Recently I was bartending for a private party on Kiawah Island when I suddenly became dizzy and disorientated. Not knowing what was happening, I sat down thinking it would pass.

Fortunately, one of my coworkers saw that something was wrong.

She, with the help of some other male coworkers, got me to her car.

She took me to St. Francis Hospital’s emergency room, where I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I have no memory of this event.

There is an important point I want to make here: Everyone needs to make an entry in his cell phone under contacts. Call it “ICE — in case of emergency,” and list your next of kin. In my case, Suzi, who was a good friend, did not know anyone in my family.

The doctors in the emergency room had no clue whom to call. This will provide a way for a total stranger to pick up your phone and call your next of kin. Please do this now and don’t wait.

I also would like to thank all of the medical people who took care of me that night from the ER doctors and staff at St. Francis Hospital, ambulance attendants who transported me to Roper Hospital downtown, Dr. Artur Pacult, the brilliant neurosurgeon who operated on me, the nurses on the sixth and seventh floors who gave me such great care, and my good friends at Charleston Bay Gourmet Catering for saving my life. Thank you.

Keith Purdy

Provincial Circle

Mount Pleasant

Powerful problem

On Nov. 5 SCE&G was installing new equipment on the side of my store (Tideline Aquatics) next to my existing equipment (six inches away). Suddenly the power starting flashing off and on rapidly inside the building. I went outside to find my equipment smoking heavily with fireballs popping out. The SCE&G service person put out the fire with an extinguisher. Only half of the store had power and it was not at full strength.

A supervisor came and said the power would have to be shut down to repair and replace the damaged equipment. Our store hours are from noon until 7 p.m. This occurred about 1:30 p.m.

I had to send my entire staff home and close my store for the rest of the day. The final repairs were finished about 6:15 p.m., and I spent the next hour checking on all of our equipment to ensure it was functioning properly.

Due to this incident I lost store revenue and my staff lost their pay for that day. The following day I filed a claim with SCE&G to try and recoup my losses. The claims department representative called to explain that SCE&G had done its part: They replaced the damaged equipment both inside and outside the building. They do not pay for loss of business in such situations.

Folks should understand that the SCE&G monopoly can do pretty much anything it wants without recourse.

I cannot change companies. I cannot afford to take on the SCE&G monster in court.

So my staff and I are left with nothing.

And that is what I say to SCE&G — thank you for nothing.


Yeamans Hall Road


GOP needs plan

If Republicans are serious about repealing Obamacare, instead of the idiotic government shutdown, they must present an alternative plan and a way to implement it.

Without a Republican president, House and veto-proof Senate, Obamacare is safe. Even well-thought-out changes not proposed by Obama have been rejected. As a matter of fact, Obama has rejected any changes except for pushing the mandatory sign-up date back some weeks.

Republicans have to prove they have the best interests of the people in mind instead of complaining about Obamacare.

With no alternative, Republicans have nary a foot to stand on. If they present and promote a fair alternative plan, people would listen, especially now that they realize that Obamacare is a complete failure.

I am not referring to the website. Eventually that will be fixed. This is not the program Obama sold to the people.

Too many exemptions have been granted. Too many have lost their insurance and doctors, despite the president’s assurances. The funding premise is fatally flawed.

Republicans, use your brains and not your mouths.

Meet with health care experts from all sides of the profession, formulate a fair and less expensive plan and promote it to the American people. They are ready to listen.

Stew Williams

Chisolm Road

Johns Island

A solid core

I attended two different high schools in South Carolina. They were 20 minutes way from each other, but could not be further away in expectations from their students.

At one school, I was encouraged to not only perform well, but express my creativity, dive deep into concepts, and challenge myself.

At the other school, emphasis was placed on memorizing the steps instead of thinking critically about the process and becoming Google search experts instead of fostering active curiosity. Throughout my first semester of college, it became clear to me which school better prepared me for the rigor I was now facing as a student.

If the Common Core State Standards were implemented in every S. C. public school, I’d have no reason to debate which school primed me to be a critical thinker, a problem solver, or a lifelong learner. South Carolina has consistently ranked at the bottom for student achievement. Obviously our current standards are incapable of moving us forward.

Now, more than ever before, S. C.’s future depends on our willingness to create a new educational framework, one that raises academic expectations of all students and provided them with the skills, tools, and resources need to succeed.

Common Core is a step forward in the right direction towards equal education opportunities for all students. Where a child lives should not determine whether he or she is able to attain a quality education that will help them succeed in college and the workforce.

Despite the recent rallies and bills pushed to stop Common Core, the implementation process should proceed for the betterment of S.C. schools and students.

Echo Buffalo

Coming Street


What’s so funny?

The letter titled “Stubborn tradition” (Nov. 13) was a slap in the face to true Charlestonians.

I was amazed that it was written by a past president of the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association.

What does someone opposing a proposal have to do with changing a light bulb?

Anyone living in the City of Charleston should be furious. If the letter was trying to be funny, it missed the mark.

As for the recreation lane around Hampton Park, it had been in the works by the county and city for years.

“Old Charlestonians,” including me, had questions that were left unanswered, so a motion for the neighborhood association to support the lane was defeated.

Next the letter writer got about 300 signatures on a petition to support the recreation lane and presented it to City Council. A few who didn’t support the lane showed up at the meeting and found it disturbing that our president wasn’t supporting the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood Association position.

Needless to say, we “old Charlestonians” are very happy his title is past president.


Past President

Wagener Terrace

Neighborhood Association

Saint Margaret Street


At last they agree

One of President Obama’s greatest accomplishments may be the creation of the odd-fellow alliance of S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson and erudite columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.:

“You lie!”

“You lied!”

Lenny Branch

Northcutt Boulevard

Mount Pleasant