Letters to the Editor
As I sat in traffic for two hours trying to get onto Johns Island Oct. 5 after work, I chuckled at the notion pushed by the Coastal Conservation League that completing I-526 will only save me 36 more seconds.
Alternate routes are simply a reality to population growth, allowing the people to move about more freely. It is clear that this group is akin to the “Moral Majority” group from the late ’70s through the ’80s.
It’s neither morally superior nor representative of the majority of this county, as proven by the simple S.C. Department of Transportation survey conducted by an independent expert from the University of South Carolina this year.
During Charleston County Council’s first vote (that was rightfully rescinded), it voted based on a perceived majority against I-526 pushed by the CCL, based on who was screaming the loudest.
However, it is clear that the overwhelming majority of voters in Charleston County support the completion of I-526.
The council should represent the interest of the majority of county residents or be prepared to be former council members. If council members don’t have the backbone to represent their constituents in the face of a screaming minority, then let county voters decide this important issue once and for all.
Ashley Town Center Drive
The James Bond article in the Oct. 3 Post and Courier repeats the common error that Roger Moore acted as James Bond in more movies than anybody else — seven times. Sean Connery also acted as James Bond seven times: the article overlooks the seventh Connery movie, “Never Say Never Again,” of 1983.
Although produced by a different company from the other Bond movies, it is still very much a James Bond movie, with the same formula and the same tricks. Its plot is the same as “Thunderball,” but is much better developed. This makes “Skyfall” the 24th Bond movie and not the 23rd.
Last but not least, Connery is regarded as the best James Bond, and Roger Moore definitely the worst, with Timothy Dalton, who was a better actor than Moore but lacked the required presence, the second worst.
Double Eagle Trace
We need winners
Like many golf fans, I watched the Ryder Cup. Going into Sunday’s final matches, we were up 10-6, but I had a feeling of foreboding that was justified when we lost.
Professional golfers today can make millions of dollars a year without winning a tournament. Thus, winning isn’t all that important — making a lot of money is.
Our country has become one in which mediocrity is rewarded. Winning isn’t important in youth sports. Sometimes they don’t keep score. You get a trophy for participating.
The most impressive player in the Ryder Cup was England’s Ian Poulter. He had a fire in his eyes that was lacking in anyone else on either side. One commentator stated that he can be very nice, but at other times he has the demeanor of Sid Vicious.
Some of the European players come from middle-class backgrounds that once fostered outstanding people in our country — players like Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose.
In the past four years being the best has been diminished by our president. He has apologized to half the world for our country’s supposed shortcomings and done nothing to uplift our pride.
Some great golfers made a valiant effort but came up short. However, in today’s prevailing philosophy, they tried and that’s all that matters.
Out of Bounds Drive
I read the letter regarding slower drivers not keeping right with great interest.
My wife and I travel in Europe a great deal and just recently returned from a return trip to Germany where they know how to drive.
I love my country a lot, but frequently think that there are some things we can learn from our European friends, and how to drive is one of them.
On the autobahn and elsewhere they keep right, and if you inadvertently stay in the left lane and do not keep right (like a good South Carolinian would do), they do not pass on the right but they do gently creep up on your bumper and blink their lights. You know to move over.
Needless to say, the letter writer brought up a real pet peeve with me. Oh, and his mention of the ubiquitous cell phone plugged into the left lane driver’s ear added to my irritation level.
Mitt Romney has said that he has little interest in those who are “freeloaders.” How insulting to Iraq veterans, students, hard-working Americans and seniors.
Romney never discusses the wealthy and their “rights” of “entitlements,” which are also paid for by the public.
The wealthy feel entitled to send the bulk of their wealth to banks in other countries to avoid paying taxes on it. They enjoy private planes and box seats and do not have to worry about health care, funding college, purchasing homes and food for the table.
The audacity of complaining about the elderly and those hard-working Americans who have lost jobs, homes, retirement income and health care through no fault of their own and consequently do not pay income taxes! They still do pay taxes.
The budgets proposed by both Romney and Paul Ryan lack empathy for those who find themselves in desperate need of assistance.
But the saddest thing is to see our democracy threatened by those who do not want everyone to vote. Our right to vote is now threatened in many states. Their frenzy over voter IDs is not because of fraud but worrying that seniors, minorities and students might vote Democratic, which speaks volumes about taking away our freedoms.
Groves Manor Court
Thanks to MUSC
A diagnosis of lung cancer (for this non-smoker) was extremely frightening. From start to finish, our patient care at MUSC can only be called the best.
Dr. Chadrick Denlinger with thoracic surgery and his staff are top professionals, constantly perfecting their methods for our care.
We watched MUSC medical professionals go and come below our window. All of them carry love in their hearts for our healing. They go about quietly working miracles.
Each person who touched our lives performed important duties with grace. As Dr. Denlinger said, “We’re a team.”
Words can never express our gratitude. God bless these “angels of mercy.”
President Obama found the desk in a mess when he entered the oval office in January, 2009. The housing bubble had burst, Wall Street was in shambles and GM and Chrysler were stalled. We’re better off now.
We’re not as well off as when President Bill Clinton left eight years earlier when the budget was balanced, the debt was in check and we had peace and prosperity.
That Democratic administration was a space between two Bushes who sought an Iraq regime change. The Middle East has been in turmoil ever since.
The House of Representatives under John Boehner and Paul Ryan did not pass Obama’s second stimulus to help pay for police, firemen and teachers who had been laid off, and for infrastructure. There would have been fewer foreclosures and fewer people on food stamps. And Main Street would have gotten a boost.
A presidential candidate suggests we should attack Iran, but would Iran’s oil customer, China, lend us the money? Can we afford to cut taxes on the employer class and cut health care for the employee class at the same time?
Should we shoot, fire, aim?
P. Coker Stogner
W. 9th North Street