VA in Charleston

The media for several weeks have been inundated with letters and news concerning Veterans Affairs facilities. The comments, mostly negative, have unfairly painted facilities system-wide with a broad brush. This is a disservice to many of these facilities.

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 or retiring veterans the hospital here is being managed with professionalism and kindness.

My feelings expressed are echoed by many veterans who I have shared them with. I want all personnel of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital to know that they are appreciated.

John R. Hope

Rosebank Plantation Road

Wadmalaw Island

Name change

Some want to remove the name "Redskins" from sports. While we are at it, why not just clean house? How about remove the "Saints"?

What does religion have to do with sports? Any team asking for third party help is actually cheating.

Robert Bullwinkel Sr.

Campion Hall Road

Charleston

A free nation

We are fast approaching the celebration of the declared freedom of our great nation on July 4. I've been uncertain as to why our political representatives in the states and in Washington have not adhered to the Constitution in many cases, and why they have strayed away from listening to "we the people." Then I read what some of our founding fathers said about such.

Thomas Jefferson said, "We in America do not have government by the majority who participate. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Samuel Adams said, "If we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most excellent freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves."

However, Thomas Jefferson also said, "The good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves."

I sincerely believe that the American people have had enough "hope and change," and their "good sense" is steering them back onto the correct course. Just one president can't tear up hundreds of years of sound tradition and freedoms, but Obama has surely shaken the foundation of our Republic.

That shaking has awakened the true patriots and the ship is turning back to a true course of godly principles and moral living. God will indeed have the last say. Man just isn't that big.

George Washington, in his farewell address said, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

Have a blessed Independence Day, and thank God that we still have one.

Mike Moore

Pimpernel Street

Summerville

Flip flop

Four months ago, Sen. John McCain said he would support the exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. So what happened when President Obama along with many others did just that? McCain again switched sides along with other Republicans, including Lindsey Graham, in just another position of total hypocrisy.

How horrible for the Bergdahl family to be getting their son home after five years - even though damaged from torture, isolation and living in a war zone - only to be subjected to these hateful voices in supposed outrage.

Informing Congress probably would have delayed - since Congress is not able to act - and possibly have shut out the opportunity for his return.

How unforgiveable to dislike President Obama so much that some are willing to turn against saving the very men and women they sent there to fight. Inexcusable and so un-American.

Bonnie Seabright

Grove Manor Court

Mount Pleasant

Weak texting law

I have been glad to see recent articles pointing out the dangers of texting while driving and the outrage by many over pathetically weak punishments for breaking the newly passed law.

I have recent experience with just how dangerous texting while behind the wheel can be. About a month ago while driving my motorcycle, I spotted a young woman texting while driving. I proceeded to change lanes and put more distance between myself and the "oblivious-to-all-around-her" motorist.

Just as I committed to getting away, she swerved into me and down I went. I spent three days in the hospital and endured 50 stitches in my right leg and permanent damage to my back, neck and left shoulder. I was not laughing.

I am just as grim about the ridiculously weak law and punishment recently passed giving drivers a six-month probationary period and the grossly anemic $25 fine.

I see this crime being committed frequently, at least three times a day. Why not jack it up to $500 or more? It would be good revenue for the town and definitely get people to think twice before that next text or tweet.

How important is it to let a friend know what you had for lunch, or what you are going to wear tomorrow?

If it is of extreme importance, pull over a minute and deal with it.

Alternatively, use Bluetooth hands-free features the majority of phones and vehicles have these days.

I am grateful to my friend Linda Page, mayor of Mount Pleasant, for passing a ban on texting behind the wheel last year.

But, my fine Charleston friends, if you want to continue to laugh and live in our beautiful city by the sea, let's get serious about terminating a totally unsafe act of selfishness and folly.

Peyton L. Bradham

Jasper Boulevard

Sullivan's Island

Medicine costs

I always enjoy reading the Pet Docs column in the Health section. But I'm surprised that they didn't offer the least expensive alternative, by far, for buying expensive meds. It's Canada, except not any more.

Now when I receive my meds from pharmacyrxworld.com, they no longer come from Canada or abroad. Instead, my scanned and emailed prescriptions are filled by American pharmacies. The Canadian company calls these "our American pharmacy partners," and they're all located in the states bordering Canada.

I was forced to take this route because of a generic prescription that cost $2,700 for a three-month supply (imagine what the real thing costs). For years now, I've been paying $29.99 instead for the same amount. Case closed.

I'd be interested to know the reason the docs excluded this option. It used to be because of fears related to quality control in other countries. But now that American pharmacies have partnered with Canada to smartly cash in (presumably because of sheer quantity, given the low prices), what's the problem?

Carol Oropallo

Ashley Avenue

Charleston

Show us

Why send through the mail all those placards and fliers and place handouts door-to-door and make phone calls soliciting for your votes?

Have you not heard the phrase "actions speak louder than words"?

The Post and Courier data are sufficient for your campaigns.

Harriet M. Lambert

San Jose Lane

Hanahan