Professor’s lesson

I read my Post and Courier on July 16 as usual. At the end of section A, I had reached a conclusion. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Benjamin Jealous and Jesse Jackson, along with other community leaders, need to enroll in Debra Gammons’ class at Charleston School of Law.

We need leadership who can solve issues, not hijack the passions of good-hearted and compassionate people.

No one wants injustice. No one wants to see innocent victims.

We are a nation of laws and as fair a justice system as the world has known. Justice has been done in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial according to the law.

We have to accept that. If there are problems with the law, then let’s address those with the blindfold of Lady Justice toward race intact.

We should work together, not divide ourselves along the lines of color. That only keeps those in the race business employed.

Please read, reread and pass along Prof. Gammons’ column of July 16. She clearly articulated the violent problems facing black youth.

Now we need a true leader with no agenda to step forward.

Karen Ott

Hidden Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Teaching what?

I read a July 16 letter titled “School curriculum.” The author was a teacher for 45 years. One wonders what he taught.

Is he sanguine with the Common Core attitude towards Western civilization (unfavorable) or Islam (favorable)? Or with the Common Core touchy-feely approach to learning?

I was especially amused at his parting sneer at teaching “reading, writing and arithmetic.”

What should we be teaching in the schools — diversity and basket-weaving?

Stuart Kaufman

Old Course Lane

Mount Pleasant

Balancing cyclists

I have a simple solution for speeding bicyclists on the Ravenel Bridge.

No biker should be allowed to travel downhill any faster than he or she can travel uphill. That should keep everyone safe.

Jody McAuley

Ponsbury Road


Standing ground

I found the commentary by Armand Derfner very interesting. He wants our state to cancel the Stand Your Ground law and go back to the previous law which stated that we had to retreat and call the police if threatened.

If, during the above situation, we defended our family and an intruder was injured or killed, we could be charged with murder or be liable to a civil lawsuit, forcing us to hire a lawyer to represent us in court.

Even if you won the case, your financial status could be destroyed.

Nothing about Stand your Ground was brought up during the George Zimmerman trial.

Evidently Mr. Derfner thinks the safety of the intruder is more important than that of the victim. I hope our Legislature has enough common sense to disagree with him and keep the present law.

Robert Koon

Phyllis Street

North Charleston

Search for peace

Thank you for publishing the opinion article of Debra J. Gammons. I like the way she lays out an argument and covers all salient points. Please publish more of her thoughts in the future.

It was also interesting to read the Rev. Joe Darby’s response to her article. It didn’t seem to me that he was searching for a peaceful resolution to the potentially explosive social unrest over the Florida trial.

Maybe I don’t understand the role of the clergy in society.

Dennis White

Bohicket Road

Johns Island

Stevens’ departure

Since the announcement of Sue Stevens’ resignation from the Charleston County Aviation Authority Board I have spoken to a number of public officials familiar with her and the board.

Each person I have spoken to has unique knowledge of the board’s workings.

Each person has said to me that Stevens is the most qualified person to lead our aviation board at this important juncture in the airport’s history.

I have listened to these individuals recount her many accomplishments for this community as well as talk repeatedly about her influence with the FAA in Washington.

I have heard them say that she was instrumental in bringing Southwest, Jet Blue and even Boeing here.

Each one has also told me that the treatment Stevens faced from a few of the airport board members was inexcusable and unprofessional and that they believed her allegations of mistreatment.

Now I don’t claim to know anything about the workings of the board, other than that a number of them are family members, friends or business colleagues of our state legislators.

What I would like to know is why we, as a community, would allow a few individuals with no real aviation experience to dictate our airport’s future as opposed to someone with over 26 years of proven success.

Mickey Bakst

Beech Hill

Mount Pleasant

Repeating history

The most stunning happening in Afghanistan is the civil disorder that was predictable and is evident long after the “overthrow” of the Taliban. It has taken on a life of its own and is the greatest nemesis to true democratic rule.

Even the most perfectly constructed democratic constitution is difficult to implement, considering the tribal warlords’ fear of reprisal, and so they smother and deny the liberty the Afghan people deserve.

It is premature to abandon hope for Afghanistan. If the history of the country is any barometer, the future will involve pain that would make our American Revolution seem like only a migraine headache.

It seems that their lives are mired in tragedy and disappointment, with little signs of hope. Mass fear through bombings provides a pretext to those who want to provoke an overthrow of the current government and delay majority rule.

The armed struggle continues with the United States footing the bill. Our leaders, including warmonger Sen. John McCain, dismiss these armed rebels as fringe groups who can be defeated with more boots on the ground.

Supposedly, this would end the destabilization strategy of the Taliban and have a positive, major impact on the democratic process.

History is again repeating itself. The United States has proclaimed Karzai “the people’s choice.” He is proclaimed to bring hope, freedom, peace and equality.

Well, the euphoria has passed and it is time to look beneath his good intentions.

Do we really want to build a replacement government for Syria?

Joseph Valentino

Middleton Boulevard


Plot or plan?

The non-objectivity found in the paper’s reporting showed up in a July 16 article.

In the fourth paragraph of the column titled “Moore says GOP planning to engage minorities,” the writer explains how the GOP has been “plotting” how to make itself more appealing to Hispanic, black and younger voters.

No argument that the GOP needs to focus on those demographics. I wonder, though, if Robert Behre is aware of the dictionary definition of the word plotting.

Plotting refers to “a secret, especially illicit plan.” Perhaps the word Mr. Behre was looking for was “strategizing” meaning “a plan of action.”

Interesting that the GOP had a meeting in Mount Pleasant, which was open to the public, and it is seen as “secretly scheming” to increase its base.

Thank you for reporting on Matt Moore’s meeting; however, objectivity should be employed in any article unless it is on the editorial page.

Karen Halley

Plantation House Road


No nuclear waste

Regarding your editorial lauding the Citizens Advisory Board’s decision to say “no” to additional nuclear waste at Savannah River site, I couldn’t agree more.

I thank board members for their sound judgment.

As for your statement that President Obama shuttered the Yucca Mountain site as a favor for Sen. Harry Reid, I would expect no less from our senators were the federal government planning on building a massive nuclear waste dump within South Carolina.

Dan P. Jones

Notlee Place