Letters to the editor
Up in smoke
As I write this, Club Havana has lost its lease and is not allowed to re-locate within the Charleston city limits.
Why? Club Havana was a cigar bar. Local government decided to act, it said, in the interest of the employees’ health and allow this thriving, popular business to fold. The employees are out of work. They might go hungry, but they will be healthy.
Now tobacco is legal to grow, legal to sell and legal to possess, but in most locations these days it is illegal to use. Tobacco is harmful, all can agree. Government then should stop the hypocrisy of gladly receiving tax revenue from the sale of tobacco, and outlaw it for good.
Flight or fight
The shooting in Florida was tragic and may be will be deemed to have been unnecessary. After the fact, of course, and decided by jurors carefully selected by lawyers with agendas. Witness accounts now coming out are peeling this onion back and we’re finding out there is more to the story than a “Jim Crow” act of racial violence.
The hard part to swallow is the attack on the “stand your ground” right to protect yourself in a life-threatening situation.
I recall when the congresswoman from Arizona and others were shot by a crazed madman that at least one bystander had a gun but failed (in the TV version of Old West tradition) to pull it and engage the shooter in a fire fight. The gun owner did the smart and legal thing by not engaging the shooter because he didn’t perceive his life being imminently threatened and he apparently could escape.
It seems gun laws are great if someone pulls his in defense of others (like some quasi-policeman vigilante) but its reprehensible if he uses it in what he believes is defense of his own life.
For the average law-abiding citizen, carrying a pistol is but for one reason: self-protection. Who could fault a gun-toter for (if he could) escaping a shooting situation like the Virginia Tech mass killer carried out rather than hang in there and play Wyatt Earp? To do that goes against the grain of the average person but it is what makes heroes of soldiers and police.
However, the “flight” reaction is quickly overtaken when one senses imminent threat to life and the “fight” instinct kicks in. That’s when the average person would pull and use a gun.
Having the right to shoot someone while breaking into your parked car is indeed a stretch.
Protecting your own life is not.
That old saying that “it takes a village to raise a child” has never been more evident than when the REV restaurant group recently offered Louie’s Kids 5 percent of an entire week’s gross sales from all of their restaurants. The restaurant community once again proved its incredible dedication to many great organizations here in Charleston.
The funds raised provided proper shoes and running attire for children in the Louie’s Kids Run Buddies program who are participating in the Cooper River Bridge Run on March 31.
In addition, Louie’s Kids was able to extend the gift to five runners who have been training with the Lean Team at Burke because they did not have the funds necessary to put their runners in quality shoes. This gift we definitely intend to “pay forward,” just as the folks from REV have and will continue to do this year with other organizations like The Green Heart Project, Darkness to Light, Wings for Kids and DNLCC.
I hope the community will join REV in its effort to raise money for these organizations and improve the lives of children throughout the Charleston community, I know we certainly will.
Founder, Louie’s Kids
Considering the mess our economy has been put in by a bickering, inept Congress, shouldn’t we be claiming last year’s taxes as an investment loss write-off when filing this year?
The U.S. government screams about how China and North Korea use prisoners to manufacture goods and now the same government is using prison labor to manufacture military clothing. Employees are paid 23 cents to $1.15 an hour.
How many small textile companies will go out of business?
Dennis L. Compton