Hospital needed

Here in the fastest growing area in Berkeley County, we urgently need the hospital at Carnes Crossroads to go forward without further obstruction by Trident Hospital or HCA.

I speak as a 76-year-old (living on a defibrillator) in the Del Webb Cane Bay community, 12 minutes from that site. This is a county that doesn’t have a full service hospital.

The population at this end of the county is growing so fast that Trident’s “not enough people for two hospitals” argument, which was already rejected by DHEC and an administrative court, is overcome by the facts and grows more untenable day by day.

All told, people in new communities around Carnes Crossroads probably number about 10,000 (about 2,000 of them K-12 school kids) and are likely top 25,000 by build-out.

And in Crowfield Plantation, four miles the other way, another estimated 12,000 people are living in 8,000 homes. There are plenty of patients.

If hospital construction were started today, there would be 6,000 more people living in the Carnes Crossroads service area by the time it opens for business. And I could be dead by then.

I ask that HCA and Trident Hospital immediately drop the appeal and all other obstacles to construction of the Carnes Crossroads hospital.

Doc Ardrey

Oyster Bay Drive


Faith required

To both entities who claim and fight for the Episcopal Diocesan name and seal, I might suggest that Jesus would say to “give it to each other.” Step back and take a look without judgment.

You may find each other to be the same from the Lord’s point of view. However, it will require faith.

John D. Wilder

Schooner Road


Revive sticky stars

Recent reports indicate too many high school graduates have achieved only an elementary education level in math and science. Why is it that most foreign children coming to America seem to excel in all subjects?

Could it be that in their countries of origin there is no such thing as “political correctness”? Today’s teachers are stymied by the P.C. crowd. If one child in a class of 30 does well, he cannot be given a prize or the other 29 would be “offended.”

Those little sticky stars that teachers used to put on test papers for achievers?

No longer allowed.

I wonder why kids whose parents attend parent/teacher meetings do well. Could it be that they listen to the teacher and ask where their children need help? Shouldn’t students who excel be given recognition? When a sports team loses, are members “offended”?

Children who make little or no effort likely get no encouragement from home.

There was a time when children who could not maintain average grade levels could be kept back. Now that is not “politically correct.”

Should a teacher reprimand a student with anything but a very calm warning, a lawsuit could ensue.

Teachers are not psychiatrists or nurses and need all the outside help they can get. Maybe our legislators can vote in raises for our teachers instead of themselves.

In today’s economy, both parents, if there are two, likely work to make ends meet. Love, nurturing and encouragement are crucial to our future generation. Time is of the essence.


Fox Chase Drive

Goose Creek

Nonprofit raffles

I would like to thank The Post and Courier for its March 5 editorial in support of legislative efforts to provide the opportunity for non-profits to host appropriate raffles for charitable purposes.

Legislators (Rep. Jim Merrill and Sen. Raymond Cleary) have taken the lead in crafting a document that will ensure the standards by which any such raffles will be conducted. All proceeds will be designated for charitable purposes.

SCANPO, a state organization that represents the non-profit community, also is offering support on this matter, under the leadership of Madeleine McGee.

As a member of a non-profit board, I suggest that others in volunteer positions let your legislators know the importance to your organization of this pending legislation.

The public voice is important and is welcome in Columbia. Contact information can be found on the South Carolina legislative website

Harriet Smartt

Fairway Oaks Lane

Isle of Palms

Alarming lesson

I read the March 8 guest column about Michelle Rhee’s advocacy group, StudentsFirst, expanding to South Carolina.

People had better be very careful about this organization. It is using a teacher from Summerville as a front to organize and push its agenda here.

Remember that Ms. Rhee had failed as a teacher after only three years on the job and then was selected by monied interests to be chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools. She willy nilly began to fire people, and brought the entire district to its knees. She was subsequently fired.

I know that your editorials favor this approach, which blames teachers for all the problems of education, but you are wrong. I have an eBook coming out next week that will tell it like it is.

It will expose the country to the reasons we are in trouble and what we have to do to get things back on track.

Succinctly, we have a “one size fits all” educational system, and a fraudulent administrative system.

Ms. Rhee and her backers are interested in one thing, and one thing only: making money. They have duped the nation into believing that choice and “for profit” schooling is the way to go, and are using teachers as whipping boys to push their agenda.

This movement could result in the death knell for public education. If you think that there is a shortage of teachers now, wait until she gets her footprint in South Carolina.

Ian Kay

Sasanqua Lane


‘In the arena’

Many of us have received too many calls asking our preference among the political candidates. An acceptable answer might come from one of President Teddy Roosevelt’s memorable speeches: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood and who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Among the many successful people we all know, very few have gone into public service. Those who do should be inspired by the Teddy Roosevelt quote.

Gone are the days when the cream of our nation’s crop went into elective office or government service. The magic of being involved in building a country for the world to admire seems to have disappeared. Disclosure requirements and the emphasis on approval ratings have compounded the problem.

We can only hope to attract more capable people to run for office or to serve the rest of us.


North Adger’s Wharf


Selective surgery

Following current logic, why not cut only those trees on I-26 that cars hit?

Ken Willingham

Middle Street

Mount Pleasant

Timely tolls

The solution to raising revenue to rebuild our roads is very simple: Install toll gates at every border crossing and charge Northerners $100 for a one-time pass into the state.

We would also need to raise the gas tax by a penny so we can give them $200 when they leave.

At some point we should be revenue-positive and start fixing our roads.

Rich Thomas

Betsy Kerrison Parkway

Johns Island