No safe roads

A recent headline amused me: “How to make I-526 safer.” Sure, there may be some minor flaws in the design of the road, but so is there with I-26, Folly Road, Long Point Road and a long list of others. The fact of the matter is today’s drivers are what make all roads unsafe.

Think of aggressive driving, talking on cell phones, not adhering to the speed limit, following too close to the vehicle ahead and not paying attention to signs warning of upcoming lane closures.

And of course there is alcohol involvement.

Instead of wasting millions of dollars on some study, use that money to educate today’s drivers and provide more and better enforcement of traffic laws. As long as human beings operate motor vehicles, there is no such thing as a safe road.

Nathaniel Smalls

Rafeal Lane

Charleston

Guiding children

When expressing gratitude, we normally thank teachers for encouraging and supporting our children’s personal, social and academic development.

But what about guidance counselors? Be A Mentor thanks all guidance counselors who wake up every morning to foster positive behavior and a love of learning and to offer career advice to young, impressionable children.

Many of them also take on volunteer roles such as matching children with caring mentors. They do this, not because they are paid to, but because they care about children and want them to succeed in all aspects of life.

It is crucial for children to have caring adults to guide them toward a successful future and counsel them on the inevitable social and emotional issues they face daily.

Without our guidance counselors we would not be able to help our youth with the constant struggles they encounter on their journey to adulthood.

Kristina Ramirez

Associate Director

Be A Mentor

Truxtun Avenue

North Charleston

Build the groin

The erosion of the west end of Folly Island proper will naturally threaten Bird Key and the flats. The tremendous increase in the water will certainly have a negative effect on the Stono Inlet. It obviously already has.

In my view, a groin or other means of redirecting the flow of water will help to protect Bird Key and the flats.

It has been well established that an increase of one knot in the movement of water will increase its power by 30. In effect, I certainly support the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission on this issue.

C.W. Benson

Indian Street

Folly Beach

A must read

The gist of The Post and Courier’s vivid expose on jobs, education and health care in 26 forgotten South Carolina counties needs dissemination statewide.

These reports need to be shared with students, friends, neighbors and especially your favorite politicians, at all levels of government.

Yes, they may already be aware that the state of South Carolina ranks (in the USA) 41st or worse in 16 measures of health, education and economic opportunity.

But the grimness of the situation for the 26 out of 46 forgotten S.C. counties is a particularly shameful situation that education administrators, teachers and the compassionate must share with the next generation and all responsible adults in all 46 counties.

Will you spread the light or ignore and curse the darkness?

God bless The Post and Courier for undertaking to impress on our consciences, so clearly, the sad fate of our neighbors in 26 forgotten counties.

John Nicholas Hayes

Windmill Creek Road

Charleston

Global warming

A Feb. 9 letter on climate change was instructive. Evidently if business and politics as usual continue to allow unabated greenhouse gas emissions, “we face the fact that climate change poses an existential threat to the Lowcountry.”

In the upcoming South Carolina First Congressional District election we must choose someone who will focus on doing something about global warming. Otherwise, over the next few centuries the Lowcountry will likely undergo “complete destruction.” All well put.

We just hope the letter writer is able to get the message to other important news outlets such as Peoples’ Daily (Beijing), Times of India (New Delhi) and Pravda (Moscow).

After all, more than a third of the world’s population lives in China, India and Russia. Their combined carbon footprint is nearly twice that of the United States and growing much faster.

Perhaps voters there could be enlightened and elect officials who will “take climate change and global warming seriously.”

Larry Lyons

Franke Drive

Mount Pleasant