Credibility gap

I have always questioned Sen. Fritz Hollings' credibility where the Middle East is concerned, and his recent letter to the editor has not changed my opinion.

If the senator had been keeping up with events in the Middle East he would realize that when President Obama failed to back the uprising in Iran over its botched presidential election in 2009, the United States lost credibility.

When Obama backed he Islamist Muslim Brotherhood instead of the secularists in Egypt, the United States lost credibility.

When Obama said Syria's Assad must go and he is still there, and when Obama failed to honor the red line over the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the United States lost credibility.

The United States as a whole lost all credibility when Obama negotiated the deal with Iran regarding its nuclear facilities.

Obama has spent his entire time as president promising to guard Israel's back only to ease sanctions on Iran. The greatest danger facing Israel is an Iran with an atomic bomb.

The Palestinian position was made clear by their chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, speaking to foreign supporters. He said the Palestinians will never accept Israel's right to exist.

With that in mind it is clear that Israel has hostile neighbors on all its borders. Israel has always defended itself without the need for U.S. troops.

Obama's proposal to put U.S. troops along the Jordan River to allay Israel's concerns about withdrawing their troops from the Jordan Valley will depend on two things.

First, the Obama administration must show that they are credible players and, second, there has to be a reason for Israel to trust the Palestinians. Neither of these conditions has been shown to exist.

Both the PLO and Hamas remain committed to Israel's destruction and Obama has lost his credibility in the Middle East. The Palestinians, Iran and the Arabs will never agree to Israel's existence.

Morey Lipton

Santa Elena Way

Johns Island

Positive process

I applaud the College of Charleston Board of Trustees for conducting a presidential search.

A search benefits all parties concerned. It allows the board to get feedback from faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, community members and other friends of the college as to their expectations for the next president.

It also allows potential candidates to help understand those expectations.

To be successful the next president must understand the expectations and be the product of an open and fair process.

Those who have the best interest of the college at heart should allow the search process to work.

Kenneth Gustafson Sr.

Trapman Street


Risks to students

Ever since I moved to the College of Charleston campus, I've been appalled at the risks students face just by walking around campus during peak traffic hours.

I have heard many stories of students being hit, or almost hit, by vehicular traffic. You may chalk this up to irresponsible young pedestrians who like to jaywalk, but that isn't always the case.

One of my friends was hit by a slow-moving car as he tried to cross the street completely legally. The impact was hard enough to leave a bruise. A friend of a friend was hit so hard while crossing on his skateboard that the skateboard broke.

I, myself, have witnessed a group of students scrambling out of the way as a car stopped on a crosswalk and attempted to back up, making contact with at least a few people.

The intersection of St. Philip and Calhoun streets seems to be the worst. I've narrowly avoided being hit there several times, through no fault of my own.

It seems to me that these issues are mostly caused by rushed student drivers or, more often than not, tourists who do not know how to drive in a city like Charleston. It is only a matter of time before a serious injury comes from this negligence.

It is my recommendation that the college hire traffic guards to monitor busy intersections during peak hours, and for Charleston drivers to pay more attention when navigating heavily traveled areas.

Catherine Stiers

St. Philips Street


A good deed

There is so much bad in this world - just listen to the news. But there is also good and I want everyone to know about such a wonderful man and such a good deed.

We have a church van that is used strictly for carrying food from the Lowcountry Food Bank to our church to be used in our food pantry.

The driver's seat was in disrepair, to say the least, so my husband took the van to Grady's Upholstery Shop on Dorchester Road. A reasonable estimate was given and the van was left to be repaired.

My husband went to pick up the van when it was ready, but Mike Kornahrens would not take payment for the repair. He knew it was a church van and what it was used for, and he simply said he didn't want any money for the job.

God sends us angels when we need them and Mr. Kornahrens of Grady Upholstery certainly has a halo around his head.

I hope anyone who needs any auto upholstery work will go to Grady's.

Bobbie J. Gallager

Ocean Grove United

Methodist Church

North Highway 17