A recent letter writer requested other voices on the idea of a merger of the College of Charleston and MUSC.
I am a College of Charleston graduate, class of 1960, with a B.S. degree (pre-med). I was one of the first two students in the newly formed School of Cytotechnology in the Pathology Department at the Medical College of South Carolina.
After working in other cities and states, my husband and I returned to Charleston, as Charlestonians tend to do.
For 25 years I worked at the Medical University of South Carolina, again in the Department of Pathology, as an electron microscopy tech and then a cytotechnologist.
The two institutions are so entirely different that it seems to me a merger would be almost impossible. One will absorb the other.
I understand that this proposition has been floating around for a number of years.
As a lifetime member of the Alumni Association of the College of Charleston, where I had four of the best years of my life, I agree wholeheartedly with the Jan. 14 letter to the editor.
It's an awful idea. Bigger is not necessarily better.
Pier View Street
I would like to thank Post and Courier reporter Bo Peterson for his recent article on zombie ants. I am known for my cynicism but the following list is made with total sincerity. I am relieved to discover:
1) I am not hallucinating when I see mossy bark moving in random directions.
2) Carpenter ants are not building a resort under my deck complete with ant-sized furniture made from tree bark fungi.
3) I am not suffering from any sort of flashback related to the "Twilight Zone."
4) I did not make this up to get better "meds" (because a zombie ant could get better health benefits in this state).
Yes, Bo, I could have survived the mental challenges, but the confirmation there really are "Zombie Antz" in our backyard is pretty creepy.
Skye Ocean McKee
No draft dodger
A recent letter said former president George W. Bush avoided serving in combat. Thanks to the mainstream media and their omissions, distortions and outright lies, most people believe that Bush was, in fact, a draft dodger.
The truth is: Bush avoided the draft by joining the Air National Guard. He completed extensive, intensive training as a fighter pilot along with other trainees in the regular Air Force.
Upon completion, he served with the Texas Air National Guard, flying F-102 all-weather interceptors. The Texas ANG had a commitment for full-time Air Defense Alert, with the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Command.
The ANG unit flew missions to intercept and identify suspicious aircraft that could not be identified by any other means, regardless of weather conditions.
They did it in hand-me-down aircraft from the Air Force and lost a lot of pilots and aircraft in the process. Draft dodgers did not risk their lives defending our country.
U.S. Air Force (Retired)
While the S.C. Department of Transportation has been focusing attention on trees in the median of I-26, it has lost sight of the lack of proper lighting on the North Ashley River Bridge on Cosgrove Avenue.
At last count, 14 lights were not working. This is the normal condition every night, and it causes one to wonder just how long it will be before all the lights go out every night. If this happens it would be safer to close the bridge after sunset.
When drivers in South Carolina are among the worst in the nation as ranked by the website carinsurancecomparison.com and reported by your paper on Dec. 16, 2013, cutting down all the trees in the I-26 corridor will not make a bit of difference.
The trees are not the problem, the drivers are.
Bars and guns
I don't think our state representatives thought about the unintended consequences of putting merchants in a terrible bind when passing the "guns and booze" legislation.
Restaurants and bars are being pressured from both sides of the issue. Both are informing them that patronage is dependent upon whether they allow guns in their establishment or post a "No Guns Allowed" sign. I fall in the latter camp. I think the legislators have never seen a nasty drunk, and I don't plan to see one with a gun.
There is also another problem. Given that concealed weapons are allowed in this state and the new law bans serving alcohol to anyone who is "carrying," it follows that establishments will be required to search patrons for weapons if they order a drink. This has to be done to comply with the law and also to avoid any litigation when someone is shot by a nasty drunk.
It may also violate our constitutional right against illegal search. I'm sure legislators, establishments and patrons do not want this to happen.
I would hope that the legislators will reconsider the impact of their decision on local economies, merchants and bar/restaurant patrons who don't want to watch their backs.
I would hope that influential groups such as restaurant associations will lobby against this legislation or at least agree to post signs as a group (safety in numbers).
Fresh Meadow Lane
Waste of resources
A sensible police sergeant, upon hearing that some rickshaw drivers might be giving unauthorized tours, would dash off an e-mail reminder to the owners of the rickshaw companies and pay the issue no more attention.
A police sergeant with not enough real police work to do and not much common sense instead wastes limited law enforcement resources conducting hidden camera undercover stings on six rickshaw drivers who committed the non-crime of telling people something about the buildings they were driving past. Sheesh.
A people problem
I believe a few people have put the wrong spin on the coyote problem on Sullivan's Island.
Coyotes go out at night and hunt for food, naturally. From undocumented accounts it appears they are doing a good job of thinning out the squirrel and feral cat population. Thank God.
They are not roaming the streets in groups and bothering people. They go home at daylight, sleep and again bother no one. And they're smart enough that if a human approaches them, they would run away.
What we have on Sullivan's Island is a people problem.
Health care for all
There were two letters to the editor recently about the Affordable Care Act. One was from an insurance sales person extolling the benefits of the law and stating reasons it has made her job easier.
The other was from someone who appeared to have little knowledge of the law but what comes from Fox News.
Our son is a doctor and feels it's about time we follow the other first world countries and try to provide health care for everyone.
The most worn-out, dog-eared signs in South Carolina have to be the "Closed for Cleaning" ones at our interstate highway rest areas.