I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the people who have taken the time to call, text and email my husband, Bobby Harrell, to offer words of encouragement and support.

As speaker of the S. C. House of Representatives, Bobby has dealt with many challenges from the press over issues involving our state.

In this last week the attack on his personal character has been appalling and hurtful to our family. It reminds me of the old saying “shoot first, ask questions later.”

I am grateful that the people who know Bobby know and believe him to be a man of unwavering integrity. His personal commitment to our community, our city and our state is evident in the achievements he and his fellow House members have accomplished in Columbia.

Words can be used to build up or to tear down. I am appreciative to those who have chosen to use their words to build our family up and to ignore the words that were meant to tear down.

This experience has truly taught me the importance of recognizing this fact and the importance of good friends.

Cathy Harrell

Bull Creek Lane

Charleston

Several letters and columns have recently been published in The Post and Courier recommending ultimatums or cutting all aid to Middle Eastern countries where anti-American riots occurred after circulation of an amateurish film made in California.

In his fine book, “When Religion Becomes Lethal,” Charles Kimball, an ordained Baptist minister from Oklahoma with a Ph.D in Islamic studies from Harvard, notes it requires “willingness to spend some time in the complex particulars relevant to a given situation” to give an informed opinion.

In this case, that means recognizing that a few angry faces make for better TV than filming the many more who stayed home, or that an angry mob in Benghazi stormed not the American consulate, but rather the Salafist organization and felt responsible for the assault on the consulate.

Kimball further notes “easy answers are accurate and misleading.” Anyone who has easy answers concerning any part of the world — all essentially Islamic except Israel — between Algeria and Pakistan does not warrant much attention.

Richard H. Gross

Oak Marsh Drive

MountPleasant

Oh, how I wish that Charleston County School Board Chairman Chris Fraser would get fed up and leave a school board meeting because he realizes what a crummy education Charleston County students are getting.

Judy Reinhard

N. Shem Drive

Mount Pleasant

I applaud the Sept. 22 editorial “Students need write stuff,” but before we flog the students for not writing well, perhaps we should look at the standards we’ve set as adults.

How often do you take a moment to write that note with clear grammar and spelling? How often do you accept poor examples of communication? Your child is watching.

I’ve noticed that the media isn’t setting any sort of standard for the rest of us to live by. If you read the news online, as I do, you find that there are very few members of the media who appear to grasp spelling, syntax, grammar or even content.

If we’re going to lambaste our children for their writing skills, shouldn’t we expect the same standard from the portion of our population who are literally the scribes of our society? (Sorry, Post and Courier, even you fall short now and then.)

Recently, I pointed out to a television reporter that his written report on the internet included a word that made no sense whatsoever. In addition, the sentences were cumbersome and failed to make the point I believe he was striving for.

His explanation was that Auto-correct didn’t choose the right word. Auto-correct? If technology is doing the work, why is he needed? What does this tell our students?

I’m pretty sure this reporter is intelligent, but this has become a pervasive attitude in our society. We don’t need to actually do the work and proof-read our writing because we have Auto-correct.

Frankly, if you are going to accept this level of performance from the people who use writing as a tool of their trade or from yourself, then don’t complain about how your child performs. He or she is only living up to the standard you have set.

Mary Grady

Beechcraft Street

Charleston

This is in response to the “zip code”-slanted I-526 survey. I live in zip code 29407, but I travel and work in all of the zip codes included in the survey. Most all of the local zip codes travel through 29407 and 29414 on a daily basis. So while the highway might not go through 29407, we should have a say in the I-526 connector.

Try traveling to any of the islands that would touch the I-526 completion without traveling through 29407 or 29414.

Charlie Ledford

North Edgewater Drive

Charleston