Seattle and Boeing

I served aboard ship for much of 1964-67. When in port, my home was Pier 91 at the Navy Supply Depot, Seattle. It was a beautiful city then, and I expect that it still is.

Many of the civilians I met while ashore had some association with the Boeing Aircraft Company. They would talk about Seattle as if it were a suburb of Everett, which was Boeing's world manufacturing center and the focus of their work lives.

It wasn't a huge stretch to think of Seattle as a one-industry town in the 1960s. That was brought home to me later in my tour when I saw a billboard that said, "Will the last person leaving Seattle, please turn off the lights?" It was related to Boeing's fortunes at the time. That period turned out to be only a small pothole in Puget Sound's economic highway.

Fast forward to 2013. Seattle is in the national news a lot. Boeing is the major economic engine in the Puget Sound area. Maybe residents should remember that billboard of the 1960s.

Or they could ask people from elsewhere what it has been like since the American steel industry collapse destroyed the economy of Western Pennsylvania river towns.

We visit my wife's childhood home in Pennsylvania every year. The small steel towns that hug the Ohio and Beaver rivers still struggle economically. My wife comments that the old towns look about the same except in 1962 the house paint was a lot newer, and perhaps there were more lights on in the buildings.

Is industrial history about to repeat itself, this time in the Puget Sound area? If I were in Seattle, I might ask the question: Have you ever been to Ambridge, Pa.?

Carey Brier

Axtell Drive

Summerville

No great loss

I would like to respond to the Dec. 9 letter to the editor titled "Not ludicrous."

Don't let the door hit you on your way to a new "blue state" as you leave our great state of South Carolina. It will be no loss to us.

JoAnn Helms

Tupalo Drive

Summerville

Mace for Senate

I am a Summerville native, a 1976 graduate of The Citadel, a 21-plus year naval aviator veteran and 14-year staff member of The Citadel as both a tactical officer, advising the Corps of Cadet leadership and then associate director of admissions. I was also treasurer of the National Citadel Alumni Association for several years and have been very active in the Summerville Citadel Club since my Navy retirement in 1997.

I first met Nancy Mace while I was a tactical officer. She had a tough road as one of the first women in the corps, but she stuck to her convictions.

Over the years I have known her to be a committed person who says what she means and does what she says.

She was the first female grad from our alma mater and revitalized The Citadel Club of Atlanta. She started her own company and encouraged other young people to strive to do their best.

Nancy epitomizes the cadet code: "A cadet does not lie, cheat, steal nor tolerate those who do."

I ask you to lend your support to help elect Ms. Mace to the U.S. Senate and help us take back our Congress to the conservative values that mean so much to us: a balanced budget, defunding Obamacare, stopping earmarks, and ridding the burden of the current onerous federal tax structure.

D.C. Nimmich

Commander, U.S. Navy

(Retired)

Towhee Drive

Summerville

Preserve median

Many thanks to state representatives Larry Grooms and Edward Southard for their efforts to preserve the median along I-26. Here are the most likely causes of wrecks and fatalities:

1) Signage of various types.

2) Inattention due to texting, cell phones, billboards and debris on the highways.

3) Alcohol and illicit drugs.

4) Fatigue.

5) Excessive speed and road rage.

6) Lack of law enforcement.

Barrie Bozard

Pitt Street

Mount Pleasant

Morality missing

Some more drivel in the Dec. 16 Post and Courier article on HIV prevention counseling. Counsel, don't counsel - the article is meaningless in that it deals with everything after the fact.

The problem is indiscriminate sex in a society that is almost void of any moral responsibility. As long as they are gratified, the "me" generation won't stop.

Even our so-called national health plan endorses abortion as a means of birth control. How sick is that? We are a country adrift in moral chaos with a leader who has no moral compass whatsoever. He is interested in his next vacation and next great speech blaming everyone but his narcissistic self.

Seymour Rosenthal

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant

Finish the job

Recently my husband and I were driving north on Savannah Highway after a short shopping trip. We were stopped by the traffic light at Wappoo Road.

I glanced over and saw the partially demolished county market building, which has been an eyesore for months. What an introduction to Charleston it makes!

What's up? Who stopped the demolition? What is the building's historical significance?

Our concern is not just for esthetics but for safety as well.

What if someone goes in there and gets hurt? Who will pay for the lawsuit?

I expect that the person/persons who halted the demolition will.

So let the demolition go forth. And yes, we are native Charlestonians who appreciate preserving our heritage and city. But this is way out of the realm of historical preservation.

Kathy Dorkewitz

Henry Dorkewitz

Timothy Street

Charleston

Broken promises

Well, here we go again. The military is taking another hit. My late husband did 22 patrols on submarines in his 24 years of service to his country. For six months of the year, he was at sea. He was promised that he and his family would always be taken care of.

I am a widow. I receive a part of his retirement in the form of survivor annuity.

Will that be cut? So much money was taken away from the military because of sequestration that I wonder if we have enough money for our brave men and women in uniform to have squirt guns. Maybe Congress will approve the use of water balloons to drop on our enemy.

Retirees, their families and veterans are receiving reductions in health care and now the rumor is that commissaries will be closing next year.

I know this might seem trivial to those who have never served or been part of the military family, but if you were promised things to keep you in your job and you got "not so fast," how would you feel?

Sharon Farber

Hansard Drive

North Charleston

Right man for job

I can think of no lieutenant governor as dedicated to the office as Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell. He has been a tremendous problem solver in the Office on Aging while wearing that big smile.

While giving up his seniority in the Senate was a difficult choice, he put on his waders and slogged into a quagmire of unresolved issues, coming up with new solutions every day.

These attributes make him the right choice for the new College of Charleston president.

Hard work and dedication are needed right now to maintain the forward momentum in the success of the college.

Lt. Gov. McConnell is the one with the drive to do this job.

Don't let a golden opportunity slip through the cracks.

Sandi Engelman

Julia Street

Charleston