Be informed

In an Oct. 19 article, Teddie Pryor claimed that the public knew that the half-cent sales tax would be used to help pay for the I-526 extension. Like many others, I had no recollection of that issue ever being mentioned in 2004.

To satisfy my curiosity, I searched The Post and Courier archives and read every article dealing with the half-cent sales tax in 2004. I did not find a single mention of I-526 in those articles.

Mr. Pryor’s claim that everyone knew about I-526’s role in the half-cent sales tax is an insult to this newspaper.

I hope The Post and Courier will set the facts straight about who failed to inform voters about the ramifications of the half-cent sales tax.

Thomas Jefferson said an informed citizenry is the bulwark of democracy. In 2004, someone failed the citizenry of Charleston County. We deserve to know who.

Lee Grayson

White Drive

Charleston

Women’s cancer

It was wonderful to read on Oct. 20 about the recent Komen Race for the Cure on Daniel Island.

Anyone who is an NFL fan is well aware of all the pink items being worn by the players, coaches and even sportscasters promoting breast cancer awareness, and the money that is being raised for that cause.

I don’t want to take anything away from those valiant efforts, but I was touched by the ordeal of a good friend of mine who is a survivor of one of the many types of “below the belt” women’s cancer.

Throughout her surgery and subsequent chemo and radiation treatments, she heard about many breast cancer efforts, but was unable to find much support for treating other types of cancer.

In fact, another friend said to her at one point, “Well, it seems to me that you just have the wrong color cancer.”

My daughter and I are flying to Washington, D.C., in a couple of weeks to join her for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer, sponsored by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. The event is on Nov. 3 and is to raise awareness of other women’s cancers. Trying to get sponsors for that fund-raising effort has been difficult.

Given the economic times, and all the other demands for fund raising, that is not surprising.

However, breast cancer isn’t the only type of cancer women face, just the most well known.

There are many types of cancer, some specific to women and some not.

I hope this letter makes you aware of other fund-raising efforts and inspires those who have been touched by cancer in their lives to support this effort as well.

More about the race and the mission can be found at www.endwomenscancer.org.

Rebecca Carlisle

Hermit Crab Way

Mount Pleasant

Cruise tourism

The Oct. 20 Post and Courier Commentary page hit home on two counts: Alan Farago’s call for cruise regulations and Clemson President James Barker’s vision of the proposed Clemson Architecture Center at Meeting and George streets.

Having just returned from my fifth river cruise, with a post-stay in Prague, I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Farago.

The continuing unabated growth of cruise tourism will surely affect Charleston’s character, its quality of life and the environment.

The Charleston peninsula is simply too small to accommodate mammoth ships and hordes of passengers arriving and departing via personal automobiles.

Building the terminal in downtown Charleston would be a huge mistake.

Why can’t Mayor Joe Riley see that the sensible location for the cruise terminal is at the shipyard in North Charleston or across the river in Mount Pleasant?

Cruise passengers are accustomed to being bused to the day’s venue, often at some distance. It’s part of the adventure.

And to Mr. Barker’s desire for the proposed Clemson Architecture Center to become an architectural landmark in the city, I suggest he go back to the drawing board.

The low-level expanse of glass will quickly fill with potted plants, cluttered desks, dangling wires and the backs of computers — not a pretty view from the outside-in.

State of the art it may currently be, but an inspiring icon it will never be.

Let Clemson design an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, aah-arousing building that will have every tourist snapping a photo and buying a postcard, such as Prague’s amazing Dancing House completed in 1996 on a historical site destroyed in WWII. Now there’s an icon, Charleston.

Rose Hutchinson

Indigo Lane

Goose Creek

Buried in debt

Six years ago on the Senate floor, Sen. Barack Obama lambasted President Bush for adding $4 trillion to our national debt in his eight years in office, therefore indebting every American $30,000.

In just a mere five and half years, now-President Obama has managed to top that by adding $8 trillion dollars to our debt and making each of us responsible for $50,000.

Held hostage by the GOP? No, we are being buried in debt by President Obama and the Democrats.

Alfie Shelton

Roselle Avenue

Goose Creek