Boy Scout success On April 21, dozens of Boy Scouts and parents from Troop 79 in West Ashley served over 2,600 barbecue and chicken meals as part of the troop’s annual fund raiser at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

In addition to providing financial support to the troop, the annual event allows the troop to contribute $500 to Camp Happy Days and 10 percent of the proceeds to a charity chosen by the scouts. We also were able to donate food to Tricounty Family Ministries.

Over the years, the cost of supporting Boy Scout troops has increased substantially. Several troops in the Charleston area have disbanded due to lack of funds.

Local businesses and families have supported our annual event, and the young men and parents of the troop are humbled and thankful.

We would never have a successful event if it were not for the businesses that donate supplies, equipment and time.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices.

Through the support of so many in the community, our troop will continue to fulfill the Boy Scout mission to make the city, the state, the country and the world a better place.

Richard Davis Troop Committee Chairman

BSA Troop 79 Town Creek Drive Charleston

Chinese made Ms. Van Sant, my teacher in the 1930s, visited China during the summer. That was a period when few had the means to travel anywhere. She used her stories and pictures to teach us. It was so interesting that you could hear a pin drop in a class of 32 students.

One story was about taking a ride on an odd looking boat called a “Chinese junk.”

We all have “Chinese junk” stories. about Chinese products sold to this country. These products are designed to fail and are costly to repair. The entire process is directed toward enormous profits for now and the forseeable future.

Technology has brought us to this. Research and development is in Beijing, and American manufacturing is in the hands of the “privileged few” and China.

One thing is for sure: The old “Made in America” label is gone with the wind.

C.W. Benson Indian Street Folly Beach

No ‘Jackie O’ When I read that Gov. Nikki Haley’s pictures in Vogue were “Very Jackie O” I was appalled. First, Gov. Haley doesn’t remotely resemble the late Mrs. Onassis in looks, dress or hairdo.

This often brash politician who seeks headlines at every opportunity is a stark contrast to the modest Ms. Onassis who avoided publicity, even when she was First Lady. “Jackie O” would never have posed for commercial photographs. She had too much class.

Bryan Harrison Society Street

Charleston Autistic heroes April is Autism Awareness Month, and I would like to honor those special individuals who live daily with this disability.

It takes an extreme amount of courage for anyone with autism to face the challenges of the day that the “average” person sees as routine.

My son is autistic, and I truly see him as a hero. He has evolved from a child of three who was totally echolalic, into a 16-year-old young man who is very expressive and amazingly delightful.

I see the fight in my son as he tries to survive in a world that was not designed for him. In school, tests are not designed for him. Many textbooks were not written for him. College entrance exams are not designed for him.

He is probably one of the most intelligent individuals I’ve ever met, but his genius is locked inside his wonderful mind. Maybe scientists will find the key to unlock the mystery that lies within.

I would like to thank the doctors and nurses of MUSC’s Department of Developmental–Behavioral Pediatrics for their work with my son and others with autism.

I encourage all parents who believe their child may fall within the autism spectrum to give your child every possible chance to succeed. You are not in this alone. Seek assistance and support. Early intervention is the key.

When you see individuals who may seem “different,” please do not be quick to judge. I heard someone say recently, “If you’ve met one autistic individual, you have met one autistic individual.” Each is an enigma — a true hero — and a special gift from God.

Angela C. Simmons South Live Oak Drive

Moncks Corner Herald’s resolve

David Cox’s moving biography of his father, and also his family, during the 1970s in Buenos Aires is finely written with moments of real pathos and poetry.

I was a teenager during this period and left the country in December 1975. The Buenos Aires Herald was a beacon of normality and hope during this difficult period.

People appreciated that the weekend edition had long editorials both on the economy and politics, which were also translated into Spanish.

These were of a very high quality. The small staff produced them on a weekly basis, as well as the daily paper.

I wonder whether these extended commentaries might be made available on the web, or perhaps edited as a book?

The Manigault family and the Evening Post Publishing Company should be very proud to have supported their Argentinian affiliate during this period.

Robert Lough Mount Street Lower

Dublin Ireland