Not neglected

I was confused and dismayed over a recent letter referencing Charles Towne Landing as “neglected.”

I wonder if the writer of the letter had been to the Landing in the last five or six years. It has been redone as a truly historical site, not an amusement park.

The exhibits inside the new building reflect the history in an easy-to-follow and sensitive manner that takes into account the 10-year period when there were settlers on that property. The outdoor exhibits live up to those criteria as well. It is a peaceful place to visit, to learn our early history and to be on the river.

Park manager Rob Powell has done a magnificent job (even during state budget cuts) working with his staff and volunteers to make history come alive. The boat was replaced five or six years ago, and the hands-on virtual “dig” for children is informative and fun.

Friends of Charles Towne Landing have sponsored family friendly fun runs in the evening once or twice a month that have been very popular and generated quite a bit of money.

However, if the letter writer is looking for an amusement park she can rule out the landing, thank goodness.

Jan H. O’Loughlin

Marvin Avenue

Charleston

School curriculum

The S.C. Tea Party is at it again. This time their bone of contention is the Common Core Standards for school curricula. South Carolina is one of 45 states that have adopted the Common Core K-12 Educations Standards in math, reading and language arts. The standards outline what each student should know and know how to apply at each grade level.

The S.C. Tea Party is opposed to the standards because they are also opposed to funding public education. Many Tea Party members have stated that Common Core is a form of government subversion. Tea Party members will be first in line to get their Social Security checks and Medicare coverage even though they think the government can’t do anything right.

If a child moves from South Carolina to New York, he will deal with Common Core Standards that are basically the same as here. The standards move students away from basic recall of information to application and problem solving. They teach students how to defend their answers and how to apply them in a real world situation.

I have spent 45 years as a teacher and administrator in the public schools of South Carolina, and I only wish Common Core Standards had been implemented during my tenure.

Our state superintendent, Dr. Mick Zais, is opposed to the standards, yet he has never taught in a public school or served as a building-level administrator. His lack of experience and knowledge relative to instruction and curriculum are severely limited. This is the same state superintendent who refused to accept millions of federal dollars for South Carolina schools.

Dr. Zais and his Tea Party allies need to form their own private school system. They can teach just reading, writing and arithmetic.

Brooks P. Moore

Blue House Road

Ladson

Deen being bullied

I was born in Savannah and am proud to say I am a Georgia Cracker. Paula Deen is being bullied by corporate America.

These mega-companies have become followers not leaders. She made them plenty of money, but that doesn’t matter now.

They have chosen to follow other “politically correct” individuals who are afraid (yes, afraid) to stand up and say, “So, she said something decades ago, told the truth about it and has apologized.”

Would it have been better for her to have “taken the fifth” as our IRS officials have done? They’re still on the payroll, but she’s in the midst of a financial meltdown. Something’s not right here.

I represent a non-profit organization against bullying (Peace — Pass It On) that stresses buddies not bullies. A lot of Paula’s “buddies” have chosen to be bullies.

I challenge readers to stand up against what’s happening to Paula Deen. This in no way condones what Paula said, as it was definitely not the right word to use. But when is a sincere apology not accepted?

Maybe that’s what’s wrong with this country — we’ve become followers instead of leaders.

That is why this great country is about to lose the respect of the entire world.

Margaret Burris

Lancer Drive

Columbia

Blaming victim

As a girl growing up in the ’60s in Rhode Island, I knew there were places I had better not walk. Even so, I was about 10 years old and walking to the library one day when a car with several men drove by and I had what I think was a soda can thrown at me.

I recall as a teen-ager and then a young woman that when a woman was raped, she was asked what she was doing in that neighborhood, at that time, by herself, with those clothes on.

Now that the trial of George Zimmerman is over, I am not only reminded of how women were blamed for being attacked, I am thinking about my son who is now 21, not that much older than Trayvon Martin when he was shot and killed.

Imagine your teen-age boy walking any street, dressed as teen-agers do, in the early evening hours. And then imagine that he realizes that he is being followed.

He tries to ignore it, and then panics. He makes a phone call to alert a friend and in his fear and anger describes his pursuer in angry language that you or I might use under those circumstances. Finally, feeling confused and trapped, he decides to fight.

Trayvon Martin was standing his ground.

George Zimmerman was not being pursued. He was not at home protecting himself and his family. He was the pursuer.

By attacking Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin was standing his ground and died because apparently in Florida an adult man with a gun trumps a teenage boy attempting to defend himself from a pursuer with his hands.

Agnes F. Pomata, Ph.D.

Foxfire Road

Wadmalaw Island

Laugh a little

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (nee Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon) was the wife of the noted Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. They had a stormy, up and down marriage.

Kahlo was a successful artist in her own right. I agree with her quotation concerning the importance of laughter. “A day without laughter is a lost day.” (Thought for the Day, July 6).

Note, however, that pointing and giggling invariably causes ill feelings.

H.J. Beaujon, Ph.D.

Cessna Avenue

Charleston

Alzheimer’s costs

They listened, but there is still work to be done. Last week the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee took an important step to address the rapidly expanding Alzheimer’s epidemic.

Thanks in part to your advocacy, Senate leaders from both parties spoke to the importance of investing to address the skyrocketing costs of this devastating disease.

On July 9 the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies voted to include $104 million dedicated to Alzheimer’s in its fiscal year 2014 funding bill. And the full Senate Appropriations Committee also voted to support this increased funding for essential research and caregiver support.

This is a step in the right direction, though a far cry from what is needed. Last year alone, approximately $300 million was spent nationally on research.

Beyond that, the financial burden for patients, families and caregivers, for the most part, is not covered by insurance plans.

I urge you to continue to reach out to Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Tim Scott and thank them for the progress being made, though there is still the critical continued financial need in the area of both research and support for patients and caregivers.

Teena Wyatt

Curing Court

Moncks Corner