Pick the best

A Sept. 23 letter titled “Sorry for Obama” made the point that Obama would never have survived the highly intense vetting process prior to being chosen as a CEO based on his lack of experience or past decision making. We are asked to sympathize with him “for the challenge he faces in doing his job with little or no relevant experience.”

Excellent point for chairpersons or college presidents as well. Shouldn’t we, as a community, expect that those who are chosen or appointed to fill the highest possible position within an organization that will have direct impacts on our community be vetted beyond the very basic level of “well, he is a politician and has gravitas or can curry favor in Columbia.”

How about asking: Have you ever held a position similar to that which you are being considered?

Have you ever held any position within the industry for which you are being considered to lead?

I would hope that if the answer to both is yes, that applicant would move on to more intense scrutiny. If the answer to either of those questions is “no” or “not exactly,” then they receive a handshake and a wish for a nice day.

Simply selecting someone from a small local pool of candidates on the sole bearing of their being a current or former elected official is very shallow and not forward-thinking at all.

Sometimes the best choice is right here in our own back yard. But there are likely thousands of more-qualified candidates out there beyond our borders who might better fill our local CEO, college president or quasi-public chairmanship positions. Take the time, do the search, find the best person to lead, not just the nearest politician.

A. Thomas Price

Sully Street

Goose Creek

Rate hike

My first reaction to the headline in the Sept. 19 Post and Courier “SCE&G OKs residential rate hike” was “how could this be?” I read on and saw that indeed the Public Service Commission had approved the hike.

And I saw that the utility had requested the hike as authorized by the state Base Load Review Act, which allows for annual adjustments during construction of the nuclear units.

I have two questions: When will construction be completed? Will the rate increase then be removed?

Walter W. Infinger

Fredstone Circle

Charleston

Texting ban

The City of Charleston’s proposed ordinance banning texting while driving will in fact ban all activity with a handheld device. Talking on the cell phone is allowed, but dialing a number or tapping for a contact is banned.

Oh no, you say? Oh yes. If not, why does Section 1(c)(4) list this exception: “Any person using a Handheld Electronic Communication device to call 911 or other emergency telephone numbers to contact public safety forces”? If it were legal to call a number, there would be no need for the exception.

If the city wants to ban all cell phone use while driving, then it should have an honest public debate on just that. But referring to this as a “texting ban” is an underhanded handheld ban.

Ed Shafer

South Moss Oak Lane

Charleston

Divorces differ

The Post and Courier missed an opportunity to print an excellent article when they did “Divorce 101” recently. The article seems to lay the blame fully on fathers when a family disintegrates, which is seldom the case.

Not every mom is blameless and pure as the driven snow. Not every dad is a deadbeat or is uncaring about what happens to his children.

Many “Mr. Moms” have taken on a lot of family caretaking while mom was looking out for herself and seeking a fulfilling career.

There is no such thing as a good divorce, but sometimes it allows a fresh start for all involved. The children should remain the primary consideration for any and all changes, and we can only hope that their parents’ love for them outweighs the “gotcha” mentality of the adults involved.

S. M. Salmon

Runnymede Lane

Summerville

Piano series

The purpose of the International Piano Series sponsored by the College of Charleston School of the Arts is to bring people together to celebrate great piano music. In doing so, the series advances the love and education of classical piano music throughout the area.

On Sept. 24, we had the pleasure to hear a young 24-year-old Russian pianist, Pavel Kolesnikov, launch the season before a near capacity audience.

Previously, Mr. Kolesnikov had made an impressive appearance at the 2013 Spoleto Festival in the chamber music series at the Dock Street Theatre.

Having won the $100,000 Enbridge Prize, the largest award of its kind, Mr. Kolesnikov, the 2012 Hoenens Prize laureate, performed with a type of intimacy that combined imagination, extraordinary skill and devotion to the composers.

His repertoire included the works of Jean-Phillipe Rameau, Claude Debussy, and Frederic Chopin. His originality, attentiveness and brilliance made him a “messenger” of great music.

As long-time patrons of the International Piano Series, we are delighted to say that last week’s recital was one of the best of the entire series and certainly attracted the largest, most enthusiastic crowd to date.

It is a pleasure to attend performances by world-class musicians right here in Charleston, and it is even more gratifying to know that supporting the series also provides College of Charleston music students the opportunity to meet and learn from these distinguished, international artists.

We are grateful to the College of Charleston and its School of the Arts for providing enriching musical performances for the entire community, and we look forward to attending the rest of the 2013-14 series.

Bravo!

William P. Rhett, Jr.

Dorothy Rhett

St. Michael’s Alley

Charleston

Likes mobile home

What a sad state of affairs when people feel the need to apologize for living in a mobile home. I’m going to be 80 years old in a few months and for 24 years have lived in a mobile home.

When my husband retired in 1984 because of heart problems, we came south to enjoy the warmer weather, with no snow to shovel and to be near the ocean.

It was an adventure for us. We raised seven children and were still young enough to enjoy life and were ready to go.

I lived and raised children in a 10-room home with attic and basement. So I had been there, done that big home thing.

We sold our home, came here and got just what we wanted, an acre of land and a mobile home. I’ve never been sorry. You don’t need a big home and a lot of money to be happy.

Shirley Adkins

Highway 162

Hollywood

Elephant folly

I read with disgust the Sept. 27 article “Clinton pushes effort to protect elephants.” It mentioned how Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea outlined plans for $80 million to be spent protecting elephants in Africa.

Surely this woman is not thinking clearly.

There have been 60 million babies aborted since 1973 because of unwanted pregnancy, and Clinton’s concern is the extinction of the elephants in Africa.

This seems a little off track to my way of thinking.

I guess I have no right to be questioning this. There were other questions people have asked during her term in office that were never answered.

Shelby Burbage

Dewey Drive

Moncks Corner