Bill Craver

I was saddened by the recent loss of my good friend and a well-rounded community servant, William E. “Bill” Craver Jr.

He was a graduate of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy. I was also a Merchant Marine officer during the latter part of World War II. We often discussed the maritime world and traded “war stories.”

He was, as I have been, very proud of the men of the Merchant Marines and their importance to the war effort, and the post-WWII economic recovery.

Bill Craver was a member and leader of worthwhile business organizations in our area. He had the foresight to put together and execute the purchase of most of the tracts of land around the Charleston airport when the airport was expanding and improving.

He sold his plan to anyone he could as vital for future industrial development.

Fortunately, I lived long enough to thank Bill for being the visionary he was by reserving acreage where Boeing located its large facility.

We will certainly miss Bill Craver, but he surely left his community a much better and a more prosperous place.

James B. Edwards

Venning Street

Mount Pleasant

Dr. Edwards was governor of S.C. from 1975-79.

Teacher challenge

Teachers sometimes have to put their lives on the line, to protect the children in their charge. Time after time teachers have done just that, heroically and ferociously.

We have heard stories of teachers huddling children underneath them at Sandy Hook and in the midst of the tornado in Oklahoma, singing to the youngest ones to comfort them and fight down the terror.

No one brought in a few brave, totally committed teachers for those events. It is just the way good teachers react, and every school in America is staffed by people like that. There are very few bad apples willing to spend their days shepherding groups of children through the joys and challenges of learning all they need to know.

We should not regard the sweeping, easy criticism of our schools as credible. Teachers rise to a difficult challenges every day and our children are blessed to be in their presence.

It’s a principal’s job, not the politicians’ or the public’s, to look closely at classroom atmosphere and performance and to root out the ones who shouldn’t be there.

Anne Knight Watson

Pinckney Street

McClellanville

Futile efforts

Arguments to be made by lawyers for parishes that have left the Episcopal Church in South Carolina are doomed to fail.

I became a proud permanent resident of Charleston almost two years ago. The parish I had attended in Virginia decided to leave the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA) as part of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), which transferred its allegiance from the ECUSA bishop in New York to bishops in Africa. The CANA parishes dug in, refused to leave their church buildings, and the legal wrangling began.

I sat in several court hearings related to this battle, and at that time there were no significant legal precedents for what CANA was trying to accomplish. But after many years of heart-breaking divisiveness, the divorce between CANA and ECUSA was final.

The predictable outcome was that the priests were defrocked, the churches were returned to ECUSA, and both sides worked on the painful rebuilding of their spiritual lives. The financial, emotional and spiritual damage was horrific. As with all protracted and angry divorces, the only winners were the attorneys.

These are the topics I hope my fellow South Carolinians will consider:

There are no new arguments to be made. These issues have already been decided in Virginia and other states. Appeals have been made all the way to state supreme courts, and in the end, the parishes that left ECUSA failed in their attempts to retain use of their church buildings. These legal precedents are the primary source that any judge in South Carolina will use to render decisions on cases to be decided here.

Episcopal priests and bishops pledge their loyalty to canonical laws, and to their superiors at ECUSA. When a person quits his job, he packs his things in a box and leaves the office immediately. Why would the former bishop of South Carolina be any different? Is it because the bishop of ECUSA is a woman?

If you consider the legal precedents and believe, as I do, that you will ultimately lose your church and many hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, wouldn’t it make sense to consider an alternate path?

Fortunately for believers, there always exists the opportunity for forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation.

Fereol de Gastyne

Veritas Street

Charleston

Save lighthouse

Having tended the Morris Island Lighthouse, I was pleased to read Al Hitchcock’s May 15 letter. At 87, I may not live to see the completion of this ongoing effort, but it would surely raise my spirits to see Phase III started.

I was a lighthouse keeper on an isolated island in the wilds of Alaska and of other navigation lights in several states. I enjoyed the work. My thoughts take me back to the military and civilian ships departing our famous port of Charleston.

Those brave souls knew that death and destruction awaited them as our lighthouse faded over the horizon. They left these shores for wars on foreign lands and waters. Untold numbers never returned to families and loved ones.

These battle-hardened Americans sacrificed their lives to keep enemies from our shores. To that end the completion of the Save the Light project would be a monument to memorialize these brave Americans. It would be a “standing tall salute” to those who never returned as well as those who survived.

My thanks to Mr. Hitchcock and his group for their many efforts to save the light.

C.W. Benson

S. Indian Street

Folly Beach