and unlimited. It’s neither.

This plan can and will dictate who gets treatment, how much and for how long. There is a cap on practically everything. The government will have access to a person’s medical records and bank records.

There are several built-in forms of taxation completely hidden from the public.

Supporters claim there are no added taxes but when the IRS is in control, it’s taxation — period.

Opponents of this form of medical care call Obamacare socialized medicine but it’s worse than that. Socialized medicine would be a step up from this debacle.

Wayne R. Tallent

New England Drive

North Charleston

In two years, Europe will commence its centennial celebration of the Great War, which sadly did not end “all wars” after all. America entered this conflict later, in the spring and summer of 1917, and by fall, nearly 30,000 U.S. servicemen had been killed and another 95,000 wounded.

From the beginning, this war affected Charleston, its people and their way of life. Kerrison’s Department Store removed the mannequins and replaced them with live Red Cross volunteers, wrapping yards and yards of bandages for shipment to France.

Hundreds passed their way each day and were moved by the determination and patriotism of these women.

To tell the whole story of Charleston from 1914 until 1918 and how it was shaped by distant and tragic events, the words of that generation of Charlestonians are needed. I have studied hundreds of letters from local men in the trenches.

Beyond archival research, though, there are almost certainly letters, diaries, documents and photographs held by local families whose grandfathers and great uncles fought “Over There.” In particular I am interested in men of color who joined the ranks to fight the “Savage Huns,” only to be given a shovel for grave digging duty.

Our beloved architect, Albert Simons, unable to secure an officer’s commission, went off to war as a private, much to the embarassment of his father, Dr. Grange Simons, who suggested to a local political figure that such status was far beneath that of a Lowcountry gentleman.

I welcome any and all documentation which comes to light as a result of this solicitation. As with my other writing and research projects, all correspondence will be treated with the greatest amount of privacy and discretion.

The sole limitation I am imposing is that the person who fought was a resident of Charleston County upon enlistment. In the end, I want this story to be your story, which can be shared with the generations to come.

I may be contacted at 843-345-7669.

Danny Crooks

Author and licensed guide

Riverland Woods Place

Charleston

I agree with your editorial, “Council leaders should clear up ethics questions,” including your statement, “additional debate is also needed on other issues related to the shuttle service” and your question, “Will the county be expected to fund a portion of the shuttle in future years?”

Why should county taxpayers pay for a free shuttle service only to North Charleston? Why not Charleston, Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s, Kiawah, Seabrook and Edisto islands?

Heck, while we’re at it, throw in Ravenel, McClellanville and Awendaw.

The ethical questions are obvious and should be put to the State Ethics Commission. South Carolina didn’t become the nation’s “fifth most corrupt state” without concentrated efforts over many decades (State integrity investigation, March 2, 2012, www.stateintegrity.org).

I’m disappointed that this cockamamie idea got County Council approval.

Three cheers for Councilman Dickie Schweers, a level-headed and vocal opponent. This scheme belongs in the dust bin, period.

Juanita Cantey

St. Angela Drive

North Charleston

The July 18 article about “states rejecting Medicaid expansion face coverage gap” was very informative. It showed how the Republicans are willing to stand by their principles of rejecting anything offered by the Democratic Party.

It is obviously better to deny medical coverage to millions of low-income people than to admit that Obamacare may be of some benefit. These people are not the Republicans’ constituents anyway. They do not vote Republican. So what difference does it make if medical care is denied them?

It is beside the point that a large number of them will end up in emergency rooms at tax-payers’ expense of at least 10 times what Medicaid would have cost. That is a hidden cost. It is not out in the open as is Medicaid.

I might feel that the Republicans were more interested in fiscal responsibility if they would give up their government-paid health insurance. The Republicans do not believe in government intervention unless it is for something they want or believe in.

The government can definitely interfere in our marital status but not in our health care.

NEAL GITTLEMAN

Park West Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

It is time to issue an SOS for our military.

