Good HPV stand

You are to be commended on the June 29 editorial “Haley’s misguided HPV veto.” HPV vaccine is a very important preventive of cervical cancer, one of the most significant types of cancer leading to death. The vaccine is recommended for young teen males and females.

A bill had been promoted by Rep. Bakari Sellers that would inform parents of sixth-grade children about the importance of the vaccine and, if they chose, the vaccine would be available to them in health departments. The program would not mandate that parents had to consent to anything.

Apparently, our governor has never heard of health education, one of the leading responsibilities of health departments and other health care providers.

Immunizations against childhood diseases are considered one of the top three most important public health programs in the prevention of disease and early death.

Fortunately, most states have enacted legislation which does mandate that children starting school must have certain vaccines to be admitted unless parents select an opt-out reason for not doing so. Our program, “No Shots — No School,” has proven very successful.

Our governor believes that government should not be telling parents how to protect their children’s health and safety but that it should be between the parent and the child’s physician, forgetting the local health department is one of the leading sources of such information.

Following her election and the naming of a new Commissioner of S.C. Department of Health and Environment Control, we have seen the dismissal of several very qualified people and the voluntary departure of others.

It is unfortunate that “house cleaning” to this administration means house closing.

Joe Chambers, M.D.

Albemarle Road

Charleston

City’s fine 40th

Recently my wife and I attended the 40th anniversary of the founding of the City of North Charleston.

The event was held in Montague Terrace, which was decorated in a ’70s theme for a flashback to when the City of North Charleston was established.

It was a tremendously inspiring, informative and moving event.

The history is one of vision, leadership and dedication of which every North Charlestonian can be proud.

Under the leadership of John Bourne, our first mayor, and a few close colleagues, the vision and blueprint for a new city was born.

Mayor Bourne was both eloquent and humble as he recounted the trials and tribulations that were faced in order to establish the foundation for the city to grow and prosper.

Our present mayor, Keith Summey, described the journey that brought us to where the city is today. It was clear that the mayor had inherited a city with a strong foundation for growth.

There can be little doubt that today our city offers its citizens a great place in which to live, work and play. It is a city about which we can proudly say, “I’m from North Charleston.”

I offer my thanks to all the people who made this gala event such a wonderful evening.

Tony D’Ambrosio

Wild Bird Court

North Charleston

Contempt charge

I would like to congratulate Rep. Jim Clyburn on his actions during recent votes to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to produce legally subpoenaed documents.

Instead of saying, “I believe Mr. Holder is right to violate the law he is sworn to uphold” by voting “no” to the contempt resolution, Rep. Clyburn chose to feign horror at the very idea that someone should investigate a possible cover-up in the handling of “Fast and Furious.”

He and over 100 other representatives chose to follow lead-lemmings Nancy Pelosi and Elijah Cummings out of the House chamber, turning his back on his job and the victims of “Fast and Furious.”

Way to go, Rep. Clyburn! I have never been more happy that you do not represent me.

Frederick Swanson

Oxford Road

Ladson

Zeal for humanity

One of The Post and Courier’s frequent contributors to letters to the editor departed our ranks on July 4.

Derwood L. (Woody) Aydlette Jr. served all of us as a member of the S. C. House of Representatives from 1980 to 1988.

His service to South Carolina and Charleston; dedication to his family, his church, his patriotism, his support of Clemson University and his many other civic and fraternal involvements never diminished his zeal for the advancement of humanity.

How appropriate and consoling to all who knew him for his maker to call him home on his and his country’s Independence Day holiday.

John Rabens

Geddes Avenue

Charleston

Funding process

I recently had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer for Trident United Way’s funding decision process.

I was one of over 100 volunteers making agency funding decisions consistent with the United Way’s 10-year goals of strengthening our community by focusing on education, financial stability and health.

My team made decisions we felt could have the maximum positive impact on the Lowcountry with TUW’s limited resources.

We visited all of the agencies we evaluated. I saw some amazing examples of programs truly making a difference in people’s lives.

Employees and volunteers who work at the agencies are very committed to and passionate about their work. They see the benefits of partnering with TUW.

They embrace the United Way’s goals and resources like Charity Tracker or the Benefit Bank to maximize benefits for their clients.

