Obesity realities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s proposal to reduce obesity by limiting food stamp purchases to healthy items has good intentions but won’t solve the state’s obesity problem.

The first priority should be education beginning in grade school on how to eat healthy and make better food choices. If you go to many public schools in South Carolina and see what children are being served for lunch, you will see why so many are obese.

Implementing a proposal without educating the people would have very little impact on reducing obesity.

Healthy food prepared improperly can be counter productive. Eating a salad with high calorie dressing is unhealthy.

Who will determine what the healthy foods are? I can envision litigations by companies or corporations whose products are placed on an unhealthy list.

Targeting the poor will not solve the overall problem since the obese in South Carolina are of all races and economic levels.

People need to learn about healthy food choices, portion size, proper preparation and incorporating exercise into their lifestyles.

Carroll Lucas

Gordon Street

Charleston

False witness

In my quest for the truth about same-sex unions, I read the pro and con articles in the April 21 Post and Courier. I was surprised that seven passages of the Bible were reported to be positive scriptural evidence for same-sex unions.

I researched all seven and was amazed to find that not one referred to same-sex unions and none gave any evidence for same-sex unions.

Joel P. Porcher

Grimsley Drive

James Island

School support

In Sullivan’s Island Mayor Carl Smith’s letter to the editor on Thursday, he attempts to escape responsibility for his mismanagement of the rebuilding of our local public school. He has flip-flopped from being a supporter to trying to kill the school and has ignored the “will of the people” in support of it.

His letter stated that the Charleston County School Board never voted on its 500-student building specification for SIES. The fact is that the school board did vote, and more than once.

In its Nov. 26, 2009 meeting, the board voted to approve the 500-student replacement school for SIES. In its Sept. 13, 2011 meeting, the board approved a motion to affirm this previous decision.

In addition, Carl signed resolutions supporting the rebuilding of SIES with an enrollment of up to 500.

Frankly, does it really matter whether “500 students” is a policy, a spec or a strategy? It is the approved cost-effective approach by a school board that is responsible for over $1 billion in capital projects.

The tragedy is that a handful of residents continue to portray “island values” as elitist and frankly un-welcoming. That is not the island I love and call home. The vast majority of our residents are excited to provide the 469 kids already registered for the 2013-2014 school year with the opportunity to be educated in a supportive, enriching and welcoming school environment. Will having 31 more children ages 4-11 disrupt our way of life?

No, of course it won’t. We have churches on the island with many more “off island” members, and they are welcome just as these precious and impressionable children are welcome.

I have committed to run a civil, respectful campaign in the mayor’s race. Carl has been divisive, constantly ignoring what all the other members of council have consistently approved.

It is time to stop and heal our community and to make sure the image of our family- friendly seaside community is not tarnished any more.

MIKE PERKIS

Mayor Pro Tem

Town Hall

Sullivan’s Island

SCE&G sham

I can’t believe people aren’t tired of how SCE&G practically laughs in the face of South Carolinians, with the support of our (ill-named) Public Service Commission. Do we need to be reminded of how SCE&G (with the help and support of the PSC) has been raising our utility rates on a consistent basis?

The last increases caused a real uproar, but to no avail. The parent company, SCANA, earned $151 million ($1.11 per share). These rate increases boosted earnings by $92 million, a 28 percent gain from the first quarter of 2012.

Did they return a small portion to the over-burdened consumer? Did they decrease the rate increases planned for the future?

No way.

They gave it as a dividend back to their shareholders.

And they keep pulling up to the trough for more.

It’s a shame, and a sham.

JOAN E. HOYTE

Liberty Meadows Drive

Summerville

Fashion patrol

The writer of an April 22 letter moved to Daniel Island from Annapolis. Md., eight short months ago. Already he has volunteered as an institutional fashion patrol for one of Charleston’s own: The Citadel.

Specifically, the writer thinks that the excitement of Citadel parades pales in comparison to the “thrilling events” he remembers at the Naval Academy.

Apparently it’s an appearance thing. He has noticed a bit of extra poundage on several cadets marching or shopping for textbooks. Worse yet, he has spotted shoes without the perfect shine. This is all very offensive to the gentleman from off.

Not exactly a slave to fashion myself, I missed any such faux pas over the past four years as I negotiated the packed parking lots and sidewalks filled with cheering fans watching our sons and daughters march toward the stadium.

What I was looking for was not double chins but rather the obvious energy of those fourth-year cadets who were toughing it out until the end. Having seen my own cadet at that point, I can assure you that it is indeed something to get excited about.

Perhaps the letter writer is just homesick for Annapolis; what a pity.

I hope in the spirit of military and national pride there will be no more odious comparisons.

The Citadel graduation is a benchmark that is accompanied by the long-term pride and joy associated with such an accomplishment.

Those of us who bring family, friends and even dogs on leashes to watch our cadets join in the Long Gray Line look forward to what is for this community a “thrilling event.” It is a traditional part of the well-run and impressive Citadel commencement weekend.

Let no one rain on that parade.

Class of 2013, hats off to you.

Anne Jervey Rhett

Edgewater Park

Charleston

From far, far away

How long will it take for writers and editors to realize that Matt and Ted Lee are not “Charleston natives”? (“Chew on This,” April 25.)

They were born in New York and moved to Charleston in 1980.

BETH LeFEVRE HENDRIX

Westrivers Road

Charleston

It won’t work

Proposed traffic changes at the Savannah Highway (U.S. 17) and Main Road intersection are going to be a dismal failure since many large 18-wheelers as well as vehicles towing boats will have to make the convoluted 180-degree U-turn in order to cross this busy intersection. As these large vehicles attempt this turn, it will slow them down, and the resulting traffic backups will be even more chaotic than now.

It is better that we “bite the bullet” and create a flyover for U.S. 17 so that through traffic can proceed uninterrupted both north and south.

To cater to local traffic on Main Road four slip roads would have to be built to get traffic on and off the Savannah Highway in both directions. Their impact could be minimized by “squeezing” the north- and south-bound lanes of U.S. 17 closer together by eliminating or reducing the median strip.

This would also ease traffic congestion during a hurricane evacuation, which could be a nightmare because of recent developments on Johns Island.

BRIAN HILL

Captiva Row

Charleston