As mayor of Moncks Corner, I sympathize with the residents of Daniel Island who are questioning whether or not to leave Berkeley County. And I am very concerned that Berkeley County government has not taken more interest in keeping Daniel Island a part of Berkeley County, other than Daniel Island County Councilman Tim Callanan and the majority of County Council.
Berkeley County does provide a library ideally suited across from the Daniel Island (K-8) School. The library and Berkeley County School Board have an excellent working relationship with hundreds of children going to the library after school hours. And, the present Daniel Island K-8 School represents an investment of over $42 million.
Unfortunately, Berkeley County government does not provide road maintenance on Daniel Island as it does in every other city and town in the county.
Nor is there even a county boat landing within 20 road miles of Daniel Island.
So, who can blame Daniel Island residents who provide 17.2 percent of Berkeley County’s real property tax base and represent only 4 percent of the population?
My understanding is that island residents are also upset that our Berkeley County supervisor did not attend the Sept. 12 meeting at Bishop England High School to discuss their options. Nor did he attend the Sept. 30 school board meetings on Daniel Island and Cainhoy School.
I attended both meetings and plan to do everything I can to keep Daniel Island an important part of Berkeley County.
It appears to me that the Berkeley County School Board will do what needs to be done to serve the school needs of residents of Daniel Island and the Cainhoy Peninsula. The board wisely included a new high school and a new middle school at the Daniel Island School in last year’s $198 million school bond referendum.
Berkeley County must provide Daniel Island with the same services as other residents. In a meeting of the Berkeley County Legislative Delegation on Oct. 2, I learned that there is in the works an additional investment in a public boat landing on Daniel Island. And, there are funds for road improvements in place.
School Superintendent Rodney Thompson indicated that approximately $100 million is available for new schools to serve Daniel Island. The continued influence of the petition may jeopardize this. Please be patient.
William W. Peagler, III
Town of Moncks Corner
“Architects for Clemson center make their case.” Thus reads the headline for Robert Behre’s article on the proposed Clemson Architecture Center.
Unfortunately, there is no case that can be made for outright ugliness.
One side of the building looks like a melting parking garage, while the other looks like a generic office building in some light-starved country in the far north.
Charleston deserves better than this.
VA health care
I agree that veterans have earned the right for free health care through the VA. They put their lives in danger to protect us (you). Free health insurance is the least we can do for them, especially those who have lost limbs. That is something they will live with forever.
Freedom is not free.
Our government proudly boasts of its great capture of the terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi in Tripoli. Obviously this represents a major coup; however, if a raid of this magnitude and danger was possible, what does it say about our president and State Department’s inability or total failure to rescue our ambassador and courageous Navy SEALs in Benghazi?
It would appear that our present administration likes to go for the high profile captures rather then protecting our statesmen and military.
Robert L. fenning, M.D.
Belted Kingfisher Road
There was another wreck on I-526 on Oct. 5. It’s a pretty short highway, and it seems to generate a lot of spectacular accidents.
I know this is a naïve question, but why are we proposing to spend $600 million to provide access to I-526 for lots more cars, when it clearly can’t handle the load it already has?
East Arctic Avenue
Get to work
Rep. Mark Sanford made four points in his op-ed column Oct. 1. Taking them one at a time:
1) If there is a constitutional problem with Obamacare, let the courts decide. Interpreting the law is their job, not yours.
2) I agree that those in politics should be treated the same as me. I’ll believe you believe it when you introduce some bills to bring your retirement and health care plans — among your other perks — in line with mine.
If Obamacare causes costs to rise, I’ll be happy to pay the increase, because the only option is to force as many as 50 million uninsured people back to using emergency rooms as their primary care doctors.
3) Since Congress forces hospitals to accept patients even if they cannot pay for their care, the hospitals have no choice but to pass those costs on to me, the paying (insured) patient. Wouldn’t it make more sense to support a law that forces people to pay their own bills rather than one that forces me to pay for them? And through the back door, yet.
4) Unintended consequences will happen with any new law, especially a major one like Obamacare. Your job, congressman, is to tweak the laws to make them better; it is not to shut down government to get your way.
Congress passed Obamacare, the president signed it into law, the U.S Supreme Court validated it, and we the people voted for it.
You lost, congressman. Get over it. And start governing our country. Please.
Be a mentor
Recently I saw some of Charleston’s finest police officers at work, only instead of chasing criminals, they were helping build character and instill dreams as mentors to students at one of our middle schools.
It was rather daunting to walk into the media center and see six officers in their uniforms. However, after seeing how their mentees opened up to them, it became obvious that they may be the perfect fit to teach the importance of goal-setting, character and leadership development, career exploration and academic success to middle school students who don’t get these life lessons in everyday math and science curriculums.
Middle school is a critical time for children. Students are becoming more aware of their place in society.
And according to Dr. Robert Balfanz, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University who studied this area for 15 years, “In high-poverty schools, if a sixth-grade child attends less than 80 percent of the time, receives an unsatisfactory behavior grade in a core course, or fails math or English, there is a 75 percent chance that they will later drop out of high school” (“Middle School Moment”).
Trident United Way president and CEO Chris Kerrigan said that a cross section of the community — industry, nonprofits, school districts, business and government — must invest in the future success of young children.
Our police officers are doing just that.
I cannot thank the Charleston Police Department enough for all of the work they do in our community.
On behalf of Be a Mentor, I would like to thank all of our Project Shine mentors, volunteers, business partners and school personnel.
Be a Mentor