In response to Charles Lane’s op-ed supporting the death penalty: If you believe, as I do, that the killing of another person is wrong, then you kill no one, not even those who have committed the most awful of crimes.

Lock them away forever, but murder is murder no matter who the victim.

Eileen Hoffman Avondale Avenue

Charleston

Who ever thought that SPA stood for Secret Port Activities? Why should port finances be privileged?

Ship owners have done a masterful job playing one port against another, so that the federal government will foot the bill for harbor deepening, no matter who wins. Will ship owners reap higher profits by using larger ships at our expense? Who knows?

Our senior senator is keeping alive the grand tradition of getting as much “free” federal money for this project as he can, just as Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens tried in the famous “Bridge to Nowhere” — which was actually a bridge to the local airport.

Please, no more ads about how critical the port is to South Carolina. Show us some facts, not port paid-for “studies.”

I support the port but see no reason for its financial operations to be cloaked in secrecy as if connected to security.

A.D. Heathcock Palisades Drive

Mount Pleasant

Two recent letters to The Post and Courier editor May 7 and May 8, titled “No comments” and “Where are they?” respectively, prompted me to respond to the concerns of these writers.

The May 7 writer’s comment states: “A ruthless murder of a young Asian woman was allegedly committed by a young black male recently, and there were no protest marches or comments from [President] Obama, or [Reverend] Jesse Jackson.”

The May 8 writer states: “Where are the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson regarding the alleged murder of Nyuman Arumika by a black male? Why aren’t they commenting about this outrageous killing and leading protesters to condemn the accused killer as they did in the Zimmerman/Martin case in Florida?”

The answers to the writers’ questions and concerns are quite simple. Any murder of another human being, regardless of the race of the alleged murderer or murdered, is and should be viewed as “outrageous” and “ruthless.” These acts of outrageous and ruthless murder also extend to murders committed in the cases of domestic homicides of spouses and family members, illegal drug activity crimes, child abuse crimes and random acts of violence, which regrettably seems to be the case of Ms. Arumika.

Having said that, as a strong advocate for justice, in the case of Ms. Arumkia, unlike that of Young Trayvon Martin, the justice system worked.

In the case of Ms. Arumkia, a man was promptly arrested and jailed and now awaits trial. This is how our justice system should work.

In the case of Trayvon Martin, the man who shot him was not arrested or indicted until there was public outcry. Without those protests, George Zimmerman would never have been brought to justice.

Until the system works the right way for every citizen, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, other people of good will and the NAACP will continue to march and protest.

Dot Scott President Charleston Branch NAACP

Spring Street Charleston

I wonder where Robert New and Pat Barber, authors of the May 7 “Cruise critics miss the boat,” reside.

Their ignorance about the outrageous noise pollution from Carnival is far more “laughable” (their word regarding their opponents’ arguments) than Ansonborough’s efforts to protect the livability of its neighborhood.

Bruce Smith George Street Charleston

I am greatly offended that the defense attorney for the 9/11 murderers would ask the judge to order all female attorneys to wear headscarfs and abaya so the murderers would not sin by seeing women in Western dress.

They are charged with murdering some 3,000 innocent people and Atty. Cheryl Borman doesn’t want to offend their sensibilities by seeing women in Western garb?

She must be kidding. George Ellis

Larissa Drive Charleston Spread the word

Many South Carolinians are struggling to coalesce around Mitt Romney. With a stagnant economy, job growth numbers barely improving and college graduates moving in with their parents and staying unemployed/underemployed, there should be more than a sense of urgency to publicly support Romney against President Obama.

Gov. Romney understands we need to repeal Dodd-Frank, limit bureaucrats at unnecessary agencies and allow businesses, small and large, the freedom to use their capital and hire again.

An important Obama voter bloc, college graduates and young people ages 18-29, are feeling the worst part of this economy. They are amassing debt from student loans, but without well-paying jobs they are forced to rely on their parents to avoid default.

This is a poor message for students who were sold on “hope and change.” A lot has changed, and there isn’t much hope for the foreseeable future.

Why should this matter to South Carolinians? South Carolina is gaining a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Many new South Carolinians moved here from Ohio, Michigan and other swing states. Many still have family members in those states, and we have a duty as Americans to call our family members and friends in those swing states to help convince them that Gov. Romney is the best option to restore the American Dream and fight against the current administration’s failed policies.

Help give us hope that we can change this economy and our future for the better.

ZachLamb Chaucer Drive Hanahan

The author of a May 2 editorial, “Lean On Lawbreaking Landlords,” seems to assume it is profit-motivated (greedy) landlords who are responsible for College of Charleston students overpopulating homes in the area.

Even if the law is clear that no more than four unrelated people are allowed to share a housing unit, the solution is not clear. Getting superfluous tenants out proves to be challenging indeed. Though four persons may indeed be on the lease agreement, guess what. Friends drop in for an extended stay — what you and I might call forever. There is little possible recourse for the landlord to get these extras out.

He must interview neighbors, beg authorities to come witness the alleged violation, maybe take pictures and spend time observing the property. The landlord must pursue a civil action through Charleston Magistrate’s Court. This will usually involve a hearing before a judge.

But none of this evidence is admissible unless the neighbors, authorities, landlord and sometimes police are there in person to speak for themselves.

You can imagine the difficulty involved with this. It’s still your word against the tenants’. Also the writer assumes six people are paying more per month, but that is not always the case.

Seeing people at a residence a lot does not necessarily mean they are contract tenants there.

Katherine Weathers Central Avenue

Summerville