Double standard

The Nov. 17 article “Women in House defend Rice” was the epitome of liberal hypocrisy. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, suggested that Republican senators’ outrage at being lied to by Susan Rice was merely sexism and racism.

Susan Rice repeatedly lied about facts surrounding the attack in Libya. This is what Martin Luther King would call a content of character issue, not sexism or racism.

Liberals look for phony excuses for egregious acts while conservatives judge based on content of character. I have never heard liberals (or conservatives) racing to defend statements by Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley or Sarah Palin, crying racism or sexism. Some pretty ugly things have been said about these women.

Susan Rice was appointed to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. If she is not able to take criticism for her actions in that post, she is unqualified to be there.

David M. Bourgeois

Chucker Drive

Summerville

Hostess layoffs

Hostess has said it could begin laying off all its 18,000 workers as early as Nov. 20.

So no loaf of bread to a union worker is better than 95 percent of the loaf.

Now we see why the takers, unemployed strikers in this example, have exceeded the taxpayers. Take a number in the line of “give me’s.”

Well done, strikers.

Robert Klowas

Ashley Crossing Drive

Charleston

Palestinian problem

A Nov. 17 editorial states that Hamas rockets necessitated an Israeli response, and demeaned Israel’s critics who “offer no practical alternatives.”

The Palestinian problem is complicated, with two occupied zones administered by different political parties and separated by Israel. In recent years, all military conflicts have been between the Hamas-administered Gaza strip and Israel.

Gershon Baskin, an Israeli negotiator involved in the release of Gilad Shalit, recently wrote in The New York Times about negotiations through Egyptian channels with Ahmed Al-Jabari, killed Nov. 14 in an Israeli air strike:

“On the morning that he was killed, Mr. Jabari received a draft proposal for an extended cease-fire with Israel, including mechanisms that would verify intentions and ensure compliance.”

Baskin coined this action “Israel’s shortsighted assassination.”

The point I would make is that writing a balanced editorial requires more investigation than was performed before your editorial was penned.

Both sides — Hamas and Israel — have contributed to the continuing misery. Rockets and air strikes only guarantee perpetuation of that misery; attempting difficult negotiations through available channels is the only hope.

That avenue was, for the present, eliminated with Israel’s targeted killing of Al-Jabari.

Richard H. Gross

Oak Marsh Drive

Mount Pleasant

Shepherd the flock

An issue much more significant than the election of public officials was not on the ballot: Are we were going to follow the laws of man or of God?

Apparently many Christians and Jews who voted, claiming to practice their faith, do not know their faith, do not follow the Ten Commandments and have failed to develop a mature, informed conscience.

Let us pray this will change.

Those who are given charge of these flocks have failed as shepherds. I am referring to preachers, rabbis, deacons, priest and bishops.

Shame on them.

M. J. Artigues JR.

Law Lane

Mount Pleasant

Sad happenings

The writer of a Nov. 17 letter titled “Nobody’s perfect” has not looked at the big picture in regard to Gen. David Petraeus and the terrible mess he has gotten himself into.

No one is perfect; however, for the head of such an important department as the CIA, perfection should be seen as necessary, or near perfection at least.

The media have reported that the woman in the affair, Paula Broadwell, a married mother, was in possession of over 20,000 pieces of classified material. That represents a danger to each and every American.

We have lost thousands of men and women during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We need leadership dedicated to the safety of our American troops.

It’s hard to understand how such a person doing his/her job properly could find the time to “fool around” or send thousand of e-mails.

Obviously his job was not foremost on his mind. His infidelity will cast more bad light on our country.

There is an old saying that you can never trust a woman scorned. That can also be said of a man who can’t keep his pants zipped.

Cheryl G. Creach

Tuscany Drive

North Charleston

An oversight?

It is beyond comprehension that the James Island Connector would have been excluded from the S.C. Department of Transportation mobility assessment as regards the I-526 extension project. This study assessed the increase/decrease of traffic for all other roads in the area including Camp and Bees Ferry roads.

Clearly the JIC, the main artery for proposed I-526, will have to accommodate tens of thousands more vehicles, including massive trucks. This traffic will pour down historic streets of Bull, Wentworth, Smith and Beaufain streets, Ashley and Rutledge avenues and the College of Charleston campus. It’s fair to assess these streets as an off ramp from I-526.

All of this will put residents, students and pedestrians at greater risk from speeding cars and trucks off I-526.

Mayor Joe Riley should be demanding to know why the James Island Connector was excluded from the assessment, and demand to know how this will impact residents and students downtown.

Also, the traffic that backs up on the connector will pour over onto other roads, contradicting the mobility impact assessment.

John Cecil

London Drive

Charleston

Greatest reward

The focus of the Goose Creek Gators team should not be what has happened to them as a team, but what they “as a team” have done for the student in question.

If we reflect on what a great thing they have accomplished by helping another individual, we see them as a winning team no matter what obstacles were in the way.

We all have to follow rules. But what is more important — a game or a student’s way of life?

So let’s turn this situation around, parents. Instead of screaming “foul” at the school league, let’s celebrate the team’s accomplishment.

The football players themselves are much better off learning that football is just a game.

The percentage of kids making pro is very small and pro football is very dangerous to play.

Helping one person in need is the single greatest reward.

William Perper

Excaliber Place

North Charleston

Enough already

Goose Creek parents are asking how or what are they going to be able to tell their children.

They should tell them that in life there are rules. When those rules are broken, they must accept the punishment, learn and move on.

The behavior of their administration is telling them that they should keep appealing until it is ruled in their favor.

Such a contrast to the University of Miami’s football program. They have voluntarily removed themselves from post season eligibility in anticipation of future sanctions.

I wonder what they told their children.

It’s disappointing, yes. But such is life.

Lawrence Lucas

Whispering Marsh Drive

Charleston