Doublespeak

Inasmuch as I only have a master’s degree in English, I cannot be considered an authority on language. Moreover, I try not to be judgmental. Suffice it to say Charleston County Chairman Teddie Pryor’s interpretation of commonly used words and my interpretation are disparate.

Gee, I had always thought the term “good faith” meant “good faith,” as in “honesty or sincerity of intention.” Based on a front-page story in the Sept. 28 Post and Courier, Chairman Pryor seems to think the term means something else, but what he thinks is not entirely clear.

As for Anna Johnson, your story says she “did not return emails or voicemail messages Friday for clarification.” Well, of course Councilwoman Johnson did not respond. After all, she is probably mortified.

Meanwhile, Pryor, recognizing this, was likely trying to mollify Johnson when he threw her a sop in an op-ed piece last week.

But Pryor fails to give Johnson enough credit for her inherent integrity. If he is politically astute, he will be ready when Johnson eventually exercises her time-honored prerogative according to Robert’s Rules of Order, to move for reconsideration of that infamous 5-4 vote in County Council last December.

I am proud to be a member of the first elective body in Charleston County to go on record in opposition to the proposed extension of I-526 — the James Island Public Service District Commission. Subsequently, other entities have gone on record in opposition. But Pryor chooses to ignore everyone except — well, reader, draw your own conclusions.

One can only wonder what it would take to get his attention.

Eugene Platt

Senior Commissioner

James Island Public

Service District

Gilmore Court

James Island

MLK pool schedule

With the changing of the seasons and the start of a new school year, the City of Charleston has returned its two year-round aquatic facilities to their fall/winter/spring schedule of operations. During the summer months, our staff coordinates adult lap swimmers and the Masters swimmers along with the youth swim team, swim lessons, summer camps, community swim time, family swim time and a multitude of special programs.

A recent letter to the editor questioned the availability of the MLK Pool for children in the afternoon. MLK Pool is a wonderful asset to our swimming community with its 50-meter swimming space, and we have many types of users who vie for time.

We open daily at 5:45 a.m. to our adult Masters swimming team which is comprised of 50 members who train regularly with a certified coach.

At 7 a.m., the pool is open for all lap swimmers and we keep lanes open until 4 p.m. to accommodate adults who desire to swim for exercise and fitness.

During the morning hours students from Burke High School take swim lessons along with the downtown schools that participate in the LAPS (Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming) program. These schools include children from Charleston Progressive, Sanders Clyde, Meeting Street Academy and, starting in October, James Simons and Memminger.

The Southern Marlins Racing Team (SMRT) youth swim team just completed its annual registration and has 125 swimmers plus another 15 who are currently swimming in the high school season and will join the SMRT squad in late October.

Adult lap swim begins at 6 p.m. nightly after the SMRT practices along with swim lessons for children.

We average 3,000 to 4,000 swimmers a month using the MLK Pool and work hard to develop a schedule that makes time for all ages and all levels of interest.

After reviewing the schedule, staff determined how to open one to two lanes during the Southern Marlins Racing Team swim practice time slot for other swimmers.

We will continue to explore new programs and ways to involve more children and adults in our aquatics programs.

Laurie C. Yarbrough

Director, City of Charleston Recreation Department

Meeting Street

Charleston

USC quarterbacks

What’s that you say about my Gamecocks? The letter writer who claims to be a Gamecock fan and wants to know why the University of South Carolina doesn’t recruit African American quarterbacks apparently hasn’t been a Gamecock fan very long.

When Lou Holtz was the coach at Carolina, he had black quarterbacks every year. Remember Anthony Wright?

How about Syvelle Newton? Both were black quarterbacks who led USC for about six years, though with little success. We have had other black quarterbacks from time to time.

If Steve Spurrier thought there was a black quarterback out there who would fit his team’s offense, he would go after him. He has done so in the past. Most African American quarterbacks are running quarterbacks, and that isn’t what Coach Spurrier is looking for.

