Bench the abuse

A July 15 letter was published defending College of Charleston basketball Coach Doug Wojcik's verbal abuse of his players. The letter writer asserted that he had the same treatment at the hands of his father, religious leaders, etc. And that we're all so thin-skinned now. This wouldn't even be a story 30 years ago.

I'm sure he's right. But I'm also sure that people who have spent their entire lives with conflict resolution, assertiveness training and parents who love and respect them as human beings are not going to put up with being put down on a daily basis. Why would they?

Most children are now raised in a way that they don't have to put up with abusive situations. And a student playing basketball on a scholarship for the College of Charleston can probably find a place in any other institution where the coaches can keep their comments to performance in the game.

So call it "thin-skinned" if you want, but people who respect themselves will not want to be subjected to abuse and, being free people, can walk.

If that negatively affects the dinosaurs who think a coaching contract is an "abuse people freely" card, too bad.

Gloria B. Jenkins

Stonehenge Road

Charleston

No leadership

Ever since I read the first item of news about the influx of unattended children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border illegally, I had to ask myself: Where is our leadership? Then I noticed that our leader was out helping raise funds for the upcoming elections and not staying in Washington doing his job. From Aug. 13, 1916, until March 10, 1917, my father and many other young men from the Charleston National Guard were mustered into federal service and shipped to El Paso, Texas, to secure our border against Mexican raiders.

If our president had the leadership ability and the military know-how then, why can't our current president and elected officials do the same now?

I would have to say we are a country totally lacking in competent leadership, which is totally evident by the mess we have in Washington, D.C., at the present time.

I hope and pray that every citizen who loves the United States and enjoys our way of life will remember this during the upcoming election and replace each and every one of those who refuse to lead our country as they should.

ANDREW W. BURK JR.

Coach Road

Holly Hill

Protect wetlands

Re Rep. Samuel Rivers' commentary in the July 21 Post and Courier titled "Federal water rules hang S.C. out to dry": There is absolutely nothing vague about the terms he mentioned that are used to protect our wetlands and regulate their development. Wetlands connected to U.S. waters are frequently very simple to delineate, even more so with modern technology.

The standard trio of hydric soils, hydrophytic vegetation and wetland hydrology are easy for a trained person to identify. Even degraded and altered jurisdictional wetlands can be identified on the ground, from aerial imagery, from soils and topographic maps, and by using LiDAR (light detection and radar).

In the relatively flat Lowcountry, LiDAR has proven to be an invaluable resource in tying headwater wetlands to stream systems that connect to the public waters of the United States.

Rep. Rivers might not like the Clean Water Act, but it has protected our wetlands for more than 40 years, and I hope it will continue to do so unimpeded by fear-mongering and attempts to weaken the law.

I call for Lowcountry residents to contact our agencies and our representatives and ask them to counter ignorance and greed with facts, and to protect the Clean Water Act.

We must not grow complacent about the Clean Water Act, nor any of the other valuable environmental regulations that were largely enacted in the 1970s. I challenge anyone who cares to Google the Cuyahoga River. Yup, the one that caught on fire.

Jean Everett, Ph.D.

Murphy's Court

Charleston

Shoo-ins?

In the July 25 Post and Courier, on page B7, you have this headline, "Poll suggests Graham, Scott shoe-ins." Really?

Does that mean each of them has a foot barely wedged in a slightly open door or some other issue involving footwear? Perhaps you mean shoo-ins? That is an old horse racing term referring to a fixed race where the winning horse just flies over the finish line as expected. You know, as easy as shooing a fly out the window or shooing a child out of the room or shooing the ducks into the pond, etc.

No shoes involved.

Yvette R. Guy

Glen Abby Drive

Summerville