Brian Hicks brought attention to the myriad of ways that Kiawah Islanders give back to the community in his recent column, “Kiawah doesn’t deserve a bad rap,” and we at the Gibbes Museum concur.
The museum is fortunate to have the support of three auxiliary groups, including the Kiawah-based Gibbes, etc.
Founded in 2001 by Ellen Walkley, Ruth Baker, Ann Trees and Cathy Marino, and continued for over a decade by the group’s 150 talented members, Gibbes, etc. has contributed over $1 million to the museum through programs such as the annual Kiawah Art and House Tour.
These fundraising efforts have supported arts education projects such as Art to Go, which serves Title I schools on Johns Island, and has sponsored several major traveling exhibitions including The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston and Mary Whyte: Working South.
Hicks mentioned Kiawah’s charitable giving program that supports churches, libraries and Meals on Wheels.
We’d like to add museums to that list.
In 2012, the Town of Kiawah Island contributed $50,000 to the leadership phase of our capital campaign, Framing the Future: A Campaign for Excellence.
This renovation will provide opportunities to expand our student outreach and provide access to the arts.
We are grateful to have the support of Kiawah Islanders, and we lend our voice to Brian Hicks’ column.
Gibbes Museum of Art
In your Dec. 29 editorial “Green image just a ‘fantasy’,” you appeal to the authority of the “Friends of the Earth” in support of your anti-cruise ship jihad.
Do you intend to follow this up with a critique of cruise ship security published by al-Qaida, the Taliban or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps?
Does anyone remember the infamous Watergate “Saturday Night Massacre” of October 1973?
Richard Nixon, after much pressure, appointed a “special prosecutor,” Archibald Cox. He was to serve “without interference” from the Justice Department.
Cox demanded some material from Nixon to aid in his investigation. Nixon did not like this so he ordered Attorney General Eliott Richardson to “fire” Cox. Richardson refused and resigned in protest. Nixon then asked Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. He refused and resigned in protest.
Then Nixon went to the solicitor general, Robert Bork, who was the top dog because of the earlier resignations, and told him to fire Cox.
Bork’s decision was not well received by many other than Nixon himself. It was later determined to be illegal.
When he came before Congress as a Reagan nominee for the Supreme Court he was rebuked, in my opinion, mainly for his decision that Saturday night.
It’s sad to say, but Bork “borked” himself.
Nicolas C. Lempesis
E. Ashley Avenue
I have read in The Post and Courier that the governor’s staff has the highest average salary in state government, implying that they are being overpaid.
A short lesson in wage and salary administration might be fitting.
A salary is determined by the duties and knowledge required for the job. Overall averages are not meaningful.
One cannot determine that the staff, say, of the comptroller general’s office or the Budget and Control Board should receive average pay.
Likewise, the Public Service Commission, which regulates utility actions, should not be compensated on an average salary basis.
These agencies, along with the governor’s office, cannot logically be compared to an agency that does not require advanced responsibilities, knowledge and duties.
The only comparison that can be made is for jobs with like skill levels and responsibilities.
Donald H. Lindsey
Two Oaks Drive
My father, native Charlestonian Stanley H. Kohn, Esq., was S.C. General Counsel for Department of Social Services in 1985 when his life was taken by a premeditated killer. My dad was “the children’s advocate.”
He started the S.C. Volunteer Guardians Ad Litem program back in the early 1970s. He was influential in implementing the child abuse and neglect laws in South Carolina in 1974.
My dad lived to make this world a better and safer place for children. Dad occasionally served as a Family Court Judge substitute.
This admitted killer, a Clemson accounting professor at the time, also took the life of our father’s friend Rosalyn Allen, then boasted that he went back to the bodies and shot them in the head so there was no chance of survival.
The killer was to serve two life sentences. He has now served 26 years.
His first year was spent in a S.C. Department of Mental Health facility attempting to prove incompetence. After failing that, he plea-bargained for two concurrent life sentences rather than the death penalty.
Our families and the judge agreed to those terms.
Robert Baker’s seventh parole hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9.
We want the Parole Board to give this man what he asked for, two life sentences.
Please help us oppose the release of this dangerous man.
As Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell once wrote to the parole board, “When those two people can walk out of their graves, only then shall Mr. Baker be allowed parole.”
You can send your correspondence to the S.C. Parole Board via email: (Missy Rodgers) at MRodgers@ppp.state.sc.us or fax: S.C. Dept. Probation, Parole, Pardon Services at (803)-734-9240.
Please include the following: Offender: Robert Lewis Baker, SCDC No. 00138170, SID No. 00518355.
Include your name, address, telephone number, city and state, plus your message.
Hopefully, we’ll be asking for your help again next year.
Laurel Kohn Fox
Save Johns Island
In his Dec. 29 letter to the editor, Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey wrote that easements can protect Johns Island.
He is as full of pluff mud as other politicians and business people who claim to have our best interests at heart.
No politician will protect Johns Island. We have many years of local examples of sorry land management.
For instance, “new roads will solve your traffic problems.” When we moved to Shadowmoss in 1990 it was the edge of Charleston. Ashley River Road and Highway 61 got crowded and along came the Glenn McConnell Parkway. Now we have more subdivisions, a super Walmart and two crowded roadways instead of one.
Where we had a five-mile pine tree-lined Bees Ferry Road of two lanes we now have a four-lane traffic jam and more homes and townhouses built every day along with more noise and pollution.
Development has reduced our quality of life and benefited only the business interests, who provided crummy jobs at crummy wages, and politicians, who expanded their tax bases and political connections.
When will we start saying “no” to developers?
We don’t need more people here.
Deny building permits. Manage what we have.
Develop property already available in Charleston, North Charleston and the Navy base.
Improve our abandoned, wrecked and damaged areas. That is what our leaders are elected and paid to do.