Facts needed first
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Denzel Curnell.
It is always heartbreaking to lose someone so early in life. I know I speak for every citizen in our community in extending our most heartfelt sympathy to all who knew and loved Denzel. Personally I wish to assure all of you that Denzel will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
While I know there is an understandable desire for information as soon as possible, what I know even more certainly is there can be no reasonable desire by anyone in this community to do anything that prevents a full, complete and accurate report on all of the facts surrounding the death of Denzel Curnell.
Whether it is a journalist, a physician, a judge or anyone charged with finding the truth, we all have a responsibility to be certain of all the facts before we reach a conclusion.
The City of Charleston Police Department, as is normal protocol, was requested by SLED not to release any further information about this incident. The reason for this is very important and clearly understandable. Information prematurely released, or released in part, can compromise the ability of the investigating agency to determine all of the correct facts and information.
I have personally spoken with the Chief of SLED, Mark Keel, and he has assured me that this case has their highest level of attention. I expect this report will be available soon. Once the report is completed, SLED will deliver it to the solicitor, who will then review the findings. When the review is completed and the case is closed, the information will be released.
Chief Mullen and the fine City of Charleston Police Department are to be commended for following the proper protocols.
In any such investigation, there is much work to be done, which takes time and is essential to ensure that a fair and impartial result is achieved. I know that this is the goal of everyone in our community.
JOSEPH P. RILEY, JR.
Mayor of Charleston
Man of character
I do not always agree with Brian Hicks. However, his June 22 column should have been on the front page. It was the most meaningful article I have read in The Post and Courier.
He described a man of character, a true South Carolina statesman, Glenn McConnell. Such character and statesmanship are rarely seen in today's political arena.
As Mr. Hicks stated, Glenn McConnell, in his 33 years in our state Legislature, has acted fairly and with integrity in the best interest of South Carolinians, even to the sacrifice of his own career.
He left behind, "without even a standing ovation from his fellow senators," a self-centered, power-hungry bunch of cry-babies as an embarrassment to our state.
Our S.C. Legislature's loss is surely the College of Charleston's gain.
I am a former Navy attack pilot with 4,800 single engine flight hours and 950 carrier landings doing just that. It has been 38 years since my last flight as a pilot.
I taught the business for several years and know the good and bad parts of dropping live ordnance.
I can make a case for stopping whatever is going on in Iraq, based upon what I see in the various news sources. The bad guys are moving in unarmored vehicles, cars, captured U.S. vehicles, etc., or on foot, along major roads.
If you remember, the Iraqi army left Kuwait with the A-10s hampering their movements with their 30mm cannons, and the operation ended being called the Highway of Death.
We have another weapon, deliverable by fighter/attack aircraft, acronym, APAM. F-18s off our one carrier, assigned to the various routes that the ISIS are using, can shut down all movement within 24 hours, maybe 12. The drones are there now, and we know where they are concentrated.
Nobody would dare drive on those roads or show themselves, if they want to live.
If you want to save Bagram Air Base, use APAM, and ISIS and their cohorts will run the other way.
Then call for talks.
James A. Kenney
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Timber Race Course
There doesn't seem to be a day that goes by in which I don't see at least one of Charleston's finest using radar on the James Island Connector. They tend to lie in wait just over the humps of the connector in the narrow break-down lanes.
I've often wondered about the logic of what has laughably been described as an "intention to prevent hazardous driving, speeding" that creates a traffic hazard in an area set aside for emergency purposes.
Interestingly enough, these same break-down lanes are often filled with cyclists who ignore the signage prohibiting the connector's use by cyclists.
I can't think of a speeding incident on the connector that has resulted in death, but I can recall such a cycling incident.
I wonder what motivates the officers to pursue one set of offenders but not the other?
Michael A. Meuli