Helpful advice

In reference to Dot Scott’s remarks about “open hunting season on black men,” let’s make this clear:

When you see and hear a siren in your rear view mirror you are supposed to pull over and stop. Do not jump out and run. When an officer asks you a question, answer with a little respect.

If you’re not in a car and a cop is yelling for you to stop and put your hands up, do it. Do not pull out your gun and point it at them. Do not pull out any other weapon that may threaten their life; they will — and should — shoot or tase you.

I assure you if we all — whether black, white, brown, red or green — will follow these simple, easy to understand rules, the chances of getting shot by a cop are almost zero percent.

Norman Mosley

Chisolm Road

Johns Island

Too much traffic

Something has to be done about traffic on Johns Island. I know — let’s build more subdivisions.

Terry Steckel

Bonnetts Drive

Johns Island

Building blunder

How can the Clemson School of Architecture pretend to inculcate the principles, processes and objectives of historic preservation when the facility they propose to build at Meeting and George streets violates all of these?

Will not their students who come to Charleston and aspire to degrees in this academic discipline be aware of their hypocrisy?

How will anyone, whether an expert in the field or an ordinary tourist who visits Charleston to appreciate our commitment to preserving our world-renowned historic city, reconcile another contemporary blunder with our dedication to this commitment?

And how can an institution compromise its integrity by presenting to the Ansonborough neighborhood a proposal that, on its second attempt to insinuate itself in the area, ignores all of the objections and concerns voiced on their previous attempt?

Finally, how can the Board of Architectural Review justify its approval when it is charged by ordinance to make sure that projects in the historic district meet the standards of the city ordinance requiring appropriateness of design, congruity with the prevailing character of the neighborhood and support of the public interest (Sec. 54-240 of the City of Charleston Code)?

Barbara D. DeMarco

Hasell Street

Charleston

Bad performance

Prior to the last national election there was much complaining and reporting about the do-nothing Congress and its low approval rating in the polls.

After the election it was reported that 91 percent of incumbents up for re-election won and were returned to Washington.

Today Congress has a 10 percent approval rating, and our country has indeed received another performance of gridlock and do-nothing. Same people, same result.

The next time we have an election everyone should reflect on the sad situation in Washington and remember they, the voters, have the power to call for term limits.

They also have the power to get involved with the political party of their choice to help identify candidates who will represent the voters of their district and get the business of government accomplished.

And most importantly, the voters have the responsibility to go to the polls and vote.

Bob Standley

Waterlily Way

Summerville

Book program

Throughout October, the Charleston County Public Library is offering a program called One Book.

In the past several years, it has been offered with great success.

Basically, the library purchases hundreds of copies of one title, and invites readers to read the book, get involved in discussions at library branches and participate in other activities revolving around the book.

This month, the selection is “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. This is a young adult book set in a futuristic society and reminiscent of the Hunger Games trilogy.

When the program ends, the library will have over 400 copies of this book.

In the past, most copies have been discarded. This year, they could be distributed throughout Charleston County middle and high schools. Teachers can choose to use them in class, or just give them to teens to keep.

This is a wonderful opportunity to extend the life of this program by bringing a good book to hundreds of teenagers in Charleston County.

Call library director Doug Henderson and tell him not to waste our resources by discarding these books. Let’s make the most of a good situation.

Agnes F. Pomata, Ph.D.

Foxfire Road

Wadmalaw Island

Distracted driving

Finally something is being done about texting while driving.

But what about reading a book, magazine, letters, etc.?

In defensive driving school, the main lesson was to be aware of your surroundings to avoid accidents.

When I was on the Ravenel Bridge Oct. 10, the driver next to me was actually reading a book and almost sideswiped me. If I had not blown the horn, there might have been a bad accident with me in it.

What is worse — reading a book or texting? With both, your eyes and concentration are not on the road.

So why just concentrate on the texting?

How about any distraction?

Have respect for yourselves and other drivers — do neither — no texting, reading, eating, applying makeup while driving.

Maria Stephens

Campion Hall Road

Charleston