Summer wheeze?

A recent Post and Courier article announced that construction of a new senior citizens apartment building will commence soon at the south end of Gadsdenboro Park. In the description of the apartments, it was mentioned that two rocking chairs will be included with each apartment, for the enjoyment of residents sitting on their new terraces.

Unfortunately, there’s a big problem here. These apartments are literally within a stone’s throw (measured in feet) from the proposed cruise ship terminal site. Both the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific data and positions taken by the Charleston and South Carolina medical societies point to the undeniable grave hazard to health caused by cruise ship emissions.

The State Ports Authority steadfastly refuses to provide shore-side power for ships, which would allow them to shut off their engines and eliminate the dangerous emissions.

Perhaps Mayor Joe Riley and his planners should also provide the senior citizens with gas masks to go along with the lawn chairs.

Tommie Robertson

Laurens Street

Charleston

Words of comfort

I wish President Obama had told Ambassador Christopher Stevens the same thing he told the folks of Moore, Okla. — “You are not alone. We are with you.”

Lenny Branch

Northcutt Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Forget sequester

I don’t get it. The economy is clearly improving with housing and the stock market indicators on the rise for the first time since 2008. Why would we want to keep this sequester in place to slow things down?

We have cut mental health facilities, Head Start and programs that offer much needed support to those who are not able to afford private services.

We have an opportunity to expand Medicaid in our state, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, and our governor is refusing this aid.

Congress will not pass a jobs bill and our highways and bridges are dangerously in need of repair. Our legislators can’t work a full week or agree on anything. And we, as citizens, allow this to continue.

There is something wrong with this picture.

Marsha Malone

Chiles Drive

Summerville

Risky medicine

We should give serious thought to what we do as Americans that may impact our health, our longevity and our goals.

In matters of health it is especially important. Do we consider what some competitive nation may be doing to us as our enemy? We have huge numbers of citizens with Alzheimer’s disease, newborn children with various diseases, yet we have citizens who buy, sell and use drugs acquired from total strangers without questioning their health impact.

Do you trust total strangers to sell you drugs that could put your physical and mental health and your life at high risk because you are curious about the drugs’ effect? Don’t you desire to grow up to be a healthy adult?

J.R. Stowe

Sparrow Drive

Isle of Palms

A winning team

On the front page of the June 3 Post and Courier is an article and story with a picture of the 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars Little League team. The article deals primarily with the lack of participation of blacks in college baseball. What is not told in the story is what happened to these young men who were refused participation in the Little League World Series based on a “technicality” and because they were black.

A couple of years ago I went to a reunion event of these individuals at the Community Center across from Burke High School. (I am white, originally from “off,” have lived here for over eight years and have been fascinated by the controversial history of South Carolina.)

About eight original All-Stars were present to tell their stories. All were well spoken and had apparently moved on to respectable careers without being held back by the bitterness that they could have carried with them from the 1955 experience. These were truly remarkable individuals.

Some factors that led the All-Stars to move on with their lives included religion and strong, ethical mothers. Their stories should be part of every high school curriculum on S.C. history (not just as black history) as a message of hope for today’s disenfranchised youth, who may otherwise turn to the streets, or be societal dropouts.

Sig Schildcrout

Appling Drive

Mount Pleasant

Not so sweet

Imagine how shocked I was to see a big picture and story reporting that kids were rewarded at Moultrie Middle school with “Roo Cups” (jumbo drink cups) that will only cost them a quarter to fill up all summer long at the convenience store.

Science tells us that sugar consumption in children is the biggest culprit in the obesity epidemic. Kids themselves tell us that their biggest challenge in weight loss is the summertime. They can’t just “go out and play,” say their parents who work all day, so they play games. And thanks to our local gas stations, some lucky kids will have their soda or slushy consumption paid for.

This was the same school that offered a free Louie’s Kids weight loss program because, believe it or not, over 40 children in this middle school have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, rendering them not just overweight but obese.

It was my belief that the superintendent mandated at the beginning of the school year that soda would not be used as a reward in the classroom. Guess it’s fine in the hallways and our local gas stations.

I’m all for rewarding high-achieving kids in our schools. But I’m not for rewarding them with 20-ounce mugs that can be endlessly filled with 77 grams of high fructose corn syrup at a time.

Louis Yuhasz

I’On Avenue

Sullivan’s Island

Smoking ban

As a retiree after 40 years of employment at MUSC, I remember the days before smoking inside the hospital and surrounding buildings was banned. I was never a smoker, but I was exposed to second-hand smoke not only in my home but in my office eight hours a day.

When MUSC employees were banned from smoking inside a building, I was elated. However, smokers took “smoke breaks” outside, sometimes taking 15 to 20 minutes away from their jobs.

I feel bad for residents living near these hospitals who can no longer enjoy Cannon Park, and I liked the suggestion in one letter to the editor, “Cannon Park an ashtray,” that Roper and MUSC consider alternative smoking sites, such as the rooftops of their parking garages.

The city should ban smoking in its city parks so children, as well as their non-smoking parents, can enjoy an area free of second-hand smoke and the nasty butts left on the ground.

Mary Lynn West

Rapid Run

Camden

Human contact

Perhaps I am losing my grip, but it seems very sad to see so many of us going to Facebook instead of making more human contact through face-to-face meeting or telephone conversations.

It is also sad to see the all-important human contact being squashed by supermarkets and malls, replacing the corner drugstore and grocery stores (Burbage’s).

John Winthrop

N. Adger’s Wharf

Charleston

Hostetter’s gifts

The local Florence Crittenton programs suffered a loss with the death of attorney Theodore L. Hostetter.

Ted gave his talents and skills to the St. Margaret Street home to help at-risk young women be safe and to be competent in their role as mother. He also arranged opportunities for others to pitch in their own talents for helping charity. He did all of this in the midst of a busy law practice and as dean of the Real Estate Bar.

Ruth Cupp

Johnnie Dodds Boulevard

Mount Pleasant