In too deep
On Sunday, March 24, we were seriously under water. The intersection of Gadsden and Bennett streets is one of the lowest in the city, and the water was thigh deep.
The flooding itself is bad enough, but it is inexcusable that city buses (the Charleston trolleys) are routed down our street, where they never usually come.
In those conditions we don’t need bus wakes to compound our property damage. We get enough of that from pick-up trucks that love to zoom through the water.
Doctor on hold
As it becomes more difficult to afford or obtain health insurance, instead of saying, “I need to see a doctor about these symptoms,” we’ll say, “I need to look this up online.”
Dropping the ball
The Citadel-South Carolina baseball game at Riley Park was great. But after the game the traffic control was terrible. With the Charleston police station right across the street, you would think the department would take control, but I didn’t see one cop helping with the situation.
It took forever to go toward Spring Street. Someone needs to check into this situation of police being assigned to control the traffic.
John Rutledge Avenue
As I traveled I-26 to I-95 recently, my thoughts were that drivers who hit a tree off the right shoulder of I-26 or who hit a guardrail or a bridge abutment on either side could be just as dead as those hitting a tree in the median.
Where’s the logic in removing the trees in the median? There will still be inattentive or sleepy drivers.
The idea of a superstreet at Highway 17 and Main Road as a solution for traffic backing up in that area seems just as illogical. People entering my neighborhood from the south, or leaving my neighborhood to go north on Highway 17 just a couple of miles from that intersection are already using that type of U-turn configuration.
Believe me, it is a frightful experience to cross two lanes of traffic to get in the proper turn lane.
My son-in-law calls it “suicide alley,” and he drives in Atlanta area traffic daily. Fly-overs appear to be a more effective and logical solution.
With Angel Postell’s resignation as executive director of the Wine + Food Festival, she is leaving what most would call “just a job” but to those who know her, she leaves behind what amounts to her first-born child.
A little over 10 years ago, the idea of Charleston hosting a world-class wine and food festival was merely a sparkle in her eye. Like an expectant mother, she breathed life into the idea and labored countless hours to bring the festival into this world.
Like a mother of a newborn, it took time to get her bearings, determined planning and in many cases lack of sleep to provide a protective environment for the child to flourish. Like a mother of a toddler, she picked up the festival when it fell down, navigated the tantrums, and assured skeptics who thought the festival was too young to walk. Like a mother of youngster, she nourished, encouraged, educated, and at times had to discipline.
Like a mother of a maturing child, she too experienced growing pains but embraced the personal growth and maturity with open arms. Like a mother with a child coming into her own, she is now letting the child go with love, high hopes, priceless memories and,I hope, pride.
Finally, like all selfless mothers, she would be the first to say it took a village (in this case a culinary village) to raise the child that has become the BB&T Wine + Food Festival.
Cheers to Angel Postell.
Shelters save lives
In 1996 the Charleston Animal Society (then called the John Ancrum SPCA) started a low-cost, high-quality spay-neuter clinic. Prior to that time the shelter was killing thousands of dogs and cats every year. The animals were being killed because they were unwanted.
The shelter hired a licensed veterinarian to do the surgery, an accomplished surgeon who specialized in exactly this procedure. She rolled up her sleeves and began spaying and neutering thousands of animals every year.
Each spayed and neutered animal is incapable of producing offspring, the only way to eliminate the killing of unwanted and surplus animals. Since 1996 countless deaths have been prevented here in Charleston as a direct result of spay-neuter clinic activities. The Charleston Animal Society no longer kills surplus animals; the surplus has been eliminated here in Charleston thanks to spaying and neutering.
The spay-neuter clinic operated by Pet Helpers and the efforts of local veterinarians to spay and neuter have made Charleston a safer place for homeless dogs and cats.
Any effort to interfere with the ability of non-profit organizations to operate low-cost, high-quality spay-neuter clinics will result in animal shelters killing more animals. This is a lesson learned the hard way, through experience, all over the United States. It’s a simple equation: Spay and neuter them or kill them.
According to “Animal People Magazine,” animal shelter killing has gone down from 115 dog and cats deaths per 1,000 humans in 1970 to 9.6 dog and cat deaths per 1,000 humans in 2012 (23.4 million deaths in 1970 to 3 million deaths in 2012).
Spaying/neutering is the primary reason for the reduction in deaths. Fifty years ago, New York City killed upwards of 250,000 dogs and cats yet last year killed only 8,100.
Joe Elmore of the Charleston Animal Society and Carole Linville of Pet Helpers are doing tremendous and life-saving work.
Let’s leave them be so they can continue.