A lofty honor

Those of us who remember World War II vividly, and those of us who cherish the bonds between France and the United States, found the awards ceremony at the Dock Street Theatre very inspiring.

Sen. Ernest F. Hollings and six other heroes were honored for their involvement in the liberation of France and reminded us of the achievement of the greatest generation.

Each was awarded the Legion of Honor by the ambassador from France. They deserved the honor.

John Winthrop

North Adger's Wharf

Charleston

Medicaid contrast

Two articles in the June 16 Post and Courier show how vastly different are the ways health care providers see the Medicaid patients they serve.

I was flabbergasted that some providers and their staffs came across as crass, callous and lacking in compassion as well as totally clueless about the poorest patients they are rendering service to.

I was disgusted and appalled by Florence Pediatric Dentistry office manager, Brice Elvington, who compared Medicaid benefits to free fast food. “Our analogy is when Chick-fil-A has a 'free chicken sandwich day,' they have the supplies and resources to give out free chicken sandwiches set aside for that particular day,” he said. “If you don't show up, you can't go back a week later and demand your free chicken sandwich because you failed to show up on the correct day.”

Whereas, Roberta Capp, M.D., a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellow at Yale University, where she practices emergency medicine and is researching health care delivery, noted that “primary care physicians who accept Medicaid insurance are overwhelmed with patients, many of whom have social challenges in addition to health care issues. Some are their family's sole caretaker; many are dealing with housing or transportation issues or food insecurity. These complexities often go unaddressed by health care providers.”

Talk about a tale of two health care providers. When it comes to some health care providers in our state, it's not a great day in South Carolina.

Lesa W. Smalls

Ashley River Road

Charleston

Missing in action

Public assistance requested. Lost, stolen or strayed: reason, judgment, and common sense.

If found, please contact the Berkeley County School Board.

B.W. Moore

Kennington Drive

Goose Creek

Give bikers a spot

“Share the road” is anathema to the writer of a June 19 letter, “Roads are for cars.”

But many of us feel strongly about the value of this slogan. The roads and bridges are owned by the county and state taxpayers who support S.C. Department of Transportation infrastructure. The money used for roads does not come solely from vehicle registration or gas taxes. Motor vehicles must not have a monopoly on the use of this infrastructure.

We bikers, joggers and walkers are not asking always to be included in the “general traffic flow” over any bridge or down any road; we simply insist on a portion of the infrastructure where we can safely coexist with motor vehicles as we pursue our healthy, non-polluting commute or daily exercise. Especially when the bridges are the only means to commute across our beautiful Cooper and Ashley rivers.

Motorists only need look to their right as they drive from the peninsula to Mount Pleasant over the Ravenel Bridge to see crowds of healthy bikers, joggers and walkers “climbing the mountain,” sharing one of the many lanes of that bridge.

More than 50 of us bike riders recently toured the bike lanes of Charleston as a statement that we want similar safe access across the Ashley to West Ashley and James Island.

To insist that everyone must utilize a car as primary means of transit is ludicrous and unsustainable. Think of how much less we would spend on repairs if the roads weren't jostled by so many cars per day. Think of how much less we would spend on health care if people got out from behind their steering wheels once in awhile.

Just think.

Bob Marshburn

Lybrand Street

Edisto Beach

Help our military

On June 17 The Post and Courier had an article that stated South Carolina was starting to catch up with other states by passing military- friendly legislation.

The fact is South Carolina is far behind other states in this area. Considering the number of military installations in the state you would think South Carolina would be a leader, not a follower, in military-friendly legislation.

Active duty military members bring great benefits to our state in revenue, taxes and minimum heath care costs.

Another area where South Carolina has fallen behind nearby states is in tax deductions for military retired pay. Many states provide significant deductions to entice military personnel to remain in the state after retirement.

With Boeing and other high tech companies expanding, retired military personnel offer excellent skills with minimum training needed for journeyman work levels.

Gov. Nikki Haley must remember that not only do military personnel bring special skills, their military retired pay and their military medical coverage make them low-cost quality citizens. The Legislature should pass the appropriate bill to keep this valuable resource here in our state.

Al Hansen

Dalton Street

Charleston