Trees or lives?

As regards cutting down the trees and widening the shoulder on the deadly stretch of highway I-26 from Summerville to I-95, I find it appalling that we would prefer saving trees to making an effort to save human lives.

During the six years I have lived in the Lowcountry I’ve been flabbergasted by the number of fatalities along this stretch. The number of crosses I see along that same stretch of highway is sobering. I was thrilled to read about the proposal to remove the trees and install a guardrail.

To say the trees don’t contribute to the accidents along this portion of 1-26 is analogous to saying guns don’t kill. Interestingly enough, I agree with that statement; however, I know it doesn’t take much to find yourself overcorrecting from a blown-out tire, a slight distraction, etc.

Statistics don’t lie. An over correction can be deadly. I am sure the families of those souls who have perished along this portion of I-26 would agree with the decision to make it as safe as possible.

Steve Woolridge

Pierce Street

Daniel Island

A stand-up guy

Are you looking for the right choice in the 1st District congressional race?

John Kuhn is the man for the job. John is a family man and a businessman. He has stood up to establishment politics for years.

When you vote for John, you’ll be voting for someone who won’t just “go along to get along” in Washington. You’ll be voting for someone who will fight for you.

Conner R. Plufka

King Street

Charleston

Drop the ‘r’ word

We need your support in our “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to make a stand against a word that has gained popularity in culture but is offensive to many.

The “r” word, or “retarded,” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted by most, despite the fact that its use, casual or otherwise, is hurtful to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to those who love them.

The word hurts, even if it is not directed at a person with disabilities. For too long, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had to overcome challenges society has put forth through stereotypes. It is time for a change, and you can help.

Special Olympics South Carolina athletes, and Best Buddies participants, accomplish great things, are members of our local communities and churches, and deserve the same respect and dignity that each of us expects.

Please include the “r” word in your not-fit-to-print list alongside other hurtful and profane words.

Take the pledge at www.r-word.org to help us spread the word to end the word, and in turn, create communities of acceptance and inclusion for all people.

Barry Coats

CEO/President

Special Olympics

Assembly Street

Columbia

Rick Magner

Executive Director

Disabilities Board

and Foundation

of Charleston County

Morrison Drive

Charleston

High-speed test

I live on the Johns Island side of the Limehouse Bridge. My spouse and I travel daily up Main Road and cross Savannah Highway either for employment or other purposes.

I applaud Charlie Lybrand’s Feb. 17 letter about the Highway 17 “superstreet.” His description of getting to the drugstore was excellent.

I would also like to emphasize that after turning right from Main Road from a stop, you must blend in with 55 mph (speed limit) traffic and change two lanes to the left and end up slow enough for the U-turn.

That maneuver of accelerating and changing lanes twice in 500 yards at rush hour will be challenging.

John M. Kotila

Captain Tom’s Crossing

Johns Island

More excuses

In a Feb. 21 article, Cooper River Bridge Run race director Julian Smith said he is tired of talking about and hearing about the delay in last year’s race.

I was there and have done many other races with family and friends. There were two other issues and neither was addressed in the article.

1) The delay could have been handled better had they been up front with the issues. But every five minutes they told us we would start in a few minutes. The majority of us are adults, and we can handle a delay if you just explain it.

2) Running out of water on the city side was dangerous, especially after the long delay. There was no excuse for not having enough.

Dori Stone

Gunclub Road

Charleston

Feel the pain

In all the talk of sequestration and furloughing federal civilian employees, how about the president, vice president, Cabinet secretaries, senators and congressmen/congresswomen, etc.? Will their pay be docked 20 percent to help, at least symbolically, with the budget?

Nah! I didn’t think so.

Julian H. Carnes Jr.

Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Retired)

Oakhurst Drive

Mount Pleasant

Adjust the aim

It is difficult to argue with the notion that we must protect our most precious people, our children, from being murdered at their schools. Having well-trained armed guards to protect them isn’t such a bad idea. However, Mayor Joe Riley’s proposal to pay for this is ridiculous.

I have a much better idea. We already pay personal property taxes on our cars, boats etc. How about a personal property tax on guns? The Second Amendment to the Constitution may give us the right to own guns, but there is nothing to stop us from taxing them.

Rather than setting the tax based on the value of the gun, we could set the tax based on how dangerous they are. A modest tax on small caliber rifles and handguns but a much higher tax on assault rifles would be reasonable.

This is much more fair than taxing every homeowner. If you don’t want to pay the tax on your car, get rid of your car. If you don’t want to pay the tax on your gun, get rid of your gun.

Wayne Salkeld

Cross Timber Drive

Mount Pleasant

Hailing Hicks

A recent letter criticized a Brian Hicks column concerning the cruise dialogue and speculating about the worthiness of Mr. Hicks’ writings.

As a person most often on the opposite side of Mr. Hicks’ political views, nonetheless, I find his articles insightful, well written and obviously able to raise our emotions.

I think The Post and Courier is fortunate to have a writer of Mr. Hicks’ ability. In spite of the fact that he may express a view different than ours, we should applaud his ability to make most of us think.

Alex Warren

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant

Worth seeing

Please go see “The Whipping Man” through March 16 at Woolfe Street Playhouse.

This is a fantastic play. Fantastic production. Fantastic venue. Great cast.

Dave Brumbaugh

Nassau Street

Charleston

Open wounds

I cannot believe that Mark Sanford is trying, at this time, to go back into politics in the same state that he made a laughingstock. He is running an ad asking for people to forgive him for his past indiscretions and put him back in a position of trust.

Other states are watching us now because of his appearance on the “Today” show.

They are asking if the people of South Carolina will be taken in again by a man who lied to the citizens of the state and humiliated the first lady of South Carolina and his own children. Everyone deserves another chance, but not at the expense of the people of South Carolina. Trust and respect are something you earn. The wounds have not healed.

Becky Bird

Erskine Avenue

Charleston