Grooms and I-526

I would like to thank our Republican Sen. Larry Grooms from Berkeley County for showing all of us here in the Lowcountry just how ridiculously skewed our entire political process is.

Sen. Grooms didn’t want the state highway commission to make a motion to stop the I-526 project so he did what any great politician would do: He ignored thousands of people who have spoken in opposition to the project, “called a few folks and the agenda was changed.”

That’s right, he had the agenda changed so the commission couldn’t discuss it. To even admit to such a thing shows how out of touch our politicians are.

It reeks of cronyism and back-door dealings which are par for the course when it comes to completing I-526.

Why is a state senator from a county the I-526 extension won’t even touch so concerned about it moving forward? I believe it’s called the Good Ol’ Boy network.

Marty Morganello

Oak Island Drive

Charleston

Council promised

County Council Chairman, Teddie Pryor’s recent comments regarding compensation for homeowners who live within 1,000 feet of the proposed I-526 extension are insulting to the taxpayers of this county.

The idea that those affected are looking for a Christmas gift is absurd.

Why is Teddie Pryor speaking on behalf of County Councilwoman Anna Johnson anyway? Does she no longer have a voice?

Mr. Pryor should review the video of Ms. Johnson’s amendment. It is quite clear that compensation (for property value loss) was her intention and that county staff was to make a good-faith effort to make sure that happened.

By Mr. Pryor’s comment, I seriously doubt that Charleston County staff has spent any time trying to figure out how to fulfill this request.

It is also clear, in my mind, that those council members who voted in favor of completing I-526 would have agreed to anything proposed with no intention of meeting the obligation.

It is clear that County Council proponents of the I-526 completion will do anything to get what they want. Ms. Johnson should fulfill her campaign promises to her constituents, reverse her vote of Dec. 13, 2012, then put this project where it belongs — in the dumpster.

We have more important road projects to attend to in this state.

Jay Peterson

Maybank Highway

Johns Island

Computer crises

An Oct. 22 column reports that the state Democratic Party plans to focus on Gov. Nikki Haley’s failure to make the state’s computers secure. Very interesting.

Contrast that with the free pass that Obama is receiving with the Obamacare rollout.

Vic Latvis

Andover Way

Mount Pleasant

Schools need help

I agree with an Oct. 1 letter titled “Change direction.” Private schools seem to be doing fine, but a lot of public schools here in South Carolina need improvement

Unless we are concentrating on the right education for our young people, we are doing a disservice to this wonderful country. How about changing direction and introducing interesting and relevant stuff in the classrooms?

Many kids leave school not understanding how to handle a checkbook, credit card, insurance or even their own health. They don’t know how to handle bullies, drugs, guns, obesity or unwanted pregnancies. They haven’t been exposed to character building, good communication and, most importantly, consequences of stupid actions.

There unfortunately aren’t enough hours in a day to cover all this, but we could call on retired bankers, insurance agents, doctors, athletes, etc., to pass on their expertise at various schools (perhaps a non-profit similar to Communities in Schools could be involved).

We could give teachers a break and have discussion groups on these subjects. Let’s make learning a more stimulating and interesting experience for kids.

Who knows? This may steer them in the right directions and cut down on the dropout rate.

Gillian Katz

Tailwind Court

Mount Pleasant

The ‘theory’

A recent letter to the editor from a former science teacher implied that science teachers are “indoctrinating” students by teaching them about evolution. The reference to the “theory” of evolution shows a basic misunderstanding of the meaning of scientific theories.

The word “theory” used in a scientific sense does not mean the same things as it does in normal conversational English. For example, some people have a theory that President Kennedy was killed by multiple people, but that “theory” is unsupported by facts.

The National Academy of Sciences says that a scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on knowledge that has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation.

The word “refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by a vast body of evidence.

Many scientific theories are so well established that no new evidence is likely to alter them substantially. For example, no new evidence will demonstrate that the Earth does not orbit around the sun.” This is the level of accuracy of the “theory” of evolution.

I am very glad I don’t have children being exposed to this teacher’s version of science.

Paul J. Wilczynski

E. Dolphin Street

North Charleston

New post

I’m a strong advocate for small government, but I do think we need a new cabinet position: the Department of Common Sense.

Dick Bergman

Ainsdale Drive

Charleston