Within one week, two different vehicles have left the roadway on Johns Island and landed in a tidal pond. In one case, three people and a dog lost their lives.
I would like to suggest a referendum to be voted on by residents of James, Johns, and Wadmalaw islands and any areas that are affected by the expansion of I-526. Many people are opposed to the project.
The people should vote whether they want I-526 extended or, instead, improvements made to existing roads. Those could include guardrails to prevent vehicles that leave the roadway from ending up in tidal ponds.
I have always said that the late Mayor Harry Hallman was a visionary when it came to roadways in the Lowcountry. I looked at these problems as I thought that great man would have.
Why not install guardrails? And why not let the people decide?
Debra G. MANOS
Paid in full
Re: the Sept. 15 letter stating that we veterans receive free health care through the VA at taxpayers’ expense.
Well, just to let him know, we veterans paid our premiums 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year (three years in my case), so it’s not free and neither is your freedom to get up and go stock that grocery store.
Now get to work.
Loss of a leader
I met Dick Sosnowski on my birthday, as he served as the delivery doctor. Years later, when I came to know him, I was most pleased to have been brought into this world by such a kind-hearted gentleman who exuded love and care for his patients, friends, family and his Lord.
Dick was a mainstay at St. Michael’s Church. He was gracious, friendly and always willing to help. He served as group hike leader on church trips to Kanuga in the mountains of North Carolina.
Once the group got sidetracked when the trail was lost. Dick made sure everyone was located and back on the right trail. This included the youngest, smallest and slowest of the group — my 5-year-old son Thomas. To this day, my family remembers Dick as the leader of these adventures.
Dick was also instrumental in the creation of Charleston County’s first Comprehensive Land Use Plan. He was patient, quiet and observant.
At difficult crossroads, Dick could quietly lead the discussion on how best to state the issue so that it could be made acceptable to all members of the committee. He showed a knowledge and wisdom of people and their problems seldom seen in discussions dealing with people’s private property rights.
Dick Sosnowski was a stalwart of the Charleston community. His memory will last long into the future for the many people whose lives he touched. His talents and family will serve as a long and lasting tribute to his love for this community. May he rest in peace when he comes to meet his Lord and Savior.
A gift in disguise
The Sept. 16 letter titled “Syndrome a gift” took issue with a Sept. 9 article by Jennifer Hawes. The writer stated that Ms. Hawes did not make a connection of Alix Generous’ Asperger’s diagnosis to her scientific ability.
The article by Ms. Hawes was the second such article over the last several weeks that dealt with gifted young people who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s. The first was by Creg Cwik, a special writer for The Post and Courier, on young Caleb Borick, a child piano prodigy.
My take on the subject is that the connection is implicit in the diagnosis of this particular disorder.
In the case of both Alix Generous and young Caleb Borick, the ability to concentrate and not be distracted by their surroundings is indeed a gift and contributes to their genius. This ability is simply one of the characteristics of Asperger’s.
No, Asperger’s is not in itself a gift, but the concentration ability of some of those diagnosed with this disorder is indeed a gift. I am amazed that so many persons with this particular Autism Spectrum Disorder have done so much to distinguish themselves.
The list includes musicians, authors (novelists and poets), mathematicians, economists, ballplayers and scientists. These are easy to find and I could name you dozens, but the point is that this condition has been a blessing in disguise to so many in so many ways.
Tony B. Ratliff, Sr.
For years, as a community organizer, Obama taught and practiced Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Alinsky taught that there are no moral rules in life. In short, you say and do whatever it takes. Effective as that may be, it leaves one without a moral compass. The only thing left is your own ego. By now, Obama’s narcissism should be obvious. It’s always about Obama.
Leaders know what they believe; it comes from the heart. They don’t need to read from teleprompters, do the two-step or change their positions because of focus groups. Red lines don’t vanish, and shots across the bow don’t become word games.
Leaders have principles based on fundamental beliefs that emanate from their inner being. Because of their character and beliefs, leaders are able to inspire others to follow them. Driven by the desire for power, the history of mankind has been characterized by conquest and enslavement. Our founders understood human nature and designed a system of checks and balances to counter it. Liberal aspirations for togetherness or peace initiatives that stem from indecision and weakness are not effective deterrents for tyrants or religious zealots; they aren’t impressed by power demonstrations that are “unbelievably small.”
The world sees an inept president and a nation in retreat. Our enemies will be emboldened. Assad will eventually dominate the rebels. Russia’s power in the Middle East will grow as ours lessens.
With U.S. resolve and trust in doubt, our Arab allies will seek accommodation with Iran. With Iran on course to get the bomb, Israel must do what it can without U.S. support. This has become a far more dangerous world than it was just a few weeks ago.
Before becoming president, Obama promised to “fundamentally transform” America. It became obvious from his economic policies that he intended to create a welfare state similar to those in Europe.
Counting those forced into part-time work or no hope at all, the real unemployment rate after five years of Obamanomics is approaching 14 percent. Congratulations, Mr. President, that’s comparable to many countries in Europe.
Sorry for Obama
The president continues to face issues he has great difficulty dealing with, especially in the foreign policy arena. He has vacillated over a number of important issues, seemingly unable to develop and maintain a course of action.
When he speaks as he did Sept. 10, he does not convey the impression of a firm and committed leader.
Considering his proven talent in convincing people to vote for him, it is surprising that he does not seem to have decision-making ability as president. However, considering that he got to this office without having to make decisions for any sizable organization, and often avoided controversial issues by voting “present” in his previous elected offices, this could have been expected.
When major corporations are screening candidates for management jobs like CEO, these candidates go through an intense vetting process to be sure they have demonstrated the ability to manage, including making tough decisions and getting things done through people. Candidates having no such background would not make it through the first level of screening. Mr. Obama would not have survived such a screening process but nevertheless holds the most difficult management job in the world.
He deserves our sympathy for the challenge he faces in doing his job with little or no relevant experience.