I have been puzzled throughout this election season by how and why President Obama is leading in the polls. When asked if you are better off than when Obama took office, the answer from a majority of people is “no.”

When asked if the country is going in the right direction, a majority of Americans say “no,” that it is going in the wrong direction.

Unemployment is stagnant at 8.2 percent. Obama is pushing for higher taxes (which with Obamacare will rise for everyone). His “fair share” policy asks the wealthy to pay more. And he lacks ideas about new jobs. All that combines to make support for him baffling.

Now a new law sets fewer restrictions on who qualifies for food stamps, and ads in Spanish on television encourage people to apply for food stamps.

How can our country survive under these conditions? We should all insist that President Obama lead us to prosperity, not dependence.

Or here’s an idea: Let’s vote for Mitt Romney.

June Decker

Sanderson Lane

Summerville

It seems strange to me that the U.S. Justice Department and Atty. Gen. Eric Holder are accusing Texas and South Carolina of requiring voter ID on the basis that it restricts minorities by class or race from having the ability or the means to vote.

This stand seems to me, and to many others, a blatant case of racial and economic profiling on the part of our U.S. government.

Should we not charge Atty. Gen. Holder and his lawyers with racial and class profiling and discrimination in saying that certain classes and races are less competent or less interested in doing what is necessary to vote?

V. Birch Rambo, M.D.

W. 9th North Street

Summerville

The insurance industry is adding separate deductibles, or modifying existing deductibles, to homeowners’ policies for wind, hail and earthquake damages.

These exorbitant deductibles are resulting in extremely high “out of pocket expenses” for consumers.

Homeowners’ policies may now have a deductible of 2 percent, 5 percent or 10 percent for these kinds of perils.

These deductibles are calculated on the amount of coverage that you have on your dwelling. If you have $200,000 of coverage with a 5 percent deductible, you now have an additional $10,000 deductible included in your policy, for which you are exclusively responsible.

Using this illustration, if you experienced $10,000 of wind, earthquake or hail damage to your home, you would have to pay the entire amount. This is unconscionable.

Accordingly, I recommend the following: 1) Have your insurance company verify the provisions of your homeowners’ coverage for wind, hail or earthquake damages. 2) Write your political representatives and insist that they do everything they can to outlaw these insurance policies.

Homeownership is the financial foundation for middle-class Americans. Having to pay this amount of money for property damages that they do not have any control over will be devastating to many of them.

Paul Randolph

Lynn Haven Lane

North Charleston

On July 10 I had the privilege of taking my three grandsons to a Riverdogs baseball game. All during the game my grandsons chased foul balls in hopes that they could get Rob Refsnyder to sign an authentic game ball.

At the end of the game the Riverdogs announcer instructed me to go to the clubhouse exit door. With great anticipation my grandsons stood and waited for Rob to exit.

After 45 minutes of waiting all of the Riverdogs players exited except one, Rob Refsnyder. He apparently chose to duck out the back door, leaving several kids including my grandsons without the opportunity to get his autograph.

Rob needs to know that my grandsons wanted to meet him, not heckle him or put him down. They were there to get an autograph from a great college player who had just completed his first professional baseball game, and they were deeply disappointed.

I would like to thank all of the other Riverdogs players for taking their time to sign baseballs for the kids as they exited the clubhouse.

L.O. Segrest

Whispering Marsh Drive

Charleston

Of all of the ridiculous and unsubstantiated claims about the proposed Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, none is more so than the claim that the 74,000-square-foot, 48- foot-high school would not be visible from the beach (“Follow the law, “July 1).

As anyone who has walked the beach on Sullivan’s Island in the past 20 years knows, the library of the old school was visible from the beach.

Since the height of the proposed school exceeds the height of the old library by about 10 feet, how is it possible that the proposed school is “not visible from any beach views”? And how is it possible that a structure that is twice as big as anything on the island and taller than everything except the lighthouse and the cell tower will “only be seen from the entryway off of Ion Avenue”?

The proposed school will be visible not only from the beach, but from many parts of the island and the Ben Sawyer Bridge. If constructed, this out-of-proportion, out-of-context building will mar the view from the beach and many parts of the island.

It is much bigger and more expensive than it needs to be. State regulations do not drive the size of schools.

S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais confirmed in an email that school size is a local decision and that the Charleston County School Board has the statutory authority to change the location, size and design of the school.

Dr. Zais also noted that a building never hugged a child and that he believes tax dollars allocated to education should be spent in the classroom.

The Charleston County School Board just approved a budget that includes a 6.9 percent tax increase to cover operating expenses in upcoming years. How can CCSD justify construction costs of $351 per square foot — $52,000 per SIES student — when there are less expensive alternatives and two new elementary schools less than two miles away with about 200 empty seats?

The expensive mega-school for Sullivan’s Island is indefensible.

The Charleston County School Board could choose a more economically feasible path for Sullivan’s Island.

In November, six of nine school board seats are up for election. Vote for candidates who believe in fiscal responsibility.

Barbara Spell

Atlantic Avenue

Sullivan’s Island

For years I have suffered in silence about the constant misuse of the indefinite article “an” when it modifies the word “history” or any of its variations.

Now that a Post and Courier op-ed columnist has commited this grievous error, as he did in a recent column, I must speak my piece.

Now hear this: The article “a” is used before a consonant sound, and the article “an” is used before a vowel sound. Because the word “history” begins with a hard “h,” the proper article to use is “a.”

Put another way, would you say somebody is having “an hissy fit”?

Yeah, me.

BILL WALKER

Marshall Boulevard

Sullivan’s Island

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.”

Our president said that. Does it surprise you that a man who never met a payroll, held a real job in the private sector or balanced a budget thinks owning a business was not of that person’s doing?

Does it surprise you that unemployment is still above 8 percent? Does it surprise you that the national debt is $15 trillion?

Does it surprise you that this president is a total and complete failure, incompetent and unaware how our economy works? Does it surprise you this president talks about everything but the economy?

Stew Williams

Chisolm Road

Johns Island