Irresponsible vote

I am more than a little dismayed at Charleston City Council’s irresponsible vote to seek the “assignment” of Charleston County Council’s rights to handle the I-526 project under an intergovernmental agreement with the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) and the Department of Transportation.

To say members were agreeing to take “a pig in a poke” is an understatement.

For starters, it is not clear what the final bill for this road will be. For Mayor Riley to say he is sure that the Infrastructure Bank would make up any difference is pure supposition.

The SIB is now committed to contribute only $420 million for I-526. Everyone agrees it will cost at least $518 million to build, and costs are rising daily. Who will be expected to come up with the shortfall of this misconceived project? Residents of the City of Charleston should be looking in the mirror.

I am sick and tired of the scare tactics of County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor and Vice-Chairman Elliott Summey repeating, like some misguided mantra, that the county will have to come up with $11.6 million to pay back the SIB if I-526 is not completed.

I read and write contracts every day as an attorney, and after studying the intergovernmental agreement involving SIB, Charleston County and the DOT, I see no basis for SIB saying that because Charleston County elected not to go forward with the I-526 project, the county is in breach of contract.

The costs incurred so far regarding I-526 have to do mainly with right-of-way acquisitions and engineering and environmental studies, all eligible costs.

It is inconceivable to me that Charleston County Council would allow Mayor Riley to act like a petulant child and demand that the City of Charleston be allowed to go forward with a project that Charleston County Council rejected for very good reasons, including that the majority of people who turned out for all five hearings on the proposed project overwhelmingly opposed it, and that there are more appropriate alternatives to addressing the traffic issues on James Island, Johns Island and West Ashley.

Margaret D. Fabri

Attorney at Law

Harbor View Road

James Island

Bishop be praised

A letter printed in the Nov. 26 edition (“Bishop a failure”)deeply saddened me. I have been an Episcopalian all of my 65 years, and our family has been in this country since 1667.

What we have witnessed in the past 40 years has been an appalling shame as the church has been led away from the Gospel and the spiritual basis of its institution.

I contend that my church has been taken from me by those clergy and lay people who have and are insisting on changing our Prayer Book, our liturgy, the meaning of our Gospel and veracity of the word of God.

Let them perhaps design their church outside of the national church and more would be pleased.

I praise Bishop Mark Lawrence for his long struggle in attempting to maintain meaningful association with what is left of the national church.

In great deliberation, the Diocese has followed Pittsburgh, Albany, Fort Worth, Virginia, and numerous parishes across the nation in leaving an institution which many believe long ago lost its spiritual purpose and direction.

The Diocese remains in the Anglican Communion, with the mother church and the communion worldwide.

One might consider that the national church has a more tenuous ecclesiastical relationship in that communion than the Diocese of South Carolina.

Bishop Lawrence and the Diocese have taken honorable, difficult actions that keep us true to our Anglican beliefs — beliefs that in too many ways cannot be reconciled with the direction and edicts long coming from the national church.

Had I not come to the Diocese of South Carolina, I could not have remained a communicant in the Episcopal church. Bishop Lawrence be praised.

Wayne J. Morgan

Pier View Street

Daniel Island

Loving scandals

I am writing in regard to the Nov. 14 article titled “Scandal widens to include top general” as well as all the other articles related to the Gen. David Petraeus affair.

The most shocking aspect of the affair is the apparent shock of your readers and other Americans. One would think that this is the first time a powerful middle-aged man had an intimate involvement with a younger woman. And in wartime?

Officer overseas, attractive woman in close contact? Hello, people. I’m not condoning nor condemning the extramarital nature of this news. But it’s an old story.

There has been more outrage over the CIA’s involvement in sexual matters than its role in torture and disregard of the Geneva Convention.

It’s no wonder that Newsweek is going out of business while People magazine thrives.

The public loves its scandals served up close and personal. Regular old news about genocide, poverty, war, homeless veterans, etc. can get kind of boring.

Elaine Tanay

Scalybark Road

Summerville

Recycling system

A “well done” to those who developed the new bins and trucks for collecting material for recycling.

On the first day in our neighborhood I watched the truck unload the new bins. The time it took to pick up my recycle bins, unload them and be on its way was less than 15 seconds.

What an improvement over the previous system.

Richard D. Liptak

Shore Lane

Charleston

‘Ugly’ building

After seeing the article and pictures of the proposed new Amtrak Station in North Charleston, I think it’s good that it is on near permanent hold. That is one ugly building design.

Bob Carter

Quinby Street

Summerville

Book reviews

Every week I would look forward to the book reviews in the Arts and Travel section of the Sunday paper.

There were usually four to five reviews on Page 4, and I would settle in to read each one.

That page no longer brings me the enjoyment it once did.

Nov. 25th’s page, for instance, featured two reviews and half a page of ads. The top 10 listings used to be printed each week but now appear sporadically.

Is there a reason this page has been changed? It is not for the better.

Alfred F. Croucher III

Riverland Drive

Charleston

Shopping mobility

My wife and I are unable to walk into a store and shop unless there is a scooter available.

We have no lungs left due to old age and cigarettes, so we spend our money where scooters are available to aid us.

Among the stores that we know about are Ladson Kmart and WalMart.

Those that don’t have them don’t get to process my plastic. Sears is on that list, along with h.h. gregg, Goodwill and others.

From what I hear on TV and read in The Post and Courier, all of these stores want more business, but most aren’t willing to provide a means for me to help them out

Lowe’s and Home Depot also have scooters. Summerville’s Home Depot has very nice employees working in the store. They are No. 1 on our list.

Bill White

Catering Hills Lane

Summerville

Shocking

I was shocked to read the article regarding graduates of the University of South Carolina married to Clemson grads.

That’s worse than marrying a Democrat.

(Only kidding.)

Ernest J. Berger

Deer Point Drive

Seabrook Island