In response to your Aug. 2 editorial regarding bicycling and bike parking: The City of Charleston has been working on providing more bike parking for a number of years to significant effect.
The city installed all the bike corrals on Upper King Street and every bike rack you see on sidewalks, garages and just about any place we can find for them. Charleston doesn't have especially wide streets and sidewalks, so our condition is constrained by history; and most people like it that way.
The bike share program we are working on will include bike kiosks for the 200 or so bikes in Phase 1, so this program in and of itself will not exacerbate the need for parking. However, we want more and more people riding bikes for transportation. Therefore, our project to build bike parking will continue in earnest.
Next we are installing 70 new spaces on and near King Street between Calhoun and Market streets. Those spaces will be installed in the next couple of months. We are also installing bike racks in our neighborhoods in strategic locations off the main streets.
There are over 3,000 bike parking spaces on the peninsula so far. Citizens can check out the city's interactive bike map to see where bike parking is located and get other bike related information at http://gis.charleston-sc. gov/interactive/bike.
Joseph P. Riley Jr.
City of Charleston
Toxic House brew
I can only imagine what this country would have been like today if TeaPublicans in Congress had been willing to govern instead of dedicating their every effort in an attempt to make President Obama look bad. It has been a long and hateful ride.
The editorial board at this newspaper vaingloriously attempts to lay the blame for the lack of positive action by the House of Representatives on the president. Bah.
Someone should remind the editor that Mr. Obama was not elected to the House, and only holds sway there if the atmosphere in that body is governance, rather than politics.
Are the citizens of this community and state so blind they cannot see beyond the negative hype?
It is estimated that more than 90,000 illegal immigrant children will be accepted into the United States this year.
Here in Beaufort County we're sharing the burden. Last week, four buses of illegal aliens were welcomed at a church in Hilton Head. It is unknown how many more will be coming in the future, but, with thousands a week flooding across the border, it is reasonable to expect more arrivals here. The illegal refugees are being moved in via federally-funded transport, and they receive federal EBT cards to pay for food and clothing, However, eventually the influx to our population will place a financial burden on the county's public services, schools, law enforcement and welfare.
We sincerely hope that the church officials who received the illegal immigrants will arrange to have them medically screened - thoroughly and as soon as possible. This will help calm nervous residents who have been reading about diseases spreading in other states that are also welcoming large groups of unscreened South Americans.
The massive relocations of South Americans, scattering them throughout the country so as to absorb them into the general population, is disturbing to law-abiding American citizens. The United States was founded upon the rule of law, and blatant, wholesale disregard of the law undermines our very foundation.
Jack and Jane Kenny
I have followed the back and forth in this paper on the subject of Coach Doug Wojcik and the College of Charleston basketball program. As an alumnus (1982, 1992) I have only asked that our athletic teams try to be competitive and not act in any way that would embarrass the school.
With that in mind, I am prepared to support the coach completely provided that any two of the following four events have not occurred during his tenure:
1) He did not say, "When you graduate, you might as well burn your degree because it's not worth anything." Disloyalty to the institution cannot be condoned.
2) He did not verbally attack any player's family or girlfriend. Being tough on athletes at any level is to be expected. To single out any other individual is inexcusable.
3) He did not lose to the former Anderson Junior College (aka Anderson University) by a 65-49 margin at home on Dec. 13, 2012. This one should be self-explanatory.
Thanks to Jeremy Borden for the good coverage of the event in Columbia at which some of our Vietnam vets were appreciated and praised. My late father, an Air Force pilot, was a veteran of three wars, including Vietnam, and flew in combat. I have made a few trips to the War on Terror as an Air Force chaplain, and our younger son will make his third trip soon as an Air Force special operator.
It has been one of the blessings of my life to watch, listen and play a part in how our Vietnam vets have been "folded into" the present day lauding of our great American warriors. What an American success story for us, corporately, to recognize that we could bring significant healing by going back and thanking these fellow Americans.
The stories of those who mistreated the returning heroes in the Vietnam era made me angry for years. Most of that anger has been replaced with mere sadness. And it has made me wonder:
What if those who said and did those things could stand up and apologize? Any serious, religious person, no matter his faith tradition, knows the power of repentance; a power that extends beyond the penitent and blesses and heals the community around him.
Imagine the profound moment for any and all Vietnam vets if they could watch even one person publicly (and humbly) apologize for what they said and did to disrespect those warriors.
My father never spoke of being mistreated when he came back from Vietnam. Perhaps being in the last few years of his career and being a senior officer made his life very different from a young infantry soldier coming home from battle.
So, who are you out there? Perhaps you could find the humble courage today's young warriors have displayed in protecting your freedom, to stand up and say, "I'm sorry."
Scott Adams Chaplain, Colonel
U.S. Air Force Reserves Fairington Drive Summerville
There's been a lot of talk about raising the gas tax to fund road repairs. The roads are in bad shape as we all know, however, there are a few things we can do before raising the already high price of gas. Every vehicle using our roads should be required to have a tag. This includes boat trailers, race car hauling trailers, garbage hauling trailers, lawn mower hauling trailers and motorcycle hauling trailers.
Let's not forget the construction guy's trailer. We all see them every day with two or three ladders held on with bungee cords. They use the roads and cause damage just like cars and trucks. A yearly $25 to $50 tag should be required. Why should they get a free ride?
Drivers of mopeds should be licensed, insured and required to have a tag. It is a motor vehicle after all. Tag it.
I see no reason to raise the gas tax when we can require non-tagged vehicles to start paying a fair share.
What's in a name?
I am responding to the July 31 letter to the editor titled "Return to sender." Is it considered an oxymoron when a letter writer compares current immigrants with the struggles given Native Americans upon the arrival of our forefathers and then tells the immigrants to go back home?
If that was the case our state may have been named Cherokee, Edisto, Choctaw, Wappoo - you get the point.
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