Proud Mom

As the mother of the newly promoted North Charleston assistant Chief of Police, Reginald L. Burgess, I would like to say how truly proud I am of him.

Reggie grew up in the Liberty Hill section of North Charleston where he attended and graduated from the last class of Bonds-Wilson High school. He furthered his education on a football scholarship at Morgan State in Baltimore, Md., and received his degree in criminal justice from Claflin University.

My husband, Willie Jamison, and I raised three fine sons in North Charleston. We taught them to be responsible for their actions at an early age. My heart aches for mothers who have lost sons to senseless violence. My advice to any mother of an Afro-American son is to teach him to be responsible for his actions, hold him accountable and teach him to have respect for himself and others.

Teach him to work for what he wants. Teach him to appreciate his blessings: good health, family and the opportunity to achieve anything he works for. Parents, be parents. Teach your sons about life.

Albertha B. Jamison

Luella Avenue

North Charleston

Good riddance

As we stroll often in the area of Marion Square, it is gratifying to know that the old ugly building is demolished. We would wonder at the horrible graffiti and crumbling walls in the empty, vacated library.

Thanks for the removal of urban blight, even if a bit late.

Martha BarkleY

Frank Barkley

Shadowcreek Court

Charleston

Mayors’ choice

Mayor Joe Riley, in his Aug. 11 op-ed regarding the choice of Sen. Paul Campbell as the next director of airports of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, stressed the importance of having someone in place immediately to address the three main tasks that await the next airport director.

He said the $190 million airport terminal project “must have a skilled executive director on board right now.” He also noted that the Boeing land deal requires “a skilled executive director [to be] on board right now.”

He added that the “fractious” Aviation Authority Board needs “a very strong executive director — right now.”

In the mayor’s judgment, Paul Campbell has the necessary experience and credentials to assume — sans a national or regional search — this critically important position “right now.”

Mayor Riley further justified Sen. Campbell’s ascension to the airport position by noting that being a state senator is just a “part time job.” I’m not sure how many of the electorate in Sen. Campbell’s district realize he is required to be accessible only from January to June each year.

He may indeed attend legislative sessions only six months of the year, but isn’t he expected to remain informed about and responsive to the legitimate concerns and issues of his constituents year round? Is that a part-time job?

I agree with Mayor Riley that the airport director’s job is an extremely significant position. For that reason, I believe it would be wise to fill that job after a comprehensive search for someone with experience and credentials germane to the director’s responsibilities.

Just as important, the next director should be like the quarterback fully engaged in calling plays and leading the action on the football field — not like someone occasionally sending those plays in from a remote location.

Yes, Mayor Riley, it may be appealing to have a multitasker in place “right now.” In the long run, however, I believe a compelling and convincing argument favors having a full-time director who will be “here” — not just “now.”

George Matthews, Ph.D.

Linksland Road

Mount Pleasant

Support Graham

We are a nation of citizens descended from immigrants. When societal circumstances change, immigration laws need to be adjusted.

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s opponents are not looking for solutions. They want only to heighten the fever of America’s woes.

They criticize Sen. Graham’s support of surveillance even though the terror threat is high. Cities use cameras to stop crime, and human surveillance by police is very useful. Protecting our national security interests is extremely important, and many times the stakes are higher.

People criticize him for finding a solution for immigration and providing a path to legal status for immigrants. Fortune 500 CEOs favor immigration reform. Some immigrants have science and technology skills to share. Sen. Graham’s reform would help America’s economy tremendously.

Opponents don’t approve of his level-headed disposition and sensitivity to the immediate concerns of Americans. They criticize his support of Israel and Egypt.

Our support for those countries amounts to only a crumb of our total Gross Domestic Product but is very beneficial to their economies.

I cannot understand these opponents. It seems they want to be better off but don’t want you to be.

Jordan Cooper

State Road

Summerville

Firearms lesson

In an Aug. 5 letter to the editor titled “Policy reload,” the writer shows he is ill-informed, as are so many.

When a bullet is fired from an auto loading gun, the bolt is driven back, ejecting the empty case. The next round is chambered automatically.

There are two kinds of auto loaders: the automatic and the semiautomatic. For the automatic (machine gun) the gun continues to fire as long as the trigger remains pulled or until the gun is empty. For the semiautomatic the trigger must be pulled for each shot.

Except under very strict provisions, private ownership of automatic firearms has been banned since the National Firearms Act of 1934. The public may own semiautomatic pistols, shotguns and rifles.

Since my youth I have fired thousands of rounds of ammunition from shotguns, semiautomatic pistols, revolvers and rifles. I must not be a very good shot because I have never hit anyone.

This is true of millions of sportsmen and sportswomen who shoot billions of rounds every year without incident. These people are not the problem. The problem is only a few who unfortunately are mentally ill.

Interviews with convicts reveal that they would like privately-owned guns banned because when they break into a house they fear meeting a homeowner with a gun.

Douglas Peacock

NRA Life Member

Dogwood Road

Charleston

Veronica’s home

I know there is no easy answer, but it’s time to stop upsetting Veronica’s life.

I understand the Capobiancos love her and feel she is theirs. It had to be hard to lose her. I would hope that they search their hearts and understand that this child is in her rightful place (with her biological father).

How will she feel toward them when she is a teenager and remembers how she was torn from her father?

When her father found out Veronica’s mother was giving this precious child up for adoption because she couldn’t raise her, he stepped forward (when she was a baby) and wanted to raise her.

He should have been given that option before she was “adopted.” This was his right as her biological parent. It seems he loves her without question and is doing a wonderful job of raising her. She looks healthy and happy.

I hope everyone involved will think of what is best for Veronica. This isn’t about Indian heritage, but about Dusten Brown being her father, loving her and wanting to raise her.

I’m praying for all concerned. May God’s will be done.

Ann Denney

Freeman Street

Mount Pleasant

Tree strikes

I think that any pine tree that jumps in front of any vehicle on I-26 should be punished to the full extent of the law.

This is a serious offense that should be dealt with in a harsh manner. Jail time, steep fines and perhaps community service. The community service could be raking up the pine straw. That would show them.

Henry I. Siegling

Cliffwood Drive

Mount Pleasant