That’s different Did you see the recent business headline?

“Earnings up 94 percent ... Company earns $11.6 billion in first quarter profits”

We need congressional hearings now. Where’s the presidential outrage? Consumers are being gouged.

No doubt senior management is enjoying huge bonuses while the rank and file who really do all the work are being ripped off. It must be the speculators. It’s time to break up big oil.

Oh wait, it’s not big oil, it’s Apple, the world’s favorite company.

Never mind. Neil Whitman Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant Change is constant

There was a time when great CEOs built this nation. Today the majority of CEOs are a different breed, and they need oversight. If left unwatched they pollute our rivers and skies.

Likewise, politicians wrote our Constitution, but many today are not thinkers but self-absorbed hunters and gatherers. The world is coming together, and people are scared because it’s new, different and uncertain. Future survivors, as in days of old, will not be the richest, strongest or most powerful, but those who can adapt to change.

Although we dislike change, it is a necessity, not an option.

We must change with caution, but change is inevitable.

Life has never stood still. Today’s brain-children CEOs have stolen hundreds of millions from taxpayers and forced us to give them a stimulus to clean up their filthy handwork.

A theory is to leave everything up to private industry.

Right! Some say we should go back to the way it was.

Go back to what? Robert Bullwinkel Sr.

Campion Hall Road Charleston Pets aren’t people

What a sad and horrible incident involving the mauling death of an innocent child this week. A tragedy like this is painful for the entire Charleston community, and while it frightens and disturbs us all, it gives us a reason to reflect.

Some letters to the editor of this newspaper reveal a lack of understanding of the natural order. We allow the humanization of animals to impede society’s understanding of the base nature of the fur and feather fauna in our midst.

While most would assume that a great white shark dressed in a tuxedo would devour a person, they are likely to believe that a Doberman Pincer dressed in a coat is no different than their co-workers, and as likely to maul them. Both animals are driven by base instincts devoid of moral, conscious thought.

Dogs are too often described in terms of human qualities. They are referred to as “pups” when in fact they are 80-plus pounds of animal muscle and instinctual motivation.

I suggest that responsible media refrain from encouraging ignorance of the natural world, which includes dogs and cats and crocodiles. Take a moment and observe a dog’s teeth and the crushing force of his jaws.

That is all by natural design, and we need to be aware of that before we declare them human.

Mark R. Shields Parkway Drive

Mount Pleasant Support women Our Republican Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham have a chance to show us that Republicans do indeed support women. Will they vote in favor of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act?

Since this law passed with bipartisan support in 1994, it has helped reduce the annual rate of domestic violence by an astounding 53 percent. The rate of women killed by an intimate partner has dropped 34 percent.

This law has inspired violence prevention programs, shelters and rape crisis centers, and funding for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes. These important programs have made a world of difference in giving victims of violence a safe place to turn. This law has without a doubt saved thousands of lives. Will our senators show citizens of South Carolina that Republicans do support women, or not?

Richard Hayes West Fairway Woods Drive

North Charleston Explosive past

On April 3 a small article in The Post and Courier described an explosives team recovering a Civil War era shell from a flower bed in the Horseshoe area at the Medical University.

This comes to me as no surprise, as this area was formally the federal arsenal, which was established there in the 1830s.

The arsenal was captured by militia forces of the Washington Light Infantry in November of 1860, before the firing on Fort Sumter, April 14, 1861. During the War of Northern Aggression one of the buildings, formerly Colcock Hall, was used to band cannons.

The building, now Saint Luke’s Chapel, was used as a forge to make cannons and other articles.

Following the period some describe as the Late Unpleasantness, Dr. A. Toomer Porter, pastor of the Church of the Holy Communion on Ashley Avenue, set about obtaining the property to house his school for mostly orphans of the war.

Porter contacted former Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton and Sen. M.C. Butler, who introduced the bill in Congress. Gen. William T. Sherman, whom Porter met in Columbia while the city was engulfed in flames, highly endorsed the bill. Porter then made a social call on President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife at the White House.

In December of 1879 the bill was signed into law to give the former arsenal to the trustees of the Church of the Holy Communion Institute with the stipulation that it would always be an institution of learning, which it is today.

On Jan. 28, 1886, the trustees changed the name of the school to the Porter Academy in honor of Dr. Porter. In the 1930s Porter cadets uncovered a Dahlgreen cannon which is now on display at Fort Moultrie. Porter Military Academy remained at the location until 1964 when the Medical University of South Carolina took over residence.

Porter moved west of the Ashley to a new campus donated by the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. Three schools merged there — Porter, Gaud and Watts, to form the school known as Porter-Gaud.

Elmore Marlow Briarfield Avenue

Charleston Reconsider plan The mayor used many wonderful adjectives in his column regarding the Gaillard, but it seems to me the emperor has no clothes.

Is it really important that the city build a banquet facility, among other things, when we cannot keep the Shaw Recreation Center open?

Please don’t say they come from different pots of money; the decision is a reflection of priorities, and we should all be ashamed.

Evan Thompson’s brilliant and forward-thinking piece offers several innovative approaches for managing city projects while honoring preservation efforts. They deserve the attention of our elected officials, not a mere dismissal by our mayor.

Ann Holland Rutledge Avenue Charleston

Whither books? I’ve read several articles, including your editorial, about the library purging its books, but no word about what happens to them. Will they just go into a dumpster somewhere? Surely the fiction could be given to some needy library somewhere. What’s the deal?

Patricia Royall O’Sullivan Drive

Mount Pleasant Like it or leave

As a resident of Folly Beach for 19 years, I personally believe, along with other locals, that if day trippers can’t abide by our laws, respect our beach and respect our Public Safety Department, they should stay home or go to another beach.

Sandy Townsend Sandbar Lane Folly Beach

Keep eye on Haley I, for one, need to know what Nikki Haley is up to. If any government crew warranted close monitoring, it’s hers. She’s done some pretty outlandish stuff in the name of South Carolina.

Keep up the good reporting. Catherine Young

Bennett Street Charleston