Team Andy

On Sept. 26, Andy Parker suffered injuries as the result of being struck by a falling tree. Andy Parker is the son of Mount Pleasant councilwoman Linda Page.

He was transported to MUSC for treatment of severe bone and vascular injuries, any of which could easily have meant an end to his life; he underwent 11 hours of surgery to stabilize his condition.

Almost immediately, a whole community of caring individuals, who have become known as Team Andy, organized to provide physical and spiritual support for Andy, his fiancée, Evy, his entire family and his circle of loving friends.

People from across the Lowcountry have joined the community of caring supporting Andy and his family as the healing process begins. We are all relieved that Andy no longer requires a respirator and can begin communicating with his family.

We are very thankful that his life appears to have been spared, but we also know that Andy and Team Andy have to pace themselves for the marathon that is to come. It is humbling and heartwarming to be part of Team Andy.

The grace of the Page family throughout this difficult ordeal is nothing short of phenomenal. They have been forthcoming about the emotional roller coaster they have experienced, Andy’s condition and their gratitude for the support they have received from so many sectors of so many communities.

Kudos to everyone who is and who will become a part of the community rallying around Andy Parker.

Sharon Cook

Cashew Street

Charleston

Buses welcomed

The community of Charleston has once again showed why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. The American Bus Association, which represents more than 3,800 bus, tour and travel businesses across North America, held its fall board of directors meeting at the Charleston Place Hotel. We could not be happier about our experience in Charleston.

From the moment our board members arrived Sept. 22 until their departure everything was handled smoothly and professionally. We were treated as if we were beloved family members.

The ABA board took a nighttime dinner cruise to Fort Sumter on SpiritLine Cruises. They visited Patriots Point and the National Medal of Honor Society Museum and enjoyed dinner onboard the historic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier.

On the final day in Charleston at historic Drayton Hall there was an American Bus Association Foundation fund raiser, and later dinner hosted by David and Eunice Bigelow at the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island.

As testament to how friendly the region is to motor coaches, the Charleston Tea Company said on Sept. 24, 400 people visited on eight motor coaches. It was the biggest day the company had all year.

Overall in South Carolina, more than 25,000 people are employed in the motor coach, travel and tourism industry, generating more than $2 billion in wages and economic activity, according to research by the ABA Foundation.

Republican Rep. Mark Sanford, who represents South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, spoke to the board of directors Monday about legislative and transportation issues facing the motor coach, travel and tourism industry.

We are grateful for the hard work put in by our Charleston hosts and for the friendships and relationships we have made. Charleston and the state of South Carolina are very supportive of the motor coach, travel and tourism industry.

We hope to visit Charleston again in the future. I know from this visit that all of our expectations will be exceeded.

Peter J. Pantuso

President and CEO

American Bus Association

Washington, D.C.

VA is just fine

I am concerned about negative letters concerning the VA hospital.

Yes, it’s hard to find a parking place, but there is free valet service. And yes, sometimes the lots are full.

As for me, the medical service I get and the friendly people who perform these services are well worth the little inconveniences.

Suck it up. If you can’t wait for a while, go to your local hospital. But don’t berate the good people at the VA hospital.

On another subject, we elect politicians in Washington, and we get what we deserve. I had, and still have, a problem that I wrote about to Mark Sanford, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott over eight weeks ago. I haven’t heard a word from any of them. Needless to say they won’t get my vote.

Bill Mabry Sr.

Promenade Court

Mount Pleasant

Civics 101

Tea Party members love the Constitution. I’ll bet most members carry around their own pocket version. Let’s look at it together.

The Constitution, as every middle school student learns in civics class, is very specific about how laws become laws. A bill starts in either the House or the Senate and, once approved by both, goes to the White House for signature or veto. If the president signs the bill, it becomes law. Simple, right?

When we have laws we don’t like, the Constitution has two remedies: Use the process above to repeal the law, or have the law challenged in the courts to establish its consistency with the Constitution.

The courts can determine that the law either is or is not consistent. If not, it’s no longer law; if yes, it remains law. Also simple, right?

The Tea Party doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act. They have tried both methods to rid us of this despicable law; neither has succeeded. Most recently, they used the budget and the debt ceiling votes to try to get rid of this law.

I have scanned my copy of the Constitution thoroughly, and nowhere have I found a practice involving “hostage taking” or “demanding ransom” as a process for creating or changing law.

Negotiation or extortion? Take your pick. Either way, these tactics were clearly designed to circumvent the constitutional process.

So how does the Tea Party square circumventing the Constitution with upholding the Constitution?

Not so simple, right?

Skip Crane

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

‘Keep a check’

I recently went out of town for a few days, and I called the City of Charleston Police Department to ask if they could provide their “keep a check” service on my apartment while I was away. When I came back from my trip I found that everything was fine.

I am very appreciative for their “keep a check” service, and I felt very safe leaving on my trip knowing they were driving by and checking my apartment.

I would like to thank Chief Greg Mullen and the police department.

I encourage others to use this service the police department offers. It’s free to the community.

Karma Greene

Evergreen Street

Charleston

Watch words

In the Oct. 12 Post and Courier it was reported that at a special meeting with state pension fund officials, Curtis Loftis said, “There’s an old saying that goes something like this, ‘Have you beaten your wife today?’ There’s no way to answer that question properly.”

I have never heard that saying, and if I had I would never repeat it.

A properly educated man would never have made that statement. That attitude is why domestic violence in our state is at a critical level.

Mary Miller

Hyacinth Street

Summerville

Try a leash

On Oct. 16 I read about an ambulance hitting a dog. The dog’s owner wants some answers about how his dog was hit and why the driver didn’t stop.

I think Charleston County EMS should ask him why his dog was in the street, not on a leash and not under his control.

J.R. Van Vechten

Schooner Bend Avenue

Summerville