Earl's Court

I am amazed that a small group of seemingly intelligent and successful Mount Pleasant residents gathered (well after construction was begun) to decry the logical and well-constructed small development in the Old Village area known as Earl's Court.

While I have no attachment to this development except that I recognize the fact that an under utilized, awkward parcel of land will come alive with a lighted cobblestone street, folks chatting in front of their homes and maybe even a child's lemonade stand.

What might be decried is the sprawl of Mount Pleasant to the north: Dunes West, Carolina Park, Park West, etc., and their intrusions into marshfront, habitat-filled areas of Lowcountry natural beauty.

It is relatively easy to mow down forests and install cul-de-sacs and amenity centers with parking lots. Let's instead celebrate infill development and those with the vision to see the possibilities.

Nick Popovich

Greenwich Street

Mount Pleasant

Turkey Day Glide

While much has been publicized about the Turkey Day Run in Charleston, another little known run just up the road in Awendaw has drawn national acclaim. Outside Magazine, in an article titled "Thanksgiving's Best Turkey Trots" listed 10 Thanksgiving Day runs in America that were noteworthy. (The article can be found on outsideonline.com.)

The list includes the oldest, in Buffalo, N.Y., which dates back to 1896; the largest, in Dallas, with 40,000 runners; and races in eight other categories. A total of 10 were mentioned, and No. 9 on the list was "The Best Small Town Free Fun Run" - Awendaw 5k Fried Turkey Glide.

The run got its origin in 2009. Lee Ann Reigart and her husband had bought a cottage on the waterfront near Garris Landing and having grown tired of the drive into town and increasing price of the Charleston Turkey Day Run, she decided to start her own Thanksgiving Day run. She named it the Fried Turkey Glide as a tribute to frying the Thanksgiving bird and doing things a little differently.

It just gets better every year. The run continues to grow as more families who want to start the day in a fun, healthy way - without spending $100 or more for race fees - are able to participate. Many thanks to Lee Ann for the many hours she puts in as a way to give back to her community.

Clara Jane Hogan

Privateer Drive

Mount Pleasant

Let people decide

Many Republicans in Washington seek to scrap Obamacare altogether and desire to work toward a workable federal health system. I say, take any federal health care plan to the people as an amendment proposal for adoption or rejection. Allow for such a federal law to be by the consent of the people, rather than as a federal force.

Remember, America's founding document, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive their power by the consent of the people. Let's keep that as an American reality.

Bill Ivy

Point Park Drive

Johns Island

Not ludicrous

I found it ironic, if not laughable, that in The Post and Courier's Nov. 26 edition, Frank Wooten (on page 2) referred disparagingly, yet again, to President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being ludicrously named. I don't see a "Dr." preceding Frank Wooten's name; however, I do see an article, in the same paper (Section D, front page) with Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz titled "Benefit that could save your life, job," which details the very Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act benefits that are and should be the focus.

It seems to me that South Carolina, a state that has refused to set up exchanges and expand Medicaid for people residing here, has no objectivity to call the PP&ACA a failure (or ludicrously named) when the state of South Carolina has done nothing to facilitate its success. Rather, it has chosen to do the opposite. It is the law and has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States. Time spent trying to repeal has been time wasted.

Speaking of time, the next time I move it will be to a state that puts the health and well- being of its residents before politics. It will be blue.

Cathy Perkins

British Drive

Moncks Corner

Truth in films

It is a bit confusing whether David Quick in his Nov. 26 article titled "Do health advocacy films create change?" is addressing advocacy films in general or non-genetically modified organism advocacy films specifically. This letter primarily addresses the latter.

With few exceptions, the films cited use hyperbole and misinformation to deliver, at best, an exaggerated story and, at worst, sheer propaganda in a likely attempt to promote organic and so-called "natural" foods. Perhaps this is the primary reason that these films seem to have had little impact on mainstream Americans. Most of us tune out when the message gets too shrill. An example is Quick's quote of Jeremy Seifert that our "food system ... is making us sick." This is nonsense.

The food industry does not require labeling of foods that include genetically engineered ingredients because labeling implies that these products are different, even inferior, to similar products without genetically engineered ingredients. After years of scientific study and 20 years of use, the FDA and its sister organizations globally have determined that these ingredients are essentially identical to their non-engineered counterparts and pose no threat to human health or to the environment. Even the FDA opposes labeling genetically engineered ingredients.

Health advocacy is a good thing. But advocating by misinformation weakens the impact of truly important nutritional information that needs to be disseminated. We Americans eat too many unhealthy foods, we are overweight as a society and we need to make wiser dietary choices, but hyperbole is not the best way to deliver a message.

The typical American row crop farm is 441 acres with annual revenue of about $250,000, about 10 percent of the annual revenue of a typical pharmacy. The farmer is a true entrepreneurial small businessperson. Most farmers choose to plant seeds with genetically engineered input traits because they greatly outperform their non-genetically engineered competitors.

Remember that farmers are consumers, too. Those who plant genetically engineered plants confidently consume the same food products that you and I do.

Richard Galloway

Hidden Green Lane

Isle of Palms

Who's in charge?

Surely Summerville High School principal Kenny Farrell was misquoted in the Dec. 4 story "Dorchester 2 might relax no-gadget rule."

"It really puts us in a bind. We are faced many times a week with parents who tell us, 'I told my kids to take his cellphone and use it,' and the kids outright refuse to give it to us. They say, 'My parents said not to give it to you, and I'm not going to get in trouble.' "

What happened to parents and school working together? For parents to flagrantly undermine administrators and encourage their children to disobey school policies says a lot about why there is little respect for authority in our public schools today.

With this type of attitude, teachers and administrators, who are required to enforce district and school policies, find themselves almost daily in precarious situations. Their jobs are not easy.

We are a society of laws. It is in the schools that students need to learn this - the sooner, the better. Continuing to "relax" district policies will eventually invite anarchy.

I could not help but think of a quotation that I read years ago: "The schools are like they are today because the teachers are afraid of the principal. The principal is afraid of the superintendent. The superintendent is afraid of the school board. The school board is afraid of the parents. The parents are afraid of the children. And the children are afraid of no one."

Sad but true.

GERALD MACKEY

Harborsun Drive

Charleston