Shortcut risks

An article in the Dec. 6 issue of The Post and Courier discussed the safety issues regarding drivers' use of the strip mall to access Camp Road and Dills Bluff Road because the intersection is temporarily closed. As I see it, the safety issues are due to two factors.

1) Some patrons of the stores at the mall illegally park in non-designated parking spaces. Recently, I saw one vehicle parked in the middle of a main access driveway 30 feet from the sidewalk fronting Town Hall.

2) Most of these drivers drive in an orderly, single-car fashion through an access driveway; however, there are a few who attempt to pass those drivers, thereby impeding drivers from the other direction.

One of them almost hit me recently. Yes, I illegally cut through the private property, but the alternative is a long detour of over a mile.

One of the store owners complained, in the article, about the noise and fumes.

But those drivers may be tempted to park and visit some of those stores. In fact, I did not know that Smoky Oak was there until I noticed it while I was driving by.

Irving S. Rosenfeld

Simpkins Street

James Island

'Concrete jungle'

The Dec. 6 Post and Courier article heralding the official opening of The Boulevard, the new high-density, mixed-use development on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, was a sad day for many of us who live in this area of town.

This new concrete jungle of 325 upscale apartments that the Beach Company has proudly created is completely out of character with this area of Mount Pleasant and lacks the Southern coastal town charm for which this section of Mount Pleasant is famous.

The building is tall enough to block the sun from the sidewalk; it provides no green space or safe area for a child to play; and it adds to the already heavy traffic along Coleman Boulevard.

While this building is a done deal, what's more alarming is that the town of Mount Pleasant has a development plan that encourages developers to build more of these unsightly mixed use, high density projects all along Coleman and Ben Sawyer boulevards.

Already under development is Earl's Court, 26 units on little over an acre of land at the entrance to the Old Village.

At this development there's not even room to put your garbage can on the curb, let alone have friends over for dinner, because there is no guest parking.

If the residents of Mount Pleasant don't speak up soon about this short-sighted Coleman/Ben Sawyer Overlay Plan for our town, our "main street" and gateway to Sullivan's Island is going to look like the honky-tonk, concrete and asphalt strip of Route 17 in Myrtle Beach.

And for those Mount Pleasant residents who think "Phew! It's not happening in my backyard." they'd better check out similar high density projects that are also being approved along Chuck Dawley Boulevard and scenic Mathis Ferry Road.

Nancy Wicks

Cove Bay Lane

Mount Pleasant

'Get over' what?

In response to a recent letter critical of me ("The war is over," Dec. 10), I would like to assure the writer that I've been a Yankee for the first 70 years of my life (though I've seen the error of my ways for the past six), so there isn't, nor could there be, anything in my "mindset" still fighting on the Southern side in the Civil War, or longing for the days when I was "lord of the manor" keeping and abusing slaves - and since I've never believed anything like that, there is nothing for me to "get over."

Perhaps the letter writer has something, however, on her side to get over so that she can learn historical truth.

KIRKPATRICK SALE

Oak Tree Lane

Mount Pleasant

Profit over patient

S.C. Department of Health and Human Services director Tony Keck's position that insurance plans should form networks that provide excellent care at the most competitive price is correct.

However, a tincture of cynicism toward some of those companies is in order. Without the ability to charge more or not enroll an individual for pre-existing conditions, the health plan can exclude networks that attract the sicker (costlier) patients.

MUSC is nationally recognized, has centers of excellence that are costly to maintain and cares for a large, under-served population. They probably cost more per service rendered but that is only one part of the quality and cost equation.

Can Blue Cross make a rational argument against MUSC's superior care and outcome, especially those with cancer, high risk pregnancies and complex cardiac conditions?

If your main mission as a health plan is to make money, then excluding hospitals and physicians who provide services for complex patients is one way to do that.

If you don't build it, they won't come.

Fred M. Volkman, M.D.

Henrietta Hartford Road

Mount Pleasant

A fitting term

Re the Dec. 7 letter "Credibility strain" by Sen. Fritz Hollings:

It is my opinion that the United States has very little credibility with any country in this world, and this is a result of the decisions and choices made by the past and present politicians in Washington, D.C.

The only credibility the United States has, is the money we put in their bank accounts. I have learned through the years that you do not buy respect and credibility with money. You earn them with your actions.

And I would ask Mr. Hollings: Since when did you take up mind reading?

You read my mind perfectly when you referred to the politicians in Washington, D.C., as "jackasses."

Bobby J. Hosmer

Fryes Lane

Cross

All by themselves

With apologies to Sen. Fritz Hollings, many in Congress look like jackasses without Benjamin Netanyahu's help.

Terry Tsurutis

Bull Street

Charleston