The article on sexting in the Oct. 7 edition of The Post and Courier was stunning in the permissiveness of the view on sexting.

To describe sexting as a “normal part of adolescent relationships” is truly outrageous. However frequent it is or may become, it is not normal. To describe it as such is to infer it is acceptable.

As a parent of soon-to-be adolescents, I do not accept this as normal, nor do I view it as acceptable behavior. Professor Letourneau argues that “kids told us” that they’re going to do it; therefore, we should encourage them to do it safely. This suggestion is misguided.

Who is in charge here, the children or the parents? It is wrong. It is dangerous. It is simply not acceptable.

I also disagree with the statement that it is everyone’s responsibility to help youth navigate sexting and other social relationships. That responsibility and authority resides with the parents or guardians.

Gerry Graves, Ph.D.

Vaucluse Road


I am frightened and disturbed by The Post and Courier’s frequent reporting of child abuse in our city.

The Oct. 6 headline stated “Jury: Teen caused tot’s death,” and further reading of the fine piece by Prentiss Findlay and Glenn Smith indicates that abuse of this unfortunate 2-year-old had been suspected previously, leading to a temporary removal of the toddler from the home.

The verdict of the six member coroner’s jury that “Ginny died as a result of extreme indifference to human life” neglected to mention that we are guilty as well — accessories to the crime via neglect of children in our society. As Elie Wiesel so wisely said: “The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.”

We emphasize the need for better-paid, high-quality teachers, yet rarely is a cry heard for the same for social workers.

It is not a glamorous job. I know, because I am one.

Elaine Tanay

Scalybark Road


Generally speaking, those who keep the law are hated by the majority who do not. Lie, cheat and steal if there are no cops around is their mode of operation.

The point of cheating can be proven simply by driving the legal speed limit in the fast-lane during heavy traffic. Then the hate shows up on your back bumper.

The only escape from this mean-spiritedness is where there are three traffic lanes and you stay in the center lane.

On either side there are hell-bent drivers that make you doubt that you are driving forward. Otherwise, you have to join the dog-eat-dog rat-race.

There is comfort in this middle lane driving legally, because at least there are none riding your bumper, plus there is peace of heart that you are keeping the law unmolested as the majority race off ahead to challenge the next one who would impair their self-regulated, illegal speed.

It’s almost impossible to be safe as a legal driver.

If the majority of drivers are bound to disobey the law, let them pass the legal drivers, but illegally in the right lane if they so desire.

In 60 or 70 mph speed limits it is best not to change lanes as a common practice, so hold your legal position and enjoy the ride in the fast lane.

Edward J. Dohar

Refuge Run


The Oct. 7 Associated Press story, “Mother marks ‘grim milestone’ in long war,” was a sad, poignant, personal look at the human toll of our Afghan war as we reached 2,000 Americans lost.

Deceased Capt. Matthew Freeman’s mother asks: “Where is America’s outrage? Where is America’s concern that we’re still at war?”

That’s an excellent question. Where is the outrage from war protesters so prominent and self-righteous during the Bush years?

Where is the adversarial press that fanned the flames of anti-war sentiment during the Bush years?

Funny how the press lost all interest in bad news when the president who would be blamed for it was no longer named Bush.

With Obama in the White House, a fishy 7.8 percent unemployment number is reported as good news.

Muslim hatred of America is dismissed as reaction to an offensive film. White House coverup of the circumstances around an ambassador’s murder is ignored. The 2,000th American death in Afghanistan is a back-page human interest story.

Tired of the rose-colored glasses?

Vote Romney. It’s about time we heard some bad news again.

Matt Whisnant

Jamie Cove Drive


You begin to realize how untrustworthy our government has become when The Post and Courier editorializes about the urgent need for ethics reform in Columbia.

That reform is needed “at the top of the Legislature’s agenda next session” shows how uncooperative some politicans can be when it comes to watching over their shoulder to ensure that they are doing the right thing. Reluctant voluntary compliance speaks very poorly for the politicians’ character.

For my sense of trust such rules would be nice but not necessary. If a politician, any politician, says I won’t explain my expenditures unless you legally make me, he has been in office too long.

Term limits would help but couldn’t erase the stigma created when one politician bothers to write a letter to the editor stating another politician is really honest, trust me.

No, thank you.

Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

The story about local students celebrating the International Day of Peace in the “Your Lowcountry” section on Oct. 4 paper was disturbing. It provided insight into the kind of “teaching” going on in our schools. The article said some students “promoted peace through yoga, hula hoops, dance and art.”

Some made “pinwheels for peace” and stuck them in the grass. And don’t forget the large human peace sign.

Are you kidding me? This is what our teachers are teaching?

What a wasted day.

And the head of Mason Prep School wants to do this every year. If the focus is to teach citizenship and character, how about teaching something meaningful, such as the U.S. Constitution and founding principles, instead of this fanciful, feel-good nonsense out of the United Nations.

Americans are not the problem; we are tolerant and desire peace. Others in this world are absolutely intolerant; they are the ones who need to observe a day of peace.

Martha P. Ham

Kushiwah Creek Drive


When accompanying my daughter to the Social Security office recently, the interviewer asked for my daughter’s identification.

I have had to provide my photo identification to the receptionist at my doctor’s office when updating my file.

Twice I had to provide my photo identification to the cashier at my bank when withdrawing funds; my identification was required when purchasing Bronkaid at local drug store (as was my daughter) and three different times when writing checks for goods purchased from two different vendors.

Do not the “rural” or supposedly “disenfranchised” voters conduct these types of business actions, or are my daughter and I being discriminated against?

Patricia B. Starke

Purdue Drive

North Charleston

If I-526 opponents continue their efforts, we Baby Boomers will be too old to drive, and we won’t need it.

Lenny Branch

Houston Northcutt Boulevard

Mount Pleasant