Curator needed

The present situation at the Charleston Museum as revealed in a Sept. 3 letter (“MIA at museum”) is very disturbing.

After serving 44 years as curator of Natural History at the Charleston Museum, Albert Sanders retired more than a year ago. A year is much too long to go without a professional curator who is responsible for the care, preservation and documentation of the various collections.

These scientific collections of birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, plants and fossils are irreplaceable research specimens, relevant not only to the city of Charleston and the state of South Carolina but also to the entire nation. They belong to everyone and require continuous conservation and preservation.

The amphibian and mollusk collection of my late husband, Julian R. Harrison, is one of the many collections at the museum in danger of being lost for all time.

I hope that the proper measures will quickly be taken to find a knowledgeable and experienced person to assume this curatorship and ensure the protection of these priceless scientific collections.

Margaret Harrison

Swanson Avenue

Charleston

Pay for parking

It is incredible that an individual in this day and age would complain about parking prior to receiving free health care. While I may respect his service to the country, the fact that he receives complimentary care at taxpayers’ expense and then complains about parking is laughable.

Ask the thousands who lined up for free medical care at the North Charleston Convention Center for hours recently, many of them turned away. How far would they have walked to get the same service?

Though we may respect the service of others, there are few veterans drafted against their will to serve their country, except for those who were in the Vietnam conflict.

Though many Americans may have strong feelings for the hardships endured by those who chose to join the armed forces in the last 20 years, it has to be said that this decision was theirs.

They and their families have enjoyed taxpayers paying them, and their families have been housed and fed. They are pensioned for life at our expense. It was their decision to live this life, just as mine is to arrive daily at 5 a.m. and work at a local grocery.

When I go to MUSC for my monthly appointment I have to park on the highest, uncovered deck. What a travesty. Won’t someone in office come to my aid? And I have to pay for my visit.

Thomas Keller

Riverland Drive

Charleston

Remember 9/11

I am shocked and disgusted that on Sept. 11 the front page of The Post and Courier had articles about Obama and his speech, which made no sense, a mistrial in a local case, a new area code and the Veronica case.

The tragedy of 9/11 is on Page A7.

God, help us not to forget the lessons of 9/11 and to keep in the forefront of our minds the police, firefighters, emergency response teams and our military who protect our nation 24/7.

Linda Aydlette

Fort Johnson Road

Charleston

CARTA shame

As the days dwindle down before CARTA kicks CARTA 21 (Rutledge Grove) under the bus, I continue to get more and more upset about what has to be one of the most shameful “customer relations” incidents in CARTA history.

It occurred on an early evening (May 9) at Burke High School. It was CARTA’s second perfunctory meeting before “in a gentle way” (I call it “tender loving greed”) announcing the termination of CARTA 21 in January 2014.

A CARTA employee was in the back of the meeting room registering attendees. I waited until the line thinned because I had a question.

I started by referring to The Post and Courier article (I held it in my hand) written a few days before, reporting on the first “Kick 21 to the Curb” meeting: “You said if the 21 is eliminated there are other routes within a reasonable walking distance that can handle passengers affected by the change.”

I then took him to task on “reasonable.”

My words again: “At 7 a.m. I have to walk from the Canterbury House to King Street, board a trolley (211/7:26) and take it all the way around the docks to Calhoun Street; get off and walk west on Calhoun Street to Saint Philip Street and get on the 213 trolley and take it to my doctor’s office in Rutledge Towers to make my 8 a.m. appointment. Would you ever have the callousness to recommend such a circuitous route to your own grandfather?”

His reply? “Well, you know The Post and Courier has never been known for making accurate quotations.”

That’s shameful.

Maurice Murray

Market Street

Charleston

Not world’s police

When are the good old boys inside the Beltway going to learn that the United States is not the world’s policeman? Congress sends billions, yes that’s with a “B,” of U.S. dollars to foreign countries whose governments and citizens hate our guts.

Spend the money at home rather than squander it on other people who do not appreciate it. Use the money to repair or rebuild our nation’s highways and bridges and resolve issues with our health care costs.

Other ways to help are to discontinue the one-cent piece (the penny) and the $1 paper bill. Sorry, copper lobby, but it’s time to go. Mint $1 and $2 coins along the lines of the Canadian “looney” and “double looney”.

And above all, term limits now for all elected officials.

Stephen Claeys

N. Highway 17

Mount Pleasant