Assets ‘from off’

I’d like to reply to the person who is tired of people from Ohio. Without people “from off,” many of them tourists and others who have moved here, the Charleston economy would not be thriving, and many of the locals wouldn’t have jobs. I remember when the Charleston Air Force Base and the Navy Base were the main economy here. Now tourists and those moving here are responsible for the growth and jobs in this area.

Be careful what you wish for — we could all leave and you’d be broke.

Cris Bernstein

Prestwick Court

Summerville

Nuisance chickens

How do you keep chickens and roosters from crossing the road? Many are crossing over and onto my property.

Chickens are not clean; they pose a nuisance by running around everyone’s yards, and are a danger to drivers trying to avoid them in the streets.

Since these animals should not be my responsibility, I wish their owners would be kind enough to keep them contained as they should be on their own property.

Patricia Fisher

Tedder Street

Charleston

Not his call

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon’s refusal to enforce any new gun control laws he deems unconstitutional is tantamount to a soldier refusing to go into battle because he disagrees with his commanding officer’s battle plan.

Carl Nandrasy

Olympic Lane

Mount Pleasant

Scrutiny for IB

The Charleston County School Board has decided to implement the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Memminger Elementary School.

The expectation by the Charleston County School District and the school board is that effective implementation of the IB program will improve academic performance and allow Memminger to discard its at-risk academic status with the added expectation that the flight of students from Memminger can be reversed and Memminger can become a successful peninsula school.

The IB program is usually implemented at schools where students have an established average to above average academic performance. The school board expects that Memminger’s below average and at-risk students’ academic performance can be significantly improved.

An at-risk school always has students with a distribution of capabilities, so there is always a small fraction of the student body with average to above average capabilities.

These few above average students are most likely to derive significant benefit from the IB program. However, for the majority who are now below average in academic performance, the demands of the IB program may be very difficult and the result may be an adverse reaction that will depress learning.

The CCSD has experience in implementation of the IB program at Buist Academy, where the program has provided successful results. The experience at Buist should be helpful for IB application at Memminger.

Specific benchmarks are important to be able to determine the effectiveness of the IB program for Memminger. I suggest that the school board request that the CCSD report annually on the implementation and results of the IB program at Memminger.

This report should analyze the program’s effectiveness on the basis of the South Carolina PASS testing protocol. In this way, a model template can be established for other failing and at-risk schools.

Gerald Katz

Wofford Road

Charleston

Energy for elderly

I respect Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell’s time, energy and dedication to the elderly. I live in an all-seniors community and feel blessed that we can still do for ourselves.

But in-home care is less expensive and has always made more sense for taxpayers and family caregivers. It is a comfort for patients and family members.

We need more empathetic, sensible and energetic state officials to look out for all our general public. The McConnell family has always supported South Carolina. Glenn’s aunt was one of my favorite teachers at “Hanna High Girl’s School” in Anderson. She, too, was a motivator and inspiration.

EVELYN BOTHMAN

DeLancey Circle

North Charleston

Baby Veronica

Regarding the fate of “Baby Veronica,” all agree the situation is a tragedy; not all agree on what is best for her now.

A June 26 picture of Veronica and her biological father, Dusten Brown, shows that “Baby Veronica” is no longer a baby; she is 3 years old.

For half of her life, father Dusten Brown and life in Oklahoma are what Veronica has known. No matter how wonderful, she likely has little memory of life on James Island from her birth up until the time she went to live with her biological father in Oklahoma.

The fact that Veronica’s case has now become a “cause” (either for or against the Indian Child Welfare Act) is unfortunate.

In such cases both sides seem to forget that the life of a little girl is at stake. If the courts determine that both the adoptive and biological sets of Veronica’s parents are equally fit, many believe it would be cruel to wrench her from the only life she has “known.”

In the Bible book of I Kings, chapter 3, two women argued before King Solomon. These women were roommates who had both given birth. One child died during the night. The mother of the dead child took the living child and replaced her dead child in the first woman’s arms.

Both women then argued before the king as to whom the living child, the son, truly belonged. The “true” parent was the one willing to do what was best for the child, regardless of personal loss to themselves.

The law needs to protect adoptive parents who are willing to love and care for a child when the biological parents are unable or unwilling. As a culture we need to value linking a child to his heritage.

Oh that we had the wisdom of King Solomon. Will either side be willing to suffer personal loss for Veronica’s good?

Susanne Lemke

Coleman Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Docs and guns

My son, who has private insurance through his employer, takes his newborn son and 2-year-old daughter to a rather large pediatric practice for routine immunizations.

The medical records are routinely updated. Not so routine is the last question for the “medical records” — Dad/Mom, do you own a gun?

Anyone have an explanation?

Louise Anderson

Gordon Street

Charleston

Clean it up

For several months now, I have noticed a steady increase in the number of spelling and grammatical errors and word omissions in the content of the newspaper.

I was beginning to think that the position of proofreader had been eliminated and the spell checker turned off, but after two recent articles about “debuties” (aka deputies) and “suspwects” (suspects), I finally figured out what was going on.

You must have hired Elmer Fudd as your new proofreader.

Sarah McCrary

Ptarmigan Drive

Mount Pleasant

Gathering storm

The Post and Courier should pay very close attention to the hurricane of chaos that now extends from Egypt to the Persian Gulf.

Diplomats have long warned that “Libya would implode and Syria would explode.”

I believe that Damascus, Syria, will take a direct hit like Charleston did from Hurricane Hugo.

We must stand strong with our faithful ally Israel that is in the eye of this Category Five hurricane.

Roger West

St. Teresa Drive

Charleston