Misguided routes

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is taking a heavy-handed position when it comes to dealing with issues of road safety.

The decision to remove trees from the median on I-26 devastates the area but certainly does not assure additional safety when the cause of accidents is usually speed and a lack of driver attention.

Why not save the $5 million in costs, save the trees, place low flexible barriers on the shoulders, encourage more traffic safety patrols and add funds to the coffers by ticketing guilty drivers?

When it comes to the planned super-intersection of Main Road and Savannah Highway, all sense of reason has been bypassed. Accidents occur there because left-hand turns are allowed on green lights, not just on green arrows. By allowing a left turn only on green arrows, the problem would be alleviated.

A disruptive and costly construction project would be avoided, no extra lights would be installed, drivers would not have to make U-turns and challenging lane changes, and most importantly, residents of Johns, Wadmalaw, Kiawah and Seabrook islands would be able to turn left onto Savannah Highway during an evacuation.

Why not try these two solutions for a year before making more costly and drastic changes?

Save the trees, fine guilty drivers, install better lights at the intersection and spare businesses the disruptions they would have to endure with the proposed DOT plan.

We need to attend DOT public forums and voice our opinions on these projects.

Margo Heyd

Baywood Drive

Johns Island

Wise investment

In the State of the Union address, President Obama challenged Congress to provide additional funding for early childhood education. Only about one in seven 4-year-olds is being served by Head Start and early childhood education programs.

I have spent 44 years as a teacher and administrator in the public schools of South Carolina. I have seen the difference that early childhood education makes in preparing at-risk children for school.

There is no investment of public dollars that provides a higher return for the buck than education, and early childhood education lays the foundation for that return.

In South Carolina, we have made progress in supporting programs for 4-year-olds, but it has been a drop in the bucket. Providing for at-risk 4-year-olds is a matter of placing our priorities in proper perspective.

We spend billions of dollars for remedial education. We have one of the highest drop-out rates among industrial countries, and employers are spending billions on retraining workers in skills that they should have already mastered.

We could eliminate much of the above if we allocate more resources at the front end of our educational efforts.

If we really want to cut the deficit, improve the quality of life for all our citizens, reduce poverty, reduce crime, increase productivity, increase the graduation rate, reduce health care costs and increase the life span of our citizens, the answer is in front of us. Invest in and commit to making early childhood education a top priority for our national, state and local governments.

Our children need advocates, not grandstanders.

If we can provide billions in tax loopholes for millionaires, weapons the military says they don’t need and corporate welfare, then we can find funds to give our most precious resource, our young children, a head start in life.

Brooks P. Moore

Blue House Road

Ladson

‘Confusion corner’

Two recent letters to the editor properly emphasized the ridiculous “superstreet” being proposed for the Main Road and Savannah Highway intersection.

The only thing else they might have suggested is calling it “confusion corner” instead of “superstreet.”

That would be more clearly descriptive of the change, and it has a nice ring to it. Besides, it wouldn’t have to be changed once the project is completed.

William H. McGurk

Two Loch Place

Charleston

Wrong lessons

Historian Walter Edgar’s opinions in the Feb. 24 front- page story are spoken like a true elitist academic.

He leads us to believe that distrust of government, fierce individualism, belief that you are responsible for your family and rejection of public education are the causes of the state’s disparities.

I contend that the lack of these is to blame. When you have educators espousing the agenda of the left such as this, no wonder independent thinkers have a problem with today’s public education.

MICHAEL KUHN

Cheswick Lane

Mount Pleasant

Grooms impressive

I decided to learn about the 16 Republican candidates running in the 1st Congressional District. I attended many forums and spent hours in research. I decided if I found an exceptional candidate, I would let others know. I did.

I sincerely believe that Larry Grooms is the best person to represent the 1st District in Congress.

Grooms has an impressive conservative voting record in the S.C. Senate. I understand why other two other S.C. congressmen have endorsed him (even though they worked with our former governor).

I have known many legislators in my life, and Larry has a rare quality — public servant leadership. Repeatedly he influences other lawmakers to make the right decisions for the public good.

Dare I say I trust him to make the best decisions when legislation becomes a moving target? I do.

Please help our state and country and vote for Larry Grooms on March 19.

Jim Sullivan

Heads Point Court

Johns Island

Move it

If I recall correctly, the comic strip “Gil Thorp” runs in the sports section because of its continuing athletic story lines. I believe “Mallard Fillmore” would be more at home on the op-ed page in view of its continuing anti-Obama story lines.

Be bold. Make the move.

Francis X. Archibald

Franke Drive

Mount Pleasant

Not you, too?

I am disappointed in the March 6 editorial titled “Exercise healthy school logic.”

This is just another government program that we cannot afford and that students would not support.

I hope this editorial is not indicative of the recent changes in leadership at the paper.

Over the years, we have been blessed with conservative leadership in the editorial section of The Post and Courier.

Butch Parker

Brick Landing Court

Mount Pleasant

Rotten politics

I’m not a Republican and have no love for Teddy Turner, but the card I got from Chip Limehouse concerning Teddy Turner tells me one thing: Chip Limehouse is no gentleman.

If Republicans treat each other this way, think of what this says about their character.

I have lived in nine states, and I have never seen politics as rotten as it is in South Carolina. There must be something in the water. No integrity whatsoever. No devotion to the truth.

I lived in Atlanta for 15 years. I don’t remember Ted Turner being an “ultra-liberal.” I do know that he gave $1 billion to the United Nations to help children and starving people. And I know he cares about the environment.

William A. Johnson

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant

Now hear this

If thousands of trees fall along I-26 and there’s no one there, do they make a sound?

Yes!

Lenny Branch

Houston Northcutt Boulevard

Charleston

Mayoral missions

Mayors against gun violence? Positively genius.

What’s next? Mayors against rape? Mayors against car theft? Mayors against bank robberies? Mayors against shoplifting?

Judy Reinhard

N. Shem Drive

Mount Pleasant