Letters to the Editor
In regard to the Colorado shooting, I would like to send a message to the NRA and all the politicians in their thrall: Donít bother to trot out your usual mantra, ďGuns donít kill people. People kill people.Ē
There is no way that one person could kill 12 people and wound 50 more without the use of multiple guns. Man up, NRA ó no one needs 6,000 rounds of ammunition to protect oneís home and family.
Guns kill people and itís time to face that fact. And itís past time to get serious about gun control.
All members and supporters of the NRA have blood on their hands today. What if, instead of protecting your family, a gun shot your family as they were at a movie?
As Lady Macbeth said, ďI am in blood steppíd in so far, that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go oíer ... All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.Ē That blood is on the hands of the NRA and their supporters.
N. Shadow Drive
Facts never seem to get in the way of cruise ships opponents. A recent letter suggests that all the citizens on the peninsula should be dropping with respiratory diseases.
We arenít. But if we were, the cause would lie more with vehicular traffic rather than cruise ship emissions. Here are some facts:
Cruise ship visits average two a week, and the ships are in port for about nine hours each visit. This amounts to 18 hours of the 164 hours in a week ó about 11 percent of the available time.
The cruise ship terminal is on the most easterly edge of the peninsula. For winds to spread emissions over the peninsula, they would need to blow in a direction between NNW to SSW. Checking the hourly wind pattern when the ships are generally docked, from 7.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., the wind blows within this defined direction about 25 percent of the time.
This percentage has been estimated from daily data over the last four years, available on Weatherunderground.com. Most of the time, it seems, emissions from cruise ships are blown up or over the Cooper River or out to sea.
So the probability of emissions being blown across the Peninsula in any hour is 11 percent times 25 percent, which amounts to less than 3 percent.
If the measurement included only winds with a pure westerly direction, taking them over Ansonborough where the writer complains about soot and particulates, the probability would be less than 2 percent, I calculate.
These donít seem life threatening exposures. And they certainly donít seem life- threatening considering that most of the engines of cruise ships are turned off in port. Those that run do so at a fraction of full throttle and sufficient only to generate electricity for the ship.
It all adds up
Recently a number of my friends found this message on their cars:
ďDear Voter, Did you know that when Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the national average for a gallon of gasoline was $1.84? Keep that in mind when you vote in November. Anyone but Obama in 2012!Ē
To the author say: Did you know that in July 2008 the average cost of a gallon of gas was $4.09? Did you know that by Election Day 2008 the stock market had lost 35 percent of its value?
Did you know that by Inauguration Day 2009 the country had lost 3.5 million jobs in the last six months, the economic system was collapsing, the value of peopleís homes had so diminished that many were now under water and in foreclosure?
Yes, remember that gasoline was $1.84, but that was a sign of how bad the economy was and an indication of how far we have come since then.
Yes, remember gasoline at $1.84, the stock market losing 35 percent of its value, our economy in collapse, 3.5 million people losing their jobs in six months. Their vote for President Obama to give him a chance to complete the recovery he has started.
For the second time in a week The Post and Courier has featured an article relative to the extension of I-526.
Also for the second time, Charleston County Council Vice Chairman Elliot Summey is flaunting his irrational logic and insisting that he is willing to obligate taxpayers to a minimum of a $136 million cost overrun simply because he has a hunch it might not cost that much.
This is typical of politicans when it comes to spending our tax dollars, only most of them donít divulge their true feelings.
I urge the County Council to remove Summey from his leadership position before serious financial damage is done to the countyís citizens.
His flippant attitude shows he is not suited to be a public official making such serious decisions based on such whims.
Seabrook Island Road
According to the latest Harris Poll results the overall job approval rating of the U.S. Congress is less than 10 percent, but these same congressmen have a 90 percent chance of getting re-elected.
The same poll indicated most voters like their congressman because he brings home the bacon.
What ever happened to doing whatís best for the entirenation, compromising for the common good and putting the nation ahead of partisan politics?
We declare the school district a failure because it doesnít meet 100 percent of unrealistic mandates, yet we allow our Congress to operate at less than a 10 percent job approval rating.
We place teachers on remediation plans because 100 percent of their students are not performing at grade level, yet we send back to Congress people who have a job performance rating of less than 10 percent. Whatís wrong with this picture?
How many of us could keep our jobs with a performance rating of less than 10 percent and have the authority to vote ourselves a raise?
The executive branch does not make or pass laws; this is left up to the legislative branch. As concerned citizens, letís put more emphasis on holding legislators more accountable.
Failure to do so could destroy democracy.
Brooks P. Moore
Blue House Road