Treasure trees

I’m trying to understand how the S.C. Department of Transportation could ever vote to have thousands of trees removed for 30 miles from the center of I-26 from Summerville to I-95. Why should nine people be allowed to make such an important decision without time for input from the people of the state they are supposed to serve?

Jim Rozier was the only “no” vote, and deserves our thanks for trying to do the right thing. Will we ever learn to treasure our trees and protect our environment?

Carol Beidler

Jardinere Walk

Mount Pleasant

Medicaid fix?

Gov. Nikki Haley and our Republican Legislature have a simple yet brilliant plan to lower Medicaid costs. They will take inaction to lower the life expectancy of those most likely to need the service.

George H. Steele

Whippoorwill Farm Road

Johns Island

Hoffman’s knack

Two recent letter writers lamented that most 1st Congressional District candidates speak only of stonewalling the Democratic agenda, without indicating how they expect to accomplish anything in a bipartisan Congress.

They should look seriously at candidate Jonathan Hoffman and his commitment to work with both parties to move our nation forward economically, while securing our safety and sovereignty.

Jonathan already has years of experience working with both the White House and Congress in areas of homeland security and immigration reform which resulted in specific actions that were actually implemented. Jonathan strongly supports the military and our veterans as a JAG in the Air Force Reserves.

Jonathan Hoffman will end the stalemate in Congress and work to advance the agenda of those who elect him, the voters of the 1st District.

Don’t send another good old boy to Washington. Instead send a fresh face who already has the knowledge, experience and record of actually getting things done.

Susan Frawley

Regatta Road

Charleston

Outrageous deal

Brian Hicks’ recent column about Seaside Farms should be mandatory reading for Charleston County Council.

Council recently caved in to political pressure by changing its vote on the I- 526 extension. Originally it voted 9-0 against the project but then caved to developers and special interests and voted 5-4 to approve the project.

Now The Beach Company wants another special consideration at taxpayers’ expense.

It is not unreasonable to think that if the council approves this outrageous deal, The Beach Company will soon be back asking for a new road through Johns Island to handle all the construction traffic it creates. And taxpayers would be expected to fund that also.

The deal at Seaside Farms in Mount Pleasant should give Council good reason to reject any special requests from The Beach Company — especially when it will cost the taxpayers $84 million with nothing certain in return.

Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

Stop their pay

A part of sequestration should be immediate cessation of salaries and benefit payments to all current and past U.S. congressmen until a balanced budget is in place.

Maybe that will get these elected officials to handle the U.S. budget as I handle my house. We don’t spend more than we bring in.

Ginny Corn

Club View Road

Summerville

‘Superstreet’ doubt

Does anyone believe that a “superstreet” will provide relief to congestion and reduce accidents? I do not.

State and local government officials quote a laundry list of compelling reasons for a superstreet debut in South Carolina, including that it works well in Leland, N.C.

Residents of West Ashley and Johns Island deserve better than a “working well” solution.

Need a quick way to join Johns, Kiawah, Seabrook and Wadmalaw islands to Highway 17? Flyovers. Take two railroad viaducts, one on Main Road and the other on Highway 17. Connect those viaducts with elevated concrete roadways and the bottleneck is eliminated. No need to add direction changes and merges.

The individuals from “off” who espouse a “superstreet” solution will not have to experiment with this boondoggle in their daily commute. They will not sit in traffic created by directional changes that necessitate two merges into a well-defined stream of traffic.

Glad you printed the names of the individuals who promote this novel solution. Unfortunately, government employees rarely suffer from their inappropriate solutions. It is local residents who are affected.

Thomas J. Miller

TSgt., U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Stono Links Drive

Hollywood

Human decency

In a Feb. 18 letter to the editor, the writer forgot a few key points. According to Matthew 5:28, “everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” So saying to lust after members of the opposite sex is “natural” and “the Lord’s way” is a stretch. At least according to Scripture.

As a society we continually choose to omit big things like “Judge not, that you be not judged.” The writer then insinuates that since I am female, my ninth grade gym teacher (male), and my father no less, were inappropriate choices to teach me sexual education.

I do not share this belief. They did a wonderful job and in no way had ulterior motives other than preparing me for basic facts of human life.

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America are wonderful organizations and teach our youth valuable lessons in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance.

If your sense of “decency” is ostracizing young boys and girls based on their sexual orientation, and denying them access to such positive life lessons, then I believe your sense of sound logic has missed the mark. Homosexuality is not contagious. Unfortunately neither is human decency.

Judy Oswald

Chisolm Road

Johns Island

Mistaken timing

A Feb. 26 article noting the 20th anniversary of Sen. Fritz Hollings’ warning of the Naval Base closure mentioned the closure of the Pinehaven Shopping Center and the Naval Hospital in the 1990s.

This is certainly news to me, as I was a Department of the Navy employee in the outpatient records department from May of 1993 until I took a buyout and retirement September of 2007.

I had been employed at the Submarine Torpedo Facility located at the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek. That facility was closing, and I was placed at Naval Hospital Charleston before the torpedo facility actually closed.

It is true that the Naval Hospital was in a downsizing mode during the 14-plus years that I was there and was later downsized to clinic status, but it was not closed until around 2010 when the staff was relocated to a new clinic at Joint Base Charleston on the Naval Weapons Station.

Bobby Barron

Stiles Drive

James Island

Trend continues

Now that the Gamecocks have won yet another series against Clemson, let’s paraphrase your paper’s banner headline from Sunday and use this one: “Is Tigers’ loss against Gamecocks a sign of things to come?”

Patricia O. DeTreville

Chadwick Drive

Charleston

Rich get richer

Why can’t we just call it what it really is? The sequester impasse in Washington is all about one thing: whether the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans will be shielded from any tax increases — now and in the future

Rich Bennett

Winged Foot Court

Kiawah Island