Blessed to be free

Every morning at 8 a.m. as I sit in our living room reading the newspaper and drinking my coffee, the sound of the “Star-Spangled Banner” wafts through the air from Joint Base Charleston.

I stop and think of how blessed we are to live in a free country. Thank you, Joint Base Charleston, for broadcasting our anthem.

Maria Johnson

Prestwick Circle

Goose Creek

‘It’s a rivalry’

Post and Courier sports columnist Gene Sapakoff recently condemned “South Carolina’s sophomoric game-day managers [who] played a dumb farmer skit on the video board” at halftime of Saturday’s annual thrashing of Clemson at the hands of the Gamecocks.

Then he turned right around and lowered the bar with childish name-calling by referring to Carolina’s band as “high school-quality.”

Hey, Gene, it’s a rivalry. Get it? Make a run over to Walmart when you have a chance. You may be able to catch a sense of humor on sale.

Back in 1984, the Clemson band serenaded the game’s crowd with “Anchors Away” after Carolina stumbled away an undefeated season at Navy the prior week. Just some good-natured ribbing at Carolina’s expense. That’s what rivals do.

Or are the teams and bands in the Big Ten that you apparently think walk on water too sophisticated for such antics (the recent on-field melee between Ohio State and Michigan notwithstanding)? That tired, we’ve-seen-it-a-million-times dotting of the “I” with a tuba player by the Ohio State band is the kind of thing that really separates the pros from the also-rans.

If the intrastate animosity that exists 365 days a year between Carolina and Clemson is too much to take, then you should consider putting it at arm’s length until you finally come to terms with this fact: It’s a rivalry.

Joe Briley

Appling Drive

Mount Pleasant

‘Core’ hazards

The Legislature needs to rein in its appointed State School Board which is either incompetent or has an unhealthy educational agenda.

The board has approved the Common Core program, which places South Carolina education under the control of private third-party surrogates of the federal government.

Apparently the new science textbook, which other states are trying to stop, states that the failed theory of molecules to humans by way of animals (from the “goo to you by way of the zoo” theory) is now factual science. This pseudoscience indoctrinates children as early as possible to atheism.

What is taught in classrooms is not mere “micro” evolution — small changes within a species — but “macro” evolution, the magical chemical creation/transformation of a creature or thing to an entirely different species. There is no verifiable evidence to support this “religious belief” in recorded history.

In his writings, Charles Darwin wrote: “This conclusion was strong in my mind about the time, as far as I can remember, when I wrote the ‘Origin of Species,’ and it is since that time that it has very gradually, with many fluctuations, become weaker. But then arises the doubt — can the mind of man which has, as I fully believe, been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animals be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions?”

No, you cannot trust such a mind.

Can an authority figure sermonize to a classroom of impressionable minds that they are nothing but a “product of the animal kingdom with a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animals” day after day without consequences?

Is it possible that this indoctrination contributes to their attitudes about suicide, drugs, violence and other destructive behavior?

A valid argument can be made then, that the social corruption occurring among the young today cannot be blamed solely on parental upbringing and environment. Education is also a factor with this social engineering philosophy being force-fed to children as science.

It does not belong in K-12.

Bob Adams

Salt Marsh Cove

Charleston

Cruise regulation

A Nov. 21 letter writer accuses downtown residents who are fighting for cruise ship regulation of “lusting after a phony gated community ambience.” He needs to look at just how accessible downtown Charleston is to all who want to come.

Peninsula residents support Spoleto, SEWE, Moja Festival, Charleston Fashion Week and the Food & Wine festival. The residents also host several weeks of house tours in the spring and fall. The peninsula hosts bridge runs, Turkey Day runs, parades and numerous other events. And the peninsula is the No. 1 draw for tourists coming to the Lowcountry.

I don’t see the writer’s neighborhood hosting a single public event. Perhaps his community is already gated.

What the downtown residents have been asking and fighting for is a set of written regulations to control the cruise industry. The reason for this regulation request is to preserve the quality of life for residents of the historic district.

City Council needs to support residents in their quest for cruise regulations. After all, it is these residents who invest the time and money to preserve the historic Charleston that attracts so many visitors and locals.

David B, Hoffman

Pitt Street

Charleston

Natural childbirth

Birthing at Charleston Birth Place was the most amazing, educational and inspiring experience of my life. At each appointment the midwife looked at me, listened to me, knew me and educated me.

From kick counts to transition to nursing, nothing was left out. The center has a library of books and an incredible community of women who empower each other with their experiences and strength in natural childbirth.

When my water broke with no signs of labor, Charleston Birth Place was there for me. My midwife checked on me and my baby and then gave me natural solutions to kick- start labor.

Five hours later I was in full labor.

She empowered me and gave my body time to do what was natural. My son was born two hours later without the use of labor drugs. A team of midwives helped me through the most challenging and rewarding process a woman can ever experience.

I encourage every woman to tour the birth center and consider the experience of natural childbirth that Charleston Birth Place provides.

Maren Anderson

Harbor Place Drive

Charleston

Honest employee

A Nov. 28 article reported how Julie Zerbst, a Goodwill employee, found two envelopes containing nearly $2,000 in cash and checks while pricing items on a cart of donations.

The deposit belonged to a local doctor who did not remember losing the deposit.

How very generous it was for the doctor to give Ms. Zerbst a $40 reward, and how kind and generous of Ms. Zerbst to donate her reward to the Goodwill Angel Tree, which is being used to benefit disadvantaged seniors in the community.

Perhaps the doctor will donate cash to the Angel Tree, too. It just might mean an elderly person isn’t forced to make a choice between filling a needed prescription and eating when hungry.

Merry Christmas, Ms. Zerbst. You are a very special lady.

Linda Cranford

Wampee Curve

Summerville

Thrill ramp

As a daily commuter on North Rhett Avenue, I have to wonder whom to thank.

In just a few short days, the powers that be have transformed the rail line crossing near Remount Road into an official Dukes of Hazzard thrill ramp.

Each crossing brings back memories of the General Lee (Dodge Charger) sailing through the air and landing in a shower of sparks.

I am considering a new horn for my truck that plays “Dixie.”

Wayne Todd

Valley Street

Hanahan