Letters to the editor
This past weekend, many of us were forced to stay indoors as Joint Base Charleston natural resources officials scheduled another “prescribed fire” in the timberlands. Both Friday and Saturday were scheduled for this “managed burn” event, but on Sunday, our air was still so polluted as to make breathing difficult. Thus many of us had to remain indoors again.
I’m told these fires are a must to prevent summer fires from getting out of control. As noted in The Post and Courier on March 16, these fires are coordinated with the S.C. Forestry Commission and various fire departments. Why must this burning occur on weekends when people want to be outside? Isn’t there a way to accomplish this without polluting our air?
Furthermore, how can the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control post air quality readings in The Post and Courier as “moderate” when the air quality is far from that — at least in our section of Berkeley County? I’ve never lived in a state that allowed so much pollution when we know the damage it does to living beings and our environment, both now and long term.
Joan M. Boardman
Schooner Bend Avenue
Not a time saver
Megan Desrosiers, assistant director of the Coastal Conservation League, wrote an op-ed column in the March 19 Post and Courier. I wish to address some of the issues she brought up.
She stated that the completion of I-526 will save only an estimated 36 seconds of commute time. This was based on the speed limits of Highway 17 and I-526. Other factors were not considered:
1) waiting at traffic signals (and wasting gas); 2) traffic accidents; 3) work crews repairing overhead lights; 4) construction work.
I’ve wasted much more than 36 seconds on each of the above, and that doesn’t include having to stop for hearse traffic.
She stated that the completion is based “on an unquestioned belief that speed is more important than safety and stewardship.” Safety is, of course, very important, and the completion would add to safety by many ways: reducing fender benders on busy Highway 17 and providing a hurricane evacuation route which would be expeditious, to name just two.
She further stated that a panel of citizens, planners, and elected officials from multiple jurisdictions led to the “pitchfork” solution for Johns Island. Exactly. That solution looked like it was made by a committee.
Irving S. Rosenfeld
In response to a letter regarding Yankees trying to say “y’all,” I am a Yankee who moved here six years ago, and a Yankee trying to say “y’all” makes me cringe, too.
I have heard Yankees really mangling a Southern accent. Why can’t they talk normally, or are they embarrassed to have people know where they came from?
Since March 2010 I have enjoyed six different productions of the Charleston Ballet Theatre. The first one, “Zorro,” helped confirm to me that Charleston has not only historical charm and natural beauty, but cultural energy. I decided to buy property and move.
Aware that financial troubles are hurting performing arts groups everywhere, I was comforted to see our ballet remain afloat. I am encouraged to see that the talent at CBT this season is remarkably deep. The caliber of the Silver Anniversary Season Finale at the Charleston Music Hall was striking.
I am not privy to concerns impacting recently departed board members, but I do know these dancers distinguished themselves in the most exciting performances CBT has provided.
Art is a transcendant thing that in its truth and beauty sustains us through the disconnect of daily routine and inspires us to wonder.
If that is lost on former board members, surely there are some in Charleston who can see that these dancers and our community deserve a vibrant Charleston Ballet Theatre.
Royal Palm Boulevard
Stating the facts
Paul Krugman’s March 11 colunm was titled “Republicans deplore education.”
Earth to Krugman! Nice try, but what conservatives really deplore is the tit for tat that thrives with the National Education Association, the Democrat Party and the NAACP.
This is a great Ponzi scheme where the winners trade votes for money and protection, while the losers (children from low-income families) continue to be trapped in classrooms with substandard teachers.
Capable families with school-age children move to communities with better schools or put their children in private schools.
Brick Landing Court
Lack of courage
While in Afghanistan, Secretary Leon Panetta demonstrated much weakness and little personal courage before his troops. Panetta should have overridden the general’s politically correct order and trusted our Marines to retain their weapons while in his presence.
After all, if we can without reservation entrust them with our nation’s defense, he should do no less with his personal safety.
This Vietnam Army veteran apologizes to these combat Marines for the lack of personal courage displayed by their current civilian leaders. Semper fi!