Promises, promises

We as a nation made promises to hundreds of thousands of young men and women in order to get them to fight our wars. We asked them to risk, and in many cases give, their lives to protect us from those who want to kill us.

We made promises, and we required our young military men and women to sign contracts to ensure that they honored their commitments.

If the Secretary of Defense and our elected representatives in Washington can't find the obvious waste and fraud in government that would enable us to honor our contracts, give me a call. I volunteer my services and guarantee results.

This really is not rocket science. They could do it too if they could concentrate on something other than getting re-elected, but that's a topic for another day.

Michael K. Spillane

Blue Heron Drive

Summerville

Pyrrhic victory?

The writer of a Feb. 24 letter titled "Rewriting history" made some valid points concerning The Post and Courier's bias in reporting the H. L. Hunley anniversary, the dedication of the Vesey statue and the Battle of Battery Wagner anniversary.

Bravery is bravery, regardless of affiliation, and of course there is always ambiguity concerning freedom fighters/terrorists.

However, I fear the writer fails the fair and balanced test himself when he characterizes the H.L. Hunley attack as "an unprecedented success." All eight crew members drowned. At best, perhaps, a Pyrrhic victory.

John R. Young

Brianna Lane

Charleston

Navigator check

Two very damaging bills are being debated in the S.C. Legislature - S.961 and H.4510 - the Navigator Background Check Act. Navigators in this context are people who are helping people figure out what their options are in the Affordable Care Act.

The bills assume that navigators are selling insurance. They're not. They're not allowed to contact a person or recommend options.

They help people who come to them to navigate computer access to various available plans of private insurance that may have a public subsidy.

Just as children do things on a computer that are beyond an adult's ability, navigators have studied the program and passed a series of tests so they can show people how to thread their way through the maze.

It is unconscionable that the leading cause of bankruptcy in this country is overwhelming medical bills. People desperately need insurance.

Please don't let our Legislature get in the way. Navigators aren't the problem. Get in touch with your legislators and tell them not to make it a crime to help someone on the computer.

Not taking Medicaid expansion is another big part of the problem. Without the federally-funded Medicaid expansion, people are finding out that they're too poor for the other help being offered.

We need to be helping S.C. people and not making it harder to get insurance.

Anne Knight Watson

Pinckney Street

McClellanville

Staying informed

On behalf of the Canterbury House residents, I want to thank our city councilman, Mike Seekings, for bringing Fire Chief Karen Brack to visit with us.

Councilman Seekings has seen to it that we seniors stay informed about what is happening within our city. He has previously brought us Police Chief Greg Mullen and CARTA's Christine Wilkinson.

And we learned much critical information that the local papers have omitted about the possible merger of MUSC and the College of Charleston. The merger may not be the horrible idea we had thought.

Naomi Radcliff

Market Street

Charleston

Catching on slowly

I had to chuckle as I read Fred Hiatt's op-ed piece in the Feb. 25 Post and Courier. He wondered what the current administration actually stands for, then expressed his bewilderment that the answer is: Nobody knows.

The Washington Post has carried water for the current administration for so many years that such a late epiphany brings to mind Louis Renault's quote, "I am shocked, shocked to find that ... ." In this case the sentence would finish with the words "total incompetence prevails here."

Wray Lemke

West Coleman Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Economy building

For the moment, let's put aside questions of legislative over-reaching and threats to academic freedom, and turn to something the Legislature claims to care deeply about: economic development.

Those in Columbia who might not have attended when Richard Florida was brought in to speak about the "creative class" should be reminded that knowledge workers can work from anywhere.

As an entrepreneurship professor, I know regions that prosper in the future will be regions that provide what the creative class seeks, and that isn't limited to beaches.

As a Feb. 19 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes, a 117-page, data-rich report done by the Pittsburgh Technology Council includes the statement that "Pittsburgh has almost all of the essential components to build a 21st century economy, but the one notable exception is its inclusiveness of people of color, of foreign-born descent and same-sex partnerships."

The newspaper article goes on to quote Technology Council President Audrey Russo: "[Diversity] should be non-negotiable. ... Everyone who has a business here should have forthright policies around family, workplace and health care coverage that demonstrate that we will not tolerate any business, institution or organization that doesn't have the basic tenets of inclusion embedded in their policy."

This is what is going on in regions outside South Carolina, regions with which we hope to compete successfully. If your state legislator voted to cut funding for The College Reads, your legislator is not serious about economic development.

Kelly G. Shaver, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, School of Business

College of Charleston

Liberty Street

Charleston

Here to stay

On Feb. 24 an Associated Press article stated that governors say Obamacare is here to stay. They further stated that the law is "unaffordable and unsustainable," and yet it is impossible to repeal.

The CBO recently told us that the law encourages able-bodied people to stop working. It has already caused the cancellation of health insurance for millions who previously had insurance.

It has increased costs for those who previously had insurance and for those who didn't. Many are still left uninsured despite the fact that the purpose of the law was to have all Americans covered. This is failure pure and simple, and an expensive one at that.

The governors who refuse to fight this flawed health care law represent the apathetic class whose greatest aspirations are to be wards of the state. Fortunately, a silent majority of Americans in this country still work and pay taxes. We the taxpayers are not apathetic, and we are not quitters. We will not settle for mediocrity. We are paying for government and not the reverse.

You can't keep your plan or your doctor unless you are an overpaid politician with self-granted waivers. Politicians who wish to continue the destruction of the middle class and of our medical system will pay at the ballet box this November.

David Bourgeois

Chucker Drive

Summerville

Sad but true

A Feb. 24 op-ed by Sue Carleton focused on the shooting by and trial of Michael Dunn in Florida that began with loud music and black teens (her description). She then adds a little of the Zimmerman case for good measure.

All is true, but the real tragedy is the fact that if all involved had been African Americans there would have absolutely no press coverage whatsoever.

Robert Savin, M.D.

Privateer Creek Road

Johns Island