Let prosperity flow

President Obama has indicated that he would use executive power to sign into law his policies that Congress cannot or will not pass.

He now has a bipartisan bill on his desk awaiting his signature to approve the Keystone pipeline.

This is a project that will cost $7 billion, create an estimated 42,000 well-paying jobs and deliver 800,000 barrels of oil daily.

This would be a great boost to the economy and position the United States on the path to energy independence.

This is an opportunity for the president to do something that would please the vast majority of Americans. Let's hope his pen has not run out of ink.

Ed Gilligan

Marsh Hawk Lane

Kiawah Island

Massive waste

I am disgusted with our government. Eight billion in aid to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, who thumbs his nose at the United States, whose brother is a known heroin dealer. President Karzai is also considering talking to the Taliban - isn't that great?

Perhaps he is setting himself up for when he is out of office. Here we are with so many of our citizens out of work, struggling to make ends meet, and we're sending big bucks to a government that doesn't even like us.

What's wrong with our government?

I am disgusted.

Barbara J. Lannan

Craven Avenue

Charleston

Proven talent

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is lying, that means he is more qualified to be president.

Ed Dear

Marsh Oak Lane

Johns Island

'Death corridor'

Since I introduced the resolution which resulted in Summerville Town Council supporting the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government ad hoc committee's recommendation to remove trees from the median on the I-26 "death corridor" leading into Summerville I would like to address the recent letters to the editor which advocate not removing the trees.

Most of the letter writers share with us their profound revelations that the innocent trees don't cause accidents, careless drivers do. They miss the point.

Whether it is caused by drinking, speeding, texting, trying to avoid hitting an animal, a blowout or the actions of another driver, if you are in a car that goes into the median at 70 miles per hour in this 30 mile long area things are going to end very badly for you.

Forty-four people have lost their lives on this dangerous stretch of highway in the last four years.

About half of them were killed when the cars they were in struck trees in the median.

Let's assume there was a grass median, free of trees, in this area as there is on most of I-26, and there was a proposal to plant trees in it.

Would the pro-tree/anti-human faction advocate planting trees knowing that in the following four years it would result in the death of over 20 of their fellow citizens?

I would hope not. All of these trees are not worth the loss of one human life.

For those who enjoy viewing trees while driving, just take a look to your right as you pass through this section of highway and you will see an almost unbroken expanse of thousands of trees.

Just don't get too distracted or you may end up wrapped around a tree in the median.

Walter Bailey

Summerville Town Council

District 3

Spring Street

Summerville

Grateful for help

My husband and I usually read The Post and Courier while having our coffee shortly after the paper is delivered. However, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, the ice was thick on our driveway (about 150 or more feet) to the street.

A big limb had fallen across it, but I safely got to the end but couldn't find the paper under the drooping and broken palm fronds by the driveway.

We agreed it was better to get a late paper than for our delivery person to have an accident,

Much later in the day, I decided to look again for the paper.

When I opened the side door, the paper was there by the door. I looked down the driveway, and the limb had been pulled off of it.

We don't know who did these acts of kindness, but we are grateful. Thank you.

Millie and Billy Green

Colonel Vanderhorst Circle

Mount Pleasant

Middle ground

The recent conundrum over the fate of 1-26 trees offers an opportunity.

So far we have been presented with the false choice of doing nothing (maintaining all the trees in the "death zone") or achieving a "DMZ look" (utter deforestation) favored by the S.C. Department of Transportation.

While the SCDOT solution efficiently addresses safety and future low-cost maintenance, it fails aesthetically.

That stretch of interstate has numerous trees that could be presented as noble specimens of roadside beauty.

Thoughtful trimming by experienced foresters would set these trees to maximum visual advantage.

Guardrails need only be applied where the physics of the roadway were required.

Examples of the physics involved would include thickness of a specimen tree, its distance from the road, and degree of banking from the roadway.

Slightly lowering the speed limit would increase the number of trees that could be safely left in place.

For some trees, say under four inches in diameter, no guardrails would be required.

We have all experienced the butchery that occurs when the power company trims trees. On the other hand, the result is often more acceptable when the trimmer listens to the homeowner.

In the same way, we have a choice to make the 1-26 Gateway to Charleston either a dismal visual journey or an uplifting one.

William C. Prewitt

Hasell Street

Charleston

Excessive penalty

No doubt pedicab operations affect South of Broad traffic. Doesn't everything that moves in our streets affect everything else?

Carriages, cars (both moving and parked illegally), trucks, pedicabs and now an ever-increasing number of bicyclists all share the streets. Not everyone follows the law, and I don't blame the police for enforcing it.

Some regulations are necessary, but how much is a fair question.

The highest estimate of this crime was less than one violation a day. Ignoring stop signs, U-turns, and going the wrong way? How many times a day do bicyclists break the same laws?

Punish those who hold up traffic equally with laws that have been in force before new laws that single out a particular type of vehicle.

Why the wrath on the pedicabs and tour vehicles? I think, like cruise ships, it's not the vehicle, but the cargo. If it's a ride-about, it must be a tour, and the cargo must be a tourist.

Get me the police.

Tom Doyle

Guignard Street

Charleston

A bigger risk

Regarding the outcry over concealed weapons in bars and restaurants: I am more afraid of patrons drinking too much then stumbling out and getting into their cars and driving.

There have been more DUI fatalities in this state than persons killed by concealed-weapon-permit holders.

Paul Palumbo

Greencastle Drive

Goose Creek