DUI enforcement

I am for a tougher law that governs drinking and driving, but all the laws in the world will not stop it. What will slow it down is enforcement of laws.

In Berkeley County, only 259 driving-under-the influence citations were issued in 2012.

Yes, police have a tough job, and issuing DUI citations is time consuming, but shouldn’t public safety be their main priority? Fewer than 1,000 DUI citations were issued in the tri-county area in 2012.

We all suffer the consequences of drunks driving — higher insurance rates, families torn apart, injuries and deaths of innocent citizens.

DUI enforcement must be the No. 1 priority of all law enforcement agencies, but it just does not seem to be in the tri-county area. Get the drunks off the road. Get serious, and enforce the DUI laws.

Steve Myers

Robin Wood Boulevard

Moncks Corner

Common sense

The mother in Connecticut had a son with demonstrated psychological/personality disorders. She took him to gun ranges where he learned to shoot and left guns where he had access to them.

Since Connecticut already has some of the most stringent gun laws in the U.S., we might look at passing laws that would promote common sense and eliminate stupidity.

John Mills

Waterside Boulevard

Moncks Corner

Good news

Thank you for publishing Dr. Bernard E. Powers’ eloquent and illuminating commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 6.

Heartening, also, the opportunity to learn of the importance of the Jenkins Orphanage bands and the upcoming festival on behalf of the continuing good works of the Jenkins Institute, in keeping with the best interests of the Lowcountry.

The Post and Courier could also do sterling public service by publishing daily the myriad reasons that completion of the moribund I-526 concept imperils the quality of life in the Lowcountry, culturally and environmentally.

It is not too late to stop.

David Mikell

Bears Bluff Road

Wadmalaw Island

Generous partner

We want to thank The Post and Courier for the positive article about the visit of Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School students to the College of Charleston. We also want to make the public aware of an important link in making this program a success.

One of our community partners has enabled us to take our students on standards based field trips. Our field trip program is like none other in the area. The Unitarian Church of Charleston created a fund five years ago that allows us to take each student in grades K-6 on four focused field experiences per year.

These occur after a unit of science instruction and are carefully chosen to allow students to connect what they do in the classroom to the world around them.

The Social Justice Committee at the Unitarian Church makes it possible for our students to get to places like the College of Charleston, the Sewee Center and Patriots Point. They are introduced to careers and gain an understanding of the knowledge necessary to be successful members of our community.

We cannot truly measure the impact this has had on student achievement in our school but can certainly say our students benefit from their generosity in ways that extend far beyond the classroom.

Ellen Mintz

Kimberly Wickstrom

Teachers

Mitchell Math and

Science Elementary School

Perry Street

Charleston

Outgunned

Here is some military advice for those who plan to use their firearms to resist or oust the government should it become oppressive.

You not only need to oppose a ban on “assault” rifles; you need laws passed which allow you to own 81 mm mortars, 155 mm howitzers, M1 tanks, Patriot missiles, B-2 bombers, and cruise missile equipped ships.

It’s safe to assume no U.S. government can become oppressive without controlling the Department of Defense. You will be greatly outgunned, no matter the magazine capacity of your AR15 rifles and 9mm pistols.

You are probably aware that fully automatic weapons are already banned. Since this seems to have withstood constitutional challenge, the question is not whether limits on gun ownership are legal; it’s what those limits should be. I vote for limits which, without unduly burdening hunters, greatly reduce the probability that one gunman can murder 26 elementary school students and teachers in a single incident.

Rudy Matzner

New Town Lane

Charleston

Liberal flip-flop

Let’s flash back to 2002, when the Bush tax cuts were taking effect. All the liberals and Democrats could talk about, to every TV camera and reporter they could find, was how the Bush tax cuts benefitted only wealthy people.

But when some of those very same across-the-board tax cuts were recently on the chopping block, the president and his fellow liberals said that if the Bush tax cuts were not renewed for those earning less than $400,000 ($450,000 for couples), it would be “devastating” to the middle class.

They were either lying then, or are lying now. (Or both.)

The Republicans’ stance on taxes has been wrong from the beginning, and likely cost them the 2012 election.

What they should have done is agree to a tax increase on those making over $250,000 a year. That would bring in, by the White House’s estimate, about $120 billion a year.

Then the Republicans could sit back and ask, OK, where is the other $880 billion a year to balance the budget going to come from?

And wait for a response. And wait.

This would put the onus entirely back on the president and would put him and his massive overspending back on the defensive.

The president and his liberal ilk want us to believe that all that needs to happen is to increase taxes on the wealthy, and the budget deficits will magically vanish. But that is far from the truth.

John V. Custer

Arabian Drive

Charleston

Saul Krawcheck

We have lost a man who was the epitome of a true Southern gentleman, Saul Krawcheck.

Saul operated the most respected haberdashery in Charleston, established by his dad, Jack Krawcheck.

He was altruistic to the core, a good husband, sailor, actor and singer, who performed at the Dock Street Theatre.

He was also a lifesaver:

When he was 16, he and his family summered on Sullivan’s Island. Six military men went swimming at Breach Inlet, even after being warned not to. Three of them drowned. Saul, an outstanding swimmer, saved the lives of the other three.

Saul enlisted in the Army/Air Force pilot training program during WWII. Because of his singing and acting talents the Army/Air Force wanted him to go as an entertainer on bond tours to raise funds for the war.

He preferred to go into flying, and in the interim he became an athletic trainer, due to his talents in boxing, baseball, track and his real love, sailing.

Saul sailed in competition. Ted Turner asked him to be one of his mates on a race from Newport, R.I., to Bermuda.

He received a degree in business at the University of Wisconsin, where he met the love of his life, Blossom Friedman.

He also received a degree in art at the College of Charleston and painted outstanding sailboat pictures, some illustrating Charleston’s maritime history.

He was very interested in preservation and served as vice president of the Preservation Society of Charleston.

Charleston has lost one of its treasures. We lost an angel — the Lord gained one.

LEN FRIES

Bowman Road

Mount Pleasant