The name game

I read, with great interest, your editorial “Mabeline, why can’t you be true?” that appeared in the Feb. 21 issue, and would like to offer knowledgeable input about this issue.

The correct spelling is “Mabelene.” The misspelling of our road has been an ongoing issue forever it seems. Who better to set the record straight, once and for all, than the owners?

My parents, William H. and Laura Blankenship, purchased the property known as Mabelene Lodge from Marjorie McCay in March 1948.

On this property was a house, built in approximately 1913, that was used as a hunting and fishing lodge. We operated this property as Mabelene Lodge Fish Camp/Boat Landing. In 1959 my father constructed a 21-lot trailer park and our property became known as “Mabelene Lodge Fish Camp and Mobile Home Park.”

In September of 1975, my parents leased and later sold 16 acres, while retaining four acres as our homesite. The 16 acres were developed and are now known as “The Landing” and “Lakewood Lodge” apartment complexes.

A brief history of ownership:

In 1877 Benjamin I. Whaley conveyed to Paul Grant this property which was conveyed to his children at his death in 1905.

In 1912 it was conveyed to Dr. Francis L. Parker and became known as the Parker Tract until his death in 1945. The property was sold to William and Mabel McIntire (Mabelene Lodge). In February 1948, McIntire sold the property to Marjorie McCay, who sold it to my father in March of 1948.

William McIntire named the lodge Mabelene after his wife Mabel.

I hope this will clear up the spelling issue.

It would be nice if all entities, including the Department of Transportation, the county and Trident Tech, would acknowledge this correction.

Raymond C. Blankenship

Mabelene Road


Bridge run

Registration packages: The State Ports Authority has terminals in North Charleston, Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Georgetown so that ships can be served simultaneously without having to crowd onto a single pier. If the Bridge Run organizers can’t mail the registrations, they should follow the SPA model and distribute them from remote locations.

If, however, the goal is to provide as much inconvenience as possible, don’t change a thing. Indeed, schedule pickup when the Carnival Fantasy is in port. Perhaps the mayor could cooperate and schedule some road maintenance.

Water: Last year the event ran out of water. This is a stunning example of failure to utilize local resources. Temporary faucets could be set up almost anywhere since water is piped under the route. And paper cups are biodegradable. Work with the water department on this.

If the goal is to do as much heavy moving as possible and generate piles of solid waste, by all means distribute water in disposable plastic bottles.

Bananas: I know that world-class athletes can’t possibly run over a bridge without eating a banana first, but residents along Coleman Boulevard shouldn’t have to put up with banana peels all over the shrubs, sidewalks and parking lots. It might make a good YouTube video if we threw them back under the runners’ Nikes.

Music: What is the point of having bands along the route? The runners are not going to stop and listen. Is this supposed to be music to pick up banana peels by? If so, it didn’t work last year.

Save the music for Marion Square.

Donald Eaton

Harbor Pointe Drive

Mount Pleasant

Women’s health

I am grateful for the article in The Post and Courier on Feb. 15 regarding women and heart disease. In the past few years heart disease has been recognized as the No. 1 killer of women.

The woman mentioned in the article told of her heart attack at age 31. She waited most of the night in the ER until it was finally recognized as a heart problem, and she was sent to another hospital for treatment.

Perhaps she had no other symptoms than chest pain, but given her history of hypertension and diabetes, more immediate attention was warranted. Women are too often relegated to the bottom of the list.

I have a strong family history of heart disease on both sides and a mother’s sudden death at age 54. I know what her experience is like.

My husband had a heart attack last June. When I took him to the ER, with no symptoms other than chest pain, he was immediately transferred to the cath lab for a stent. After complications and a summer of admissions and discharges he is doing well.

Two months later, I went to the ER as my blood pressure and pulse were elevated and I was lightheaded. Blood tests and an EKG showed no heart attack but a diagnosis of anxiety from worry over my husband. Some years ago I had heart tests done and was on medication for an irregular heartbeat for a period of time.

I felt my ER visit was justified and was glad it was only anxiety. Though the ER staff was attentive, I do not feel that I received the same immediate attention my husband received in June.

Now that heart disease is recognized as the No. 1 killer of women, please recognize us when we have symptoms, as minor as they may be.

