Letters to the editor
Guns and games
The National Rifle Association has decreed that weapons used to murder people are not to blame, but instead the problem is violence in movies and on television.
I can choose for myself and for my children what is shown on TV and what games are played on their computers and portable gaming systems.
I never have to worry about a movie or television show killing me or my children as we walk down the street. But bullets fired from guns can kill people.
So even though I limit violence in my household, that alone doesn’t protect me from a crazy person with a killing machine, or even a sane person with bad aim.
A. Thomas Price
Rest of the story
There was an error in an article printed on Dec. 7. It said the Cannon Street All Stars Little League baseball team in 1955 “was denied postseason competition when white teams refused to play them.” This is absolutely not true.
My deceased husband, Chad Davis, then a College of Charleston student was coach for the Rotary Little League team from North Charleston. That team also was unable to play because the game was cancelled.
Chad sent a letter to The Post and Courier on June 24, 2008, regarding this: “The real villain that summer was the South Carolina ‘equal but separate laws’ which prevented blacks and whites from playing together on public facilities. Our team was ready to play, just like the Cannon Street team.
“Danny Jones, the North Charleston Playground Director, tried every possibility to have the tournament played. He even approached several military bases in the area in hopes that the tournament could be played on federal property. He was turned down.
“I want everyone to know that it wasn’t Danny Jones, the other players, or their parents who caused that district tournament to be canceled. I am not so naïve as to believe that racial prejudice and bigotry were not present during that time, but it was state laws and frightened politicians who kept the players off the field.”
These words from Chad Davis, who spent his life as a United Methodist minister, tell “the rest of the story.”
I recently left my home on Lockwood Boulevard and rode across the James Island Connector to the new Maybank Tennis Center. Later that day, I decided to shop at Mount Pleasant’s Towne Centre rather than the Citadel Mall. The new Crosstown, Ravenel Bridge and the widened Johnnie Dodds Boulevard made this effort easy. I doubt the Highway 17 South route would have been as smooth. Think what these trips would be like with the “old” roadways. Envision the Pearlman or Grace bridges.
Let’s applaud County Council for stepping up, and let’s thank the country’s greatest mayor for forcing the issue. Contrary to a stated opinion, “ring roads” do work. Oh my gosh, think what traffic in Raleigh and Atlanta would be like without ring roads.
I am joyful that County Council will invest a half billion dollars in completing 1-526, create jobs in the Lowcountry, avoid repaying the state $11 million, decrease congestion on Folly Road and Highway 17, and provide the beaches with a better evacuation alternative.
Better dirt lanes
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Public Works Department of Charleston County for taking corrective action regarding the decision to assume responsibility and maintenance of approximately 2,000 dirt lanes within the boundaries of the county.
After the initial news release, there was much doubt and distrust by citizens who have lived on these picturesque earthen lanes, which to them mean privacy and peace.
Others clamored that after inclement weather, theirs turned into creeks and mud bogs. Rumors had it that every dirt road would become a 60-foot throughway void of vegetation and trees causing noise, loss of property and more development.
Thanks to County Council member Anna Johnson who arranged an informational meeting for all concerned citizens in her district. The Public Works representatives attending were well prepared, informed and displayed concern for individual problems.
Our road, where we have lived for almost 30 years, was one of the first to be upgraded. The work performed by Raymond Robinson and his crew was professional, thorough and fast.
We want to thank the aforementioned people who proposed, planned and worked to provide a worthwhile service.
Tom and Myra Lawson
Tacky Point Road Extension
Not a theocracy
On Dec. 25 The Post and Courier printed a letter claiming that the problem with the United States today is that American citizens kicked God out of the classroom in 1962.
According to the writer, we now have a liberal agenda, one that wants a purely secular nation or, in his words, a “socialist republic.”
I want to make two observations. First, liberalism is different from secularism, which is different from socialism. It is fine to dislike all three, but these are unconnected ideologies.
Second, there are plenty of countries where God is at the center of politics; Iran comes to mind.
Given the choice, I’m more comfortable with a government of men and women who know that decisions are made by fallible human beings, not dictated to them by a higher power.
America was founded as a haven for people of all religious beliefs and for those with no beliefs. This is part of our country’s greatness.