I grew up in New Zealand. My generation is eternally grateful to the Americans. America saved us from a possible invasion of the Japanese armies in World War II.

We always thought of America as a force for good in the world, a world that was safer because we had a strong leader.

Today I watch in horror as the country’s weapons are being downgraded, military supplies being diminished and armed forces cut back.

The once proud space program is charged with making Muslims feel good about themselves. How is that working out? Ask Ambassador Chris Stevens’ family.

If America relinquishes its leadership, who will fill the gap? Russia? China? Iraq?

Was this the change voters hoped for?

Mary Flynn

Marshgate Drive

Johns Island

We hear reports every day about the average citizen making $4,000 less per year. People can’t make their mortgage payments. Millions are unemployed, and millions more on food stamps.

Why have we heard very little from politicians or the media about the price of food going up? Is it because it is not in the cost-of-living index or because reporters do not think it is headline news? Are all politicians afraid to mention it?

Two main factors contribute to the cost of food.

First is the cost of production. Most agriculture is mechanized so every time fuel prices go up, so do the costs of production and transporting food to market.

A crate of lettuce packed in the field in California doubles in price by the time it gets to the New York market.

Second is the severe drought in many states. It impacts the yield of many crops. The yield of corn could be down 50 percent. Many manufactured products, such as cereals, have already seen a jump in price. Many cattlemen have to sell their herds because of lack of feed.

We cannot eat ethanol, and it takes more energy to produce than it yields. So why are we using millions of bushels of corn for it? To make it worse, we are subsidizing it with taxpayers’ dollars.

We can use our cars less but we cannot go without eating. We can cut our fuel costs by riding a bicycle, driving smaller cars, walking to school and work, or car pooling.

We need to drill for oil and gas and remove unnecessary regulations on the production of energy.

Joe Antognini

Woodcreek Court

North Charleston

Man, oh man! Brian Hicks is a master at zinging and zapping his subjects. He just gets right to it.

In the case of Charleston School Board member Elizabeth Kandrac, he is right on target. I sure hope I never incur his wrath. Scary.

Kay Chandler

Cove Bay Lane

Mount Pleasant

All who belong to a Homeowners Association (HOA) should know that the state of South Carolina does not have any laws governing HOA management companies.

As most of you know, in certain neighborhoods a management company is hired to overlook the development. It enacts a set of by-laws that homeowners have to abide by. It charges residents a yearly fee to monitor all public areas in the development, light streets, cut grass and sometimes provide security.

A board of homeowners is usually elected to oversee homeowner issues. The state has passed a law allowing the management company to take action against homeowners who do not pay the fees. It can take your home from you as the mortgage companies do or as the town can for not paying your taxes.

What recourse do homeowners have if this HOA company does not abide by its own by-laws? What can you do if there is a question about money or the grass does not get cut or the streetlights are not working? Nothing. There is no law in this state to protect members.

Senate bill 218 would have given members of an HOA a voice in the system. But HOA companies, builders and contractors convinced the Senate not to pass this bill.

We need to contact our elected officials and get a bill passed to protect HOA members.

I’m sure most HOA management companies do a good job. But everyone should have to answer to someone.

John P. Lage Jr.

Windward Lane

Lancaster

Mount Pleasant Councilman Kenneth Glasson’s comments in the Sept. 19 Post and Courier shed needed light on the debate over the council’s decision regarding the Oyster Point development.

As he put it, council had a Hobson’s Choice: approve the development and extract a maximum of infrastructure fees from the developer, or deny it and stick taxpayers with the bill when the developers build anyway.

What is wrong with this picture? How is it possible that local government has no control over developers leaving their infrastructure costs as a bill on the taxpayers’ doorstep?

Taxpayers deserve a better explanation to this question.

Peter Gorman

S. Magnolia Street

Summerville

A president must know how to respond in a crisis. We must take a diplomatic approach, especially in today’s global climate. The president must get the facts first before speaking.

Mitt Romney’s remarks concerning the embassy bombing were foolish and irresponsible. This should not have been political at all.

Whenever, our people are attacked and/or killed, Americans must be united.

Charles Williams

Taylor Circle

Goose Creek