Haley disappoints

Talk about being out of touch with the needs of her constituents. Gov. Nikki Haley is oblivious.

She touted her desire to have a transparent government and to help the people of our state, yet I fail to see where she is trying to do these things.

Her budgets are done without much thought to possible repercussions. You can’t always do with less.

Our Health and Human Services computer systems were hacked in April, and some personal information was divulged. The governor failed to see that other departments were taking precautions to prevent such a breach.

Employees who retire or move on are not replaced, in the guise of saving money. This leaves these departments short-handed and unable to complete the work assigned.

Now almost six months later, personal information of millions of state residents has been stolen. We are paying $12 million to protect ourselves. I am sure it would have cost less had we hired a knowledgeable IT person to protect our systems.

We also have insurance companies out of control. It was just last year that The Post and Courier reported on Blue Cross and Blue Shield paying what I consider exorbitant amounts to a part-time board. The money being collected by BCBS and held in case of a catastrophe is many times greater than what is required, and nothing has been done to regulate it. Homeowners’ rates have jumped, complaints have been made and now we appoint a retired insurance agent to protect us. Talk about a conflict of interest.

I thought Gov. Haley might be a good choice for the state. Boy, was I wrong. It makes me laugh that she complains legislators are not giving her more control of government. She certainly doesn’t show the capability to handle it.

Wayne R. Lodge

Gathering Island Road

Summerville

Fix immigration

We have an opportunity. Don’t let our leaders, regardless of party, miss it.

Immigration reform is on the table. Obama wants it and his executive order allows young immigrants to work their way to citizenship.

Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer are working on an immigration plan to take to the Senate. Considering the makeup of the Senate next year, it is sure to pass.

Let’s accept Graham and Schumer’s plan — with amendments.

Let’s make effective the date our border is secure. It’s been six years since Congress passed and the president signed a law authorizing a fence along our southwestern border. It is not yet funded.

Amend the Graham/Schumer bill to stop funding of any government document and program in any language other than English. This will help us cut spending. Does anyone know how much the government spends on publishing multi-language documents? And it will conform to the longstanding law that requires those wishing to become citizens to have a workable knowledge of English.

Compromise can be helpful, if done at the right time and in the right place.

There are 19 Democratic and 14 Republican senators and a full House of Representatives up for election in 2014. The timing for compromise on immigration may be as good as we’ll get for a long time.

Lowell H. Knouff

Elaine Street

Johns Island

Stored memories

Having grown up on the Isle of Palms, I have great memories concerning the Red and White on the Isle of Palms, which is closing.

My sister worked there during the summer as a cashier. My mom shopped there. My best friend and I would collect glass Coke bottles and redeem them there for change to buy candy. So many wonderful memories will now be bulldozed in favor of some “big box” grocery store.

I have not lived on the Isle of Palms for many years. Many changes have made it hard for us to recognize.

How I wish for the days when things were simpler and the “mom and pop” stores were still around.

I wish the best to the Moseley family and say “thank you” to them and those before them who ran the Red and White.

Things are not the same.

Shelley S. Massalon

Gullane Drive

Charleston

Ink for heroes

In your letters section of Nov. 21 was a missive about one of Charleston’s senior citizens and his bravery during the Korean Conflict. The letter ended by stating that our local hero is alive and well here in Charleston.

I was waiting for the obligatory “we have lost a great person,” which generally concludes such letters about individuals who have made a positive, valuable difference.

I often ask myself if the deceased knew how well thought of they were while they were still alive. I hope so. Perhaps The Post and Courier could begin a section where people could write about their heroes and positive contributors.

Let these special individuals have the opportunity to realize that they are valued while they are still among us. We can say to them what we all should be saying daily to those whose actions have improved our meager existence.

K. Scott Hildreth

Thayer Hall Drive

Mount Pleasant

Protect retirees

Now that President Obama ha been re-elected, we can expect to see a variety of increased taxes on everybody.

Who is going to protect the low- to middle-income retirees from increased capital gains and dividend taxes? The president has got it wrong.

We need this income to supplement our Social Security. It is contained in many of our pension funds, mutual funds and other investments. Not only the “rich” benefit from them.

I call on the Congress to put a stop to his raid on our livelihood.

Phil Siegrist

Plantation Lane

Mount Pleasant

CSO excels

I have listened to recordings of the New World Symphony performed by the best orchestras and conductors in the world, for over 55 years, and I have never heard this work performed any better than that given to us last weekend by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

What an excellent performance. Kudos to the CSO. I hope they will continue to bring us the “old war horses.”

Lep Boyd, Jr.

Front Street

Georgetown

Give gas cards

At this time of year, we are thinking of gifts for our friends. Most are things the other person really doesn’t need. We are too preoccupied with the accumulation of things.

My suggestion is to give gas cards this year. Your friends will appreciate it.

Marshall Heiden

Highway 162

Hollywood

Make a difference

Do you old people like me (83) recall how we were united during World War II? Are we now divided, and is our country broke?

How many of us have more taken out of our Social Security than we have contributed? Could we help our country by supporting “means testing” and paying a little more for Medicare?

Have we not heard “to those who much is given much will be required”?

Why do 70 percent of us veterans believe we should get all of our brave troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan ASAP and save $2 billion per week? Have we forgotten Korea and Vietnam? Are the Chinese and Russians laughing at us?

Is it not true that “a house divided cannot stand”? Do we let radio and TV demons making millions divide us?

Should we not repeatedly tell our folks in Washington to take courage, unite and challenge us even if it costs them an election? They can succeed with our help and daily prayers.

Are our answers on the dollar bill (E pluribus unum)? Out of many, one. Most importantly, In God We Trust.

We old people need to speak up and act.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Ben A. Pelot

Long Grove Drive

Mount Pleasant