Letters to the editor
Thanks to your sports desk and Andrew Miller for the great April 14 section-front story to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Charleston Battery Soccer Club. It illustrated what a class organization it is and the role it has played as a pioneer of American professional soccer.
Anyone who witnessed the home opener and visited the Blackbaud Stadium Pub experienced the high-quality sports entertainment our community has enjoyed for 20 years. Your support is important and appreciated.
Don’t rush to war
The Post and Courier warns us not to “take the current Iranian regime’s word for anything,” and is encouraged by a report that the Obama administration plans to take a “hard line approach,” including military action, as “expert consensus” notes the time for a successful Israeli military strike is “closing fast” before Iran attains nuclear weapons.
OK, then who is going to fight this war, and what are the consequences?
The editorial conveniently omits the assessment of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who noted, “I don’t think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction was to accuse Dempsey of “serving Iranian interests.”
Do Israelis want this provocation? A February poll by Israel’s Dahaf Institute noted only 19 percent favored an attack on Iran, while 42 percent supported an attack with United States backing and 32 percent opposed an attack.
Would the editorial staff please elaborate on their position, including how our exhausted military could logistically perform another military action on the other side of the Earth, and how that war would be funded — a supplementary war tax, perhaps? Otherwise, it’s another spigot emptying our treasury.
Oh, and please explain why we should support hawkish position over Gen. Dempsey’s, given that only 19 percent of his own people support his proposed military action.
Richard H. Gross
Oak Marsh Drive
Rah rah for Run
The 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run is behind us, and all the fuss about its delayed start and subsequent issues are just notes in the race records.
It’s time to remember what the Bridge Run stands for and to thank the organizers for bringing this world-class event to the Holy City every year.
The Bridge Run is more than a six-plus mile race from Mount Pleasant to Charleston. It brings attention to fitness and health, provides work to hundreds, sends business to restaurants and hotels in the area and gives the area long-range exposure.
Race Day is one of the biggest days of the year.
This year an event directors college, with prestigious race directors from all over the country, attended for backstage experience and sharing.
They shopped, sailed on an evening cruise and learned firsthand about our beautiful Lowcountry. Businesses from all over the country sponsored what they recognize as a respected, game-changing event.
The Bridge Run helped sponsor 2nd Sunday on King Street two months in a row. Merchants tell me visiting runners and their families also shopped at the City Market, the outlet mall, Towne Center, Freshfields and Summerville.
This year there were two Taste of the Bridge Run events, one downtown and one in Mount Pleasant, which provided exposure for local restaurants, caterers and bakeries while supporting charities of the Bridge Run, whichshared over $200,000.
I have no doubt the capable organizers and their civic partners who have successfully handled the Bridge Run for 35 years will fix this year’s problems and ensure this cherished Charleston tradition will continue for another 35.
Susan L. Hoffman
King Street Marketing Group
No chest bumps
I remember a lot about the 10 presidents who have presided during my lifetime. I never saw one “chest bump” until Obama. I hope he doesn’t do that with other world leaders. It is embarrassing to me.
We are told to respect the office of the president. Obama needs to heed that advice too.
On April 16, our neighborhood association held its monthly meeting. The main topic was converting Mary Murray Boulevard around Hampton Park from its current two lanes to one.
The inside lane will be dedicated for bikes (bikes are already allowed) and walkers (called shoulder on the proposed diagram but nonetheless a walking lane).
It is hard to believe that the S.C. Department of Transportation or anybody in charge of roadways would believe that having cars ride along side walkers, separated by a painted 5-foot bike lane, is a safe option.
I surmise that this proposal is in response to walkers who fail to move to the shoulder when traffic approaches. Hundreds of cars and only a small number of walkers/runners use the boulevard daily. Enforcement of current laws would solve the “problem” created by a few.
In addition, inside the park there are both solid and packed paths for runners and walkers as well as exercise stations.
Matt Compton, of Charleston city government, said at the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association meeting that this proposal has been in the works for many years.
I would ask why there has not been a public meeting or input prior to the final proposal.
It will be reported that the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association voted in favor of this proposal.
Approximately 3,000 people reside in Wagener Terrace (according to the WTNA president), and only about 100 have joined WTNA.
Fewer than 30 attended the meeting when the vote was taken. The vote was 17 for and eight against. This is hardly representative of area residents.
I can only guess that since dog owners regularly let their dogs loose in the park (remember we have leash laws) that the city will now change that regulation to appease those who cannot or will not follow rules.
V. G. Thomas
It was good to see a home state Wisconsin boy get recognition in the New York Times. Paul Krugman refers to the Paul Ryan budget as “pink slime economics.”
Has a nice ring to it. Looks a bit like pink frosting on the last decade — a time when this country stopped even bothering to pretend to live up to many of its supposed ideals.
We go to war and kill lots of people for no good reason. Elites have eliminated any accountability for themselves for criminal wrongdoing. We’ve tortured and held people indefinitely without trial.
And the response to massive economic suffering and related criminal fraud has been to give lots of free money to the people who caused it all. I can’t wait for Romney to fix things.
Philip J. Murphy
Criticism of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reminds me of Grandma’s chair. When my children were young, we would go to Grandma’s house and watch her in the morning lay out 10 or more pills to take during her day. I would ask myself, “Why would anyone need so many pills?”
Grandma passed away 25 years ago. Her chair is now occupied by me sitting in it with my 10 pills.
Three things strike me about the Affordable Care Act: First, the estimated cost of $176 billion a year represents about 5 percent of the national budget.
According to some reports, the Affordable Care Act has already helped over 100 million people. The idea that 5 percent of the budget is being used to help 33 percent of our people doesn’t sound like a bad investment.
Second, health care costs have skyrocketed without the Affordable Care Act. How much will not having this protection cost? How many of us have been told the high costs are to cover those without insurance.
Third, those who think they are in good medical health and don’t need insurance might think about one day sitting in their “Grandma’s chair.”