Design process

I have been privileged to work in many cities and still find Charleston one of the most sophisticated communities when discussions focus on architecture.

And why not? This dialogue has been ongoing for over 300 years.

I have been closely following the evolution of the Spaulding Paolozzi Clemson Architecture Center, and I am enamored with and support the design — this coming from someone who practices preservation daily.

Design-wise, our historic buildings are “treasures” because they are time tested. The fabric of our community is woven with a gracious display of period architecture that celebrates our long history. I believe the Paolozzi Center will be equally celebrated as a building of its time.

Height, scale, and mass have been approved by the Board of Architectural Review. Now come the details. Examine the work of both Allied Works Architecture and E.E. Fava. Their projects are exquisitely designed, very thoughtful in the assembly of materials, with designs developed to the highest degree.

Examine the beauty of the Clyfford Still Museum and Historic Charleston Foundation offices. We are fortunate to have the local talent of Eddie Fava coupled with the international perspective of Brad Cloepfil.

There is no question that with the continued evolution of its design, the Paolozzi Center will become a modern masterpiece, in the same context as our U.S. Custom House and Old Exchange Building are historical masterpieces.

Paraphrasing Steve Jobs, great architecture lives at the intersection of technology and design. The legacy of our historic buildings has proven this time and again.

The Paolozzi Center is a great concept, the detailing will make it a great building, and the dialogue will continue to make us a healthy community.

C. Dinos Liollio, AIA

Wappoo Creek Drive

Charleston

Failing grade

What an awful looking building. How can Clemson President James Barker actually say the Clemson Architecture Center will “stand the test of time” with a straight face?

Sandy Nettles

Madison Court

Mount Pleasant

For those in need

It should be stated that the Affordable Care Act or Romney/Obamacare is for persons who do not have health care. So those of us who do, including all of Congress and the administration, do not need to apply for the program. This seems to be a very difficult concept for some.

Those persons who do not have health care through loss of job; employer doesn’t provide it; cannot afford it; or have been declined coverage because of serious health issues, are now going to be able to check out insurance that will be affordable and accessible. (Unfortunately, some poor people in South Carolina will not be able to access or apply for Medicaid and subsidies because our state refuses to accept federal funds to help this program. A travesty.)

So, be clear that if you are lucky enough to have health care, this program is not for you unless you choose to change.

Evidently some of those who have are not interested in seeing the thousands who do not have. Very sad indeed.

Bonnie Seabright

Groves Manor Court

Mount Pleasant

Misfiring

I’m not a gun collector and really don’t know much about them. But based on increased violence I thought it was prudent to buy one for protection.

I looked for advice from gun-owner friends and chose a “congressional” gun. It looked really sleek although it was a bit expensive but I thought it would be worth it.

Oh man. Trouble from the beginning. It doesn’t work and I can’t fire it. It just jams up whenever I need to use it.

And little did I know there is an as-is warranty. No returns.

Next time I’ll choose a little more wisely.

Jerry Signorelli

Rosedown Point

Mount Pleasant

Arms trafficking

A recent letter to the editor criticized the National Rifle Association for its opposition to a United Nations treaty to limit international arms trafficking.

The Arms Trade Treaty was opposed by the Bush administration but signed by Secretary of State John Kerry and awaits Senate ratification.

It would establish an international gun registration system that could become the first step in disarming American citizens and destroying the U.S. firearms industry.

The U.N. and the world do not give one whit for our Second Amendment rights, and the treaty could impact sales and technology to our allies, such as Israel and Taiwan.

Kerry said, “This is about keeping America safe and America strong and promoting peace and global security.” Someone please explain how undermining our constitutional rights is going to keep America safe and strong.

Is America going to trust the U.N. (given its record of failures and given it has members who are some of the worst human rights violators in the world) with a registry of American gun owners and expect it not to try and disarm the U.S.?

A treaty cannot override the Second Amendment, but an administration that is a strong advocate for gun control could use it to issue executive orders to restrict firearms sales and ownership. This treaty is completely unnecessary.

The U.S. already operates under strict arms export regulations, which even Hillary Clinton, a strong supporter of the treaty and gun control, admits “is the gold standard of export control for arms transfer.” Contact our senators and tell them to oppose ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty.

John Parker

China Cockle Lane

Hilton Head Island

A divider

I read on the front page of the Oct. 7 Post and Courier about a true American hero, a 1970s Vietnam War medic whose heroics included saving his men on a battlefield.

Contrast that with our tyrannical president who showed his true lack of respect for our brave men and women who fought in battle and died for our country by directing open air memorials, parks, waterways and parkways to be shut down in order to inflict as much undue pain on Americas citizens as possible.

President Barack Obama is a small man who continues to show his disdain for America and his utter lack of leadership.

I remember the mood of America after Nixon’s Watergate and the malaise that was the Carter presidency. The mood of America today is far worse than that ever was.

This president continues to drive a wedge between people of all faiths, politics, colors, and beliefs. Our presidential uniter has become America’s divider.

Charlie Fowler

Shadowmoss Parkway

Charleston

Earned honor

The Rev. Edward Robinson (Rob) Dewey, founder, director and senior chaplain of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, received this year’s Humanitarian Award from La Société Française de Bienfaisance (commonly known as the French Society). This award, originally created in 1981, is given annually by the French Society to an individual who greatly improves the human condition either in his community or the world at large.

The French Society’s motto is “to give succor to those in misfortune.” Rev. Dewey embodies that motto, as he works tirelessly every day at Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy to offer comfort and ministry to first responders, victims and the general public in times of crisis.

The CCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization started by Rev. Dewey in 1990 and dedicated to “providing a calming, trusted ‘ministry of presence’ during times of need.”

We in the coastal area of South Carolina are very blessed to have this ministry flourish in our midst. And we all join in congratulating its founder, leader and continuing inspiration, Rev. Rob Dewey.

Mark Dickson

Vice President of Mission

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Halsey Boulevard

Charleston