Leaf attack

A recent letter to The Post and Courier said that the practice of burning yard debris should be outlawed. I must respond.

l have leaves. Leaves in multitudes, leaves in battalions, leaves from my trees and leaves from my neighbors' trees. Leaves blow in from three counties. I have this year's leaves, last year's leaves and leaves left behind by the Native Americans.

If I raked the leaves to the edges of my property, as suggested by your writer, I would soon be making my way to the mailbox down a narrow footpath in the shadows of huge mountains of leaves.

I've tried composting the leaves. They won't compost. They are hard and stiff and no doubt gave someone the idea for Kevlar body armor.

I've ground them up and spread them in my garden. I got rust all over my tomatoes.

Bagging them for the curb would increase my working time in the yard, not to mention the ruinous cost of buying leaf bags.

I have been around long enough to witness bans and counter-bans on clear bags, black bags, and paper bags.

Rather than keep up with the whims of powerful bureaucracy, I find it easier to simply burn the leaves.

I'm not getting younger, and the leaves show no signs of abating.

Call it laziness on my part, as your correspondent did, but I have other things to do than perpetually bag leaves.

Craig S. Faust

Church Creek Drive

Charleston

Harrell probe

Many of the findings about Bobby Harrell need to be investigated thoroughly.

He might be arrogant toward people who disagree with him, but that's not illegal.

The sources for his campaign chest are not compelled to be disclosed, at least not yet.

Shortcomings in disclosures were made very clear by the GOP during the Berkeley and Dorchester County school bond referendums. In each instance the GOP appeared to have something to hide. That led to a loss in the voting booth.

It reminds me of Mitt Romney refusing to release his financial dealings (sending money abroad to avoid taxes), except for limited disclosures that would be least objectionable to the public.

South Carolina government should not be a family fiefdom, but there is a lot of nepotism in S.C. politics. One example is using Harrell's brother to screen judicial candidates prior to appointments by the Legislature.

It is bad enough that our Legislature appoints judicial candidates, making them dependent on the Legislature.

The system has led to courts ignoring for years a suit calling for equitable funding for all public schools.

The suit was inspired by the documentary "Corridor of Shame."

Because the Court of Appeals has refused to render a clear response, school segregation remains alive and well. The ACLU is too busy to investigate.

The question of Harrell's use of a private plane for public business is still murky, but all the details are not public. Why? A personal airplane funded even partially by public money can be expensive and inappropriate and should be borne by only by the business owner, to avoid any misunderstandings.

Auvo Kemppinen

Lake Moultrie Drive

Bonneau

New food section

I absolutely love the new food section that premiered in the Jan. 29 issue of The Post and Courier.

The okra soup photograph inspired me to find a recipe that beautiful so I can cook up a pot for my family, and I quickly copied the Chinese chicken and vegetable soup recipe to try with the bok choy that came in my box from Gary's Organic.

Each article touched on something for me to learn about a particular kind of food, e.g. mustard greens, or a restaurant we might like.

Thank you for such an informative and beautiful presentation.

I look forward to learning more and growing in my culinary wisdom as a result of your newspaper's new food section.

Lauri Adler Bailey

River Breeze Drive

Charleston

Limits needed

Within the past two years three high profile South Carolina legislators have been accused of ethics violations. Two of the three have been removed from office (or resigned) due to the violations. A grand jury is investigating the third.

This letter is not to comment on the guilt or innocence of any of these men. But I want to use them to make a point.

The common factor isn't party or county, but length of time in office.

Two of the three legislators have served for 20 years, one for eight.

It seems most of the ethics issues that have come to light since I've been following politics have involved legislators who have served for a long time.

Could term limits be one solution to corruption?

In the 19th century Lord John Acton said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Is it not true that the more seniority a legislator has, the more legislative power he has? Is there a connection, intentional or not?

No one runs for the Legislature saying "I want to stay in office long enough to become the boss."

But my personal experience out of politics shows the more experience one has in any field the more he thinks his idea is always the best and the harder it is to accept others' suggestions.

Maybe we don't need better ideas in government but new ideas. I'm sure airplane designers had ideas for making propeller-driven planes better, but the jet was a new idea.

If we limit legislators' terms, business in the General Assembly might slow down due to the new guys having to learn how things work. But how much gets done these days with experienced legislators running things? Term limits could phase out an elected official before he reaches the point when he thinks he can do no wrong.

Maybe it is time we revisit term limits for politicians.

Lowell Knouff

Elaine Street

Johns Island

Oyster success

I would like to commend the volunteers and personnel behind the planning of this year's Boone Hall Annual Oyster Roast.

Traffic in and out of the festival was very easy, with no backed-up car lines.

Inside, the oyster tables were arranged allowing easy access to plenty of tasty buckets of oysters.

Last year there was a one-hour wait in the car line and we never could get close to a bucket of oysters.

What a difference a year makes.

See you in 2015 for this fun Lowcountry festival.

PATTON WEBB

Sandlake Road

Mount Pleasant

An act of caring

Tuesday, Jan. 21 was a very sad day in the lives of my family.

Our three year old Siberian Husky, Nikki, "escaped" that evening along with her four-legged playmates and, as Huskies are bred to do, she ran.

She unsuccessfully tried to cross Old Towne Road and paid for it with her life.

We searched only to find her in the median strip. She had been hit by a vehicle.

When I arrived at the scene, I found a truck with some men trying to help and another vehicle with a woman also trying to help.

We couldn't determine if Nikki was alive or not, so the lady drove us to the Charleston Veterinary Emergency Center.

The staff at the center were great.

Sadly, Nikki died.

I want to thank the people who helped in our time of need. I have no idea who the men in the truck were. The lady's first name is Amy.

So thank you, Amy and the men in the truck, for caring. You made a terrible situation less terrible by caring.

Martin Rodin

Ashland Drive

Charleston