Big bravo

It was my great pleasure to attend the final weekend of the Colour of Music Festival. In two days I heard three recitals, a chamber concert and two splendid orchestral programs.

Having lived and performed (as part of Delphin and Romaine piano duo) in Charleston for nearly 10 years when Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto and Moja were being woven into the cultural fabric of the community, I approached this new festival with high expectations. I was in no way disappointed.

The individual artists and ensembles took on demanding staples of the repertoire in addition to pieces by composers of color that are not so frequently heard. In all instances the technical and musical challenges were conquered with wonderful results. And what a smart decision it was to conclude the festival with the Mozart Requiem. This was the composer’s final work, which he conceived but was left to a student to complete.

Lee Pringle and his co- founders must have had this in mind as they left the completion of their wonderfully conceived festival largely in the hands of students and young professionals. In this particular instance those hands were of color.

What a fitting legacy for the City of Charleston, a city which recognizes the arts as an important means of creating a community that is truly integrated.

Bravo to the city, sponsors and Lee Pringle for their vision and most especially to the young performers for their outstanding display of talent.

Wilfred Delphin

Xavier University

Drexel Drive

New Orleans, La.

On cue

According to a usually reliable informant, all television talk shows and morning news programs employ a cue-card person whose sole function consists of periodically holding up a sign with the instruction: “Everybody talk at the same time.”

H.J. Beaujon, Ph.D.

Cessna Avenue

Charleston

Cycling arrogance

Newcomers to the traffic scene are increasing numbers of cyclists and moped and motorcycle drivers. Does anyone else share my sense that these bicyclists have a certain arrogance?

Cyclists, often barely visible, suddenly appear out of nowhere and register their irritation both audibly and digitally. Riding in a single-file apparently interferes with their ability to chat with each other, so traffic is often reduced to a crawl, resulting in impatience and frustration from both two- and four-wheel commuters, often with awful consequences.

We live in a very quiet, settled neighborhood. Now that the weather is cooling down, our neighbors take to the shady streets in our subdivision in the evening when they get home from work.

The sun is also setting earlier, and Daylight Saving Time has ended. This will result in less visibility as families go for their early evening strolls. Unfortunately, most of the streets are not well lit, and walkers at dusk often wear dark clothing without reflective apparel or appendages.

There being no sidewalks, people walk on the side of the roads, presenting a potential risk to themselves and motorists alike. As a matter of course I drive with the high lights on and have had several near-misses. The need for self-illumination (flashlights, etc.) and/or reflective vests should be apparent.

I would like to see large billboards on the interstate saying “Slow down, there are no winners,” or at strategic intervals see police/sheriff’s cars parked with their blue lights flashing. There is no surer cure for speeding than blue lights ahead of you. In the mornings, especially at the periods of high commuter travel, the highways should be saturated with law enforcement vehicles with their blue lights flashing.

When you get on the highways please go slowly; the terrified driver ahead of you may be me.

Walter Leventhal, M.D.

Midland Parkway

Summerville

Get ‘real’

“Real” Americans love the GOP. “Unreal”... well, we ain’t “real” Americans.

We were (mostly) born in America. We live in America. Most of us work in America. A fair percentage of us vote in America. Many of us have families in America. All of us have a love of America.

But because we don’t hate our government, our old people, women, those who are down and out or of a different race/sexual orientation than we are, we are not “real” Americans. If you don’t believe it, just ask Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Each of those “leaders” in the GOP have said it outright or hinted at it heavily.

And you can believe that many of the folks who disparage liberals caught that disease from the brothers Koch, or one of their subordinates/subsidiaries ... ALEC, Tea Party, Heritage Foundation, several PACs, etc.

David Stevens

Suncatcher Drive

Hanahan

Ask students

I have read the debate regarding the proposed Clemson Architecture Center on Meeting Street. We have heard from preservation experts, experienced architects and longtime engineers. We haven’t heard the side of students and young professionals.

As a Clemson graduate I support the new Spaulding Paolozzi Center.

I have spent three semesters at CAC in Charleston, longer than any other student in the program.

I am very familiar with the curriculum that has left a long-lasting imprint on my architectural education. The quality of the professors, attention they provide to the students, and emphasis on good architecture and attention to detail are the highlights of the program.

I am a young professional in the city, successfully employed upon my graduation from Clemson in May.

As everybody involved in the debate, I love this city; however, the city is littered with bad examples of contemporary design by architects who are trying to appease the Board of Architectural Review.

Like any good piece of architecture, whether historic or contemporary, the new building will fit well with the scale and context of Meeting Street, provide phenomenal light quality to its occupants, and offer an exquisite level of detailing.

Let Charleston not settle for mediocrity in its contemporary architecture but strive for excellence. It is only fitting for a city with such rich history and beautiful period architecture.

Artemiy Zheltov

Lake Myrtle Drive

Charleston

Driving success

The South Carolina Foster Parent Association would like to thank everyone who donated vehicles to its “On the Road Again” program. This program provides transportation for foster youth who are 18 but not yet 21, actively employed and pursuing a GED or post-high school educational program.

Without a vehicle, young people must rely on public transportation to get them to and from work or school. Unfortunately, public transportation is not available in many rural areas of South Carolina.

Considering the numerous obstacles children aging out of foster care face as they work toward becoming productive citizens within their communities, the absence of reliable transportation can be the one that prevents them from succeeding. However, with reliable transportation, many beat the odds to reach independence and success.

This program is made possible through generous donations from the public. When you donate your vehicle to this program, your donation is tax deductible.

Your donations have made a huge difference in the lives of these young adults. If you have questions about donating your vehicle please call Patricia Jackson at 803-438-4587 and visit our website atwww.scfpa.com.

Patricia Johnson

Hamp Branham Circle

Lugoff