Change tax system

Does it not seem obvious that, with the current problems at the IRS, Congress has chosen to focus only on gaining political points, rather than taking this as an opportunity to completely overhaul a tax system that has gotten out of control?

Of course, since the system as it exists favors the wealthy and big business, and they have Congress in their pockets, what would we expect? Still, it would be refreshing to see a member of the delegation from South Carolina stand up and do the right thing for once and introduce legislation to give us a new simple tax system that places the tax burden fairly on business and individuals alike.

First of all, the S.C. delegation is so deep in that pocket they cannot see daylight. Then again, Congress has no incentive to change the system because the American people have not made enough of a stink.

So make a stink. Call and email your congressman and demand a change. The tax code is out of control.

Don’t blame IRS employees trying to enforce a code nobody understands. Change the system, and put them out of a job.

Robert S. Weitzel

Farmhill Drive

Summerville

Cricket speak

Cricket is a very English sport played since the 16th or 17th century, a sport not covered much in U.S. newspapers. The June 17 article in The Post and Courier was informative, but did not give full measure to the subject.

The writer should have taken time to explain the many different positions in cricket. They are as mystifying as their names.

Wickie, 1st slip, 2nd slip, 3rd slip, silly mid-on, silly mid-off, short leg, square short leg, cover, long cover, long on, long off, fine leg, leg on, leg off and many more. In my day, a full-on test match lasted five days. No loud coaching in the locker room either.

A very civilized tea is had every day during the match at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. — where the whole team retires from the field to have a cup of tea and plot strategy for the remainder of the match. Showers or a light sprinkle could produce a “sticky wicket” or in overly dry conditions you could get a “bum bounce.”

You could be “bowled out,” “caught out,” “run out,” “LBW” (leg before wicket) or stumped out (if you were not behind the crease). You could score a “run,” a “four” or a “six.” The scoring chart for a cricket match is most complicated. Every ball or strike is logged in great detail while the two umpires stand there and skillfully observe (in their white lab coats) to the appeals of “Howzat?” from players.

From the land of warm beer and Lucas electrics, it’s a game only the English could have invented.

The game is still played fervently in England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and the West Indies.

Thankfully, those in charge of the game have changed the rules a bit so as to speed up the game while letting players score more runs. Sit back, grab a pint and watch them “bowl an over.”

Gordon King

Bohicket Road

Johns Island

A people problem

Surely the S.C. Department of Transportation has analyzed the reasons for all the accidents and deaths on I-26 just as the government has on the reason behind mass shootings.

Trees alongside the I-26 have no more to do with the accidents than do guns in mass shootings. People are the reason in both cases.

Truman Lyon

Bowfin Drive

Moncks Corner

Try a little patience

In a June 19 letter “Roads are for cars,” the writer stated that she was annoyed at being asked to share the road with cyclists, mopeds, golf carts or other slower modes of transportation. However, it only takes a little patience to work with these people and share the road.

In this time of fitness awareness and high gasoline prices many people choose alternate ways to travel, including walking. Roads are not just for cars; we need to remember that those cyclists, moped and golf cart riders and even pedestrians pay taxes to build and maintain these roads. They have every right to be on them. If people in cars were more aware of their surroundings and weren’t in such a hurry and so impatient, perhaps sharing the road wouldn’t be such a problem for them.

Cindi Sanders

Historic Drive

Mount Pleasant

BBQ debate

Having grown up in Wilmington, N.C., I am quite familiar with vinegar-based BBQ sauce. My move to South Carolina was in 1959 to attend the University of South Carolina, and I am still here. I am also quite familiar with the mustard-based BBQ sauce of the midlands. Both are good but very different from each other.

Having married into a family from the Pee Dee area, I am aware of another BBQ sauce option. My wife’s niece and husband operate Shuler’s, a BBQ restaurant near Latta. It is three miles off I-95 on S.C. 38 heading towards Myrtle Beach. The sauce is a hybrid of vinegar and mustard base with other secret ingredients.

If you really want a BBQ treat, you must try theirs. They are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

W. H. Breazeale, Ph.D.

High Battery Circle

Mount Pleasant

Change it back

Can someone explain to me why the new editor of The Post and Courier believes readers in Charleston would have an interest in what the governor of Kentucky is doing about redistricting or that the Virginia Legion’s Boys State is moving to Radford?

If I wanted to have the local news from these states and cities, I’d go on the Internet.

Charleston has an audience that’s interested in the world, nation, and local news.

Rod Wallace

Middle Street

Sullivan’s Island