‘High standard’

Bittersweet is probably the best word to describe the news of the sale of our beloved Pig. For more than 60 years, Piggly Wiggly has supported hundreds of charities in our community. Their endowment fund continues at Coastal Community Foundation and will still provide important resources to local nonprofits. That’s sweet.

For the people of the employee-owned Piggly Wiggly, the sale means their stock turns to cash. The sale of Piggly Wiggly will translate into fair financial compensation for thousands of employees.

Retirement plans did not vaporize and paychecks did not disappear. This is not always the case in acquisitions. The leadership of Piggly Wiggly got a good deal for the Pig’s employees. That’s sweet too.

My sadness comes from the expected change in leadership in our community. As new forces shape our local economy, different businesses will emerge as philanthropic leaders. The folks at Piggly Wiggly have set a high standard for them and for the rest of us.

George Stevens

President/CEO

Coastal Community

Foundation of S.C.

Rutledge Avenue

Charleston

Reform prisons

I was glad to see that reducing recidivism rates was a reason for Gov. Nikki Haley’s recent appointment of Bryan Stirling as the new S.C. prisons chief.

The disappointment came when I read no mention of the mentally ill who are living behind bars. Any spending targeted at helping inmates readjust to civilian life without addressing this issue is, in my estimation, mostly a waste.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found in a 2006 study that over half the prison population in our country has a mental illness — 1.25 million is a staggering number.

Further research suggests that the mentally ill population is two to four times overrepresented in our correction system in the United States.

All residents of South Carolina need to wake up to the fact that ignoring these problems will only bring more pain and expense.

Mr. Stirling and Gov. Haley should provide the bold leadership to do what is necessary to reform our corrections system and make South Carolina an exemplar for the rest of the nation.

Paton Blough

Woodbine Road

Greenville

Unfair change

Could someone who is familiar with the MLK Community Pool and who has common sense please re-evaluate the ridiculous new schedule imposed this week?

The new management has decided to close the pool to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and only allow those to swim who are willing to pay a high premium.

This effectively eliminates my two children and the other eight schoolchildren with whom they have swum after school for the last four years. This group of schoolchildren requires only one lane.

By eliminating public access for these two hours all the regular adult lap swimmers who get off work and head straight to MLK for their workout are also excluded.

Why do we need to change something that is taxpayer-funded and has actually been working?

I’m writing this at 4:15 p.m. as I am stare at an empty Olympic-size swimming pool with two paid lifeguards on duty staring at it as well.

Teresa Clowney

King Street

Charleston

Academics first

Stay the course, Faculty Senate. The College of Charleston is an excellent academic institution and deserves an excellent academic president.

It is truly shameful to even have this “politics” discussion in the Sept. 12 Post and Courier with pictures of Jenny Sanford, Rep.Chip Limehouse, and Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell. Their qualifications, compared to George Benson, are patently ridiculous.

Seymour Rosenthal

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant