That’s long enough In response to an April 10 letter to the editor titled “Term limits”: Term limits should be in effect for every branch of government — executive, legislative and judicial — at the local, state and federal levels.

The letter writer’s idea is very good and it would definitely get rid of all the deadwood in Washington, D.C.

And the people currently in office should be out when their current terms are up if they have already served during the term limit.

I would add, too, that you can only collect a pension from one level of government and you would have to serve one complete term as a U.S. senator [six years] or three terms [six years] as a U.S. House member to qualify for a pension.

If you move from Congress to the presidency, you can only collect one pension.

Debbie Robertson Ranger Drive

North Charleston Working moms

When Hilary Rosen commented that Ann Romney didn’t know about work because she hadn’t worked a day in her life, she was making an accurate statement contrasting Romney’s financial situation with that of so many women who have no choice.

If Rosen had just added “outside the home,” which is surely what she meant, there would not be this brouhaha.

Yes, we know that all mothers work hard. Let’s try not making every word a person utters into a political imbroglio.

During years when I was a stay-at-home mom and someone asked me if I worked, my answer was “no.”

But I understood what was meant and was not offended.

Sue Nelson Isaw Drive Mount Pleasant

Thanks, volunteers “Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay,” penned speechwriter Robert Orben.

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the American Red Cross is celebrating our own dedicated volunteers and partners, the over 1,400 Red Cross volunteers who make the Red Cross run and the 1,478 retired and senior volunteers who are sponsored locally by the American Red Cross.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross provide food, shelter, comfort and hope to Lowcountry individuals faced with rebuilding after disasters, such as a home fire, and also provide disaster preparedness information throughout the community.

Volunteers provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.

Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, babysitting, and other health and safety courses.

They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.

If you’re looking to serve your community, become a Red Cross volunteer.

Right now the Charleston, S.C. region especially needs people who are interested in responding to the needs of individuals affected by home fires.

To volunteer, contact Lisa Wills, 843-764-2323, ext. 364 or

Louise Welch Williams CEO, Charleston Region

American Red Cross Rivers Avenue

North Charleston Overrated Friend

Your editorial about the Best Friend of Charleston steam locomotive reminded me of the ’60s, when I was a young engineer whose office was a short seven blocks from those of the Southern Railroad (now Norfolk-Southern) in Washington, D.C. When its in-house engineering staff was overloaded, they would give us tasks to handle.

One was this: They had a replica of the Best Friend that carried school children on a circular track.

But the locomotive was very slow. To speed it up they hid a gasoline engine in the tender, but this did not improve matters significantly, and it didn’t seem proper either.

Did we have any suggestions? No.

Historical documents revealed that the original was also very slow, so the boiler safety valve was closed. That worked for a while — until the boiler exploded, that is.

I suspect that the 25 mph you mention in the editorial was achieved in this fashion. While the original Friend was a significant, if shortlived part of history, I’m not convinced that it brought “prosperity back to Charleston” as your editorial implies.

And given that the current Friend is a replica of a railroading failure, perhaps spending $1 million to exhibit it is not money well spent.

But then I’m not on the city’s tax rolls.

David D. Peterson Mariners Court

Port Royal Castle Doctrine I ask Sen. Robert Ford and others talking about changing the Castle Doctrine Law in South Carolina to wait until the case in Florida is tried in court and not by the media.

If someone violates a law in Florida, Oregon or Alabama, why are we in South Carolina reacting to an untried case with a “knee-jerk reaction” where we eliminate the right to stand in a perilous situation?

The actions of one person, right or wrong, in Florida should not be the basis for an immediate change of laws in South Carolina. Please use reasonable judgement before removing the “Castle Doctrine” from South Carolina law.

SLED reports a total of 119,340 concealed weapons permit holders in the state as of 2010, the last year reported. The same year reports 41,631 new and renewal permits, 625 new requests denied, 32 renewals denied and 281 revoked.

Each of the South Carolina CCW permit holders has passed an extensive background check, taken and passed an eight-hour class on S.C. state law, including the Castle Doctrine, and proven firearm-handling ability by passing a live fire test.

South Carolina CCW holders and citizens should not be punished by the actions of someone who is not even from our state.

Fred Tetor Erckman Drive Mount Pleasant

What’s in a name? I am often amused by the names Congress attaches to bills in thinly veiled attempts to hide its true effect from what lawmakers must consider an ignorant electorate.

The “Employee Free Choice Act” would strip employees’ right to a secret vote on whether or not to unionize, leading, of course, to union intimidation. And the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” a constitutional abomination, would do the opposite of those two stated goals.

I’m sure these names are created by a brainstorming committee, but I offer my names for hypothetical bills in some foreign countries:

Iran’s obvious but consistently denied pursuit of nuclear weapons: “The Compassionate Relieving of Israel from the Stress of Planning Their Future Act.”

Extreme Islamist regimes’ denial of education to women: The “Protecting Women from Harsh Realities of the Outside World Act.”

China’s buying of U.S. debt and its possible influence in future U.S./China negotiations: The “Who’s Your Daddy Act.”

North Korea’s policy of, well, pretty much everything it does: The “We’ll Hold Our Breath Until You Give Us Ice Cream and a New Puppy Act.”

And finally, speaking of “foreign” policy, anyone north of the Mason-Dixon line relocating to the Lowcountry for a better life and lecturing us on how to do things: The “Saving Backwoods Hicks from Themselves Act.”

If anyone crafting a bill in Congress gets a case of writer’s block, call me. I’m available.

Mike Pilbean Tundra Lane Ridgeville