Garden coming

Recently a letter written by DeWitt King concerning Wragg Square and its need for restoration was published. Mr. King was kind enough to send me a copy of his letter.

I am happy to report that the City of Charleston has been working closely with the Charleston Parks Conservancy, the Mazyck-Wraggborough Garden District Neighborhood and John Dewberry, developer of the Mendel Rivers Federal Building, to develop a plan for the restoration of this public space, which is more than 200 years old.

The planning process will soon be completed, and we look forward to having this beautiful and important public space restored.

I thank my dear friend DeWitt King for his continued interest in our city.

JOSEPH P. RILEY JR.

Mayor, City of Charleston

Broad Street

Charleston

Arming rights

The question of the day in the news being asked by the liberal anti-gun crowd is, “Just how many bullets do you need?”

Here is the proper response as an American citizen of sound mind and no criminal record: “As many as I want, and it’s none of your darn business in the first place.” It is all part of our freedoms protected by the Constitution.

By the way, it’s my business and none of anybody else’s how many guns I have, how many bullets the clips will hold and what type guns.

I should be able to own my own personal tank if I want one. Why? It’s my right as an American. Get my drift?

Mike Moore

Pimpernel Street

Summerville

Too much debt

The April 21 Wall Street Journal section of The Post and Courier posed an interesting question to the Motley Fool: “What should I think if a company pays out more in dividends per share than it has in earnings per share?”

The Motley Fool replies, “It’s not a promising sign, so you should do more digging into the situation. Imagine a company that pays out $2 and only receives $1.50. It may be safe for a short while due to its cash hoard, but no company would want to keep paying more than it’s generating. That’s not sustainable.”

Let’s face it. The country cannot continue to spend more than we have.

The clever trick of considering a “reduction in the rate of future growth” as a cut is simply a play on words that has no real effect. It just means we prolong the agony.

In simple terms, we cannot afford my sacred cow. And we cannot afford yours. Probably cannot afford your neighbor’s either.

Terry Williamson

Spalding Circle

Goose Creek

Build more hotels

Having managed many hotels here and elsewhere, I insist that the proposal to add hotel rooms to our city is warranted.

As past president of the Alexandria, Va., Hotel Association and vice chair of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, I have a strong opinion on managed hotel growth and room taxes.

On many nights, the Charleston market sells out, allowing managers to inflate room prices and forcing folks to choose lodgings outside our city, which do not benefit the city’s tax base.

It is natural for owners of hotels in our historic district to discourage hotel growth. They may be slightly impacted in slower seasons and want to keep competition at bay; however, lower priced hotels would strengthen the city’s tax base, create jobs with benefits and produce food and beverage income. Any attempt to discourage job creation in our most viable and triumphant hospitality industry should be thwarted immediately.

Bryan Thompson

Savannah Highway

Charleston

Good news

Kudos to Glenn Smith for writing such an uplifting article about Christian Rainey, and also The Post and Courier for putting it on the front page.

How many murder, rape, robbery, child abuse stories do we have to read in a single issue? Yes, I know they make news. But what about the good things that happen?

You published an article months back about a mother with two young children who needed a kidney transplant.

As a friend of that family, I know she got her kidney after over 100 people were tested for compatibility.

The donor was a stranger, a mother of young children herself who could not imagine children growing up without their mother.

Even as I type this, I get goose bumps over the generosity of the human spirit that inspires and encourages the best in our nature.

I urge you to continue reporting all the news that’s fit to print.

linda bergman

Willowick Court

Mount Pleasant

Background check

I’m confused and hope that our U.S. senators can help. When a child is born he is registered with the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Without a birth certificate there is little one can do in this country.

Drivers must register and pass a written test, a driving test and an eye test to get a license.

My car is registered, and I must have insurance.

My constitutional right to vote requires that I have a picture ID, prove that I’m a citizen and supply my residence. The list of things we must register for goes on and on. So can someone explain why all people who purchase guns don’t have to go through a background check?

When 90 percent of the American public wanted increased background checks our senators (all Republicans and four Democrats) voted against the bill. If I follow their reasoning, I, being a honest, law-abiding citizen, don’t need to register my car or register to vote.

Thank you, senators, for putting a small group’s desires above the public’s safety.

Mary Jo Madden

Hollywood Drive

Charleston