Bar closings

The reason Charleston is so beloved is because very early on the preservation groups worked to save the architecture and the city. Many things have changed, and some remain the same. I am writing to support Mayor Joe Riley in his effort to close bars after midnight.

I cannot figure out why those of us who have lived in our houses, made payments, bought insurance and paid taxes all of these years should be subjected to the reveling of the late night crowd.

One person told me Charleston is now a destination place for weddings. I would almost bet that if the police made a sweep through these late night patrons, they would find a lot of patrons with fake IDs or maybe none at all. Bars should ask for a driver's license before serving.

I have lived between Calhoun and Spring streets since this was a sleepy town over 30 years ago. I also own a store here. I have spent a lot of money keeping my home and my store. I live within one or two blocks of five establishments that sell beer, wine or alcohol with food. So far this isn't a problem. They close at midnight or earlier.

This seems to work out for us all the way around. Anyone who wants to stay out later should plan on having their party at Key West. I like my neighborhood the way it is, thank you.

Jo Cannon

Ashley Avenue

Charleston

Why change?

I was glad to read that once again the state Legislature has killed ethics reform. We can now joyously retain the title of the most opaque Legislature in the country.

We know that we have the best Legislature money can buy. Why should we change it?

Neal Gittleman

Park West Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Weapons training

Kathleen Parker's commentary in the June 12 Post and Courier was titled "Armed and dangerous - and dead." I agree that concealed weapons permit (CWP) holders need more training than the eight-hour course required by South Carolina. Unfortunately, some states require even less.

Additional training and practice is needed to prepare someone facing a lethal encounter to use a weapon to eliminate the threat without endangering the lives of innocent bystanders or, for that matter, the permit holder.

Since obtaining my CWP I have found no advanced handgun training opportunities in the tri-county area. There are some indoor ranges in the area, but standing and shooting at a non-moving paper target will not teach skills one would need to survive a lethal encounter with a fast advancing adversary.

I did attend an excellent advanced handgun course given by South Carolina Firearms Training, but I had to go to Travelers Rest for it.

With all the permits being issued in the Lowcountry, more opportunities for advanced handgun training are an imperative. At one time, the border patrol and possibly other military and law enforcement agencies received training at the former naval base. If this training continues to be given, it would be very beneficial to those of us who carry. It would improve the safety of the general population of our area as well.

Tom Kemmerer

Washington Town Road

Summerville

Restaurant noise

Post and Courier writer Hanna Raskin's article on the problems associated with noisy restaurants was great. Restaurant owners are receiving more complaints and negative reviews because of unpleasant levels of noise in their dining establishments.

As an audiologist, I hear from almost all hearing-impaired patients that they cannot hear in noisy environments. Many avoid certain restaurants because of the noise level.

While the majority of the 50 million people with hearing loss are over age 50, there are many people under age 50 with relatively normal hearing who complain about their inability to hear in noise.

One difference between the two groups is that older people with hearing loss have a significant change in their loudness sensitivity.

Not only do hearing impaired people have great difficulty hearing normal speech in a noisy room, they often experience loudness discomfort at volumes much lower than people with normal hearing. It does not matter how good the food is, if the restaurant is painfully loud, that person will not come back.

Hearing impaired individuals appreciate the effort restaurant owners are making to reduce the noise so that good food and good conversation can be enjoyed together.

Joseph Gillespie, M. Aud.

East Cooper Hearing Center

Queensborough Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Trademarks

I would like to correct several inaccuracies in your recent editorial on the Washington Redskins.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled all trademark registrations owned by the Washington Redskins. A patent is issued to protect an inventor's rights in a device (for example, Apple computers) or a chemical formula (for example, Viagra; hence, a "patent" drug).

A trademark is a brand name. The function of a trademark is to identify the source and quality of the goods. Think of Hershey chocolate and Godiva chocolate. When you buy a package of branded chocolate, you know the source of the goods and the quality you can expect.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does not issue patents on brand names. In addition, patents are not renewable; trademarks are renewable.

United States trademark law is based on common law. He who uses the brand name first, owns the brand name. Obtaining a federal trademark registration places the trademark on a national register. Thereafter any use of the federal trademark by someone other than the owner is an infringement.

The infringer cannot claim his use was innocent because the trademark is on the federal register. Also, the owner can claim statutory damages against the infringer without having to prove economic loss.

The cancellation of the Washington Redskins' federal trademark registrations does not prevent the company from using its trademarks. Only a court of law can stop the use of a trademark.

Jocelyn G. Bolling

Attorney at Law

Royal Links Drive

Mount Pleasant

Proof needed

The writer of the June 20 letter titled "Haley's awful toll" stated "the S.C. General Assembly should pass a law that requires Gov. Nikki Haley to attend the funeral of every South Carolinian who dies as a result of being denied Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act."

I would agree if there was a proviso in this law that would require the letter writer to provide evidence that would hold up in a court of law that Gov. Haley's action, or in this case her inaction, was the cause of the person's death.

William Grimsley

Roselle Avenue

Goose Creek

Last time for sub?

On June 28, the submarine USS Clamagore will be celebrating her 69th birthday and what appears to be her last at Patriots Point.

If you have not visited the Clamagore, I hope you and your family will make time to do so.

She is the last of her breed and if you are lucky you will get a tour from my friend, Senior Chief Sid Busch, retired, who served on the Clamagore and can tell you, your children and grandchildren firsthand what it was like.

Sid and all of the Patriots Point volunteers and employees you will meet add an extra dimension to the museum experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

Jeff Jacobs

PatriotsPointFoundation.org

Ocean Boulevard

Isle of Palms

'No' to all that

No cruise ships, bars to close at midnight, no carriage tours ... next, no fats, sugar or 16- ounce drinks and no tourists.

Don't forget to put the lights out. Good night, Charleston.

Rev. Robert W. Switz

Bull Creek Lane

Charleston