Raising speed limit will increase fatalities
Peter Kane, ("Higher speed limit about right for S.C., Nov. 30) and Rep. Todd Rutherford are way off base on this proposed law to raise the speed limit on major highways to 80 miles per hour.
Not only will there be significantly more accidents, the law will lead to more deaths on our highways. The increase in fatalities will also increase insurance premiums for all.
Let's be honest here. Drivers now regularly drive 80 mph in 65-70 mph zones. Is 80 the maximum these drivers will then go? I don't think so.
I certainly don't want my daughter driving on these high-speed roads of the future, much less myself.
Let's not only forget this idea, let's go back to 55 mph and save lives and energy.
JOHN D. BAKER
GOP tries to stop health care reform
I would like Karen Floyd, chairwoman of the South Carolina Republican Party, to explain exactly why the health insurance reform bill passed by the House is a tragedy for this nation. Is it the removal of pre-existing conditions as a reason for being denied coverage? Is it the fact that this bill will cover 36 million hard-working Americans who can not afford health insurance now? Is it the removal of lifetime caps? Or, is it the public option, which will force insurance companies to compete in states where no competition currently exists?
Luckily for me I have a good job that provides health insurance for myself and my family, but my premiums have gone up 7 percent to 10 percent every year and my copays have risen to the level where I am restricted in the number of times a year I can see my health care provider. These increases are unsustainable. If they continue, I see the day approaching when my employer can no longer afford to provide health insurance.
What does the Republican Party offer to the American people? The Party of No offers us nothing. They spread lies and misinformation.
ROBERT M. MCGAUGHEY
Attention short-lived for Fort Hood hero
Press coverage of police Sgt. Kimberly Munley's recent heroic exploit Nov. 5 in Fort Hood, Texas, was barebones. Sgt. Munley downed Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in a firefight, stopping him after he had fired 100 pistol rounds into a crowd of soldiers in a medical processing area, killing 12 and wounding 29 more.
Since then, coverage has been spotty to nonexistent. It would appear that here is an opportunity for one of those organizations whose mission includes ensuring women get the credit they deserve for outstanding performance whenever and wherever it occurs.
Move out, ladies.
Time to commit in Afghanistan or exit
The president, our commander in chief, is considering whether to increase troop levels in Afghanistan. Half measures as an option lead to disaster and tragedy. Let's get in or get out.
If his decision is to increase troop levels, he shouldn't stop at 30,000 or 40,000, but commit the full faith, weight and might of our military. We must all remember the criticism lodged in the 1980s about the deployment of U.S. Marines to Beirut, Lebanon, when Sen. Ernest F. Hollings said, "If they are there to fight, they are too few. If they are there to die, they are too many."
Whichever way Obama goes, I pray he goes full bore.
ROBERT E. DAVIS
End the stress of Black Friday
Are we all fools or are we just easily manipulated?
Black Friday comes along and we collectively salivate at the fantastic "bargains" the chain retailers offer.
We get up at 4 a.m. or we spend all night camped in front of the store, waiting to burst through the doors to claim the television set or the computer, the jewelry or designer dress.
It doesn't matter there are only five or 10 of those items in stock, nor does it matter you're the sixth or the 11th person in line, it's all in the hype.
And when you're disappointed and upset because you didn't get that "bargain," you blame the store for not having enough inventory. Then you make plans to get there even earlier next year.
Why not get some sleep in your own bed, ease the stress, lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of getting trampled or getting into a fight over a blouse or an MP3 player and shop at your leisure at the multitude of family-owned smaller retailers in town who have some true bargains, adequate inventory and attentive and helpful salespeople?
Keep roads clear of campaign litter
Traveling through the streets and roads of Columbia for the last several football games, I observed numerous political signs placed on what appears to be the road right-of-way, placed in medians and fastened to utility poles. Many of these signs were for an individual running for the office of attorney general of South Carolina.
All political candidates, for the safety of all people traveling our roads and highways, are encouraged to instruct their campaign workers on the proper placement of campaign signs. Also, law enforcement is urged to see that our roads and streets are safe for travel and free of campaign litter.