Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Dec. 5

  • Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 1:19 p.m.

Community asset


Boeing has heard from politicians how much Charleston wants it. Boeing also needs to know that the residents and local businesses want it and hope it considers this as the site for its new airplane.

Boeing has been a wonderful asset to our towns, and we want to show our appreciation by working hard for Boeing and being as supportive as possible. Charleston and its surrounding communities provide a great place for Boeing’s workers, and our communities will work hard to earn its business and growth.

Gary Davis

DavisAir Inc.

Folly Road

James Island

Support teachers


I have looked at the Common Core curriculum for high school algebra and was not shocked or surprised. It is exactly what one should expect from a bureaucratic educational system.

But standards are not the biggest problem in the Charleston County School District. The problem is that teachers are not supported as professionals. They are told to follow the dictates of a bureaucracy that does not have the education of children as its primary goal.

Teachers are not statisticians, researchers, guinea pigs, data gatherers or any of the other “little” jobs that education’s bureaucrats have cast upon them. They are, and they want to be, teachers.

Any school with an administration that does its work, allows teachers to teach the standards (wherever they may have originated) with the understanding that they are a minimum requirement, and oversees progress in the classroom will be a success.

But this is a fantasy that will never come to be. Too many non-teachers in and out of the system believe that how our children are taught is too important to be left in the hands of mere teachers.



Mendel Mitchum

Cliffwood Drive

Mount Pleasant

Neighbors say ‘no’


As a concerned member of the Riverland Crossing Neighborhood, I attended the public meeting held at Fort Johnson Middle School on Nov. 21.

The purpose of this meeting was for the S.C. Department of Transportation and the engineering company attached to the project to supply information about a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Camp Road and Riverland Drive on James Island. This proposed project would directly and adversely impact our small neighborhood.

The engineering company supplied several preliminary artist’s drawings of what this roundabout would look like in juxtaposition to our neighborhood. The topography of the area, the proximity of our neighborhood to Riverland Drive and the proximity of the proposed roundabout to our neighborhood were all so inaccurately depicted that the drawings had no validity. Even preliminary drawings need to contain a certain amount of accuracy. Though colorful and pretty, the drawings were a work of fiction.

There was a computer animation showing how traffic would navigate this proposed roundabout — another piece of fiction by SCDOT.

The residents of Riverland Crossing have grave concerns about how the storm water drainage ponds will be affected by this poorly planned project. None of the engineers that I spoke with even knew that we had these retention ponds.

These ponds protect our neighborhood from flooding during periods of heavy rain. The storm water overflow from the ponds flows down a drainage swail next to our neighborhood to a collector pipe at the intersection.

This collector pipe empties into James Island Creek. Without careful attention to storm water drainage, our neighborhood faces the danger of constant flooding.

Our neighborhood is not against safety improvements, but not at the cost of our quality of life and risk to our homes.

Wayne Andrus

Riverland Crossing

James Island

Strong opinions


So Gene Sapakoff found Carolina’s game-day managers “sophomoric” and deemed our band to be of “high school-quality.”

Post and Courier readers can relate. We are subjected to his sophomoric, high-school quality writing on a regular basis. His juvenile columns are enough to make a person actually miss Ken Burger.



Randolph Pritchard

Stefan Drive

Charleston

Rules of the road


Where are the traffic cops downtown? More specifically, why aren’t they ticketing cyclists and skate boarders who flout traffic laws and, in some cases, have unsafe rides?

Most days I take the CARTA express bus to work. However, during the past month, I have driven to work downtown eight times. I have encountered five cyclists and one skate boarder riding the wrong way on one-way streets. Rarely did the cyclists going in the right direction observe stop signs or, even worse, stop lights.

In one instance, a cyclist blew through a red light the wrong way and fell off his bike in the intersection I was crossing. Had I not been traveling at less than the speed limit, I would have hit him.

One skate boarder, traveling in the correct direction, stayed in the middle of the lane and refused to move over to let cars pass. He just glanced around and made an obscene gesture.

Recently a friend and I went to dinner and attended a concert downtown. We saw two cyclists wearing black clothes and riding bicycles with no reflectors.

Having been a student with only a bicycle for transportation, I am not opposed to cyclists riding downtown. However, they should be required to obey all traffic laws.

Bicycles ridden after dark should be required to have large reflectors and a front light, so that drivers can see them at a distance. Any cyclist violating these laws and requirements, should be ticketed and fined.

Skate boarding, if allowed at all outside of skate parks, should be limited to the central campus of the College of Charleston. This is simply not a safe mode of transportation on busy downtown streets.

In a collision with an automobile, the cyclist or skateboarder will always be the biggest loser.



P. L. Roberts

Winchester Drive

Charleston

Look out


Any of you who receive a bill from SCE&G for power, better tighten your belts once again, because we are going to have yet another rate increase pitched to us.

Why, you ask? On page A-24 in the Nov. 24 paper SCE&G has an ad stating that it is “leading in solar energy.”

Solar power is not cheap, and we all know that they are going to have to get money from somewhere (or someone), so you can be sure it is going to come from us.

Wait for it.

MaryAnn Carruthers

Treebark Drive

Charleston

Dimmer Christmas


This Christmas season Mount Pleasant will be a little bit dimmer, for Edward Brown recently died suddenly of a heart attack. Eddie’s Christmas decorations and light show extravaganza were a fixture at the corner of Rifle Range Road and Harbor Gate Shores, where he and his wife resided.

There were always cars lined up around the block just to cruise by and enjoy the sights and sounds. Eddie told me he would start some time in early October to be ready by the first week of Christmas.

He was a special man. Those who he would recognize were always welcomed by a warm hug and a personal tour of his Winter Wonderland.

A kind and gentle soul, he will be missed. I will put out an extra string of Christmas lights for him.

Heath Orvin

Oak Landing Road

Mount Pleasant

Two at the top


I am proud that our state has two top-20 college teams. Both have been victorious over potent adversaries.

When USC and Clemson met, only one could emerge victorious.

We have great college football teams led by inspiring coaches. I am a USC fan, but I have nothing but respect for our rival’s accomplishments.

TERRILL LEFF

Apollo Road

Charleston

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