Costly insurance

I am glad that our S.C. insurance commissioner feels the rates we’re being charged are fair.

I bet they didn’t hit him with an almost 30 percent increase. Where is this maximum rate increase that they are supposed to have?

I called the insurance company about increases on all but one item, mostly wind-related. The company has a list of possible discounts.

One is for using tar paper under your shingles.

I asked, “How do I verify this? By ripping up a shingle and taking a picture?”

He thought for a minute and said, “Good question.”

I am looking for a new insurance company.

Bob Clark

5th Fairway Drive

Hollywood

Mark’s mistake

In the April 9 story “Sanford hits turbine funds,” Mark Sanford has the short-sighted audacity to belittle the reasoning behind the federal government providing $43 million in start-up funds for Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility in North Charleston. As someone who values basic and applied science, I am concerned by Sanford’s lack of vision.

In 1876, Thomas Edison set up a laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J., that employed a few dozen researchers.

The contribution that came out of Edison’s lab? The electric light bulb and over time, the implementation of electricity in all households worldwide.

Edison’s phonograph and motion picture camera were invented at Menlo Park as well, with over 1,000 inventions patented by Edison’s death in 1931.

This basic science approach to solving problems changed the world and ultimately created many jobs. Edison’s Menlo Park research led to the formation of General Electric and its rival Westinghouse. The early 20th century contributions of Edison and Westinghouse influenced companies like Boeing.

Allocating $43 million for the research and development of alternative energy sources to power an existing and overloaded infrastructure is a small investment with the same kind of unimaginable potential.

If bean counters like Mark Sanford were around in Edison’s day, they might not have seen the utility and good sense of investing in Edison’s research.

It takes vision and long-term goal-oriented thinking to solve the modern challenges we face — in particular, a dependence on foreign oil and non-renewable resources that threatens our national security and our environment.

We need someone in Congress like Elizabeth Colbert Busch whose vision, foresight and business skills will best represent our district to solve our economic and energy challenges. Creating jobs and rebuilding South Carolina for a modern and global age is an added bonus.

Garrett Milliken, Ph.D.

Coming Street

Charleston

Women on boards

Melanie Balog nailed it in “Qualified women face a paradox.” Thanks to her and to Project XX, a new nonprofit, for raising awareness that few women are serving on our state boards and commissions.

The paradox Ms. Balog outlines is in play all too often. But one vacancy, soon to be filled by the Legislature, is a seat on the all-male MUSC board.

The paradox doesn’t seem to be a factor in this instance. The candidate — Susan Pearlstine — has served on “nearly a dozen or so boards.” To top it off, two of her board experiences apparently relate directly to MUSC.

I plan to watch the votes in this one and pay closer attention to appointments of this kind in the future. I will weigh legislators’ votes carefully before I cast my own ballot next time.

Maybe the General Assembly (and the governor in cases of gubernatorial appointments) will become more mindful of doing not only what is the right thing, but what is also the legal thing. Until recently, I had no idea our state law mandates that the governor and the Legislature “shall strive to assure that the membership of the board is representative of all citizens of the State of South Carolina.”

It’s time for qualifications and fair representation to trump “who do you know?”

Lucinda Shirley

Mayrant Bluff Lane

Georgetown

Bad behavior

Last month, James Island High School played a baseball game at Hanahan. The game was called when the score was 22-5.

The Hanahan team appeared to “lose it” early on in the game, and bad sportsmanship was abundant.

A star player and one of the coaches were ejected from the game. A few Hanahan fans were also made to leave because of bad sportsmanship. James Island’s school bus tires were cut.

I am sure many Hanahan players, parents and fans were ashamed of the actions of a few; however, it only takes a few bad apples to ruin a game in a sport that is competitive yet should also be fun.

Caroline W. Lamb

Huntington Drive

Charleston

Selfless servant

Some people will equate the death of Margot Freudenberg with the end of an era, and they will be right. I prefer to think of it as her bequest of a larger-than-life legacy, one characterized by selfless service to others, active participation in her community, and unswerving loyalty to this country.

Some would say a monument to Margot would be appropriate, and who would argue?

For me, and countless others who were literally touched by her healing hands, her life’s work was monumental.

J. RICHARD SOSNOWSKI

M.D.

Bugby Plantation Road

Wadmalaw Island