No empty promises

I’m tired of empty promises. I don’t want to hear any more statements without facts and a plan attached. I want to know the avenue each candidate will take to move our country from the wreck it has become.

Don’t promise jobs. Study the people and place you wish to represent and decide how and when jobs will become available.

Talk to those who are able to invest in this area. Shake their hands and gain real promises of action. Don’t wander off onto your own path with your own agenda.

The job you seek is a public trust. We don’t want ego-laden individuals who will forget who put them into their positions. The people who vote want to believe in you and their country.

So don’t make promises to hear yourself speak. Don’t mislead the voters who want their vote to have substance.

Give us reality. We need to face the problems. We need to understand what needs to be done. Don’t promise the moon when everyone knows it is in the sky, never to be moved by human hands — especially a politician’s hands.

We need a statesmen who will put this country before his own well-being. We need someone who loves this country and what it stands for. We need this not just for us but for the world as well.

Alfred F. Croucher III

Riverland Drive

Charleston

Town’s loss

The town of Moncks Corner has recently lost three members of our community who faithfully served in official capacites for the town.

Our hearts go out to the families of Grace S. Wall, who served Moncks Corner for 42 years, 10 of which she served as clerk-treasurer.

During her service she also worked part-time for the Moncks Corner Water Works. After her retirement from the clerk-treasurer’s post, she served another 20 years with the water works.

Carol W. Sellers, Sr. served the town of Moncks Corner as a councilmember from August 1986 to December 1991. Darr Sullivan served the town of Moncks Corner as a councilmember from February 1997 to October 2001.

We were honored to have these three professionals faithfully serve our community.

William W. Peagler III

Mayor

Carolina Avenue

Moncks Corner

A show of pride

After seeing TV coverage of fans at the Boston Bruins hockey game loudly singing our national anthem, I was reminded of being at a similar event.

It was Jan 16, 1991, at The Citadel’s McAlister Fieldhouse with mighty Duke playing the Bulldogs in front of a sell-out crowd. Minutes before tip-off, it was announced that the “liberation of Kuwait has begun,” commencing war with Iraq in Operation Desert Storm. The announcer then asked for the crowd to stand for the national anthem.

The next few minutes were unforgettable as the crowd, many with tears in their eyes, sang so loudly that I literally could not hear my own voice. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud to be an American than that night.

What I find sad, however, is that it takes monumental events like this and the Boston bombings for the American public to show that pride.

Kent Lee

Club Course Drive

North Charleston

Ford and money

If Sen. Robert Ford can’t keep track of the little bit of campaign money he received to run for Senate, then how do you think we can trust him to keep track of the state’s money?

Donald Johnson

Old Point Road

Hanahan

Bring back Bostic

If you are like me and cannot vote for Mark Sanford on May 7 under any circumstances, there is another option. I plan to write in the name of Curtis Bostic who is a former marine and a combat veteran with high moral standards and a record of public service. This man is in clear contrast to the morally bankrupt Sanford.

J.T. Thomas

Deep River Road

Summerville

Paradise lost

James Island used to be a peaceful place, full of wooded areas, shady tree canopies over the roads, places to toss nets and go shrimping, bridges where you could fish, houses not bunched up together, farms and majestic oaks.

A lot has changed, particularly in the last 10-15 years. Goodbye, Legare Farms, and more. If you’re unfortunately in the City of Charleston instead of the Town of James Island, petitions don’t mean a hoot, and progress is nothing but a means for taxation and money.

I’m a resident of Seaside Plantation and am appalled at the fact that we were hoodwinked into thinking our entryway with wooded areas and ponds would never be touched, never change. But that can change at any time, sort of like “eminent domain.”

Many POA owners signed a petition to protest the carving out of the entryway and beyond for “new development,” but our petition meant nothing.

I will never see another otter in the pond, or rabbits cross the yard, or foxes jump the fence. Neither will my neighbors.

I’ve never seen a wooded area so quickly demolished last week. It took two to three days to destroy something lovely. And for what? For another housing development? More traffic on Folly Road? More houses that are taxable by the City of Charleston?

Oh, and let’s not forget that now there will be two entrances to Seaside Plantation, something none of us ever dreamed. And riding bicycles on a once-lovely shaded road will give way to more cars and more traffic, so another housing development can be built?

Well, City of Charleston, don’t stop there. Why don’t you take out the ponds next and put houses between houses.

Hey, I have an idea: How about erecting houses over the ponds? You might just squeeze another 10 taxable properties on each pond if you call them “luxury homes.”

I wonder where the poor animals moved to after “they paved paradise to put up a parking lot.”

Mariann Savilla

Sea Cotton

James Island

Slanted news

I have been reading The Post and Courier for over 30 years, and I can’t remember it ever publicizing a political candidate in block letters, above the fold on the front page, in the middle of a hotly contested election.

Such an article belongs in the Local section, or on the editorial page.

Any educated reader has already surmised that your paper is going to support Elizabeth Colbert Busch, so why wait until May 7 to report the obvious?

Your coverage of Mark Sanford has been only negative so far, which places The Post and Courier in a judgmental position, and as the saying goes, “He who is without sin may throw the first stone.”

I am very disappointed in The Post and Courier, which I assumed was fair, conservative and even-handed. And yes, I am a Republican born and bred.

Judith Brooks

Eighty Oak Avenue

Mount Pleasant

Guns and voting

Hooray! Now, thanks to our enlightened legislators (at both levels), it’s still easier here to get a gun than cast a vote.

Doc Ardrey

Oyster Bay Drive

Summerville

Bad beach bill

I am responding to the April 23 story “Seeking a sea wall.” It isn’t the state’s responsibility to make sure the water isn’t at Ed Yarborough’s back door. When he bought property that close to the ocean, he knew that this might happen.

But now there is special legislation to save his home on the beach. That also goes for others who are in the same situation.

The bill that Sen. Glenn Reese, D-Spartanburg, has introduced is specifically aimed at saving his home. It, in my estimation, is illegal because it aims specifically to save his place.

He and others who bought beachfront property should live with it even if the water is lapping at their back doors.

Joseph Ohorodnyk Sr.

Vickie Street

Ladson