David Quick's May 6 column about kids and the need for increased activity was interesting. Though I may have missed something, I saw no reference to parents and their responsibilities to raise their kids valuing an active lifestyle.
I agree that there should be a period of physical activity as part of the school day and real comprehensive health education that includes education about benefits of physical activity and eating healthy foods. Others, especially parents,need to take responsibility for getting kids to move.
Children are in school half the days of the year - at best. Schools are responsible for educating our children not raising them.
Given the tremendous resources we are putting into school buildings, perhaps the Charleston County School District could make arrangements for others to use the buildings for physical activities and other community programs when classes are over.
Lack of resolve
The letter writer who thinks that the villain Vladimir Putin represents the values of the Republican Party should face the fact that the darling of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama, stands helpless before the world in preventing the Russian President from pursuing his aggressive policies in Crimea. By doing nothing to deter Putin, the president is enabling Putin's "values" to exist, even thrive.
'Tis a farce.
Outrage over Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Sterling's comments are completely warranted. However, a private conversation that happened to get recorded by the reportedly 30-something girlfriend of an 81-year-old man shouldn't be the only concern of the public.
First of all, he paid to settle a class-action suit for discrimination with regard to not renting to minorities. Some of these properties helped afford his friend Jerry Buss the ability to buy the Lakers, and helped give Sterling the opportunity to buy the struggling San Diego Clippers.
Among other allegations of racsim against Mr. Sterling is a lawsuit by former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor for unlawful termination based on race; the harassment of player Baron Davis; and the complete indifference for 14 years of losing while continuing to profit from an inferior product without much backlash from then-NBA commissioner David Stern.
What I find most troubling is that Mr. Sterling has already received one lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles NAACP and was about to receive another simply because he donated money to this organization and to other inner-city initiatives.
I feel sad that, without TMZ releasing a recording that shows his true ignorance, he would get a second NAACP lifetime achievement award and be just another owner when it comes to Stern and new NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
All the outrage continues to pour in on social media.
However, where was the outrage over the last 35 years? Wake up, everyone, and hope tomorrow brings more light.
On April 21 at 4:14 a.m., our kitty, Miss Gracie, was sleeping on a glider on the front porch. Three dogs knocked down the baby gate on the stairs, grabbed her and took off running. Because of the noise of the dogs and the loud distress from Gracie, we jumped out of bed, and my husband was out the door after them.
I guess because he was chasing them, Gracie was able to get out of the jaws of the one dog. My husband chased them down Garrison Street and onto Pickett Street. He was concerned he was going to be attacked.
The dogs came back to our house, possibly to get Gracie. My husband chased them down Battalion Drive.
I called Animal Control after 8 a.m. and left a message about the incident.
I have tried to tell our neighbors, since several of them jog, walk or push children in strollers. I worry that the follow-up is not there from the authorities.
After reading the May 3 Post and Courier article about dogs attacking cats on James Island, I called the number listed. The first person to pick up transferred me to central dispatch, and I was told to call another number on Monday, May 5. I did call, because I am concerned that children learning to ride tricycles or chasing a ball or the elderly who walk for exercise may be the next victims. I am disappointed in the follow-up.
Come back, Jack
Concerning the botched Oklahoma execution:
Where is Dr. Jack Kevorkian when you need him?
Fred W. Miles
I have known John Winthrop, founder of the College of Charleston's Winthrop Roundtable, for more than 50 years. Founded in 1989, the Winthrop Roundtable has welcomed more than 30 prominent speakers to the Charleston community. The Roundtable speakers have included current Secretary of State John Kerry, the Honorable Ernest Hollings (U.S. senator, 1966-2005), businesswoman and philanthropist Darla Moore, as well as prominent media representatives, including Peter Arnett, Cokie Roberts and Robert Semple.
As articulated by College of Charleston President George Benson, in his welcoming remarks at the recent 25th anniversary celebration of the Roundtable, these and the other prominent speakers have "incited thought-provoking discourse" and show-cased unique viewpoints to our community.
My wife and I thank John and Libby for their contributions to the cultural enrichment of our city.
C. Stephen HearD Jr.
Seabrook Island Road
Nixon's the one
I was fascinated by the April 14 R.L. Schreadley column deploring student opposition to the selection of Glenn McConnell as president of the College of Charleston.
So what if the procedure was somewhat irregular? So his (four) doctorates are simply honorary. A person of extraordinary abilities, Mr. McConnell has had a remarkable career that puts him in a class by himself.
What was unexpected was the 150-word epigraph from Richard Nixon that preceded the commentary.
Nixon quotes are usually short. What may be his most recognizable one is "I'm not a crook" (Nov. 11, 1973). Then there is his famous remark during a televised interview with David Frost in 1977: "When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."
Both quotations have made it into "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations." The lawyer from Whittier College has left his mark on our culture and history.
Bartlett's also contains a quote from President Gerald Ford. Upon being sworn in on Aug. 9, 1974, Ford expressed the nation's relief: "Our long national nightmare is over." He was referring to the 26-month scandal known as Watergate which led to Nixon's resignation.
Fourteen of President Nixon's associates served time in prison. He was more fortunate. A month after Nixon resigned, President Ford granted him a blanket pardon for all crimes that he may have committed during his presidency.
Much later, ABC's Barbara Walters asked Nixon if he thought history would treat him kindly. He answered by quoting Churchill: "History will be very kind to me, because I intend to write it."
His massive memoirs were followed by a bookshelf of volumes full of preaching and moralizing.
The Nixon excerpt that precedes Mr. Schreadley's engrossing commentary is typical. What you won't find in any of the ex-president's writings is a mea culpa.
Charles J. Eichman