Park worries

Wespawnee Plantation residents are concerned about a new park opening in their West Ashley neighborhood. They are right to be concerned.

My property adjoins Wideawake Park on Trexler Avenue in Hollywood. I have lived here most of my 67 years. The seven-acre park opened in 2009, acquired by the town of Hollywood with $4.8 million in greenbelt funds. The town rents this park out for frequent events involving hundreds of party-goers and loud amplified music. I have to sleep with my windows closed and use earplugs at night.

The town of Hollywood is oblivious to its disturbance of the peace in my quiet residential neighborhood. All of my neighbors are opposed to the noise during events, but the town is making money so complaints are useless. One can imagine what this does to our property values.

I thought greenbelt funds were to be used for providing passive green space. I was wrong.

Anne Boone

Trexler Avenue

Hollywood

Be fair to all

Well, I am safe in America. Goose Creek has been home for me and my family for the past 30 years. I have seen how some good people, decent family members and hard-working men come to this land of opportunities to work hard, getting underpaid, abused, robbed, even killed for a few dollars.

Some are deported, leaving behind family members to fend for themselves in hiding from immigration officials.

They have no terrorist backgrounds and no student visa allowing them a chance to go to MIT. They do jobs that some Americans find too degrading.

My point is, if you are going to give entry to people to the land of opportunities, be fair and give everybody a chance.

I was blessed to be born in Puerto Rico, an American citizen by status but Hispanic by birth because my island is territory of the USA.

Every day I thank God for all the opportunities this great land has given me and my family.

Carmen Rigonan

Water Oak Drive

Goose Creek

A stand-up sheriff

In the July 8 article titled “Sheriffs under fire in gun-laws debate” we are reminded that Sheriff Al Cannon and other area chief law enforcement officers took an oath where they pledged to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The part of the Constitution of particular concern is our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.

Protecting and defending the Constitution is exactly what they are doing, and they are being criticized for it.

None of these people is a judge who can determine the constitutionality of laws. But if our elected state and national leaders, who have taken pledges similar to the ones vowed to by these officers, actually took their oaths seriously, our country would be in a better place.

Instead, many of these politicians (there are exceptions, of course) give only lip service to the Constitution, righteously invoking it when it is convenient for their political agenda, and ignoring it the rest of the time.

Mike Schwartz

Divot Court

Mount Pleasant

Biased study

When I saw the July 3 headline, “S.C. roads paving way” in The South section of The Post and Courier I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. My first thought was, “Have they been to Berkeley County?” Well no, of course they have not.

I went to the website of the Reason Foundation, which authored the study, which commended South Carolina. This is no non-partisan group; it is clearly Libertarian.

This is the party that “opposes all government programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution.” So of course this research group doesn’t really care about the quality or safety of our roads, only with the fact that our state spent so little on them. Our governor is often cited for her libertarian policies. I don’t believe much is “non-partisan” these days.

Patty Johnson

Cass Drive

Moncks Corner

Special needs

Once again I would like to compliment Charleston County School District Superintendent Nancy McGinley for her forward thinking in partnering with Montessori School. Great educators recognize there are many ways to teach and each child learns at his own pace.

So, Ms. McGinley, let’s do the same with our kids who have special needs. They too need to and want to learn. I know an opportunity to train your teachers using proven methods for teaching students with special needs has been offered that may not be currently used in Charleston County schools.

Bishop England’s Options program has been very successful using these methods as has the College of Charleston’s Reach program. Many students who were in the Options programs are now in college. Let’s give all of our students the opportunity to learn as much as possible. And there won’t be any costs to you or the school district to have your special ed teachers trained.

What are we waiting for?

DONALD BAILEY

William Street

Mount Pleasant