Ease travel

Each day additional trucks, cars, bicycles and pedestrians compete for increasingly dangerous travel space. Our Lowcountry geography doesn't help. Fingerling land masses are isolated by water, salt marsh and precious open spaces. Linking these adds vexing commuter miles.

Visionary cooperation must, therefore, prevail over isolationist thinking as we make sensible land use and transportation choices. Let us end the political staging and activate a multi-agency effort to craft a major streets and routes plan for everyone; a plan including multi-modal connections, an inclusive plan that is not weighted toward commuters in cars.

We must acknowledge the civil sacrifices made by the few for the safety and sanctity of all. Future generations will be grateful for improved travel safety and enhanced connectivity options.

Following such efforts should be to beautify these streets and routes with sensible landscape applications for the Charleston metroplex.

Ron Watts

Country Place Road

Mount Pleasant

Leash the Cougars

Downtown can be a great place to live; it is filled with great restaurants, beautiful parks and amazing architecture. Unfortunately, it is also filled with college students. Granted, not all of them are loud and obnoxious, but based on my seven years of experience living by college houses, a good number are.

It is not an uncommon occurrence to be awakened at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday to a colorful assortment of expletives ringing from the streets, or to a yelling match between two drunk 20-something-year-olds.

As a nocturnal 17-year-old, I am not that bothered by the high-pitched giggles echoing through my room on a Friday or Saturday night, but as I write this, it is 2:41 a.m. on a Thursday, and there is a drunken pow wow convening under my window. I am annoyed.

I'm not sure which bothers me more, the complete lack of regard for people attempting to sleep in the surrounding houses, or the fact that, when they are asked to be quiet, they completely ignore you.

Out of 15 or so people, not one would bother to take it down a notch. Now don't get me wrong, the cat fights and hilarious sentiments can be entertaining, but when I have to get up in three hours to take an exam they are not.

Regrettably, this is not the only thing my lovely college neighbors do that angers me. A month or so ago, my sister and friend were sleeping in her room when they heard a loud pop and glass breaking. After turning on the lights and walking to the window there was another pop and more glass.

My neighbors had shot into her room with a pellet gun, once when the lights were off and once when they were clearly on showing that the room was inhabited. Not only is this indescribable behavior of the students, it is also illegal.

Although such a shooting is not common, more than once I have been awakened by fireworks in the street or parades of students leaving a party.

Partying and having fun on the weekend is understandable and by all means encouraged, but two to three nights during the weekday is unbearable. I'm not sure how many more nights I can try and tune out the intellectual conversations such as "Dude, I'm so wasted."

I know college is supposed to be a fun experience, and I will probably feel differently about it when I get there, but for now I would greatly appreciate it if college kids would shut up.

Margaret Gibson

Academic Magnet

High School

Elizabeth Street

Charleston

Too high a price

The State Ports Authority is correct to be reluctant to embrace shoreside power.

Five million dollars is a lot of money that needs to be spent based on realistic research and provable facts, not because of banners on numerous houses in downtown Charleston.

Alarmist terms such as "emissions that can harm people's hearts and lungs and have been associated with cancer" and "diesel air toxins" are slanted and add nothing productive to the discussion.

The SPA president and CEO's statement that "the Fantasy's exhaust comprises 0.05 percent of total pollution emissions in Charleston County is the point. Fantasy's exhaust from idling engines for 10 hours every five days is not a significant diesel source.

And as a sidebar, using the New York cruise terminals as an example of locating cruise terminals away from populated areas is ridiculous.

One is located in lower Manhattan and the one in Brooklyn is located in the Red Hook area, one of Brooklyn's new hot spots with a recent influx of restaurants, retailers and artists just steps away from the terminal.

In contrast to Charleston, New York terminals process over 1.2 million passengers and are visited by over 230 ships per year.

Howard Graham

Billowing Sails Street

Summerville

Thanks for help

I want to thank the out-of-state electric company crews who helped restore power during the recent ice storm.

In our subdivision a crew from Kentucky assured us that we would have power in a couple of hours, and we did.

Thanks for a job well done.

Mary Anne Garrison

Sommet Boulevard

Summerville

No place for dogs

I am writing to say I feel the same way as another letter writer feels about restraining dogs in pickups.

How many times have you followed behind a truck with a dog running from side to side in the back? These people who ride without restraining the animal need to wake up - do you let your child ride like that?

This young letter writer has more sense than a lot of grown ups.

Phyllis Savella

Rehoboth Road

Cottageville

Good vibrations

I am not an engineer, but I can't help but wonder if the slight vibration caused by traffic on the bridge might not help keep ice from forming on the superstructure.

The closed bridge could make the situation worse.

Phil Rossin

Planters Rest

Mount Pleasant