While some organizations in the Lowcountry may not see these benefits or be willing to commit resources to be part of the TUW network, the agencies I saw are thriving thanks to the resources provided by United Way.

I find it necessary for TUW to make tough decisions on which agencies to support in order to meet its commitments to our community and donors.

From the beginning, TUW has worked with community leaders to define a vision and articulate it to the community. Those in our community who agree with the vision choose to fund the TUW.

Through the funding process, TUW seeks community volunteers to make partner funding decisions consistent with our vision.

Daniel Gallagher

Wellstead Street

Mount Pleasant

Vote him out

I’m sure that most people supporting President Obama think that they have a big win in their plus column. The sad part is, they lose.

They don’t see that their right to choose under the Constitution has been taken away by a president, who swore up and down during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in 2009 that his health-care plan would not require another tax.

They don’t see that he has hurt this country yet again with his socialist movement. They also don’t see that they will be left paying the bill for people who refuse to take responsibility for their own lives and welfare.

“Let the government take control” is their chant, so they don’t have to deal with it.

Come November, those of us who have given all to our country to stop socialist/communist ideologies will vote Obama and his cohorts out of office.

Gregory J. Topliff

Glenwood Drive

Warrenville

Road debris

Within a four-week period my windshield was cracked from road trash three times between the Daniel Island exit and the North Rhett exit on I-526.

My insurance company paid for the replacement twice. The third time, to avoid possibly losing my comprehensive portion of my insurance due to excessive replacement within a paid policy period, I submitted a damage claim with the S.C. Department of Transportation. I felt it to be their responsibility for at least one of my claims.

I jumped through their hoops, submitted several photos, and two quotes from windshield replacement companies, and I patiently waited for a response as the crack on my glass grew longer each day.

Finally, two months later, I received a letter denying my claim. The following is an excerpt from their response after their “investigation”:

“SCDOT is tasked with the duty of maintaining and building state owned highways in South Carolina.

“We are not legally obligated to reimburse taxpayers for damage done to their vehicles as a result of hitting debris in the roadway. This is a common road hazard and an unfortunate, but constant exposure to all drivers on the road.”

Doesn’t “maintaining” the roadways include cleaning them of debris? By definition, “maintain” in part means “to keep clean.” The debris hit me, I didn’t hit it.

I am now submitting a claim through my insurance carrier, and the “taxpayers” to whom they refer will just have to continue to pay higher insurance premiums due to the lack of care to our roadways.

That’s because care does include removing trash on a regular basis.

Bill McCarthy

Center Park Street

Daniel Island

Blameless victim

I write to emphatically and unequivocally reject a recent letter writer’s assertion that Marley Lion bears even a scintilla of responsibility for his death.

As each of us conducts our daily lives, we find ourselves in various places, at various times, for various reasons. Regardless of the reason that we are where we are at any given moment, we, as citizens, are entitled to move about without having to worry if we are to be murdered in cold blood.

No aspect of Marley Lion’s peaceable conduct could ever even fractionally justify the action that was taken against him by his murderer. It is no crime in our society to sleep in a car in a well-lit parking lot.

As the Rev. John Paul Brown said in his letter to the editor on this subject, “This individual, who would shoot someone five times under such circumstances, will definitely kill again.”

Let the full weight of the responsibility lay with the murderer and not with the innocent victim.

David Maybank III

Broad Street

Charleston

Horses and heat

I find it entertaining to read the annual article concerning heat and carriage horses. Placement of the thermometers seems to be one of the big issues.

Some carriage tour supporters insist on placing the instruments high above street level to avoid the influence of asphalt and buildings. Really?

It seems to me to get an accurate recording of the heat effects on these large animals one would place the gauges close to the environment where the horses work.

The most logical solution to this debate is to place large digital thermometers calibrated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the front of all tour carriages. These devices would be large enough for anyone to read from 20 feet, providing yet another service to the public.

To accommodate our foreign visitors both Fahrenheit and Celsius should be displayed. This option would certainly cost less than the $13,000 already spent on a system to monitor temperature variations — an idea of dubious usefulness.

This plan would satisfy both the carriage tour supporters and the animal rights crowd.

It would also provide another policy to be regulated by a government body, which seems to be the prevailing trend.

Timothy W. Martin

Kingrail Lane

Huger