Colon cancer alert

I recently read the article “Colon cancer: Know your family history.” I lost my mother, Becky Moran, to colon cancer last April after a seven-year battle with this disease.

My family and I have been working very hard to try to get a colon cancer chapter in South Carolina in order to raise more awareness of this horrible disease.

We have recently founded “Blessing for Becky” wherein we want to raise money for colon cancer research. My sister and I for the past few years have been trying to shine a spotlight on colon cancer by asking people to “turn Charleston blue.” We have done this through Facebook, friends and family.

I have attached a link to share a video of a special event. My mother was able to meet her first grandchild just after I gave birth to him. She passed away two days later. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOsxeexsXHY

This terrible disease effects people of all ages and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. My family and I would really like to get the word out about colon cancer.

Abbey Moran Cooper

Johnnie Dodds Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

No more Lindsey

Watching Lindsey Graham is painful and embarrassing. Embarrassing because I have to deflect comments from friends around the country who ask what kind of Reagan Republican is he for attacking other Republicans?

Painful as it is, we as South Carolinians have to ask how he dared make demeaning and despicable comments about Rand Paul and others who stood up for the U.S. Constitution. Graham should have been there joining in the filibuster.

Lindsey Graham has become a sycophant of John McCain’s who no longer represents me or my family. He currently has $4 million in campaign money mostly collected from out-of-state interests. It is time to begin the campaign to replace this man.

Mark Generales

Salt Marsh Cove

Beaufort

Right man for job

S.C. State’s Board of Trustees on Thursday has one last chance to hire a president who has the management and financial experience to fix the chronic mismanagement, obvious lack of financial controls, and equally obvious misappropriation of funds at S.C. State.

The way the university has been run is a betrayal of its students’ trust and a sad, needless embarrassment. It has tarnished educational service for everyone who lives in the state, especially the African-American community.

I don’t know any of the three finalists, but I was a company CEO for 35 years before retiring in South Carolina. I hired a lot of managers along the way, and I can read a resume, even the abbreviated ones in the paper Saturday.

Only one candidate has any senior financial experience or senior responsibilities in university administration and operations. And that person is Thomas J. Elzey.

I’m sure the other two candidates are able academicians, but their bios don’t mention financial responsibilities or senior management or operations experience.

By contrast, Mr. Elzey has been the chief financial officer at Howard and Drexel universities, and currently the executive V.P. for finance, administration and operations at The Citadel.

It’s a no brainer. He’s the obvious first choice, with the experience and skillset to get S.C. State back on track.

Tom Corcoran

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

Lacking resolve

What a bunch of cowards in Washington. They don’t even want to limit the size of ammunition clips for semi-automatic rifles to 10 rounds.

All I want is a chance to jump the idiots before they kill everybody in the room.

And maybe it would be nice if people with psychological defects didn’t have semi-automatic weapons or any kind of gun at all. And how many more mass killings are going to happen every year? How many policemen will be mowed down by drug dealers?

William A. Johnson

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant

Logical diagnosis

The March 17 editorial titled “Reject Medicaid folly” is the most rational editorial I have read in months. Please keep up the logic and avoid politically motivated cheap shots.

Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

Workers who don’t

I have a solution for the unemployment problem. Let’s fire everyone who is working and refuse them unemployment benefits so they know what it is like without a job. Then we’ll hire all the currently unemployed to fill the vacancies until they forget how nice it is to have a job.

Remember customer service? Apparently once you have a job you forget what it is. Recently I stood in line to check out one item at Whole Foods. In front of me an employee was checking out a few items for her lunch and got caught up in conversation with the chatty cashier. I moved to another line behind another customer and still got out of the store before these two had finished their personal conversation.

Try calling MUSC to find your doctor or any other information. Getting to the person you want is a spin of the roulette wheel depending on who answers the phone and if he has a pen.

Check your cash register receipts. How many times have you been overcharged? OK, drive back a week later and try to get credit.

Now to the DMV. It took six visits to get my S.C. driver’s license. Here is a group of people (not all of them) who are experts at killing time: Walk to the copier and look around. Stare at your computer screen. Shuffle papers on your desk. Ask the person at the next desk a question then roll into what they did this weekend. Check the drawers at your station. Now start again with walk to the copier.

Recently at a Belk’s I had to leave an elderly friend’s items to hike around the store and find a clerk.

Meanwhile, I watched another woman walk out the door with new merchandise. Perhaps she was a shoplifter, or maybe she just got tired of trying to find someone to wait on her.

In any of these situations 10-20 percent of the employees are doing 90 percent of the work and the rest are window dressing.

MARY E. GALLAGHER

Turnmill Drive

Goose Creek

Noise barriers

Much work is needed to upgrade the roadways and interstates in South Carolina. When I-26 was constructed, this area was not expected to have 2,500 homes. As more homes were built, usage of the interstate exponentially grew, new industries arrived, cruise ships and buses came, the port expanded along with 146,100 vehicle trips per day, which is 21,100 more than its designed capacity. With this increase in vehicle traffic comes constant loud noise from trucks, motorcycles and more.

The Concerned Citizens of Northwoods, Parkhill and New Ryder have petitioned the S.C. Department of Transportation for a noise study (one done in 1997 showed even then the noise exceeded Federal Highway Administration guidelines). Nothing has been done to reduce the highway’s negative health impacts on homeowners.

This group has also asked the City of North Charleston and Charleston County to fund plantings that would enhance the interstate appearance and help reduce noise.

As homeowners we want our quality of life back. This is not just a one community issue. It is a quality of life issue for the state. We are asking the state of South Carolina, SCDOT, state elected officials, city and county government to do the right thing.

Noise has lasting effects on our physical and mental health, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and also by the Environmental Protection Agency. Noise can exacerbate illnesses and can cause sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression. We need help.

Virginia W. Jamison

S/MSgt., U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Facilitator for NWPHNR Concerned Citizens

Longshadow Lane

North Charleston