Let’s set the record straight on Brian Hicks’ March 21 column, “Taxpayers do care, Moseley”:

1) Peggy Moseley never said: “I don’t care” about her usage of the county car. That was said by Brian Hicks.

2) She was in North Charleston investigating a report that a local business was attempting to avoid personal property taxes on vehicles they own.

3) The business in question is across the street from where she was to file for re-election.

4) The delay in the tax bills lies squarely at the feet of Manatron. One of the critical concerns of the auditor’s office was the lack of reports in the new system. It was on the list of milestones that had to be in place and correct before millage could be set and tax bills issued.

This milestone was either ignored or misunderstood, and the county proceeded with implementation. It then took approximately six weeks for Manatron analysts to produce a correct set of assessment reports for millage to be set.

5) As far as her real property is concerned, Peggy Moseley applied for and was granted the agricultural exemption, just like anyone else in the county or state, many years before she was elected county auditor.

It the responsibility of the county assessor to determine whether a property qualifies for the exemption. The past three county assessors all agreed that her property qualified.

It is unfortunate that Brian Hicks feels that fact and truth have no place in politics, only perception.

Russ Campbell Jr. Chief Deputy Auditor

Manassas Drive Charleston

What happened in Florida is strictly a Florida issue. It has nothing to do with South Carolina or the Castle Doctrine ruling here. Many are calling for a repeal. This is a liberal mechanism to control law-abiding citizens who have concealed weapons permits and have firearms at their residences.

Liberals and the anti-gun crowd need to re-educate themselves with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In South Carolina, I am authorized to pack and defend myself, my loved ones and property, and if need be to use deadly force.

The ridiculous notion to retreat or run from home invaders, car-jackers or their ilk is ludicrous. Liberal, gun-hating lawmakers at the federal level are calling for tighter and stricter gun laws to include ammo control.

Three infamous dictators come to mind — Hitler, Stalin and Mao, all of whom stripped their citizens of guns. The end results were?

All this nonsensical bunk about a repeal should land on the governor’s desk for her great big fat veto.

Finally, if The Post and Courier wants to sensationalize Trayvon Martin like the rest of the country, then at least post something on Mississippi State white student John Sanderson, who was allegedly gunned down by three African-Americans on the night of March 24.

You always favor the liberal, socialist agenda and you love race-baiting. It sells papers.

Wally Reddington Jr. M/Sgt., U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Durrell Court Goose Creek

A March 19 headline said, “Report: Corruption risk high at state level.” The accompanying Associated Press story listed South Carolina as one of eight states that received a grade of “F” or lower in state governments that lack accountability and transparency to citizens and remain at high risk for corruption.

This grade was assigned by a state integrity investigation made by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity. The article advised that “individual reports for all states can be found at www.stateintegrity.org.”

Surely The Post and Courier should review that information and pass on to its readers why South Carolina was given a score of 57 percent and a ranking of 45 out of 50 states in matters of corruption, ethics and 12 other measures of integrity in government. Our elected officials need a wake-up call, and our newspapers should lead the way.

William Pennebaker East Battery


My 12-year-old refrigerator needs to be replaced. My previous refrigerator lasted 27 years and still needed only a minor repair to return it to usefulness. I chose to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model, which has now failed. A trusted repair person told me that the average life expectancy of a new refrigerator is seven years.

One brand utilizes several metals, which, when in contact with one another, cause rapid corrosion and compromise the sealed refrigerant system. He says that most newer refrigerators fail due to the dryer/filter which is essentially a catch-all for contaminants and water in the sealed system.

Since the system is sealed, the repair is prohibitive — $300 for parts and $300 for labor. And who will guarantee that the same failure will not re-occur?

I know someone whose new refrigerator lasted one year, just slightly past the one-year warranty, which is a joke.

What junk is the American public being force fed? We need refrigerators.

I challenge the appliance industry of America to do a better job and to explain why we are being given less than we are paying for. What watchdog do we have?

What good are energy efficiency ratings and the Energy Star when the turnover rate is at least three times older refrigerators?

Somebody in the appliance industry is duping the American public, and we need answers.

Anne Maree Seel Sandy Run Circle


In the late ’60s, I was one of a naive but earnest group of medical students who met regularly to discuss the answers to deep questions of contemporary concern. One which I distinctly recall was this: “Is medical care a right or a privilege?”

I remember being troubled that the question should even be asked. I also remember my own answer when I momentarily came up for air from a relentless hospital call schedule: “Your right to the medical care I give you ends when I decide to no longer deliver it.”

A few years later, I received a draft notice with a question from the government: “Would you rather serve as a doctor or a private?”

I spent the next two years as a captain in the Army Medical Corps and since officers are all volunteers of some variety, my employer officially designated me a “compulsory volunteer.”

Now, after almost 40 years, the question of a right to medical care seems to have been finally answered: Medical care is a right, not a privilege. That being determined, and as the Supreme Court proceeds to tidy up the details, we are about to learn the answer to another question: “Under the Constitution, can a citizen he coerced by the government to purchase private insurance for future care that he may or may not want or need?”

If the answer is “yes,” another question is still pending for me: “Regardless of my intentions, can the federal government coerce me — a doctor — to provide medical services?”

Today I am a recovering compulsory volunteer with flashbacks and an uncertain prognosis.

E. H. West W. Richardson Avenue


Without a doubt the Cooper River Bridge Run on Saturday was the worst-managed race in its 35-year history.

The bus fiasco — what a joke. I could see it from where I was standing, talking to the police at John and King streets.

And to run out of water. Talk about a major health risk.

My wife, who runs three days a week, nearly succumbed to dehydration.

Spraying water on people does what?

Get a new crowd running the race or shut it down before someone takes legal action for dumb mistakes.

Lester FINKELSTEIN Betsy Kerrison Parkway

Johns Island