Privileged, proud

In a Jan. 17 letter the writer tackles the problem of school traffic. He begins his letter by stating that children who attend the Charleston County School of the Arts and the Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) are “privileged.”

If privileged means honored, lucky or fortunate to attend either school, I agree with his assessment.

Indeed, my daughter was both lucky and honored to attend AMHS. She was fortunate to have received an excellent education.

The results were numerous private and community scholarships, academic aid from the university she attended, and work study programs, all of which paid for nearly all her college tuition, room and board.

But it didn’t come easy. She had to learn how to effectively manage her time and organize her life. As well as academics, AMHS taught her those skills too.

However, it was incumbent on her mother and me to help along the way.

Yes, we clogged the traffic arteries chauffeuring her to and from school. We didn’t do that because we thought our child “too important to ride mass transit.” We did that to avoid three hours or more on the school bus.

Her school day began at 5 a.m. and didn’t conclude until 5:30 or 6 p.m. when the bus dropped her off at one of the “nearby collection points.”

After a short break, she started her hours of unending homework.

Should we be so preoccupied “with unnecessary traffic”? Or should we demand that the Charleston County School District, as AMHS’ mission statement says, provide each school with a “rigorous curriculum, and to provide a learning environment that prepares students for college and future careers.”

Lucky, honored, fortunate, yes. My daughter is privileged to have attended the Academic Magnet High School.

William A. Player

Nantuckett Avenue

North Charleston

A losing tactic

Note to potential politicians: When you irritate me with robo calls, I immediately cross you off my list, since you are obviously more interested in getting a new job than making life better for a constituent.

A.D. Heathcock

Palisades Drive

Mount Pleasant

Misplaced blame

Any tragedy involving guns spawns immediate emotionally driven reactions blaming guns for the actions of people.

Alcohol use causes numerous deaths but no one’s suggesting repealing the 21st Amendment.

Drugs poison school children while drug dealers conduct business as usual. Dealers are arrested and released ad nauseam.

Life without parole or the death penalty for dealers might give the “war on drugs” some credibility.

More lives are ruined or ended by drugs than by guns. So where’s the outrage?

With all the wonderful conformity, love and good feelings should flourish, yet so many young people are dependent on mind-altering prescription drugs.

If one really wants to escape the politically correct humdrum what better way than to create mayhem, or at least write about it in a journal that just happens to be discovered.

There’s no shortage of emotionally dysfunctional folks. Couple that with ignorance of the intent of the Second Amendment and you have people who do not know what they are talking about calling for bans on firearms that are fully authorized by that amendment.

The Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

“Militia” are citizen-soldiers, not professional military. The security of a free state means that the people have the means (weapons) to remain free should the government become overly oppressive.

“Shall not be infringed” needs no explanation.

Punish criminals, and leave the majority of us law-abiding gun owners alone.

And yes, high-capacity magazines are sometimes necessary.

Bill Reed III

Bowfin Drive

Moncks Corner

A second chance

I hope and pray that “We the People” will not be Republicans nor Democrats for the next four years, but rather that we can simply be Americans and work together to turn the animosity, division and disgruntlement which plagues our country back into the “United” States of America.

Let’s give Obama 2.0 a chance.

Michael Holt

Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

Charleston

Ticking debt bomb

With all that’s going on around us each day — papers, Internet, television, radio and family claiming the best ways to address the real issues Americans face in the daily struggle of life’s demands — why are we ignoring the most important problem our great country has?

The staggering national debt should have every man, woman and child concerned about tomorrow.

Why then is everyone ignoring the fact that our current federal officials refuse to address the problem?

The media should display, in prominent form every day, the daily national debt to remind our citizens that we are on fast track to despair and destruction.

That debt has been growing at approximately $40,000 a second over the last four years. The national debt is now more than $16.4 trillion, and we need permission again to rob the citizens again and again. We simply cannot continue to borrow from other countries to correct this problem. It simply will not work.

No person, family, business or government can function effectively by spending almost twice the amount it takes in. This is not about Democrats, Republicans or Independents; it is about returning this nation to the status that we, the American people, have worked our entire lives for.

What will it take to wake up the people of this nation? And our leaders will not cut spending by 2 percent?

Go figure.

I encourage you to phone, email, or write your congressman and demand action.

Remember: We the People. Let’s take back our country.

Joseph M. Harvey

Grapevine Road

Ridgeville

Gun liability

There is one word missing (or avoided) in all debates about guns — liability. I would sure like to know why.

Every product sold or purchased in this country carries a “lawful liability.” If that liability was extended to those who repair guns, it would go a long way in keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals.

As for me, I’d remove a part that makes the weapon inoperative and hide it.

C.W. Benson

Indian Street

Folly Beach

Greenway paving

To those who prefer blacktop, the paving of the West Ashley “Greenway” was a success. However, to those of us who prefer a trail, it was an utter failure.

I am a regular user of the Greenway. I am out there two to three times a day, walking my dog or jogging. I respect those who are in favor of the pavement, but I wish that there was more respect shown to people who prefer a dirt trail.

There are a few segments of trail (in the paved area) that are still safe to use.

However, there are several portions in which there is no longer any trail at all.

There are many areas in which there is a trail, but it is not level and is at such an angle that renders it unsafe for walking, jogging, or biking.

Finally, there are areas in which grass was planted, which is a good idea.

However, the grass has not been mowed, and there is no way to tell if the ground is level; we cannot see holes, mounds.

If the pavement had been laid to hug one side of the trail, this might not have been an issue.

However, the pavement was put down directly in the middle of the trail, causing the problems listed above. If there is anyone who can make a positive change, please help make the trail usable throughout the paved section of the Greenway.

It can still be salvaged.

Erin Conrad

Arlington Drive

Charleston