Letters to the Editor
I am indebted to Dr. Edward M. Gilbreth, as all of us who value the history of Charleston should be, for his excellent article in The Post and Courier on May 24.
The article calls attention to the granting of variances to zoning laws that permit the purchase of historic church properties for commercial enterprise.
Surely the preservation of our historic church properties — especially those currently conducting services — is worthy of protection under the laws governing variances. They are valued by communicants, residential neighborhoods and the City of Charleston.
The property of Saint Andrews Lutheran Church at 43 Wentworth Street is a case in point. This property predates the Civil War and has promoted the cause of its founders since 1839. It is currently the home of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church, a young and vibrant congregation with ministries to those who attend, the underprivileged in Charleston, college students, international students in residence among us and regions beyond our borders.
I pray that this historic church property will not become a Holy Pity along with other historic properties that have become sites of commercial ventures.
Morris O. Cottle
Harbor Place Drive
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.”
“60 Minutes” (May 12, 1996)
Madeleine Albright awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom? What sort of people have we become who would countenance such a black-hearted person being so recognized?
Walter D. Carr
Ashley River Road
After reading the front page story “Riley speech riles,” I was reminded of the Wendy’s slogan from the ’80s: Where’s the beef? I was also reminded that there is supposed to be a difference between unbiased reporting of news and opinions.
With such prominent placement, I would have expected some official condemnation of the mayor’s remarks by the City of Savannah. Instead, the article dissected a letter to the editor by Daniel Carey, CEO of the Historic Savannah Foundation.
Mr. Carey, by his own admission, was not even in attendance at the talk, yet felt free to quote Mayor Riley. We are left to presume that Mr. Carey lifted his quotes from The Savannah Morning News.
Among the quotes attributed to Mayor Riley in the Savannah paper, but ignored by Mr. Carey and The Post and Courier, were: “ ‘Have parking and have a traffic plan’ was Riley’s advice.” And, “You have to be careful that tourism doesn’t become a detriment to residents.”
Where is the news? The story was just The Post and Courier overtly expressing its opinion on the control of cruise ships under the guise of news. The code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists states that “journalists should distinguish between advocacy and news reporting.”
I am an advocate of the marketplace of ideas, and The Post and Courier is clearly free to express its opinion on controlling cruise ships, as it has done on numerous occasions. I have read them all with interest.
However, consistent with good journalistic principles, keep the opinions on the editorial pages where they belong.
Recently, a letter writer tried to justify his criticism of Rev. Billy Graham’s taking a stand in support of the amendment to the North Carolina Constitution affirming marriage in its traditional form.
He alleged a desire of fundamental evangelists “to bend the Bible’s words into a “spiritual weapon.” However, this writer then proceeded to do his own “bending” of the actual truths of Scripture.
In the writer’s defense, he stated that the interpretations he espoused are his own — the worst of which, in my opinion, being his understanding from reading his Bible that Jesus would gladly bless a same sex marriage.
I don’t know what Bible he is reading, but the one true Bible, the inerrant word of God, contains no references that I have ever seen in which Jesus condones same-sex marriage. The Bible does not contradict itself.
I would ask the writer to read Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26,27; and 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 all as passages (from both Old and New Testament) that specifically make clear God’s view on same-sex intimacy.
As to marriage, these are not just my personal views but rather the guidelines that came down from the creator God, who himself invented the institution of marriage. To the great disdain of some, He did not invent it between same-sex individuals.
Prepare to vote
Are you planning to vote in the June 12 primaries? The highest percentage of the problems created at polling places are by unprepared voters who are looking for someone to blame for their lack of readiness.
Before the big day, we all need to ask ourselves a few questions:
Have I moved? Has my name changed? Has my precinct changed? Has my precinct moved? Do I have the required ID?
Please, don’t wait until you get to the registration table to check.
Please do not rely on the DMV or your mama to have met your voting requirements.
Contact, on-line if you want, your local county elections offices to be sure you are registered and know where you vote. Do it in advance in case there are changes to be made. Don’t wait until June 12.
Most importantly, we should all recognize that the people at the table don’t make the rules; they are mandated to enforce them evenly for all.
It’s sad when you take your frustration out on them for your personal lack of responsibility.
If you think it’s such an easy job, consider volunteering in a local polling place in November. Training is provided by the various county elections commissions.
The pay isn’t great, and it’s a long 14-hour day, but you meet a lot of wonderful people and, yep, a few unpleasant ones.
We enjoy a privilege in this country of having free elections in which all may participate, but there are standards to be followed.
And smile — it’s an honor, not a chore.
S. M. Salmon
On May 28 the C.Q. Williams Post 179 of the American Legion recognized me for service and assistance in organizing Memorial Day services at Live Oak Cemetery to remember our fallen soldiers. I was speechless.
Being recognized for special efforts is always appreciated, but without Russell Floyd, owner, and Joe Owens, manager of Floyd Cemeteries being grateful and respectful of the sacrifices and service of our veterans and their families, Live Oak would not be given the opportunity or means to participate in programs for veterans.
So many others care and want to participate.
Wilbert Vault Co. provided tents and chairs. The Kasten family took time from their work to bless us in song because they know our freedoms are not free. The groundskeepers care about what they do and the families they serve.
For Mike Ralko, Post 179, and all the others participating, service and sacrifice to our nation are a way of life.
We are grateful for those who have served and are serving, as well as those who have died in serving their country..
Trudy M. Hess