Assault rifles

Some time ago I gave my hunting gun to one of my sons. I had seen the best of quail hunting in South Carolina and big game hunting in Kenya.

But a statement by Coach Pat Kelsey, basketball coach at Winthrop University, inspired me to do anything I could to draw a sharp line between hunting and killing other human beings.

I share Coach Kelsey’s sense of urgency, and hope we can do whatever it takes to protect our children and grandchildren, to favor thorough background checks, and to eliminate assault rifles to the extent possible.

John Winthrop

North Adger’s Wharf

Charleston

Gun control

After reading the Dec. 19 article concerning gun sales I’m assuming that the people purchasing those guns feel the same way as those who drink and drive.

Despite the news about drinking and driving and subsequent tragedies, people still do it because they feel they have control of the situation, that it “won’t ever happen to me.”

I’m sure the mother of the Connecticut slayer felt the same way.

Edward Robinson

Wildlife Road Wadmalaw Island

Use facts

In a Dec. 15 story, a Johns Island resident was quoted as saying, “Kiawah wants an interstate right to their front door ... a golfway.” For the eight years I have been following the Johns Island roads issue, such “pearls of wisdom” have been used in place of facts.

These roads are a safety issue, not an issue of travel time to the airport.

There are about 2,500 fulltime residents on Kiawah and Seabrook.

These islands, plus Freshfields and Bohicket Marina, are responsible for up to 11,000 jobs. People from Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, West Ashley, Moncks Corner and Johns Island have to travel Bohicket, Main and River roads every day and night.

Some Johns Islanders are trying to get to jobs at Boeing and to the city of Charleston. Tourists and golf events draw people and pour money into this area, keeping taxes lower. Emergency service vehicles need clear access. It’s a safety issue for all of us.

Five studies done by LPA/County Council over 15 years have recommended I-526/Greenway to handle growth that is already occurring. Growth on Johns Island is a zoning and economic issue. Roads are infrastructure. There has been only one new road on Johns Island in the last 20 years — the three-mile Betsy Kerrison Parkway.

I don’t see massive development along this road. In fact, sweetgrass basket weavers use the wide median for their weaving business. Seems to still be rural.

Let’s use facts.

Alan Burnaford

Salt Cedar Lane

Kiawah Island

Good experience

Moving back to South Carolina after living in Florida for the past 17 years, we were surprised at all the papers we had to fill out to get our new license and car tag. I was apprehensive about the whole procedure.

When we arrived at the Ladson branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles, we were warmly greeted and given our numbers.

Each of the ladies was helpful, not rushing us and wearing smiles on their faces. They went out of their way to help. Everything went like clockwork — a well-oiled machine.

Carol Seston Wise

Sea Lavender Lane

Summerville

Give God his place

I’ve watched many of the media reports, and have listened to numerous “Bandaid solutions” to senseless killings like those that occurred in Connecticut last week.

I’m being called a “religious conservative extremist” for saying this, but the cause and solution lie in the same context.

America just refuses to acknowledge it, and the government totally ignores it because it really exposes its liberal agenda of creating a purely secular nation, better known as a socialist republic.

The problem originated in 1962 when prayer was removed from our public schools.

We now have a generation of adults who have grown children who don’t know about godly moral values and who have no solid foundation of credible Christian values that they could lean on when they become disturbed in life.

As a result they turn to violence in an attempt to get peace that can only come from a savior, and I don’t mean President Obama.

Until and unless this nation puts God in charge and once again establishes solid Christian values, we haven’t begun to see the horror and violence that is about to be unleashed.

Why won’t we pay attention?

Mike Moore

Pimpernel Street

Summerville

Union rhetoric

Under no circumstances am I a union advocate, but I know enough about unions and their role that I offer the following alternative view on the right-to-work controversy in Michigan.

In this democracy when more than 50 percent of voters agree on one side of an issue, does the opposition get to disregard the vote and implement the opposite side of the issue?

When we vote on whether to raise the local sales tax, where does it say I can ignore this and not pay the increased tax because I voted against it?

Take the same concept and apply it to the vote to unionize or not.

If the vote is legally conducted and the majority of workers in that group decide they want a union to represent them, since when is it OK for the workers who voted against the union not to pay dues?

The union is obligated to protect their rights just as they are obligated to protect the rights of those workers who voted for the union, and it takes dollars to do so.

Let’s talk about what the real reform needs to be. There is no way union dues should ever be allowed to be used for supporting a political candidate or party.

They should be used exclusively to administer the contractual rights of the workers and for collective bargaining.

If union members want to support a candidate they need to do it the same way the rest of us do, and that is by making contributions out of their own pockets.

Secondly the card check process used in lieu of secret ballots needs to be outlawed. Once again it is not our democratic practice to hand a ballot to a voter and wait for him to fill it out and hand it back to one of the candidates.

That is intimidating at best.

As a former manager in a unionized company, I say stop the right-to-work rhetoric and enact some meaningful reform.

Jeff Weiner

Legends Club Drive

Mount Pleasant

Street smoker ban

The Charleston City Council passed the first reading of a smoking ban (pedestrians only) in some areas surrounding the outside of downtown Roper and MUSC centers.

Why stop with tobacco products? Why not also prohibit fossil fuel-powered motor vehicles around the hospitals too?

After all, it can’t be safe to breathe all those nasty fumes, especially in the parking garages. At least one school in Mount Pleasant has a sign at the student drop-off/pick-up point that reads, “Turn off engine. Children Breathing Here.”

And let’s not forget the downtown residents who oppose the cruise ships belching diesel exhaust over their neighborhoods.

Hospital patients, staff and visitors could be forced to park over at Brittlebank Park or the Joe and brought to the medical centers via horse carriages or bicycle taxis.

Vagrants could be employed to transport by foot and pull-wagon medical supplies from delivery trucks to the hospitals.

And the resulting vacant parking garages could be converted to more clinics and hospital facilities. See how easy this is?

Mike Schwartz

Divot Court

Mount Pleasant