In the midst of this political season, I, like tens of millions of Americans, am disappointed by the tremendous amount of money being spent on political campaigns, including the presidential campaign.

Most of the salaries for these political offices pale in comparison to the money spent to gain them.

I believe that most Americans have taken off their blinders to see how much under-handedness and corruption exist at all levels of our government.

Americans are no longer idealistic or confident that government officials are pure and willing to go all-out to help every citizen, regardless of financial status. Money buys access to government policies, and therefore campaign contributions are investments in rich and powerful people’s futures.

Is there any wonder why so many don’t bother to vote? Can American government at all levels be guilty of some of the biggest white collar crimes on Earth?

Timothy M. Bledsoe

Cypress Drive

North Augusta

Recently a letter writer questioned why we vote against our own interests for government that doesn’t pay for our housing, education, medical care, retirement, etc.

Such a government is not in our best interests. It makes people “pets” of the government, which will dispose of us when we become too expensive or inconvenient.

All through history, people took care of themselves. Now government is the great savior of us all. But where does government get the wherewithal to provide all these “free” goodies? From us.

Didn’t people here and in Europe once work to supply their own needs?

Charitable organizations helped people unable to help themselves. Churches took care of orphans and the elderly.

Our beautiful sweetgrass baskets started being sold because the people who made them needed to make money and the government prevented black people from working in many jobs.

It was the need to take care of themselves and their families that led the carpenter to build and sell chairs and tables, the farmer to organize into commodities boards, and businesses to grow and hire people.

This is the normal way to live. It is a misplaced belief that government can do better than you can to provide for your needs.

Gloria B. Jenkins

Stonewood Drive

Charleston

The Aug. 30 op-ed by Leonard Pitts Jr. may be the best column I have ever read.

The dearth of inspirational and visionary leadership during my lifetime has been broken only occasionally. President John Kennedy was an audacious inspirational and visionary leader in setting us on the course to put Americans on the moon.

The first of these Americans, Neil Armstrong, was the inspiration for Mr. Pitts’ column.

President Ronald Reagan was an optimistic, inspirational and visionary leader who led us though the process of ending the Cold War on our terms and freeing Eastern Europe from totalitarian oppression.

Presidents Kennedy and Reagan recognized the inherent greatness of America and provided the opportunity for Americans to be optimistic and successful. Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and Bill Clinton all possessed the ability to work successfully across the aisle to reach bipartisan solutions that set the stage for the next generations to aspire to even greater goals.

Over the past 12 years our leadership has not demonstrated the inspiration and vision of Kennedy and Reagan nor the bipartisan skills of Kennedy, Reagan and Clinton.

It is OK to be proud to be an American and to let others know they too can aspire to be as great as we are.

Martin Ryan

Oyster Bay Dive

Summerville

I read the Aug. 31 letter titled “State raises.” I can’t believe how this state employee bellyaches about not getting a raise and paying for health insurance. I would love to have her job.

There is a non-discussed current in this country. This is, if you are out of work and over 55 you will not find work unless you start a business yourself.

I have an “over 55” friend who is salaried management and the company that bought the company where he has worked for 15 years makes him work six days a week with no raise and he has become very political, watching his “p”s and “q”s.

He says nothing about a raise nor working six days. He knows he will not find another job at 57.

I believe most government workers feel the same way as the writer of “State raises.” There are a good many over 55 years of age who would love to take their jobs.

Gregory J. Adams

Wavespray Court

Mount Pleasant

In recent months a lot of us have gone underground in fear of our social lives. Both the Republicans and the Democrats have vilified the tea party as far right wing, anti-abortion, prejudiced, anti-gay, nuts.

The only thing we hate are taxes and the trashing of our dollar (sound currency). The tea party in our independence days of old did not scream for religion, the right to bear arms, or for any religious freedom; it threw tea in the harbor because of taxation without representation.

The only thing the tea party cares about is a sound and free economy without the government trying to fix things to support their contributors and special interest groups to get re-elected.

The tea party thinks that Congress should have term limits so they don’t spend all their time and money trying to get re-elected.

That is why both parties hate us.

We despise “career politicians.” We will try to vote out any party that taxes and spends us to oblivion. We are more libertarian or independent. We are for America first, party last.

We believe that all men are created equal, and you have the freedom to become anything you want in this country if you will get up off your duffs and work for it.

Do not believe everything you hear on TV; they can make anything bad or good to fit their agenda.

