Self-discipline is certainly a necessity at the dinner table. But if you haven’t noticed, fast-food chains as well as restaurants have greatly increased their portion sizes.

This doesn’t make the temptation to overeat any easier to resist.

The easy availabililty of food in America is a contributing part of obesity.

Self-discipline is needed in more areas than just with food.

Maybe we should put down our forks and raise our glasses. Cheers!

Becky Mitchell Selkirk Drive

Charleston

A May 28 letter says that the explanation for a perceived problem with Navy commanding officers is that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

If the writer has such contempt for mere commanding officers, I wonder how she feels about President Obama.

Any person who has been closely associated with the military will know that the authority of commanding officers, while broad as to details, is clearly defined and sharply limited.

The process of selection for officer promotion, which has been used by the Navy for about 100 years, is brutal. It is also splendid.

It comes about as close as humans can come to a true meritocracy.

The vast majority of those entering the system — already survivors of testing to eliminate the incompetent — will be weeded out in early or mid-career because they did not, at some stage, meet the ever-higher standard of “best fitted for promotion.”

The further selection for command is one more high hurdle. I have been too long retired, after my 30 plus years in the Navy, to be able to speak with authority about the basis for problems alluded to, but I suspect political correctness. I hope that the selection process itself has not been similarly affected.

Robert W. Slater Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Capri Drive Charleston

I disagree with several comments in the May 25 article about Toyota. First, under famous models you don’t list the Prius, which has been the leader in hybrids for the past 15 years, and is a symbol of Toyota.

Second, you say the Camry has a bold new design. I had a 2010 Camry and at first glance you can’t tell the difference.

You have to look hard to find anything bold and new. I don’t see the bold new design anywhere. That’s just a marketing ploy by Toyota.

Finally you say the FJ Cruiser offers comfortable everyday usability. This is one of the most uncomfortable vehicles I’ve ever been in. By the way, I own a 2011 Prius.

J.R. Van Vechten Schooner Bend Avenue

Summerville

The exciting news from space regarding the historic docking of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to the orbiting International Space Station is a great example of why it’s OK for the federal government to get out of the way of private enterprise.

I think the same capitalistic scenario would play out if the Postal Service, and many other inefficient government agencies, were discontinued.

Lance Harris Hobcaw Bluff Drive

Mount Pleasant

The Associated Press article by Seth Borenstein in the May 23 Post and Courier stated the cost of taking an American astronaut to the International Space Station was $63 million.

I thought that the decimal point was off one and maybe it was only $6.3 million — still a high price to pay, being we are paying it to Russia, a country that once vowed to bury the United States of America.

Maybe Nikita Kruschev was implying that they would bury us financially. Maybe they already have.

I wonder what the taxpayers paid SpaceX to sent the 1,014 pounds of cargo up to the I.S.S. last week.

Jules Haley Middle Street Mount Pleasant

Some business folks and elected officials have failed to grasp capitalism.

Raising the cost of an item does not necessarily mean increased revenues since it will eventually decrease demand.

The Post and Courier has joined this misguided philosophy by charging on-line Internet readers.

Why pay $10 to read advertisements on The Post and Courier website?

Good bye. Robert C. Klowas Ashley Crossing Drive

Charleston

Can you even imagine the outcry from the Left (liberal Democrats) if Sarah Palin of Alaska clobbered an Obama pinata with an aluminum bat?

Andrew Werner Herons Walk North Charleston