Saving Clamagore

We appreciate the Nov. 14 letter writer’s concerns and suggestions regarding the future of the submarine USS Clamagore at Patriots Point.

Approximately four years ago Patriots Point Development Authority retained the services of a renowned engineer to look at bringing the Clamagore on the shore. The cost estimate at that time, including restoration, was more than $6 million.

This option has been investigated and clearly is not viable.

Patriots Point has gone to great lengths to work with the Clamagore Veterans Association to attempt to find an organization that would adopt the Clamagore and provide the necessary funds to restore her.

We have exhausted all reasonable options, saving a benefactor who would approach Patriots Point with a gift exceeding the $3 million cost of restoration. Patriots Point Development Authority Board rejected the idea of scrapping the Clamagore as being undignified and disrespectful to the ship and her crew.

We continue to work with the Clamagore Veterans Association to develop a fitting memorial for the submarine and her crew here at Patriots Point. We anticipate the Clamagore will continue to be at Patriots Point through the Spring of 201,4 and we welcome everyone to come pay a visit.

Holly Jackson

Public Information Officer

Patriots Point

Patriots Point Road

Mount Pleasant

Overpopulation

Our planet is now in the intensive care unit fighting to survive. Exaggerated? Sadly not.

Looming large is unsustainable, uncontrolled overpopulation. The world’s population tripled in the 20th century to six billion. It hit seven billion in 2011, and the U.N. forecasts close to 10 billion by 2050.

Nigeria today has the highest birth rate at eight children per mother. In 2100, Nigeria’s population will equal China’s, and the population of Pakistan (the size of Texas) will exceed the U.S. population.

Amidst this squeeze of land, water, food and access to all forms of energy looms a bleak terminal prognosis. Indeed these fundamentals will become one of the most strategically destabilizing fault lines in the world. In the next 50 years we will need to produce as much food as we have consumed to date throughout entire human history!

This sinister metastasizing thread of overpopulation negatively impacts nutrition, education opportunity and ultimately unemployment amongst the hoards of underserved populations. This produces festering anger, frustration and the extremes of crime, and political and religious fundamentalism.

The most effective way to reduce birth rate to sustainable levels is to empower women, providing free contraception and family planning, so they can have time to acquire skills and education early on. When this occurs, women can best decide the optimum supportable family size. This surprisingly has been pro-actively accomplished on a voluntary basis by theocratic Iran, post war, whose population has now stabilized.

We need to actively curtail the addiction to energy consumption that expands the heat-trapping blanket of greenhouse gases that strangles our fragile planet.

To do nothing means bracing for corrosive resource wars, massive starvation, desperate refugees, higher sea levels, mega destructive weather, acidifying oceans killing seafood and deforesting forests that filter carbon dioxide, critical emitters of crucial oxygen to all life forms.

David J. Waldron

Galera lane

Mount Pleasant

Unfair to lawyers

I am writing in response to Brian Hicks’ Nov. 8 column, “Read the fine print in the Veronica case,” in which he describes the lawyers who committed an enormous amount of their time to this case — without pay — as “sharks coming in to feed on the scraps.”

I applaud lawyers for stepping in and providing free services, particularly in complicated issues such as this one.

Irrespective of the outcome of a case, where the law allows lawyers to recover fees and costs from the opposing side, it is perfectly reasonable to request such compensation.

There is no other profession where members are expected to work for free, and the lawyers who worked so diligently on this case do not deserve to be vilified for trying to recoup some of their expenses.

Despite what Mr. Hicks says, “everybody” does not think it’s “fun” to hate lawyers. Mr. Hicks’ comments are without merit, but I don’t “hate” him for his statements.

Alice F. Paylor

President

South Carolina Bar

Taylor Street

Columbia

Hold the noise

I applaud your Nov. 13 editorial describing the plight of the Ansonborough neighborhood, with the other residents of Charleston.

The Gaillard project has been going on for almost two years now and “occasional” Saturdays quickly became most Saturdays, leaving those in the affected area one day of respite. Then the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. work schedule moved to a 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. time frame (due to the need for workers to be on site and ready to begin at the stroke of 7 a.m.).

My understanding for the 5 a.m. start time was to do prep work for the concrete pours that had to been done early in the morning due to cooler temperatures that allow the concrete to cure properly. And concrete pours are noisy.

Now it appears likely that the daily work schedule will expand into the early morning hours, operating from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.

I wonder why the city’s construction projects do not have to adhere to the very noise ordinances it passed years ago which other businesses must abide by?

Perhaps those residents in the streets most directly affected should be given some form of tax relief to offset the burdens that are being inflicted on them?

Perhaps the mayor and other members of City Council should spend a few nights at their Ansonborough constituents’ homes on George Street, and see what it is like to live under these conditions?

Carrie Agnew

Legare Street

Charleston

Senior center need

I have been an active member of the West Ashley Senior Citizen’s Center Committee (WASCC) since its inception about five years ago, and The Post and Courier has printed very little about what we have been trying to accomplish, which is to build a senior citizens center in the West Ashley/St. Andrews Parish area.

There are over 17,000 seniors in this area without a center devoted to their needs, and the WASCC has been representing them at the city and county levels.

Finally we are on the doorstep of fulfilling our vision, and the only newspaper that is covering this issue is “West Of,” for which I am grateful.

This issue is one that has affected not just the West Ashley area but the city as a whole. The residents of West Ashley/St. Andrew Parish are part of the City of Charleston and should matter to the city.

Tom Witman

Paddy Place

Charleston

Core defense

I taught school for 36 years prior to retiring this year. During the past school year, my job as a Social Studies teacher was to support the English Language Arts department as we began implementing the Common Core curriculum standards (CCCS).

I asked my students to critically read various pieces related to our curriculum and respond to given questions. Their responses were to be reflective of the reading, which meant they had to justify their responses based on evidence in the reading.

I need opponents of the CCCS to justify how this concept of teaching critical thinking was detrimental to my students. Rather than spending time in Columbia rallying, parents’ time would be much better spent visiting their children’s classrooms, observing what is truly being taught instead of listening to political propaganda from people who have no interest in the success of S.C. public schools.

Teaching children to think critically will only enhance their chances of being successful in school and in life. I always welcomed and encouraged parents to come into my classroom. I wonder how many of the protesters have actually spent time in the schools observing and listening — and helping.

Angela C. Simmons

South Live Oak Drive

Moncks Corner

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