Charitable mission

I have had the privilege of working with the leadership team of Crisis Ministries for several years. From the volunteer coordinator and food and beverage director to the grant writer and the job skills/placement coordinator, I have never seen a more dedicated team accomplish so much with so little.

The true measure of a charitable organization like this is the percentage of income that is spent in fulfilling its organizational mission.

As we are all aware, the need for food, shelter and another chance is great in the Lowcountry.

Every time I am there (along with my students) I leave with an appreciation of how complex the issues of homelessness truly are. I also leave with a renewed optimism as to how generous our community can be and how resourceful the staff of Crisis Ministries is to getting people back on their feet.

Through good times and bad, Crisis Ministries is there for our community. Let’s be there for them.

John Crotts

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant

Thank Sanford

The June 16 editorial “Conservation Bank pays off” could not have been more spot-on. Part of what makes South Carolina economically competitive (not to mention a joy to live in) is its natural beauty.

More importantly, the Conservation Bank provides market-based incentives for environmental stewardship and proves we don’t need blanket government mandates to protect our state’s scenery.

All that said, I’d like to remind folks that the Conservation Bank was the brainchild of our former governor, now U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford.

While the editorial does not give him mention, Sanford originally proposed the Conservation Bank and, as a result, our state has been able to protect thousands of acres of forests, bays and natural preserves that the public will be able to enjoy now and for years to come.

It’s a legacy he left as governor and one I am sure that he will carry with him now that he is representing our best interests in Congress.

Gannon Graue

Dasharon Lane

Goose Creek

Blame people

Please do not allow anti-trap-neuter-and-release advocates like the author of a June 17 letter titled “A foolish trap” have the last word on this subject.

I personally conduct trap-neuter-release here and in Delaware. It is the only humane means to remedy yet another human shortcoming: failure to care for those who can least care for themselves — the abandoned and neglected.

I am sick to death of sanctimonious “nature lovers” using cats as a scapegoat for the real problem: destruction of habitat for all wildlife.

Irresponsibility, greed and material overconsumption by people, not cats, account for the majority of wildlife depopulation.

Pesticides and other chemicals poison the natural environment for the sake of manicured lawns. Forests are destroyed for custom flooring and furniture.

Water is polluted to meet ever-increasing manufacturing and energy production demands. The real overpopulation problem isn’t cats — it’s people.

E. Lynn Strickland

Hallahan Court

Mount Pleasant

Don’t forget us!

Regarding the June 16 article “12 things to get rid of now,” I would like to add one more category.

At Teachers’ Supply Closet, we provide free school supplies to children in the tri-county area at financially challenged schools. Teachers in eligible schools schedule their shopping time in accordance with our available supplies and space.

Most of our supplies and funds are donated from individuals, businesses, groups and fund-raising events.

Teachers’ Supply Closet accepts many items, including new and gently used office and school supplies (crayons, scissors, notebooks), craft items (yarns, fabrics), and children’s books. We also welcome volunteers.

Are you moving, getting rid of clutter, closing your business or just want to buy a basket of crayons and scissors?

We greatly appreciate donations of supplies and cash that will help the future of our children in the classroom and prepare them for later life.

Linda Britton

Board Member

Teachers’ Supply Closet

Steeplechase Lane

Hollywood

Women warriors

I believe that all high school graduates should have military training. Serving three years in the military would train them to be useful as a militia as is mentioned in the Bill of Rights.

That said, I believe that self- defense courses should be a part of the high school curriculum. Volleyball doesn’t get it if one is fighting for one’s life.

Women are capable and, if trained, are efficient and excellent soldiers. I see no reason even if employed as typists they should not be capable of fighting in armed combat. Our ancestors (female as well as male) fought in the revolution (Lucretia Motte et aliae), and we, as women, should be ready to shoulder the responsibilities of defending hearth and home.

On that note, I am interested in learning self defense. I am 65 years old, do not drive, am overweight and have had two knee replacements. Anyone knowing of a course on the peninsula can call me. I’m in the phone book.

Meanwhile, I shall carry a brick in my purse. A blow upside the head can be quite persuasive.

CAROLINE T. LELAND

Coming Street

Charleston