'An eyesore'

Your article about the new "downtown Mount Pleasant" on Coleman Boulevard was correct to say that the architecture will create debate.

The buildings are, to me, of a nondescript style, with no relationship that I can tell to Lowcountry styles of building.

They are very similar to the buildings that the Beach Company is now squeezing into every square inch of the Seaside Farms complex in Mount Pleasant.

Again, there appears to be no relationship to the character or history of the area. I think the "new downtown" on Coleman is rather an eyesore and will not age well.

I would like to know who on Mount Pleasant Town Council or in the mayor's office approved these designs. I think the citizens of Mount Pleasant deserve better.

Bill O'Brien

Palmetto Peninsula Drive

Mount Pleasant

Port falls short

I respect the opinion expressed by James Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority, in last Sunday's business section, but I somewhat disagree with his optimism.

Yes, he is correct that by increasing the height of the Bayonne Bridge to 215 feet, it will enable the larger vessels to enter Port Newark.

But this will not necessarily increase the traffic into the Port of Charleston or entice larger post-Panamax container vessels to call at the port.

Charleston's container traffic is limited by a number of factors, mainly the lack of rail and road infrastructure directly from our port facilities. It is also limited by the lack of industry in our area.

Alternatives are being considered, such as using a hub system for these larger vessels similar to Singapore, where larger vessels load products supplied by smaller vessels from Southeast Asia.

For the United States this might be accomplished by putting the hub in the Bahamas or another Caribbean port and then using feeders to U.S. ports.

James Newsome has done an excellent job in promoting the Port of Charleston and should be commended, but he is overly optimistic on the post-Panamax ships calling at Charleston.

Charles L. Measter

Bent Twig

Johns Island

Add some value

I was very pleased to read the commentary by Albert R. Hunt regarding his endorsement of a Value Added Tax (VAT), which our own Sen. Fritz Hollings has been advocating consistently for many years.

It appears that doomsday is at our door with the Obama economic condition we are now experiencing. He is the captain of our ship at this time.

What else can we expect from a community organizer with no training, education or job experience to bring to our table?

We now have the harvest of his financial ineptitude.

We need another Fritz Hollings type at the helm of our ship of state.

William Morrison Jr.

Church Street

Charleston

Time well spent

In the Dec. 8 Post and Courier, far from the front page where deadlines are a bit less onerous, there were two independent, seemingly unrelated, pieces that were fine examples of the writer's craft.

Norris Burkes, in his weekly column in the Faith and Values section, presented an extremely well-sculpted piece based on reading the labels. The cleverness did not detract from his message.

Back on the Book Review page, Adam Parker tackled a review of Ronald Dworkin's controversial "Religion without God."

Without discussing some of the overlaps and parallels between the two, the major thing they have in common is that they are both practitioners of that increasingly lost art of expository writing.

Parker's is more than a book review.

He extracts the heart of the theme of a 150-page book and expands and explains it in 20 column inches. Dworkin could not have done it better himself.

There is something very satisfying, even decadent, about spending the first two hours of a Sunday morning digesting the contents of a good newspaper.

May it always be so.

Frank Cloutier

Cooper's Hawk Drive

Hanahan

Double exit

Barack Obama stated there will be no repeal of Obama-care as long as he's president.

Get rid of both of them.

Gary Paulson

Moss Court

North Charleston