Marilyn Leonard

East Erie Avenue

Folly Beach

Legislating behavior

Recent national and local discussions on banning smoking (primary and second-hand) and other “politically incorrect” behavior are near perfect examples of the absurdities that are created when politicians attempt to legislate correct behavior. It is government’s task to protect a person’s right to use or misuse his freedom as he sees fit. A government that attempts to supervise every aspect of a person’s private life is a government that is on the way to the destruction of what American constitutional government inherently means.

Private choices and potential health outcomes are sometimes, but very rarely, “public health” or government issues.

Jonathan Walker, Ph.D.

Coral Reef Drive

Johns Island

Plea for trees Go ahead and cut me down. Your oxygen will be depleted, but if you aren’t smart enough to realize that, one day you will believe it when breathing is a difficult thing to do.

I stand here, as I have for years and years, and I watch the drivers speeding down the highway as fast as their cars will go. Of course, I jump in front of them to make them stop.

Then I see lots of them “texting” as they drive, and again I throw myself out in front of them to make them stop this bad practice.

Then there are drivers going home from the bar where they drank until they could barely see. They wouldn’t see me, so again I jump out in front of them and they stop dead.

I try my best to jump in front of these people who pay no attention to what they are doing or don’t have the sense or ability to even know what they are doing.

It is entirely my fault that there are all these accidents on this highway.

You may think all of this is funny, but cutting down trees ruins the habitat of many animals and birds. You trap cats because they kill birds, and here you are killing them by the hundreds because they have nowhere to go.

Further, more people may fall asleep because they have nothing to look at but concrete.

The Post and Courier reported that the transportation people say cutting down the trees would give people farther to stop when they run off the road. Think about that statement — then you can laugh, as I did.

People, it is not the trees’ fault. It is the drivers’. Save these trees. The area is becoming nothing but concrete and ugliness.

Watch the traffic a little more closely and earn your pay instead of whacking down trees and making the world uglier and more oxygen-deprived. Don’t take away the habitat of a lot of living things just because of wackos who have no business speeding, texting or drinking and driving.

Beverly Cleary

Swift Court


Faces of war

Already commissioned from college, I entered active duty in 1965 for my postgraduate training in orthopedic surgery. The bulk of those years in the late 1960s were consumed with the care of casualties from the Vietnam war. Such an experience left me with the opinion that those who make decisions about sending our young men and women to war should really know about it.

As a former supporter of John McCain, who certainly knows about war, I have been astonished that he finds Chuck Hagel’s opposition to the troop surge in Iraq of sufficient importance to lobby against his appointment.

Sadly, that war has done nothing to further our nation’s strategic interests. For Mr. McCain to support that strategy as a reason to block Chuck Hagel’s nomination is puzzling at best.

Lindsey Graham is critical of Hagel’s position on Israel. Perhaps he should read Joel Braunold’s column in Haaretz, a Jerusalem newspaper. Braunold noted “the circus” of Hagel’s confirmation hearing “made for uncomfortable viewing for anyone who really cares about Israel.”

He concluded the hearings “ended up having the adverse impact on Israel’s image to that which they sought to achieve.” Well done, Sen. Graham.

The fading faces of the Vietnam wounded are still with me; what I hear them saying is they want one of them — Chuck Hagel — confirmed as the Cabinet member who will be influential in weighing whether their grandchildren go to war.

Richard H. Gross

Oak Marsh Drive

Mount Pleasant

High gas prices

In a recent interview, President Obama was asked about high gas prices; his suggestion was that people use less gas.

What a brilliant solution from this man, who constantly claims to be a champion of the middle class and the poor. Whom do high gas prices affect the most? Certainly not the ruling class.

When was the last time Obama had to put gas in a car? Five years ago? Eight? Ten? Does he even have a driver’s license, or is that as ephemeral as his birth certificate?

This spring, my wife and I will take a couple of trips, each 2,000-plus miles, to attend milestones in the lives of two grandsons.

I shudder to think where gas prices will be.

In my lifetime, the White House has never been occupied by a more arrogant, unfeeling phony than Obama. His chutzpah even surpasses that of Bill (“I feel your pain.”) Clinton.

Bill Hausler

Out of Bounds Drive