Earl’s Court

Perhaps those residents who protest construction of Earl’s Court have forgotten the official crest of the Town of Mount Pleasant. The seal bears the Latin phrase “cresco,” which means “to grow,” something that the Lowcountry is sure to do.

But instead of encouraging growth in the form of sensibly sized, well-built dwellings, it appears that some would rather see our coastal communities become sterile enclaves for the rich.

Housing affordability is a serious problem that affects this region’s long-term vibrancy and competitiveness. By opposing diverse and dense housing, we shut out middle- class families, college graduates, young entrepreneurs and innovators, and all those who desire a high quality of life but have yet to achieve wealth.

The best solution is to build more housing at varying price points, densely but beautifully, in our existing city centers and not at the edges of town.

The Town of Mount Pleasant and the I’On Group should be commended and encouraged for their vision of a dense and diverse town, despite protests of an uninformed few.

At least one resident blatantly stated a desire to manipulate the regulatory environment in his favor, but there’s no reason for all that effort. If those who complain about Earl’s Court want to live in an exclusive place, I’m sure there are plenty of gated communities in the Lowcountry that would be happy to have their dollars.

Jacob A. Lindsey, ASLA Principal

Fabric Urban Design Office

King Street

Charleston

Insurance shock

I recently received my homeowners insurance statement for next year. I was shocked to see that my rate increased by a full 20 percent even though I have never made a claim and have not made changes to my home except improvements to make it more resistant to weather, fire and crime.

When I contacted the representative of my insurance company here, which is not the actual insurer, as few companies will write policies here, I was told that they had been told by the carrier that “they had a rate increase.”

This area, thankfully, has not been hit by a severe storm in decades, yet insurers are allowed to simply increase rates by astronomical percentages.

Why is this so? Is there no board, agency or government bureau that protects us from unjustified increases and policies that insurers randomly assess? Our leaders in government must also be facing these financial burdens.

Do they not notice? Do they not care? Or are they being paid so well by us, the citizens, that such increases are hardly noticeable?

It is about time that someone looks into placing controls on rates and at the same time assuring residents that insurers will continue to cover our homes and possessions.

Mark Palasek

Stamby Place

Mount Pleasant

Support success

Congratulations are in order for the superintendent of the Charleston County School District for being awarded a grant to enhance teacher development. As she says, nothing is more important than what happens when a teacher closes the classroom door.

The newspaper article about the grant is sprinkled with acronyms like TIF, ADEPT and BRIDGE and other program labels that I’m sure mean something important to professional educators, administrators, teachers and “stakeholders,” whoever that vague term encompasses.

It is wonderful to have funding for those programs, and I have every hope they will accomplish something definable, some day, for someone.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch where the real boots are on the real ground, the Autobody Collision Repair class at Garrett Academy anxiously awaits funds generated by the British Car Club of Charleston’s recent car show so they can purchase tools necessary to continue their teaching mission.

Since this class does not seem to have a trendy status or access to programs with upper-case acronym labels, it is relegated to a budgetary status that doesn’t even provide the necessary physical tools.

So the class waits for the funds from the club in order to buy a couple of paint guns and sanders to replace the worn out junk they are forced to use.

The British Car Club of Charleston has supported this class for years, and we are pleased that we can contribute in some small way to an effort that has a definable outcome, a marketable skill that is in high demand.

In 2008, we donated $5,000 worth of tools to the class in a small ceremony held at the class. This event defined, to me, the priorities of the CCSD: Not a single representative of the district bothered to attend. The principal of the school could not even take the time to walk down the hall and say thanks. The media did not attend.

Maybe we should have labeled the event with a fancy acronym.

WRAY LEMKE

West Coleman Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Stubborn tradition

While the writer of the Nov. 13 letter to the editor, “Stubborn tradition” regarding “old Charlestonians” was somewhat amusing, his facts regarding the recent Hampton Park renovation were incorrect.

A handful of bike enthusiasts hardly constitutes an “overwhelming” majority. Perhaps the writer and others “from off” should reflect on the very reason that brought them to Charleston in the first place: our Historical Society, our Preservation Society, our Board of Architectural Review, our Southern hospitality and, you said it, our “stubborn tradition.”

Louise Anderson

Gordon Street

Charleston