What interesting times in the idyllic Lowcountry of South Carolina.

We are twisted up about tourist ships that have helped make Charleston the No. 1 tourist destination city in the world, the long overdue completion of I-526, a heated presidential race, an Episcopal Church that has formally resigned, a new Sullivan’s Island school and a heated debate and lawsuit over the Charleston County Aviation Authority, not to mention infighting on local municipal issues, e.g. completion after 30 years of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway.

Oh, I almost forgot about dogs on beaches.

At the core of each of these issues are egos, politics and an unwillingness to look at the big picture.

Jack Pratt

Tea Farm Road

Summerville

I was dismayed to read the story of Mattie Jewel Poston in the Oct. 21 article “Long-term care ordeal for elderly.” It is very disappointing that some insurance carriers create barriers that hinder legitimate claims of policyholders from collecting benefits agreed to in the policy.

Such companies deserve the outrage of the public and the full force of legal remedies under due process of our justice system.

I do believe, however, that your article painted an overall negative view of long-term care insurance and neglected the many positive ways long-term care insurance can ease financial burdens.

I have seen this firsthand as a long-term care specialist for the past 22 years helping individuals, couples and families with planning and assisting with thousands of claims.

Long-term care insurance has been available since the 1970s, and last year the industry paid out $6.6 billion to 200,000 policyholders and their families. Unfortunately, not all insurance providers are created equal, but benefits are important to hundreds of thousands of people whose families are spared anguish and bills.

I encourage your readers to do their own investigation by contacting the S.C. Department of Insurance regarding policyholder complaints, talking to friends who have had long-term care insurance claims and reviewing all options available to them.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 70 percent of those who reach age 65 will require long-term care services. That’s why it’s so important to make arrangements for your future now, before you’re facing a pressing health issue.

Barbara Franklin

Wappoo Creek Drive

Charleston

I am responding to an Oct. 21 letter to the editor in which the writer refers to allowing “thousands of low-paying tourists to disgorge all at once into the Market.”

I resent classifying tourists as “low-paying.” My husband and I were once tourists to Charleston and now are residents. We have also traveled to many other U.S. cities and foreign countries, but never considered ourselves “low-paying tourists.”

Does the letter writer personally know each of these tourists and therefore is able to group them as “low-paying”?

Secondly, the people who purchase and read Conde Nast magazine and chose Charleston as the top tourist city are tourists, but I doubt they refer to themselves as “low-paying.”

Thirdly, who shops more frequently at the Market? Locals or tourists?

Lastly, if the writer intended this letter to be a negative for cruise ships, it may have accomplished the opposite. The writer owes all tourists an apology for referring to them as “low-paying.”

Are we residents of Charleston that biased? Is this how we got be named the No. 1 tourist city in the world?

Rita Pancake

Ole Oak Drive

Charleston

Five years ago, the governors of South Carolina and Georgia exchanged ties in a show of collaboration for a Jasper Ocean Terminal to bring economic activity and jobs to the lower region of South Carolina.

Since then, Bill Bethea has been an integral part of planning for a Jasper port. His service on the project office’s board during the project’s infancy has been invaluable.

Bill’s service to the state of South Carolina goes back even further. As a former chairman and member of the South Carolina State Ports Authority in the 1990s, Bill guided the port during a period of tremendous growth and prosperity.

In each of his endeavors, Bill has exhibited leadership and determination in pursuit of improving the region and the state. Thank you, Bill, for all you have done in service of the people of South Carolina.

Jim Balloun

Chairman

Georgia Ports Authority

Main Street

Garden City, Ga.

Dave Posek

Vice Chairman

Jasper Ocean Terminal

Joint Project Office Board

S.C. Ports Authority

Concord Street

Charleston

I was almost at the point of being swamped with “swing states” and ready to write about how my vote doesn’t count when I read the same view in the paper, followed immediately with “the Founders got it right.”

What was written by the founding fathers has been greatly altered. Each state writes the law that tells the electoral representative how he must vote.

Some say that all of the electoral votes go to the majority winner.

Some require that they be divvied up by the percentage.

Some states direct that they vote any way their conscience demands.

The state laws, therefore, are what most people dislike about the electoral methodology. If every state were to change its law so that the percentage of electoral votes is awarded mandatorily by the popular count, people would have more trust in the outcome.

My vote would then count.

David Morris

Markley’s Grove Boulevard

Summerville