Complete bikeway

As avid bicyclists and regular users of the West Ashley Greenway, we couldn't agree more with a recent writer extolling the desirability of the Swamp Rabbit Bicycle Trail in Greenville.

It is safe, scenic and challenging.

The city of Charleston should act quickly to emulate what Greenville has done to promote bicycle safety and landscaped beauty for its residents and visitors.

A white line painted on the street does little to protect bicyclists from texting, impaired and distracted drivers.

We implore the city to complete (pave) the West Ashley Greenway from Folly to Main Road sooner rather than later.

Susan Cohen

Stuart Cohen

Eades Lane

Charleston

A new year

Kenny Rogers sings, "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run."

The late soul singer Sam Cooke recorded, "It's been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come. Oh, yes it will."

As we celebrate this New Year, let us respect people, live well and remember - variety is the spice of life.

Rev. Margaret Murdaugh

Witsell Street

Walterboro

No to development

I frequently disagree with Brian Hicks, but his Dec. 27 article on the unwanted development push onto James Island is exactly on track. It epitomizes what islanders have been saying for 30 years about the tactics of the City of Charleston.

Add to Brian's article another one by Schuyler Kropf about the tree removal for this unwanted apartment complex.

Together they show that the current city administration wants to flex its muscle. It cares less than nothing about what residents want for the island and only what developers and contractors want for their pockets.

The city allows large apartment complexes, causing dramatic increases in traffic, longer waiting lines, more crime, demands for extra infrastructure and all of the other detriments of city life - the exact opposite of the reason people move to the island in the first place.

In fact, the only large existing complexes on the island are all in the city limits and the largest is well over 1,000 apartments. I shudder to think how many cars that adds to traffic.

Add The Standard (280 apartments) on Maybank Highway, which is the subject of the articles, and the 294 apartments planned for the old salvage yard at Folly Road and Grimball Road, and the city will have foisted over 2,000 apartments on an already over populated island.

The fact that the city continues to ram unwanted growth down the throat of islanders shows that it is still trying to take over the island.

Only now it is using a different tactic - instead of lawsuits, it is relying on unbridled growth.

This issue is only one of the reasons the Town of James Island came into existence.

The City does not listen to us, and it continually attacks our way of life. Enough already.

Stop the third war of northern aggression. Now.

Alan Laughlin

Darwin Street

James Island

'Lifesaver' trees

Let's hear a big cheer for the trees in the median on I-26. They are not "killer trees," they are lifesavers.

Anything that can turn a multicar, head-on-crash incident into a single car vs. tree crash is definitely a safety feature.

It's hard to estimate how many innocent lives the trees have saved by stopping carelessly driven cars and trucks from crossing the median into oncoming traffic.

Leave the trees alone.

If the S.C. Department of Transportation wants to make careless drivers safer, they can simply install car-catcher guardrails along the highway shoulders.

A Dec. 30 Post and Courier editorial correctly points out how effective guardrails can be, so what's the problem? It's just common sense.

Unfortunately, when a nonsense idea such as "killer-trees" gets so bull-dogged by a government entity, it is not likely to be swayed by common sense.

If we want to save the trees we will have to find out who stands to profit when the trees come down.

Maybe The Post and Courier or other impartial media could send out its best investigative reporters to help us with that.

Terry W. Ryan

Captiva Row

Charleston

'Killer' trees

I still believe that applying current logic, it makes sense to remove only the "killer" trees.

Ken Willingham

Middle Street

Mount Pleasant

A 'hero' defined

The label of "hero" has been overused in the last few years. A particular chosen profession does not automatically make that individual a hero.

A hero, in my opinion, places his own safety or his life in danger to protect or save another life or lives.

This could be anyone at anytime depending on his reaction to an event that he is exposed to.

I believe the label of hero has been watered down.

Some of the people who are labeled as heroes are in fact victims, and some people who are truly heroes don't get the recognition they deserve.

Charlie E. Ledford

North Edgewater Drive

Charleston