Wasting taxes

I would like to thank Glenn McConnell for taking a personal interest in the aging and disabled. As lieutenant governor he is the chief advocate in South Carolina for seniors and adults with disabilities.

In the state, aging and disability resource centers (ADRCs) seem to be the most likely places to serve both, but I’m told ADRCs do not include disability services as their name suggests. Does that make sense to anyone?

As a parent of a disabled child I can tell you it is very challenging. I have been at it for 26 years, and it seems to be getting worse, not better.

We have more staff receiving salaries and more offices opened, yet fewer services being provided to those needing them the most.

If the lieutenant governor’s office is serious about cutting waste and providing optimal services then it should focus on quality not quantity. It should focus on the needs that aging and disabled people have in common.

The Internet lists many locations and many different sites for similar services. It is mind- boggling as to which one you should contact. Why are we wasting tax dollars with this chaos and redundancy?

Streamlining agencies would provide more services with accountability. Right now the left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing.

We need more accountability. People are not upset about paying taxes. They are upset about what the tax money is spent on.

Carolyn Mann

Lowcountry Voices

for Special Needs

Mohawk Avenue

Charleston

Poor service

A letter in the June 3 Post and Courier cited how ridiculous the Comcast customer service system is. The system told the reader to follow the progress of Comcast’s efforts to end recent outages by going to their website, which was impossible since their system was down.

I’m surprised at the reader’s amazement at Comcast’s poor customer service effort. Obviously he has been fortunate not to have had any problems with his service thus far. Just wait until he does.

Here is one of many examples I could cite: Last week I called the 800-Comcast number to get a new battery for my modem or a replacement modem.

I was given an appointment for May 31 between 10 a.m. and noon and a reference number, and was told that a technician would call before arriving. I was home during the entire appointment period, but no one called or came.

At about 12:30 I called the 800 number and was told that the appointment was scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. that afternoon. A bit perturbed, I waited during the new appointment period. Again nothing. At 5:30 I called the 800 number and was told they had no appointment in their system for me at all. I must say at this point I vented a bit but was never disrespectful.

The agent made another appointment for me between 10 a.m. and noon on June 1. Guess what. Nothing. At this point I decided to give up on Comcast and switch to another provider.

While watching golf on Sunday, a Comcast tech rang my doorbell and changed the battery in five minutes.

John Heisel

N. Warwick Trace

Goose Creek

Attack on Liberty

A June 3 letter reminds us of the June 8, 1967, deadly attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli forces.

A 2009 Simon and Schuster book by local author and former Post and Courier investigative reporter James Scott presents a thoroughly researched and spellbinding account of this incident in “The Attack on the Liberty.”

The book received significant publicity at that time. The author’s father was one of the crew. While there may possibly have been a cover-up then, this incident has not been forgotten.

Ron Linker

Beachwood West

Isle of Palms

Costly overkill

Charleston County Council has approved millions to widen the Isle of Palms Connector. A vast sum will be spent to address a “problem” that occurs three weekends a year. How is this fiscally conservative?

The road and bridge into Wildwood, N.J., which facilitates a town of 5,000 growing to 50,000 every summer, has not been expanded in over 50 years. Why not? Because people there plan for traffic to increase at certain times. They either avoid it, take public transit or just accept traffic as the price you pay to visit paradise.

We would do well to explore other much less invasive and inexpensive ways to accommodate the very predictable volumes of traffic generated on holiday weekends.

Solutions are simple, cheap and at hand. It just takes some creative thinking and political will. I’m not holding my breath.

Gary Brown

Ruby Drive

Mount Pleasant

City due credit

Regarding your editorial about the Preservation Society and the “Seven to Save”: While we recognize the work of the society and believe its efforts have brought needed attention to certain otherwise neglected projects, I must respectfully make a significant correction of fact.

The editorial stated the following: “Seven to Save has lofty goals, but the Preservation Society has shown it can get things done by finding the right partners. It formed a partnership with private developers to save houses near the Crosstown off-ramp at King Street.”

As the developer of the Gateway to Charleston Project off King Street, I can say it was the sole effort of Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston’s Director of Housing and Community Development Geona Shaw Johnson and other senior city staff members who were the prime movers and collaborative planners in forming the public/private partnership with Ecovest to create 21 new residences where a decrepit urban blight recently stood — not the society.

Furthermore, the Board of Architectural Review and Design Review Center held the project’s design and preservation protocols to extraordinarily high architectural and workmanship standards, unparalleled to any prior work ever done above the Crosstown; and through those specific City of Charleston efforts, we all can be proud of the outcome.

Jeff Roberts

Broad Street

Charleston

Give them a break

My, my what a snooty, anti-tolerant society some of us belong to, spouting off about cigarette smokers (May 28 letter “Keep scrubs clean”) when there are so many more important causes to worry about.

If I were taking a walk I would be happy to pass a line of smokers because if I were smacked over the head for my purse there would be someone to help me up, call the police and identify the criminal, maybe even chase him down.

These wonderful folks are taking a break from horrors they witness and treat inside the hospital.

Some smokers are sloppy and lazy with their habit, but all this criticism could be easily resolved by reopening the smoking areas and supplying a dustpan and broom for those who would happily tidy up.

Debbie Sueverkruepp

Piccadilly Circle

Charleston

Good teachers

Has Brian Hicks (“Be careful on tax hikes for schools”) read the delightful and smart June 2 letter titled “S.C. loses another terrific teacher”?

To quote the letter writer: “He teaches. And the importance of that should never be undervalued.”

Warren Kimball

Otter Lane

Johns Island

Increase access

The ocean and tidal beaches are “public domain” so access should be encouraged; these pristine beaches are not for the privileged few.

Public funds have been used in numerous ways — access roads, beach renourishment, Coast Guard, buoys, charts, etc.

Public access has been restricted by the deliberate reduction in the number of parking spots to approximately 1,000 in the Charleston area, where many times this number is required.

Tony Bassett

Claremont Street

Mount Pleasant