Letters to the Editor

  • Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Boat launch


One issue that has not been mentioned in regard to the proposed new “super street” on Main Road and Highway 17 is the Limehouse boat landing.

Most boaters who live south of Main Road launch from there. Often the landing is very busy, with boats lined up waiting to come in and out of the water. It will be interesting to see boaters with 30-foot boats or larger, making a U-turn on Highway 17.

If the accidents were bad there before, get ready for nightmares, with boats cutting across many lanes in front of oncoming traffic and making U-turns to go south. Maybe we will see a few boats lying on the road, blocking traffic to Kiawah and the highway going south to Stono Ferry and Edisto.

Does a crane need to be brought in to pick up a boat lying off its trailer? That intersection will be as thrilling as going to the demolition derby.

Patti Dutko

Parker’s Ferry Road

Adams Run

Leave the trees


What is wrong with the Department of Transportation? How can trees in the median on I-26 cause accidents? It is crazy to mow down all those trees with the intent of making the highway safer.

I travel this road regularly and find the trees helpful (not to mention their aesthetic effect). They block the glaring early morning sun going east into Charleston, and they block the evening western sun.

Accidents are caused by drivers texting, using cell phones and wildly speeding.

I can attest to seeing all of that on a regular basis. What a shame to blame nature for human insanities.

Please leave the trees. They are beautiful and useful and keep us from looking like New York and New Jersey.

Sandra Griffin

Alston Court

Florence

Military forces


I read an interesting article by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker titled “The Force: How Much Military Is Enough?” It seems we treat as sacred whatever our founding fathers once said was sacred, such as the “sacred” right of Americans to bear arms. But our founding fathers also apparently thought that a standing army was tyranny. How about that?

The only reason for citizens to have their own weapons was to save money when temporarily called up for the militia (i.e. the Minutemen, who could be ready in a minute). Not until the Second World War did the United States establish what would become a standing army.

President Eisenhower warned about the military/industrial complex. But did you know that Ike was the son of pacifist Mennonites who consider war a sin? When as a child Dwight began to show a voracious appetite for military history his mother tried to keep the family’s history books locked in a closet. If anything is a sin it is certainly war, far more evil than abortion which arouses far more moral indignation. In fact, when our ancestors were migratory hunter/gatherers, abortion or infanticide were common as women could only carry one child at time. Having many children only became popular with the invention of agriculture as having free family labor became advantageous

How in the heck have we come to spend more on weapons than the rest of the world combined? How have we come to accept mass murder and the use of depleted uranium, or chemical warfare, which causes birth defects, as patriotic? As Ike wrote: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who are cold and not clothed. This is a world in arms. The world in arms is not spending money alone; it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. ... Under the clouds of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

Philip J. Murphy

Ventura Place

Mount Pleasant

Finger-pointing


I sympathize with Dellann Boland as she has watched her daughter, Alice Boland, suffer through many years of mental illness ultimately culminating in what could have been the latest American tragedy on Ashley Hall’s doorstep.

What troubles me, beside the attempt itself, is Mrs. Boland’s “point-the-finger” mentality, yet another example of accountability vanishing from the American landscape.

Mrs. Boland blames Alice’s classmates in both high school and college, she blames her daughter’s intelligence, she points the finger at the physicians who treated her, “various health agencies,” the merchant who legally sold the firearm, the College of Charleston as well as university housing officials, MUSC, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, state and federal insurance practices, insurance companies and, indirectly, the pharmaceutical companies that manufactured her daughter’s prescribed medications.

Should her daughter accept no responsibility?

Charles Claus

Concord Street

Charleston

Guns in schools


A bill making its way through the S.C. Legislature (H.3160) would allow public school employees to have concealed weapons in schools. Concealed weapons are not allowed in police stations, which are populated by police officers fully and well trained not only to use guns but to deal with armed people. Schools are populated by children.

Do we really want concealed weapons in schools? If a locker door is slammed, do we want armed civilians, however well-intentioned, running through school halls with guns? If a child drops a book, do we want students looking up at an alarmed teacher pointing a gun in a classroom?

I certainly would not have wanted to wonder how many concealed guns there were in my son’s school, who had them, how well trained they were and whether they had the necessary psychological makeup. I doubt that parents of today’s school children want to either.

Whatever you think about guns and responsible gun ownership and guns in schools, there is one thing that cannot be argued with: If there is no gun, no one can be shot.

If parents do not want concealed guns in schools, they can let our legislators know by clicking on “Contact Your Legislator” at www.scstatehouse.gov.

Joann Noonan

Steeple Point Court

Summerville

Dirty dancing


A prude I am not. A lover of dance, I am. At the Super Bowl party I attended, I had to leave the room because of the embarrassment and disgust I felt while watching the half-time entertainment. Others did the same thing.

Beyonce is beautiful and talented. Why does she feel she has to take off most of her clothes, get in a line of women and perform moves that look like dogs in heat?

I have taught dancing for many years — from elementary age to now teaching at USC in an accredited dance course. Would I ever teach moves like hers? Never.

What is wrong with our country that we expose our children and teens to something like that? What kind of message are we sending them?

These moves have drifted into hip hop. Little girls are being taught suggestive moves, totally unaware of what they’re imitating.

I’m for keeping up with the times, but do we really think this is worth watching? I have 10- and 13-year-old granddaughters who love to dance. I hope they weren’t watching.

Kae H. Childs

Twin Oak Lane

Isle of Palms

Act of courage


Rarely have I read a letter so courageous and important as the Feb. 18 letter, regarding the writer’s choice of abortion.

She gives voice to those vulnerable to the legislators who demonize, shame and seek to punish women for the painful and wrenching circumstances that necessitate abortion.

I agree with my husband’s succinct statement on the matter: “If you are against abortion, don’t have one.” Amen.

Elaine Tanay

Scalybark Road

Summerville

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