Unfair to police

Recent letters faulting City of Charleston police for their sting of a pedicab operator in violation of licensing and tourism ordinances have been unfair to police and unfair to those tour guides and carriage operators who observe the rules.

Tourism activities in Charleston are regulated for several reasons, and we residents expect those activities to contribute to the quality of life here. They are hard to enforce for the police, and they deserve our support.

Hal Deane

East Bay Street

Charleston

Iran stalling

Once again we are asked to give our State Department more time to give Iran more time to fool us into letting them continue to deceive our "leadership."

We are no longer in control of common sense when it comes to dealing with this enemy of our state. Iran has stalled and lied to everyone for so long, it is inconceivable to believe them at all.

The regime of this country has never complied with any sanctions. Why do we continue to believe any of this? But then again, according to Hillary, "What difference does it make?"

Lewis Wade

Cottageville Highway

Cottageville

No progress

I remember I-26 being planned and the big political fight that took place. Somebody sneaked a sign up on Highway 52 at the Remount Road area: "Charleston - 200 Years Unimpeded By Progress." I thought it was pretty funny, but the mayor demanded it be removed immediately. Wonder why?

I can equate that to the desperate need to widen I-26 to six lanes. Why deepen the port channel? Why expand the port?

Why entice big companies like Boeing, BMW or a dozen others to bring high-paying jobs to Charleston unless you are willing to recognize that infrastructure is the lifeblood that supports all industry?

It never ceases to amaze me that some politicians are willing to defend a renewable resource like pine trees over human life, and to justify the deaths taking place on 19 miles of a S.C. highway for the sake of a few votes.

Every interstate highway in South Carolina has been approved for three- to five-lane expansions at a cost nearing a billion dollars.

Not one single dollar of that is to be spent South of Columbia for the next 10 years, if I can believe the news reports on the infrastructure bank.

So, go ahead tri-county area, another 10 years unimpeded by progress.

Colleen Foster

W. 5th N. Street

Summerville

Double victories

The Post and Courier's support of the Horticultural Society, the Angel Oak project and the upgrading of the Galliard Auditorium renovation is most welcome - not just for beautification purposes but for economic reasons as well.

There is a clear link between these improvements and the economy of the area, as demonstrated by employment figures and the attraction of all kinds of talented people to our area - at least that is my opinion.

John Winthrop

North Adger's Wharf

Charleston

Why stop here?

Many thanks to the S.C. Department of Transportation for closing bridges and roads in the Charleston area.

I only wish it was statewide to help protect those special individuals who need protection from themselves and everybody else who may be subjected to them.

James Thornal

Burnett Drive

Charleston

Appalling abuse

I am somewhat appalled at the lack of response from Gov. Nikki Haley after Judge Michael Baxley highlighted the Department of Corrections' abuse of the severely mentally ill in our prisons.

Gov. Haley had the opportunity during her State of the State to mention these issues along with a plan to remedy them but instead decided to remain silent.

She also has yet to respond to a letter signed by over 300 of her constituents and over a dozen elected officials asking her to drop the appeal that was mentioned immediately after the ruling came down.

Judge Baxley highlighted in his 45-page ruling how some inmates with severe psychotic disorders have been in solitary confinement for years and in at least one case how a man died with rotting food trays surrounding him. Judge Baxley has given the state six months to come up with a plan to make necessary changes.

South Carolina has gone from 3,500 psychiatric hospital beds down to 450 over the past 50 years, while growing a severely mentally ill prison population of guess what number?

Some 3,500.

It's time we all wake up to the fact that we need to invest in our mental health system in this state to avoid the higher fiscal and human cost down the road.

The real solution is to come up with a plan that would stop the vicious expensive cycle of how the mentally ill end up in prison in the first place.

If we could stop 3,000 severely mentally ill from being incarcerated we would save over 52 million annually in corrections cost alone.

Why is it the governor is willing to invest in a 10-year billion dollar plan to improve our roads and remains silent when it comes to investing into one of our most vulnerable populations?

Paton Blough

Mental Health Advocate

Woodbine Road

Greenville