Letters: The tragic end of the Afghan war has always been envisaged | Letters to the Editor


As tragic scenes unfold in Kabul, American citizens are once again bombarded by those who can only make recriminations, bland criticisms and false narratives for political gain.

I propose two points:

First, Congress as a whole is as much an accomplice to this mismanaged disaster as the executive.

Since the end of World War II, Congress has, without exception, failed in its constitutional duty regarding its powers of war, which are specified by the Constitution.

Instead, presidents were able to wage war via resolutions or declarations, which vitiated what the founders envisioned in the Constitution.

Second, it was shocking, though totally unsurprising, to see and hear former President Donald Trump denounce a sitting president in the midst of a crisis.

Circle the cars or call for the unit? No, Mr. Trump called President Joe Biden a shame, urged him to step down, and then reiterated the lie that the 2020 election was a fraud.

To say the above is not to let Mr. Biden off the hook for the tragic and incomprehensible mistakes he made.

The United States should never have been in Afghanistan for 20 years. On this point, Mr. Biden is 100% right.

The ending that’s happening now was still in the cards. The only questions were how and when this would happen.


Oconée Loop

Mount Pleasant

Saving for retirement

Letters: Let local leaders and schools protect communities from the spread of COVID

A letter writer on Wednesday called for general increases in social security to “give retirees a living wage and stimulate the economy.”

Social security was never designed by its founders in 1935 to provide a living wage. Instead, it was a supplement to the elderly who, during the depression, had a poverty rate of over 50%.

Social security payments should generally represent 20-30% of a retiree’s income, the other part being either a pension or savings accumulated during working years.

I am a retiree, and have sacrificed and saved for many years, knowing that it is my responsibility, not my government, to ensure that I can support myself and my family an once I left the workforce.

Additionally, the Federal Reserve predicts that U.S. gross domestic product will grow by nearly 10% over the next two years, reflecting an extremely robust economy. We do not need additional “lashes” that will increase the outlook for runaway inflation and condemn our children and grandchildren to unpayable debt.

Someone in America has to be the adult in the room, and it should start with those of us wise enough to know that fiscal responsibility begins at home, and that increasing government grants have serious consequences.


Summerton Court


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Do not show the needles

As COVID-related deaths and hospitalizations skyrocket in SC, vaccine reluctance remains high

I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19. I respect everyone’s right not to be vaccinated, but I wish many more people would.

There are many videos on television supporting efforts to get everyone immunized.

Unfortunately, many of these efforts are backed up by a video that actually shows the needle inserted into the arm and the syringe emptied.

I am a retired dentist and know that “needle phobia” is very real in society.

When I anesthetized my patients, I realized and respected their apprehensions so I never held up the needle in front of them.

If TV commercials stopped showing the real needle, more people would likely accept the vaccines.

I realize that this change will certainly not convince everyone, but it can change a lot.


Oldwanus Walk

Mount Pleasant

An idea pays off

Lowcountry Fresh Market in Bluffton focuses on food from Gullah Farms

One of my favorite hobbies is gardening in my backyard.

In the spring, when I wake up in the morning, I have a cup of coffee and go straight to my garden to breathe in the fresh, crisp spring air and tend to my tender green plants growing.

In the summer I get a different thrill. Have in my kitchen fresh products from my garden (tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers and more), all organic, delicious and healthy. For many years, I bought the plants for my summer garden from local stores. I could find small trays with six plants for under $ 2.

Today the only plants I can find are in individual containers, ranging from $ 3.79 for the smallest to $ 20 for an already established plant.

After thinking about how to beat the high prices of plants, I found the antidote. I grow my own plants from seed, which costs me a fraction of the rest.

I urge those who love gardening but are discouraged by the high prices of plants not to give up. Grow your own seeds like I do. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Why pay someone $ 20 for a tomato plant when they can buy 10 pounds of local vine ripened tomatoes at the farmer’s market this time of year? That does not make any sense.


Savannah highway



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