Charter progress

Your editorial on how charter schools are becoming more credible speaks for itself, but I cannot help adding my endorsement from both an insider’s point of view and that of someone who until now had always been affiliated with independent schools, first as a teacher and then as headmaster. Those were good days for me, both professionally and personally.

For two years, I have been the college advisor for the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, which you referenced as a local success story. I can attest firsthand to the accuracy of that label.

Students are benefiting from superb teaching in a structured environment, and the result is that they approach the end of their high school careers with greater self-worth and confidence that “the world really may be their oyster.”

Working with these students and their parents to find appropriate post-secondary options is pure pleasure for me because the enthusiasm they display is contagious.

Having heretofore had to rely on what I read and heard about public schools, the good and the bad, I am very heartened to witness firsthand an example of why we should believe that public education can and will keep improving.

It is unreasonable to think that all students can avail themselves of a charter school experience, but given the widespread endorsement of such schools, as reported in your editorial, we can take heart in knowing that “a rising tide raises all ships.”

Bert Hudnall

Ashley Avenue

Charleston

Mistaken identity

I read with some amusement the article about Charleston being No. 10 on the snobby city list. I live in Charleston and have visited and/or had business dealings in seven of the other nine.

For those, I tend to agree with Travel + Leisure’s assessment, though they really have nothing to be snobby about. I know nothing about Sante Fe, N.M., or Providence, R.I.

Minneapolis/St. Paul?

You have to be kidding me.

Regarding Charleston, it is more than obvious that Travel + Leisure is unable to make a distinction between snobbery, and gentility and class. Much to their shame.

As a side note, the fried chicken livers with caramelized onions over grits, served at SNOB, are to die for.

Bob Nagy

Portside Way

Charleston

Haley’s motive

Thank goodness for state Rep. Walton McLeod, D-Newberry, who called Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto on health care for what it really is. McLeod warned funding cuts were really a way to get rid of programs, to cause health care to be “more expensive and less available in rural areas.”

I don’t know where the tea party found Haley, but I believe South Carolina’s only salvation is that: 1) She is defeated in the next election, or 2) The tea party finds a position for her elsewhere. I am afraid South Carolina cannot stand another four years of her self-serving actions.

Does she not know she is a public servant and is charged with representing all the people of South Carolina? Her style of governing fits the adage that the “rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.”

Haley and her appointees have practically dismantled all programs in the state designed to extend health care to poorer, disadvantaged citizens and have refused funding to provide for these citizens.

She and the superintendent of education turned down money for our school children, and we all know where we stand nationally in education. It is interesting to read that Haley supports 4-year-old kindergarten.

Kathleen L. Padgett

Lynnwood Road

Walterboro

Not funny

The June 29 Post and Courier included a letter devoid of sensitivity and empathy regarding “Monday traffic drama.”

The writer apparently found humor in a recent article about a despondent man contemplating suicide on the Ravenel Bridge.

One might wonder why The Post and Courier published such a poor attempt at humor about an individual suffering.

Joseph M. Harmon, M.D.

Rue de Muckle

Mount Pleasant

Not contiguous

I am confused. James Island attempts to admit those who want to become part of the township but is told “no” because the requestees, who live on the Island of James, do not live in a patch of land contiguous to the land that is the township.

And yet my neighbor who is over the Ashley River and through the woods and neighborhoods, separate from the city of Charleston by any definition of the word “contiguous,” is part of the city.

Can anyone explain to me how this can be perfectly fine for the city of Charleston but is a huge no-no for the people who still want to join the township of James Island?

Alfred F. Croucher III

Riverland Drive

Charleston

Sharing the road

I found a June 30 letter titled “Give bikers a spot” sanctimonious and condescending.

There is a large number of people who cannot ride a bike for physical and medical reasons. Also, there are many who have no interest in riding a bike.

I take my wife to and pick her up from work at MUSC every day. A number of people ride their bikes between my house in Wagener Terrace and MUSC. I would say nine out of every 10 riders do not obey the rules of the road. They run stop signs and lights, dart in and out of traffic, ride on and off sidewalks without looking, ride up to the front of the traffic line at stop lights instead of keeping their place in line, ride two abreast in the middle of the road and slow down traffic to the point of increasing an already crowded road and place themselves in the blind spot of a vehicle that is turning right.

If bikers want respect from drivers, they need to follow the rules and earn it.

Some drivers don’t follow the rules of the road, but if a biker gets in a confrontation with a vehicle he may be in the right but there is a good chance he will be dead right.

William E. Folk

8th Avenue

Charleston

Weather overkill

The weather reports on the three local TV channels are absurd and comical, seemingly designed for their functionally illiterate viewers. I hope their average viewers are not as dumb as the reports or the people who write the reports.

The reporters repeat the weather details three times, each time separated by commercials. Each version has the same information but with different childish pictures and graphics.

Who needs a picture of clouds and raindrops to understand that rain is predicted? Do they truly think we need to be told to take an umbrella if we go out in the rain or to wear a coat if it’s cold? Is the weather report supposed to provide useful information or entertainment for children?

As much as most viewers detest commercials, they might prefer more commercials and less weather comedies.

Lowcountry viewers don’t care about the temperature and humidity in Boise, Idaho, or San Diego, Calif.

How about the weather in the tri-county area?

Is that too simple?

E. DuBose Blakeney III

Church Flats Road

Hollywood

True tolerance

Post and Courier assistant editor Frank Wooten believes that “tolerance for gay marriage has warped into intolerance against those who have deeply held beliefs against it.”

I have no problem with anyone being morally against gay marriage. The problem is that those who have deeply held beliefs against it all too often attempt to force their will legislatively upon those who do not share their beliefs.

I am proudly intolerant of those who attempt to force their collective morality on others. If you don’t believe in same-sex marriage, I encourage you not to marry someone of the same sex.

Otherwise, butt out of the lives of those who disagree with you.

Paul Wilczynski

E. Dolphin Street

North Charleston