Vitamin D for all

South Carolina is planning to reject part of Obamacare and infuse more than $40 million of state funds in programs to make South Carolinians healthier. The way to do that is much simpler than what is being proposed.

Public health specialists have calculated that raising the Vitamin D3 level of our population can reduce the cost of medical care significantly. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is found to be low in almost two-thirds of our populatiuon. It can protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and even depression.

To achieve this we need only provide a simple supplement of VitaminD3 at a cost of one-tenth of the $40 million proposed.

Our city boasts one of the world’s authorities on Vitamin D, Dr. Bruce Hollis at MUSC.

The Legislature should ask Dr. Hollis to assist them in their endeavor to make South Carolinians healthier.

Allan Lieberman, M.D.

Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Northforest Drive

North Charleston

Don’t cut

Many letters have appeared recently concerning the S.C. Department of Tranportation’s decision to cut down trees in the median on I- 26 above Summerville. All but one questioned the need to do this. All cited the reasons for the crashes and they were all caused by a poor decision made by the driver. Trees never moved!

I thought about the rationale for the decision and looked at the numbers provided in The Post and Courier article. Traffic counts showed that approximately 32,400 vehicles a day use this stretch. That is 11.8 million per year and 59 million over five years.

There were 1,934 crashes over five years. I believe that turns out to be (point) .00033 percent of cars have crashes.

Why penalize millions of drivers by taking away a beautiful ride for the sake of a very few who chose to make a stupid decision?

We have to stop trying to save man from his own irrational decisions at the expense of the masses.

The point about preparing to widen I-26 is a ruse.

Do it when ready.

Ceighton E. Likes Jr.

King Street

Charleston

Military waste

Our defense department is laden with fat and waste. As a former naval officer who flew carrier based combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia, I can attest to the complexity of managing a melting pot of strategically critical resources, along with ridiculously excessive waste and inexplicable “pork.”

What’s needed today are fewer cries of “Don’t cut MY budget” and more from mature, strategic leaders, statesmen and officers who can identify the DOD fat to eliminate and the mission-critical resources to fund.

Our military and our country will get along just fine without groups like Air Force combat photography squadrons.

Jack Liles

Timmerman Drive

Charleston

No-way runway

On Feb. 22 my Delta flight returned to Atlanta after two failed landing approaches to Charleston International Airport. The low visibility, in conjunction with restrictions caused by the main runway not being operable, made it unsafe to land.

No flights were able to land for the remainder of the evening, thus I had to spend the night in Atlanta and fly home Saturday. This is the third time this has happened to me in the past two months with one other flight returned to Atlanta and the other diverted to Columbia. According to Delta personnel at the airport, this is happening “frequently.”

Did the Air Force base foresee this problem when it decided to take a year to reconstruct the main runway? What is being done to speed up a ridiculous one-year timeline?

Finally, why are planes continually being allowed to take off bound for Charleston when the weather is such?

SHAWN THACKER

Whitsun Court

Mount Pleasant

Helmets save lives

The state of South Carolina is so concerned about the safety of our travelers that it finds it necessary to spend millions to cut down hundreds of trees but does not see the wisdom of helmet laws that would save even more lives.

Where is the logic?

Katy Nufnagle

Saint Ann Lane

Hollywood

A losing game

A Feb. 27 article reported on sports for middle schoolers.

I live and work by the mantras: 1) If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and 2) Don’t spend money you don’t have.

Unfortunately, the Charleston County School District seems eager to break both of these rules with its inexplicable desire to commandeer middle school athletics at great expense and to the exclusion of private entities who have handled these duties well for quite some time.

I have had three children participate in competitive inter-middle school athletics and have seen nothing to suggest that the system needs an overhaul. The system is inexpensive and efficient. A CCSD program would certainly be more expensive and less efficient.

The argument that a CCSD-controlled middle school athletic system would be “free” to students defies logic. The CCSD may make costs less visible to public scrutiny, but it certainly won’t make them “free.”

Under the current system only students who play have to pay, and the fees are paid by parents. There is no better fiscal watchdog than the person actually footing the bill.

This school district makes my high school student late to class about 50 percent of the time as a result of non-working buses and solicits parents and students to send in the most basic classroom and hygiene items through the course of the school year as a result of “tight budgets.” It is difficult to believe it would even consider spending millions of dollars on an athletic program — especially when those programs already exist.

Perhaps this matter all boils down to one sentence in the Post and Courier article in which unnamed CCSD officials are quoted as saying that the current system “doesn’t give district employees control” over athletic programs. Children’s programs function best with maximal parental and minimal administrative control/involvement. That is what we have now, and there is no reason for CCSD to spend money to “fix it.”

R. Stewart Eads Jr.

Oak Point Landing Drive

Mount Pleasant

Bad actors

On the evening of Feb. 23, my fiancé and I were privileged to see the incredible “Les Misérables” at the North Charleston Coliseum. To say that I was excited was an understatement as it was my first live Broadway production.

However, upon our arrival, I became mildly horrified at the lack of a dress code and the abundant snacks and alcohol in the theater. Perhaps I was mistaken in thinking that a night at the theater meant a brief escape into a world of culture, art and sophistication.

As the lights dimmed and the orchestra began, I could feel goose bumps on my arms. The choir of men began “The Work Song,” and I was instantly transported back to France in the year 1815. As Jean Valjean sang the last note of “What Have I Done” I was fully immersed in this Victor Hugo masterpiece.

Unfortunately, as soon as the prologue was finished, a stampede of nearly 100 late guests came trampling in. I was outraged and stunned that any venue hosting such a fine production would allow something like this to occur 20 minutes after it started. This was a slap in the face to the actors and the guests who were able to make it on time.

While I could go on about the constant stream of late arrivers throughout most of the show, and the distracting sounds of smacking popcorn and shuffling candy wrappers, I’ll stop here.

All I ask is that you take a minute to ponder — where did the respect go?

Rachel Bebko

Rutledge Avenue

Charleston