The Department of Defense has its priorities in the wrong place and is putting our national security at risk.

The DOD recently gave permission for active duty troops to march in a San Diego gay pride parade.

Our military for years has had strict regulations on when and where the uniform can be worn. Wearing the military uniform has been banned at certain political and religious events that favor certain special interest groups, religious or ideological movements.

Now it seems homosexual members of the military are getting special privileges. It has become one big social experiment for political correctness that threatens national security.

Not only are homosexuals getting special treatment but so are women in the military. As reported in The Stars and Stripes February 2012, soldiers had to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies to understand pregnant troops.

Our military is not about someone’s sexuality. They are men and women in one cohesive organization that trains for combat and the defense of our country.

Do you think our enemies are marching in gay pride parades or worrying about how pregnant troops feel or are giving sensitivity training?

They must be rolling around in the dirt laughing their heads off at us.

Lynda Denaro

North Highway 52

Moncks Corner

Grieving needs

Three years ago, my family was expecting my sister, Kathryn Keener, to come to my mother’s 82nd birthday party. She never showed up. Her torched Toyota Forerunner was found days later on Johns Island. Hours later, her body was found in a pond with a single bullet hole in her head. Two and a half years later, one was given only 12 years in prison for her murder; three years later, two others await trial as accessories after the fact. Kathy should be with us as we celebrate our mother’s 85th birthday today. And she will be — in our memories, in our prayers, and in the things that are scattered around to keep her memory present.

We are the “fortunate ones,” I suppose. We found our loved one. We know who did this heinous crime. My heart aches for the families of those murdered and missing here in what used to be my beloved Charleston.

I know all too well that they are hollow and raw; they strive just to take their next breath, struggle to eat and drink. They control feelings of constant nausea, try to think despite continual confusion and hate for night to come for it means yet another day.

What seemed like a lifetime was but five horrific, gut-wrenching days. We move forward through faith.

There are those in this community who know what has happened to those recently murdered and missing — those ruthlessly taken from their loved ones all too soon. I pray they will find a way to help the families of these innocent victims move forward in a journey that I hope others will never have to travel.

There is a right way forward for us all.

All we have to do is look deep inside and ask.

Paula Keener

Bidwell Circle

Charleston

Power lines

Thank you for the July 23, editorial, “Put more power lines underground.”

Throughout the recent Harbor View Road redesign/expansion discussions with Charleston County, our James Island group “Will You Miss These Trees?” regularly asked if the design plans could include burying the power lines underground along this scenic corridor.

Even more than preventing power outages, we were hoping power lines could be buried to preserve the canopies of trees from SCE&G’s tree trimming crews.

Numerous letters to the editor have been published from citizens distraught over the appearance of once beautiful trees after their trimming to accommodate above ground power lines. We had hoped to save trees spared by widening this road from canopy destruction.

SCDOT, Roadwise and Charleston County officials always responded that burying the power lines as part of the Harborview project would be too expensive. This is a missed opportunity.

Robin Hardin

Preston Road

James Island

Recently my son and I went to the Walterboro airport and at the terminal building saw bright yellow bumper blocks at each parking place.

Last November, in our church parking lot, my wife tripped over a bumper block and fell. Shee wound up in the hospital with a shoulder ball broken in three pieces.

It occurred to me when I saw those bumper blocks painted bright yellow, that if the ones at church had been painted bright yellow, she would have seen it and not tripped.

That would have prevented a lot of discomfort, a lot of inconvenience and a great deal of expense to Medicare and my insurance.

I’ve seen others stumble over those things and nearly fall.

Is it unreasonable to expect churches, banks and other places that have many of these blocks to paint them a nice yellow? Even hospitals have them in their parking lots.

Usually they are just ugly things lying in the parking area waiting to trip someone, and they look so much better painted a nice bright yellow.

Paul Burkey

Welchman Avenue

Goose Creek