Dear Tourist who shot me the bird this afternoon:
Please be advised that I, like all other Charlestonians who live and work downtown, treat you and your fellow tourists with patience rarely found outside the mother/toddler relationship.
When you, for instance, cross the street against the light, weighed down by the shopping bags hanging off your shoulders and the grits in your belly, we sit patiently at our green light, praying that you don't stop to check your Google maps before you reach the curb and that no other tourists follow you out into the road before we miss the light.
We don't use the horn, ever.
That would be rude and we want you to enjoy yourselves.
When you poke along in your car with the Michigan plates at a pace that makes a carriage horse look like a racehorse, we crawl along behind you because we understand that you have no clue where you are going or you are simply captivated by our lovely city.
We appreciate you.
If you tried this in any other city you would be run over, or at least honked and cursed at profusely.
So if someone uses the horn on you here, chances are it is to alert you to a dangerous situation, such as in your case, turning the wrong way down a one-way street.
I will take your gift bird and set him free.
And I accept your apology, which I am sure you uttered silently to me during your three-point turn after you realized your error.
Come back soon.
Stacey R. Tunstill
Ron Brinson's July 2 column titled "Happy campers enjoy a grand tour of Wando Welch Terminal" reminded me of the beautiful area that once hosted happy campers.
In 1966 I was a YMCA camp counselor. Our camp was called Camp Y Osceola and we took campers for the day on a long ride from Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant to the area that is now the Wando Terminal.
We had an archery area set up near the water and shot arrows into the target or the bluff if campers were not a good shot.
We hiked many miles through the beautiful woods and would return to the old house (our shelter), eat lunch and sing folk songs together.
We had many happy campers who learned much about the Lowcountry from our directors, Winfield Towles, deceased, and Wyman Frampton, a local physician.
We all miss the woods.
Not the same
The Post and Courier writers continually aid and abet the bureaucrats by defining a one percent tax increase as a "penny" tax. Lawmakers will always try to minimize the impact of a tax increase.
In the June 29 article the title was "Another penny for school construction?"
How misleading is that?
If someone is buying $200 worth of taxable goods each week and lives in Charleston County, where the tax rate is 8.5 percent, a one percent increase will cost over $100 a year. That is just a little more than a penny.
Marsh Hen Drive
The driving force
It is unfortunate that a July 1 letter writer does not understand the full scope of a story of the thousands of people fleeing their home countries.
The first being - these are children. The second being - the extreme violence and poverty they are running from.
What is worse, the violence is our fault. Americans are at fault for being the consumers of the vast amount of drugs that come from south of the border. The drugs that fuel the gangs and cartels. The drugs "we" enjoy during our leisure time.
These children are fleeing violence and poverty that the letter writer nor anyone else in America can imagine. They have no legal way to get here, but I assure you, if there was a way they would take that route.
This is a humanitarian crisis, this is America's crisis and it will continue as long as Americans' appetite for drugs continues.
I support any help we can give these children and families.
I also am in favor of immigration reform for the 11-plus million undocumented immigrants already living in this wonderful country.
As the IRS scandal involving the targeting of political conservatives continues to grow, one wonders how the IRS ever obtained this kind of power and whether it should continue.
It was only with the passage of the 16th Amendment in 1913 that the federal government gained authority to regularly tax the income of American citizens.
Our founders by contrast authorized only indirect taxation (tariffs, excise taxes, etc.) to fund our central government.
Because the founders knew that direct taxation of income could expose American citizens to the kind of targeting and abuse we see in the unfolding Internal Revenue Service scandal.
It seems that the only way to really close the door on this threat is to repeal the 16th Amendment and again put the income and privacy of every American beyond the reach of the federal government.
Remember, the 18th Amendment (prohibition) didn't turn out to be such a good idea either and was later repealed.
But let's hurry before the IRS gets hold of this letter.
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