Search your heart, you may be a tea partier too; just don’t tell anyone.

Dennis C. Wheelus

Wharfside Street

Charleston

A letter to the editor regarding the closing of Calvary Episcopal Church Day School expressed “sadness turned to ire” because Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina have spent $500,000 on legal fees over what the writer termed a philosophical quarrel.

His ire is misdirected and uninformed. Rather than attempt to somehow blame the closing of Calvary Day on the bishop, he should ask the national Episcopal Church why it has felt it necessary to make Bishop Lawrence defend the Diocese, its property and parishes, to the tune of $500,000 against their heavy-handed predations.

If the factual reasons for the quarrel don’t matter to the writer then he has no valid reason to accuse Bishop Lawrence of poor stewardship.

Wray Lemke

West Coleman Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

I do not know State Rep. Alan Clemmons. Whether he is a racist or not is of no consequence. Summoning “the usual suspects” to declare that he is not racist is irrelevant.

The issue is intent. Is the intent of the controlling political party to further institutionalize its power by denying poor people, seniors and, yes, minorities access to the voting booth? If so, is this a racist act? Or is it regardless of who you are, what you believe, what evil you espouse, if you support my party then “Welcome, brother. Thanks for the support.”

But it does matter. History matters. Race matters. It affects all aspects of my life in South Carolina.

While I abhor the butchering of animals and would never intentionally kill one myself, I do enjoy a nice 16-ounce Porterhouse steak occasionally. My mother raised me on the consumption of animals. If I wanted to change I would have to work hard, extremely hard, to change my behavior.

To begin the process of eradicating racism from our lives in South Carolina two initiatives are necessary: First, the black community must begin a movement to become an economic, political and social power within this state, which is doable; and second, the white community must begin dismantling the structure of racism.

Name-calling is not useful. If we truly want to become a non-racist society it requires hard work. It requires that we give up something. Can we begin?

Luther W. Seabrook

Kendall Drive

Charleston

I am tremendously disappointed that you published a letter on Sept. 3 discussing how well Gov. Nikki Haley looked at the Republican National Convention.

Whether “her makeup looked flawless and the jewelry she wore with her beautiful suit made her shine and commanded attention” or she “doesn’t usually look as professional as I think she should, given her office” should not be an issue in discussing her competency. This is a sexist remark, and The Post and Courier should not be encouraging such comments by publishing this.

If the speechmaker had been former Govs. Carroll Campbell, James Edwards or Mark Sanford, would we be saying “That man dresses nicely”?

I sincerely doubt it. We would be commenting on the value of their words.

Why do we hold our powerful women to a different standard than we do our men?

Mary Grady

Beechcraft Street

Charleston

I was shocked to read that Dr. Jeffrey Wong suggests the PSA test does not save lives because “every patient eventually dies.”

If Dr. Wong’s reasoning is to be accepted, then all medical procedures should be stopped.

What happened to the Hippocratic oath? First do no harm. If you ignore or let prostate cancer grow, it will eventually cause unnecessary pain and suffering before the patient dies.

Just over a year ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer after my PSA score indicated I might have a problem.

Even though I am “going to die eventually” it won’t be next year or in three years, at least not from prostate cancer.

I have the option of seeking any number of remedies ranging from prostate removal, partial removal, radiation to radioactive seeds. I have this choice because my PSA test warned me and my doctor ahead of time. Without it, I would have gone to stage four cancer and my too-soon “eventual death.”

All men should insist on a PSA and do it annually.

There is not a medical procedure known to man that does not have some after-affect on the body, albeit a small one.

Noel Ison

Chamblee Road

Walterboro

The town of Mount Pleasant has doubled its population in about 20 years and continues to grow at a fast pace.

Town Administrator Eric DeMoura must know this. All his technology, websites, GIS maps, Wi-Fi service, etc., are being misread by him, our mayor and some council members. They believe bigger is better with the right planning and the right zoning. The trouble is that they often pick the wrong plan and wrong zoning.

Mount Pleasant is restricted by being a peninsula with one main road through it. A recent letter writer described it best: “The key word is density.

Density drives school overcrowding. Density drives traffic problems. Density drives destruction of the historic Gullah community environment. Density pollutes the marsh and surrounding environment. Density destroys what little remains of the once scenic and rural Rifle Range corridor.”

Density also makes me wonder how dense some of our politicians are.

Kenneth Anderson

Planters Curve

Mount Pleasant