Troubling loss

It was with sadness that I read about the dissolution of the Charleston Education Network. Jon Butzon has been a tireless voice in trying to bring accountability and a unique perspective on how to educate our children to public education, specifically the Charleston County School District.

His “out of the box” thinking on how to improve eduction is necessary to improve our public education system in South Carolina, and more specifically Charleston County.

I fear that without a strong advocate for change, the school district will take a deep breath and keep practicing the Albert Einstein definition of insanity: Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.

Richard Davis

Town Creek Drive

Charleston

Greenway better

Kudos to Bill Moody and other Charleston City Council members for their help in the getting improvements done to the West Ashley Greenway. I read in the paper that some opposed the paving. Many of those who complained used this pathway only once or twice a week.

At one time I used the path two to three times a day for exercise. The improvements have enhanced my use of the path immensely. I no longer need a complete change of shoes and clothes after walking in and out of the muddy pathway.

I complained when we homeowners were made to bear the burden of more taxes, but have decided that the improvements are worth the additional money.

R.L. Michaelis

Pembrooke Drive

Charleston

Bottom-up change

Without prejudice in any direction, it is worth noting that major changes in our society over the past half century have come from the bottom up — from the American people rather than from our elected leaders. Some examples: civil rights progress, women’s rights progress, ending the Vietnam War.

Is it possible that gay rights and gun control laws will be changed in the same way? How about the need to become more fiscally responsible? That is where we really need help at all levels.

John Winthrop

North Adger’s Wharf

Charleston

Shameful coverage

The paper’s coverage related to Mark Sanford and his quest to represent the 1st District has been downright shameful. Your socialist/liberal colors are showing loud and clear.

Your quotes from people in and around the election were obviously selected to cast a dark view of this candidate. It is as if nothing Gov. Sanford did or has done for South Carolina has had any merit.

Quite the contrary, he stands for paying our own way, refusing to be saddled with huge debt to pay for give-aways from government for questionable causes.

Unfortunately the vast conglomerate of those who work the system for handouts and take no responsibility for their own state in life will support your views.

Oh yes, can’t wait for more on Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Will there be scenes of her walking on water? Well, maybe not, but the copy will reflect that she just might be up to the task.

Delman Macpherson

Palmetto Hall Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Belated thanks

It’s time to belatedly recognize those forgotten individuals who deserve much of the credit for President Obama’s re-election victory.

Yes, I’m talking about Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, those paragons of conservatism, who drove Republican presidential candidates into the anti-tax, anti-woman, anti-homosexual, anti-immigrant, anti-environment, anti-science, anti-abortion, anti-government, anti-Social Security, anti-evolution, anti-climate change, and anti-minority/liberal/young voter netherworld from which they could never recover.

Rush and Sean, thanks for your hard work.

Larry Knight

Rockbridge Road

Columbia

Traffic flow

I was not looking forward to a day trip that would include errands in almost all parts of Mount Pleasant. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by how smoothly and efficiently traffic moved. I’m sure this is the result of an advanced green turn arrow at almost every intersection.

Good job, Mount Pleasant. It was a pleasure.

Donna Dawson

Stono River Drive

Charleston

American heroes

As I read side-by-side obituaries of two good friends, Charles Foster Smith, Jr. and Van Noy Thornhill, in the April 1 Post and Courier, I was struck not only by the similar lives of these two great men, but also by the fact that both were highly decorated American heroes.

Both men left college to serve in the Army during WWII, Charles as squad leader in an anti-tank platoon and Van Noy as a combat engineer. Both men served under Gen. George Patton’s Third Army in the Battle of the Bulge. Both performed heroic deeds under extreme conditions and were awarded the Bronze Star.

Charles participated in the rescue of the 101st Airborne Division, breaking through the Siegfried Line and liberating a Dutch labor camp. He was wounded in a mortar attack and spent two months in French hospitals. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Combat Infantry badge and Presidential Citation. Van Noy participated in the liberation of Paris, built bridges, and performed other missions behind enemy lines.

America is losing 1,100 WWII veterans per day. The passing of Charles and Van Noy really brought this home to me. Like most veterans, Charles and Van Noy did not talk much about their military action. They were modest men, truly part of “The Greatest Generation” to whom we owe our utmost respect, admiration and very existence.

It is important that we honor true American heroes by remembering their stories and service. If you know a WWII veteran, be it a family member, neighbor or friend, I encourage you to seek out their stories. You might be surprised to learn of the hero beside you. We lost two good ones over the Easter weekend.

Theodore Stoney, Jr.

Prioleau Street

Charleston

Religious freedom

I was taken aback by a recent letter stating that religion does not encourage freedom for rational thought. I have been a Christian for thirty-three years and the churches I have attended would be described as doctrinally conservative.

I have never felt that my thoughts have been repressed nor have I been pressured to act or think according to a set pattern. I have rarely heard any reference to current political or social issues.

I have never heard institutions of higher education criticized from the pulpit. I have not heard angry condemnation of atheists and of people who deliberately flout God in every way.

My sins, and mine only, are the only ones I’m exhorted to confess, and no weekly threats of fire and brimstone if I fall short.

The congregations I’ve been part of include people from the medical, engineering, teaching professions. To enter these fields and continue in them requires a certain amount of intelligence, and it would be safe to assume that these people are capable of rational thought.

Your correspondent went on to refer to God as “a magic man in the sky who watches your every move and will punish you with eternal hellfire if you step out of line.”

That statement is a sophomoric distortion of what Christians believe. It raises doubts that an unbeliever is superior to a believer as a rational thinker.

Craig Faust

Church Creek Drive

Charleston