Spoleto poster

Keeping expectations low has always been a trick for winning high praise in the public’s opinion of any event.

If seeing Spoleto’s 2013 poster, “Angled Ring,” is someone’s first experience of the festival, then the performances will surely seem thoughtful, creative and talented by comparison.

Ed Swicegood

Stillwater Drive

Charleston

Bomber’s rights

An April 26 letter writer said the Boston bomber must be accorded all rights under the Constitution.

If all who agree with him were to hold a convention, they would fit inside the restroom of a Greyhound bus.

Terrorists have no place in civilized society and no right to carry out their mayhem; nor should they be afforded any constitutional rights.

No one should die because terrorists are protected or afforded constitutional rights.

By the alleged bomber’s own reported admission, New York City was next on the agenda. He and his brother possessed the means to carry out their mayhem.

The government need not prove anything beyond reasonable doubt.

Archie Meredith

Staley Drive

Summerville

Mission trips

A friend passed on the Rev. Robert Lupton’s book “Toxic Charity.” How could this oxymoronic title possibly pair with bountiful American altruism? How could religious missions to underserved Africa be harmful?

Lupton states that Africa has in the last 30 years received a trillion dollars in benevolent aid, yet today Africans are worse off than 50 years ago.

Mission trips consume around $5 billion annually, yet this money and these well-intentioned efforts do little to improve the lives of those being served. The benefit of feeling good accrues mostly to mission participants.

Lupton’s message is never to do for the needy what they can do for themselves, except in emergency situations.

Strive to empower the poor through early education, training, employment, lending versus giving, and subordinating self-interest to clearly identified needs and measurable goals.

Partnering, micro-loans and inculcating self-sustaining skills are essential for lasting success.

Sadly, he says most mission trips weaken those being served, often inadvertently foster dishonest relationships, erode recipients’ work ethic and deepen dependency.

His focus, after 40 years in charitable endeavors, is on inner cities here in the USA. It’s exciting for volunteers to visit exotic locations in Africa; however, establishing infrastructure, eliminating corruption, making sound investments and monitoring progress cannot be achieved without a sustained and grounded commitment.

We have a vast insatiable need for this work right on our doorstep in South Carolina.

The shoemaker’s children have no shoes.

David J. Waldron

Galera Lane

Mount Pleasant

What bias?

A couple of comments on an April 25 letter to the editor titled “Slanted news.”

I’ve been reading the Charleston paper for decades longer than the author of this letter, and from time to time I’ve read letters from readers accusing the paper of having a liberal bias. It always makes me smile.

I can only assume those people don’t really read the Charleston paper.

I’d also like to address the statement with which the writer ends her letter. “I am a Republican born and bred.” Those seven words say a great deal. What she’s saying is that she accepts her guiding principles without taking the time to listen to and think about both sides of any issue to reach an independent conclusion.

That proud statement answers a lot of my questions.

David Myers

Whisper Way

Goose Creek

Abortion clinics

Buried in the May 1 edition of The Post and Courier on page A6 was a small article about a Pennsylvania abortion doctor’s murder trial. The Post and Courier and the rest of the media continue not to give much attention to this story.

The abortion industry is the protected darling of liberals. They do not want attention to the horror of what happens in abortion clinics. However, if aborted babies had been shot with a gun it would be a front page story.

This so-called doctor is charged with killing thousands of unborn babies — even some in late term by cutting their spines with scissors.

My daughter recently had twins. The ultrasound at just 10 weeks showed their hearts beating and arms and legs moving.

How can anyone justify abortion? How can an educated modern woman support “abortion rights”? It is about more than just her body.

It is about another human soul.

How can God bless America when we continue to take innocent lives?

Lynda Denaro

N. Highway 52

Moncks Corner

Summer camps

Soon local parents will be deciding on summer camps for their children, and numerous camps will be competing for the hard-earned dollars of these parents.

This letter is intended to help parents avoid a costly mistake.

Recently I signed my child up for a travel sports team at a cost of over $500. Several practices into the season, and for many reasons, it became evident that this was not a good fit for my child.

I explained to the coach that my child would be withdrawing and requested a refund (minus the practices already attended). I was refused a refund and instead offered a “credit” toward future camps.

Being that this program was not a good fit for my child to begin with, a credit for future lessons would be worthless to me.

The coach didn’t budge. (I should add that my child leaving created no hardship on the team whatsoever).

At the time of registration there existed no policy of non-refundable fees.

My only remaining recourse is to file a formal complaint with the professional organization that oversees this travel sport. I intend to do so.

As parents consider camps and lessons for their children, they should ask about refund policies at the time of registration.

Don’t assume. Also, it is a good idea to talk to other parents before choosing a program.

Sharon Perkins

Hempstead Court

Charleston

Traffic and trees

Where are the South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers? On April 26, my wife and I had the displeasure of driving Interstate 26 all the way from the North Carolina state border to I-526.

I challenge any elected official — governor on down — to make that drive and not come away trying to figure out how to slow down the traffic.

That interstate is a death trap waiting to snare everyone. If one tries to drive the speed limit (70 mph where posted), one becomes a target to all other drivers out there, both slower and faster.

One is likely either to drive over a slower driver or to be driven over by a faster driver. In the time we drove from North Carolina to I-526, I never saw a South Carolina Highway Patrol car. Why is that?

With budget shortfalls, the state and counties are missing a gold mine in fines. The state could pay for more troopers with the fine income. I see the City of Mount Pleasant occasionally has officers running radar on Rifle Range Road out by Hamlin Plantation. I appreciate that.

Law enforcement presence has a way of changing behavior. Is the state complicit with speeding motorists on I-26, from Columbia to Charleston?

By the way, call your state representatives and express your desire not to cut the trees either alongside the interstate or in the median.

Trim, yes.

Cut down, no.

Joe Mayo

Monhegan Way

Mount Pleasant