Shameful slant

What an appalling editorial The Post and Courier ran on May 31 about the Veterans Affairs scandal.

You are a powerful voice, and you could have used that voice to help our veterans, but instead you wasted it on another lecture about political philosophy.

We are all outraged by VA officials' fake records and the resulting injuries and deaths. But we also know that the root problem is our failure to provide enough money to hire enough doctors, nurses, etc.

Money isn't the whole answer, but we can't get to the other problems until we first start paying what it really costs to run our wars and care for our soldiers.

Not to absolve the VA hospital managers, but I wonder how many times they begged for more staff, and how many times the now-finger-pointing congressmen stiffed them at budget-writing time.

I vividly remember former Sen. Bob Dole, wounded in World War II, standing outside the U.S. Senate chamber last year, urging senators to pass a veterans' assistance bill. His former colleagues streamed by, greeting him warmly - and then went inside to kill the bill.

Shame on them. And shame on you.

ARMAND DERFNER

Beaufain Street

Charleston

Local VA success

The media have been inundated with letters and "news" concerning Veterans Administration facilities. The comments, mostly negative, have been an unfair attempt to paint with a very broad brush facilities throughout the system. This is a disservice to the vast majority of them.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital in Charleston has served me and my medical needs for about 18 years. Yes, there have been waiting periods, some frustrations and some unpleasant, but truthful, outcomes. But there has not been, to my knowledge, any treatment left undone or lie told to cover up anything.

I have found reason, on several occasions, to write a letter to a doctor or administrator. It was always a letter of appreciation not reprimand.

Although our VA has been challenged by a tremendous number of returning and retiring veterans, it is managing the facility with professionalism and kindness.

My feelings are echoed by many veterans with whom I have shared them. The personnel at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital need to know that they are appreciated.

JOHN R. HOPE

Rosebank Plantation Road

Wadmalaw Island

Saving water

It was wonderful to see the May 27 letter from the Educators Think Tank of Water Mission International thanking the S.C. Children's Museum for collaborating with it to educate the youngest members of our community and their families about the importance of water and water conservation.

I am also aware that the S.C. Aquarium and the S.C. Ports Authority are supporting efforts to educate us on clean water and our water resources.

As an early childhood educator and member of the Charleston Mayor's Office for Children, Youth, and Families I support all of these organizations for their commitment to strengthen our community.

JANE FARRELL, M.Ed.

Brook Haven Court

Mount Pleasant

Speedy victory

I recently watched a Sprint Cup race until about 10:30 p.m. after which I could not hold my eyes open any longer. I decided I would just find out the next day who won the race. Lo and behold, I opened my Post and Courier Monday morning around 6 a.m. to find a full description of the race and the points won by various drivers, etc.

How in this world can your cohorts gather the data, write the script, print thousands of newspapers and deliver one to my house 40 miles away before 6 a.m. the next morning?

I find that very impressive.

JIM WAY

Dorchester Highway

Dorchester

Misplaced blame

As regards a June 2 article titled "Medicare rule could mean big bill for you": I do not think that Medicare should be blamed for hospitals charging obscene prices for drugs they administer. The prices they charge may need to be somewhat inflated to cover overhead, but there is a lot of profit-taking going on here.

Even when one is admitted, they pass the same ridiculous prices on to whatever insurance company is paying for the stay.

An investigation is needed into the hospital policies, not into Medicare.

BILL COLLINS

Schooner Bend Avenue

Summerville

Bad example

I'd never been to New Orleans until a few weeks ago, and all I could think while walking the French Quarter was that this could be Charleston in 10 years or less.

If Charleston were Bedford Falls from the classic movie "It's A Wonderful Life," the French Quarter is Bedford Falls if George Bailey had never existed.

Mayor Riley, please be our George Bailey and make sure our downtown doesn't become like the French Quarter.

KIERAN KRAMER

Factors Walk

Summerville