Leave trees alone

Recently I drove up to Spartanburg and paid particular attention to the trees. They were beautiful and not one of them jumped in front of the car.

Up near Columbia some lovely firs and crape myrtles have been planted in the center median of the highway. Very attractive and helpful at night by keeping the car lights from the other side of the highway from shining in the drivers’ eyes.

I understand that the Department of Transportation has $5 million to take out the trees in the median of I-26 between I-95 and Summerville.

May I suggest that somebody consider fixing the potholes and sections of the interstate that are falling apart? The condition of the highway is a lot more dangerous than the trees.

Another major problem is driver error. On Sunday it was pouring rain, and we were passed like we were standing still. A pickup truck flew past on the right-hand shoulder of the road. I would love to have seen a Highway Patrolman stop him, but it didn’t happen.

If the driving public would use common sense and follow the few rules of the highway, I don’t think the trees would be in any danger.

Martha T. Rudisill

Pier View Street

Daniel Island

United we stand

I became a U. S. citizen in 1965, proudly, waving the American flag. My heritage of Czech, German and Indian does not make me a Czech- American, German-American or an American Indian. I am an American. My heritage is European and American Indian.

I am insulted that people insist on being called African- Americans, Latino-Americans and Mexican-Americans instead of Americans.

African-Americans are Americans who have a rich heritage from Africa. It is the same with Latino-Americans and their heritage. Our heritage is sacred to us.

However, we are citizens of the United States — not Africa, Czechoslovakia, Germany or Mexico. We are a wonderful, free people, who have brought our cultures into a free world — many by choice.

If we wish to remain free to enjoy our heritage, we need to stop separating ourselves by these ridiculous, politically correct names. As one nation, we are one people: Americans.

Mary Coker

Margaret Drive

Ladson

Counting the days

I recently read that President Obama faults America for Mexican drug deaths and violence. The biggest fault of the American people is electing and re-electing a president whose strong suit is blaming someone else and never looking in the mirror at the real culprit.

The Benghazi cover-up has become the tipping point after a list of fiascoes, including Obamacare, Fast and Furious and a rudderless foreign policy.

The Benghazi hearings should be another nail in the coffin of his inept leadership.

Hopefully, this nation can survive the damage he has incurred until he leaves in 2017. That is unless he is impeached, which is within the realm of possibility.

Demetrius Pace

Bryjo Place

Charleston

Space concerns

We look forward to the opening of Laing Middle School’s new campus in 2015, and we are excited that the school will specialize in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. However, we are surprised that the new campus design does not designate enough space for the number of fine arts classes expected at a middle school that will double in size to 1,200 students with rezoning.

The school’s construction plans do not include a classroom adequate for orchestra (stringed instruments). The intention is either to have the chorus and orchestra programs share a classroom or to cram the orchestra program into a constricting space.

Laing’s band classes (wind and percussion instruments) ultimately could be affected by the space crunch, too, limiting the percentage of students who can participate in these programs.

An orchestra program should have a specially designed classroom with 2,500 square feet for instruction, storage and office space, according to National Council on Education standards.

Young musicians playing stringed instruments need extra elbow room, and proper storage is mandatory for expensive instruments, especially the cello and bass.

Laing’s new orchestra director, Margaret Selby, has a track record of growing programs at other schools in South Carolina. With support and space, she promises to do the same for Laing. Let’s look to the future and seize this opportunity to fix the design now, by providing proper room for STEM and fine arts classes to thrive, instead of dealing later with the fallout.

We encourage everyone to advocate for Laing so our community’s children will have what has come to be expected for middle school arts education.

Susan Hill Smith

23rd Avenue

Isle of Palms

This letter was also signed by Jenna Duvall, Gamil Awad, Mary Nelson, Michelle Graham, Rhonda Inglett and Missy Hunter, concerned Laing Middle School Orchestra parents.

Faulty placement

What’s wrong with this picture?

The Wednesday Post and Courier, front-page headline: “School tweet highly divisive.”

Page A3: “3 women found alive after being abducted and held captive for 10 years.”

Which is more important?

Danielle Pellegrino

Santee Street

Charleston