To the Editor:

Kudos to Lynne Hummell’s article (June 14, Bluffton Sun) about rude behavior in public places, i.e. concerts and lectures.

Perhaps it’s the aging process, but I have come to be less reluctant to voice my displeasure at the time rudeness occurs. Just recently, I was at a pool with my companion. Other than a young woman by herself a few lounge chairs away, we were the only people there.

The woman was on her cell phone for an eternity – loudly chatting away. My relief when she finally hung up was short-lived, as she immediately got on with someone else. I finally got up, walked over, said “Could you tone it down? I know more about your life than my best friend’s.” She actually apologized, hung up, and left.

Then there was the outside Tony Bennett concert in New Jersey years back. Three people came late and sat at the end of our row; they chatted non-stop. Several people in the row in front of ours turned around but their glares were to no avail.

Finally a man turned to them, asking them to please be quiet, whereupon, being so proud of that guy, I leaned over and told them they had not shut the ____ up since they arrived. They huffed and puffed and left.

Barbara Costa

Bluffton

To the Editor:

We just read Lynne Hummell’s article on patron behavior at public events. The reporting reflected similar experiences we had at Sun City events at Pinckney Hall just this year.

We are relatively new to Sun City and so the opportunity to hear a jazz trio was something we were looking forward to. We were seated with two other couples who were also new to town.

To our surprise, when the music started the loud talking continued. There were two tables of eight joined together and they paid no attention to the music, rarely if ever applauded, and were involved in loud laughter and texting.

Another table behind them talked over the music and I was surprised that the attendees were individuals I have seen at other SCHH events.

At intermission, one of the couples at our table left because of the noise. Finally my wife approached the table where the loudest noise emanated and asked them to please be respectful and allow us to hear the musicians.

I complained to the staff, who were likewise appalled at the behavior.

Just a few weeks ago we went to the same venue to hear Lavon and Louise, and again there were individuals who were not there to listen but to talk and have fun. They did eventually get quieter as Lavon and Louise entertained us with humor and music.

I am not inclined to attend any other music events at Pinckney Hall. We attend to listen to the talented performers, not to listen to rude immature older adults.

Fred Compton

Bluffton

To the Editor:

America, once a leader in education, is now a disappointing 33rd out of the 65 best educational systems in the world. Where does that put the state of South Carolina?

Wallethub’s 2014 survey, places South Carolina a lowly 45th out of our 50 states using 18 different metrics criteria. Low ratings were given on per capita funding of public students (39th), teachers starting salaries ($33,389) with the average median salary of all S.C. teachers just 86 percent of the national average ($50,103).

Stated further, 62 percent of S.C. teachers need a second job to support their families. S.C. faces a severe shortage, losing an estimated 5,200 teachers per year with only 2,200 replacements graduating from college.

Contrast these challenges with the fact that the state has had one of the worst records of teenage pregnancy, high school dropouts, violence to women, ninth highest poverty level, and 45th lowest per capita income.

Clearly, we face a serious challenge to educate our children in meeting the difficult world they will face. Significant educational reform is needed, including the setting of higher standards while striving for excellence, raising salaries to keep, motivate and attract more qualified teachers.

Cooperative curriculum programs need to be developed between industry and our trade schools, training our youth for the specific needs of industry.

Lastly, this shameful performance has continued because you and I have not exerted pressure, demanding action to address these issues. Contact your representatives in Columbia and Washington. Our children are worth it, they are our state’s and country’s future.

Earle Everett

Hilton Head Island

To the Editor:

Last week, Trump and Hillary declared each other to be “unfit to be president.” They’re both right! Both are unconscionable liars who are determined to continue the federal government’s war on individual freedoms and self-ownership.

Thinking Americans would be crazy to vote for either one of these surreptitious characters to direct the executive branch of government.

The logical choice to restore personal liberty is Libertarian! Many Americans aren’t aware that a team of successful, two-term, former Republican Governors – Gary Johnson and William Weld – will be on the Libertarian line of the ballot in all 50 states.

The media says they are kooky, but the truth is: they have more executive experience in government and a better commitment to Constitutional principles than any other candidates.

By voting Libertarian, we have nothing to lose. Their party won’t have a majority in Congress, and Libertarians have too much respect for the Constitution to try legislating by executive order.

For the first time, we’d actually have an executive branch that would work with Congress from a position of strength because they wouldn’t be beholden to either party or lobbyists.

A President Gary Johnson would work for us, from the White House, to right the ship of state by eliminating the corrupt IRS, in favor of a fair, honest tax system, and by reforming other despotic federal agencies that are destroying liberty.

The Libertarian platform is on their website – you won’t hear it on TV, but it will be on the November ballot.

Jane Kenny

Bluffton