Transit solutions

I read that the state Department of Transportation spent three years studying how to reduce traffic headaches on the I-26 corridor, especially around the bottleneck at I-526. The suggestion is to add more lanes beginning in 2020, to the cost of over $100 million.

Why didn't the DOT recommend either light or heavy rail instead? Or better bus services? If such strategies had been in place in the 1990s when I-26 was being expanded, we would have a functional rail system that could connect Charleston with Summerville, and ideally up to Columbia; and a HOV lane that would also service buses.

That seems like a comprehensive, forward thinking transit strategy that mirrors what Europe and other leading American cities have been doing for decades now. We know we are at global peak oil; we know that climate change is caused by humans, and a large portion of this because of our dependence on 3,000 pounds of individual steel and the combustion engine; and we know that building more lanes only induces traffic.

It seems that the DOT wasted three years of study, if the best they could come up with to cope with traffic is to encourage further car use, which will only lead to more traffic.

After bikes, rail is one of the most efficient, cost-effective, environmentally friendly ways to travel, and building rail along I-26 should be seen as the only viable future strategy to deal with more people, more cars, more expensive gas, national security issues over diminishing resources and warmer days.

Todd LeVasseur

East Cooper Street

Folly Beach

Too much too fast

They say that Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither should a five-story parking garage, three 75-foot structures and a massive concrete urban corridor. Over-expansion was the downfall of many great civilizations.

To our elected officials and current Mount Pleasant administrators: Please heed the past and read the signs. They are not all dollars. Listen to your citizens, and preserve what quality of life and dignity we Hungreyneckers still have left.

Heath Orvin

Oak Landing Road

Mount Pleasant

Credibility gap

If one looks closely with an open mind at what Presidents Obama and Putin say and do, it becomes obvious that what Putin says correlates to what he does at a much higher degree than does Obama's oratory to his actions.

Moreover, if one looks with an open and rational mind - rare characteristics in our society - at reality vs rhetoric flowing from these two, it's hard not to note that the positive correlation again favors Putin by a large margin.

The Russians might not have as much say in who leads them as we do, but that only makes a poor reflection on our society even worse that we continually select leaders who are veracity challenged.

There is a school of thought, popular lately in some circles, that truth is relative. In an abstract and subjective sense that may have some validity. But objectively, reality is still reality. No personal predilections, ideologies or vociferous denials can change that. Truth matters. Problem solving is difficult, if not impossible, without reflection on the realities of the issues in question.

Misrepresentation of Obamacare, the Benghazi cover-up, the VA scandal, etc., shows how little the current administration cares about truth. For that reason, despite having serious philosophical differences with both men, I have much more respect for Putin than for Obama.

John Sneed

Night Heron Drive

Mount Pleasant

False label

The House of Representatives is a misnomer, as it is no longer representative of the people of the United States.

Marshal Heiden

Mount Pleasant Street

Charleston

Clean house at VA

I am appalled and thoroughly disgusted by the VA scandal. I particularly am angry over the fact that bonuses were paid to incompetent executives in the VA.

What a waste of taxpayer money. Another failure of the Obama administration.

Fire those people and get the care that the veterans have earned and that they need.

Also, hire more nurses and doctors to cut the backlog and provide more timely service.

Congress needs to act now.

Phil Siegrist

Plantation Lane

Mount Pleasant

Riding for a loss

The sports media frenzy over California Chrome's quest for horse racing's Triple Crown ended abruptly when the big horse failed to win the Belmont Stakes June 7.

This outcome led to weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of many sportswriters and broadcasters who not only longed for a California Chrome victory but predicted it would happen.

One wonders how the sportswriter felt who breathlessly passed along a scoop that California Chrome was not even tired after winning the Preakness, which is the second leg of the Triple Crown. The source of this momentous "news" was an unnamed security guard who told the reporter that he got the information from an unnamed veterinarian. The sportswriter suggested that because Chrome could run without getting tired, he likely could not be beaten in the longest race of the Triple Crown.

One of Chrome's owners whined that it was not fair that his horse was beaten by a horse that had not competed in the Derby and Preakness. His complaint was that the winning horse was fresh and therefore enjoyed an advantage over Chrome, who had competed in all three races.

This makes about as much sense as a football coach complaining that the opposing team didn't play fair when they substituted a well-rested wide receiver who caught the winning touchdown pass against a tired defender. California Chrome did get tired, and he did get beaten by three other horses in the 10-horse field. He also suffered a hoof injury when he collided with another horse coming out of the starting gate.

The moral of this story: Hoping and predicting that something will happen does not make it happen. Does the name Tiger Woods come to mind here?

BILL WALKER

Marshall Boulevard

Sullivan's Island

Yoga life lessons

I have gone almost 80 years without writing a letter to the editor, but I feel compelled to respond to David Quick's June 2 column "Is local yoga too affluent, white and cliquish?"

This column is long on sweeping, superficial generalizations, but short on specific, life-changing stories quite common in the yoga community. Allow me to share mine.

Ten years ago my family suffered an unspeakable and unexpected tragedy. My search for answers and peace of mind led me to the doors of the Holy Cow Yoga and Holistic Center in South Windermere. I am so glad I found them because that day changed my life forever.

The instructors and students welcomed me with open arms and open hearts and after my first class, I knew I had found my home away from home. Yoga became my therapy, and it is now a fixture of my daily life.

Over the years at Holy Cow, I have pushed my body to achieve things I never dreamed possible, and I have opened my heart, mind and soul in ways I never imagined.

This has made me a better person and helped me navigate some of the most difficult periods in my life.

I have practiced and become friends with people of all ages, races, shapes, sizes, backgrounds and circumstances. I do not recognize the yoga scene Mr. Quick describes. For me (and many others), yoga is not a status symbol - it is something far more profound.

One of the most important things I have learned through yoga is that there is often much more to life than what we perceive on the surface.

I invite Mr. Quick to practice yoga with me at Holy Cow so he can see what I mean.

Freida Sokol

Confederate Circle

Charleston

Correction

A column referred to in a Thursday letter to the editor about the cost of medicines was misidentified due to an editing error. The columnists are Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz.