Teach the Need

On behalf of all of the restaurant industry volunteers who work diligently to help with “Teach the Need,” we would like to thank Tyrone Richardson for his wonderful front-page article (“Prep Kitchen”) in the business section on Nov. 11.

Teach the Need was formed because we believe that many wonderful and talented students are not getting the same opportunities as others.

Our goal, as the article stated, is to train these students to succeed in the workplace in whatever field they choose. To that end we need the community’s help.

This December we will be graduating approximately 100 students who will be ready to join the workforce. These students, while trained in “front of the house” restaurant skills will also be available for positions in other fields.

They are being taught the basic skills needed to succeed. Showing up for work on time, dressing appropriately, speaking clearly and team work are just a few of the skills they are learning. These skills can be applied to any industry.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in giving a chance to someone who needs one please write us at teachtheneed@gmail.com. We are asking your help, for it truly takes a community.

Michael Miller

Mickey Bakst

Co-founders

Teach the Need

King Street

Charleston

Consolation prize

The Nov. 11 Post and Courier featured a headline across the top of Page B1: “S.C. not at bottom of everything.”

We are apparently only 45th among the states in child well-being.

Here’s a suggestion to Gov. Nikki Haley. Drop that bogus phrase “It’s a great day in South Carolina,” which she insists all state employees use when answering the phone. Adopt something a little more realistic, such as “Good morning. South Carolina is not at the bottom of everything.”

Patricia DeTreville

Chadwick Drive

Charleston

Let them sleep

A Nov. 13 editorial addressed the possibility that daily construction hours on the Gaillard Auditorium could be extended in order to complete the project within the contract-scheduled time frame.

The idea that these residents may have to endure 20 hours of construction noise daily is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable.

The most bothersome thing is that what Mayor Joe Riley wants, Mayor Joe gets. There is very little doubt that all he has to do is wave his “magic mayor wand” and stop this abuse. On top of that is the fact that when this auditorium is completed, as the new home of the Charleston Symphony, you had better be quiet lest you disturb the musicians or your fellow symphony attendees — that is understood. Why isn’t it understood that residents deserve to have a modicum of a normal life?

Are you listening mayor? Your silence is deafening.

Seymour Rosenthal

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant

Thanks, VA

As a Vietnam era veteran, I would like to express my profound appreciation to the Veterans Administration, Charleston, for its profound and wonderful service to me and my family.

The care and service I have received has been exceptional, especially in ordering my prescriptions.

I extend a heartfelt thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who have helped me.

Oscar N. Vick IV

Sheldon Road

Charleston

Extremism’s toll

Once upon a time, not too many years ago, it was California that was the land of “fruits and nuts.”

Today it is Iowa, Texas and South Carolina.

Extremist politics are very popular in South Carolina, where Newt Gingrich won the 2012 Republican presidential primary and Jim DeMint was recently a senator. I think it will reach a peak with Ted Cruz as the Republican nominee (that is, assuming that another “squishy” center-right candidate like Jeb Bush doesn’t upset the apple cart).

Chris Christie?

You can’t be serious. He is New Jersey’s answer to “Marrying Sam” in L’il Abner. The Republican Party needs catharsis after John McCain and Mitt Romney, who lost because they played to the party base.

Now the party base needs to lose decisively. Every fire must ultimately burn out.

William A. Johnson

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant

Survivor’s thanks

I would like to thank Dean G. Kilpatrick, chairperson of the board of directors for People Against Rape, for his outstanding column published on Oct. 31 titled, “Rape prevention requires more than cautions on alcohol use.”

His article stated what I have always believed, and that is, in his words, “True rape prevention must focus on getting men to change their behavior, not on getting women to change theirs.”

He also stated that the woman should not be made to feel that she alone carries the weight of making herself less vulnerable to attack, and that “this approach also sends a not-so-subtle message to women that it is their fault if they do get raped because they are the ones who are responsible for preventing rape by taking adequate precautions.”

As a survivor, it was a breath of fresh air to see those words written by a man. I personally benefited from the assistance I received through the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and would encourage any woman who may be trying to deal with the trauma of rape to do the same.

There is help available. You do not have to carry the weight of that burden on your own. It is comforting to know that Dr. Kilpatrick continues to champion this cause for women, and I have answered his call to join PAR and “not rest until every girl and woman in our colleges and community can live her life free from the fear of sexual assault.”

To Dr. Kilpatrick, PAR and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, I say thank you.

Lori Johnson

Highway 164

Hollywood

Good people

It seems almost all the news lately is bad. So when something good happens, it makes you want to share it with as many people as you can.

Recently I stopped by Jimmy John’s on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant to make a purchase. While paying I dropped $25. I didn’t realize it until hours later.

At the urging of some friends and with very little hope, I returned to the shop to inquire about the lost money. Thanks to the honest people who work there, the money was found and given to me. They are good people.

Elizabeth Summerford

Fairway Place Lane

Mount Pleasant

A pet’s true worth

Is your pet’s value based on its pedigree? What if it doesn’t have one? Is its value based on what you paid for it? What if it was a stray or a gift from someone? Is a dog’s value based on its training or the number of tricks it can do?

How can someone place a value on a dog that is your friend, companion and part of your family? A dog that is not for sale at any price.

A man shot and killed our dog with a bow and arrow. He was caught and pled guilty.

The magistrate of Bamberg County told the man that the maximum fine was $500, but he only charged this man $55 for killing our dog. The magistrate also did not require the restitution that we asked for.

I was furious about the $55 fine, so I turned down the magistrate’s small restitution offer. This does not seem like justice to me.

Willie Craven

Pappa Cemetery Road

Branchville

Sanctions for Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Congress about new sanctions against Iran.

Why is the U.S. offering anything whatsoever to Iran? Is everyone in this administration completely incapable of common sense?

Oops, silly question.

This is what happens when we put friendships, politics or cronyism above our nation’s best interests.

Lewis Wade

Cottageville Highway

Cottageville