Save the 'jewel'

The jewel that I am referring to is Charleston. This jewel did not just happen overnight. Over the years, the jewel has required seen changes and required sacrifices. We are now at another crossroads, which is going to require more sacrifices and changes.

We start with a given: There is no way to widen our streets. We must make the most efficient use of the streets that we have. A major problem is trucks clogging our major arteries at the wrong times of day. The answer is going to require stores and the rest of the citizens to make adjustments.

I don't profess to having all the answers, but when I am sick, I see a doctor. If it is serious, I use a specialist. We are now in dire need of relief. We have the finest retail street in the USA and the finest restaurants in the world. We also have hotels that can match any other city. Charleston is one of the most desirable cities in the world to visit.

Our job is to now hire city planners with the ability and expertise to use the assets we have in the most productive manner. I have been on this wonderful street for 68 years. My store has been at this location for 130 years.

It is now time to make the move, however painful or costly it may be, or we will continue the process of losing our jewel.

Henry Berlin

King Street

Charleston

Unfair burden

The headlines for Saturday's paper read “Tax break for big businesses.” So the businesses that make millions and billions of dollars get a tax break, but the person who owns a home gets a property tax increase? Makes no sense to me.

It seems that the middle class always has to take up the burden on everything.

Doesn't seem fair.

Joseph Murgatroyd

Iroquois Street

North Charleston

Positive trend

One reason I love America is that we strive to have unity in a diverse nation. We don't always succeed with bipartisanship and respect, but for the most part we do.

I celebrate that the Constitution is being fulfilled with regard to the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage: All men and woman are equal. Not only is the Constitution fulfilled, but so is Scripture.

Jesus was silent on the issue of homosexuality, but his message is clear: Love all the Samaritans, love all the prisoners, love all who are “different,” love all God's children. Why? Because all people are created with sacred worth. We are all made in God's image and likeness. God does not make junk. Jesus' overarching message is one of love, not hatred or exclusion.

The Ten Commandments are great commandments, but Jesus says they are not the greatest. The greatest commandment is love God and love your neighbor as yourself. The Supreme Court decisions affirm the Constitution and affirm Scripture, in my opinion. “What you do to the least of these, you do unto me.” The LGBT community is not the least of these, but I do believe that as we love them, we are loving God.

Some believe that the court decisions are wrong because for a good portion of history, some viewed marriage as between a man and woman. But we are growing, and we are more knowledgeable now. Every medical and psychological association that I know of, like the American Pediatric Association, the AMA, and American Psychological Association, affirm that the gay orientation is normal and healthy. We can affirm gays now because we know better. We know more about human nature.

I respect those who interpret court decisions and Scripture differently than I. I respect their right to believe as they do. My prayer is that we carry on this conversation without hatred. My prayer is that we respectfully carry on this conversation so that we can continue to help America and all humankind grow.

Ed Kosak

Evening Shade

Charleston

Tim's too timid

While many in South Carolina may not always agree with decisions made by our Sen. Lindsey Graham, at least he has an opinion. That appears not to be the case with our newest senator, Tim Scott.

Looking at how they voted on issues over the past months has led me to conclude that Sen. Scott has no opinion of his own. He votes the straight party line. He is looking for the party leaders' support and money when it comes time for election to a full six-year term. It is sad that we cannot seem to get someone in elected office who cares about the people he or she represents, more than about getting re-elected. It is a job for life in S.C. politics, unless you take the road taken by our former Sen. Jim DeMint and get a high-paying job after spending only part of your term in office.

DeMint set the bar for getting elected so you can further your own career rather than the goal of public service which should be to serve the public. Will the voters of South Carolina ever learn?

Robert Weitzel

Farmhill Drive

Summerville

Voter ID motive

Jonah Goldberg ended his July 5 commentary with these words, “But the light of that movement (civil rights) shouldn't be used to blind us to important distinctions, chief among them: We don't live in that world anymore.”

Mr. Goldberg was saying that it is incorrect to call the current movements to limit the black vote by creating unneeded voter ID laws a return to Jim Crow.

If you study those states wherein voter laws are being proposed and passed, you will find that they are led by a predominance of Tea Party Republicans. The other states think that a law should refer to actual crimes or misdemeanors. If a law is unnecessary, and it is passed, and the only folks it inhibits happen to be poor and mostly minority, then those laws are very likely put into place by leaders who think of Jim Crow as a blessing.

“We don't live there anymore,” and we should not want to. Voter ID laws are the pathway back to those golden days of yore, when the “ones” across the tracks were held to be second-class citizens.

David Stevens

Suncatcher Drive

Hanahan

Obama's helpers

Once again the mainstream media is playing foil for President Obama. All their emphasis is on how to catch the traitor Edward Snowden. His damage is done, and whether or not he is caught is not a major issue. What everyone should be screaming about is how incompetent the National Security Agency appears to be. How in the world can one low-level employee have access to so much classified information?

This is just one example of the many scandals and crimes under the Obama administration. Fast and Furious, the IRS, spying on the media, Benghazi — all are major scandals that have government employees pleading the Fifth Amendment.

The lack of leadership from Obama is unacceptable, yet the media refuse to hold him accountable. As for Obama, he just returned from a $100 million vacation to Africa with the whole family in tow.

Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

Honor liberty

Kudos to the Washington Light Infantry, Mayor Joe Riley and Messrs. Tony Youmans and Mike Coker of the Old Exchange building for a stirring re-enactment reading the Declaration of Independence on July the Fourth.

To stand in front to the Exchange building and listen at the very spot where it was read aloud for the first time to Charleston citizens on Aug. 5, 1776, was both solemn and celebratory. Since our nation's birth, newspapers conveyed news, opinions and local happenings that informed the public. On July 4, The Post and Courier did a thorough job reporting on the rules and regulations of area beaches, but nowhere to be found was news of the reading of our nation's founding charter of freedom.

July the Fourth is the birthday of a nation that remains a fortress of freedom and the best hope for Earth.

Lee Mikell

Wexford Bound

James Island

Correction

A Monday editorial contained an error. Beaufort is the only Lowcountry city that has banned texting while driving.