Bill Moorer

John Rutledge Avenue

Hanahan

Use compassion

Beware, citizens of Charleston and South Carolina. If you and your family have been struggling since the “crash” of 2008, don’t expect your Republican elected representatives to help you.

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to slash SNAP (the food stamp benefit) by billions of dollars.

How much lower can it go? It is already $1.50 per meal per person for a family of four at the poverty line.

Try feeding your family on that. Some of our friends spend over $400 in an evening on dinner, drinks and entertainment.

Please, people, where is our compassion?

We find it so easy to sit on our verandas sippin’ sweet tea and wondering what the poor folks are doing.

Well, I dare say they are not faring well.

The economy has slightly improved, but still there aren’t enough jobs and our Republican legislators are willing to shut down the government. And Rep. Mark Sanford voted right there with them.

It is so easy to pick on the flesh of the walking skeleton that is the poor in our community.

They have little voice and no one to fight for them. They have to make do with what they have.

These feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and inferiority will be repressed and perhaps later expressed in rage such as we see all too often in our society. Support humanity here at home.

Our health care system is broken. We cannot allow lobbyists from large insurance companies and their allies in Congress to interrupt the best attempt we have at an overhaul of our health care system.

While ours is the most expensive, it is not the best, as far as outcomes. That has been well documented.

We cannot afford to continue doing as we have — not just for the poor but for anyone who has fallen on hard times.

We don’t have to file for bankruptcy because we have had a medical crisis. These are all reasons that we should support the Affordable Care Act.

M. Cher Malone

Chiles Drive

Summerville

Voting blindly

The recent issue addressed by the Deer Park Community in North Charleston allowed me to reflect on many issues in this city.

We have experienced the lowest voter turnout in the city’s history. Officials are elected to address issues within this city, but the information presented on those issues is gathered only by the representative of that district.

Is this considered voting blindly on quality-of-life issues that would negatively impact the districts, or is this called “going with the flow”? I am appalled by the nonchalant attitudes of elected officials who are not willing to fight when confronted with issues that negatively impact their constituents.

The Deer Park issue is only one of many issues of importance that our council person did not feel compelled to fight: road noise, city/community comprehensive plans, public smoking policies and burn bans, which impact the entire city.

The city of North Charleston spent approximately $700,000 to sue the state Commerce Department, but when homeowners of Northwood, Park Hill and New Ryder asked for support from the city on a S.C. Department of Transportation noise issue, we were told that it’s not worth fighting for. Is this another time when “go with the flow” applies to one sector of the city but not to another?

Homeowners expected the same tenacious fight from our North Charleston elected officials. Did the other members of City Council investigate to identify the pro and cons of this negative noise situation or did they rely on input from one council person who didn’t feel it was worth fighting for?

Do we change the way business/community concerns are handled in this city, or do we stand by and watch commercial growth and development continue without regard for the taxpaying citizens?

Citizens of North Charleston, please meet me at our City Council meetings.

Virginia W. Jamison

S/Master Sgt. U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Longshadow Lane

North Charleston

Not funny

The Sept. 26 Post and Courier comics section reached a new low in blatant propaganda. Mallard Fillmore is occasionally funny; however, this one did nothing but turn my stomach.

Mallard asks mainstream media, “How are you covering the news that Arctic sea ice increased by 60 percent this year over 2012?” Then he accuses the media of assigning 3,000 of their best reporters to ignore this “news.”

Who knew today’s best reporters could be so easily censored?

While it is true that the last few years have seen an expansion of Antarctica’s coastal ice sheets, inland ice has been melting at an alarming rate — 1,350 billion tons of ice disappeared into the ocean between 1992 and 2011.

The poor duck apparently does not know the difference between “area” (which increased) and “volume” (which drastically decreased).

PHILIP J. MURPHY

Ventura Place

Mount Pleasant