Justify the raise

How much does the governor earn, $120-some thousand?

The attorney general about $106,000?

And the director of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, Paul Campbell, wants to pay his secretary $100,000?

Is there any argument or rationalization that can justify paying an airport director's secretary nearly as much as we pay our governor, our attorney general and others?

She's more than a secretary? She's an administrative assistant?

If that's true, why, when justifying to this newspaper his reasons for changing her title, did he only list tasks that are secretarial in nature?

Dennis White

Bohicket Road

Johns Island

A perfect choice

I do not have the skills or experience to judge the technical aspects of a basketball coach, but I do know character, presence and integrity when I see it.

Eight years ago my son attended Anthony Johnson's one-week summer basketball camp in Charleston. We walked in the gymnasium to see what I perceived as utter chaos.

Six basketball goals were set up around the court and 60 plus children were shooting free throws in groups of 10 with assistant coaches. It was loud and crazy.

I thought this will be nothing more than supervised recess for the week.

Then I noticed one man. He was big - probably played ball somewhere - and he had a whistle around his neck. He was floating from group to group, looking boys in the eye and talking to them, one-on-one. He would offer encouragement and criticism as needed with the soft manner of one who has walked the walk. His presence in the room was undeniable. I asked who he was and was simply told "A.J."

I didn't understand what that meant, other than some guy who puts on basketball camps and looks like he played ball.

It was obvious he had technical expertise from the way he would demonstrate how to shoot and explain how the boy he was instructing could do it better, but that is not what got my attention.

It was his calm, caring presence, his obvious respect for each camper that made me move closer to hear what he was saying.

That's when I really took notice. A.J. was calling each boy, all 60 plus, by his first name. This was a one-week summer basketball camp, and he understood the importance of this simple act.

He had taken the time to memorize each camper's first name.

He touched each boy on the shoulder, looked them squarely in the eye and let them know that they were important. For that moment, each player had his full and undivided attention. Clearly this man is a leader.

For me, that's all I need to know. Technical expertise, game strategy and slick plays mean nothing without a calm, composed leader to direct the team. Leaders from all walks of life have these same traits, the traits that motivate their teams to work hard, overcome adversity and enjoy success.

The College of Charleston basketball program desperately needs a leader, and I believe Anthony Johnson would be the perfect choice.

H. Blair Hahn

Chuck Dawley Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Rewriting history

A recent column by Brian Hicks assailed a teacher for using a book written by Rush Limbaugh. In doing so, he referred to the indoctrination of students.

Yes, indoctrination has been occurring for at least the last 30-40 years, but it has occurred because our history has been rewritten by leftists who hate this country.

Many history books now ignore or barely include references to the Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, or what a truly outstanding figure George Washington was.

Instead, space is given to politically correct incidents that aren't worth mentioning. In addition, for years now, college students have been subjected to "everything bad is America's fault" lectures.

If they dare to speak up and disagree, the professor will use the power of the grade to set them straight.

What Limbaugh has done is to write a history that tells the truth, something that is anathema to liberals.

Bill Hausler

Out of Bounds Drive

Summerville

Osprey operations

I am a former Navy JAG lawyer in private practice in Charleston. I am also a sailor. I read with interest the article about the strange lights seen over Mount Pleasant.

Years ago, I was sailing with a friend on his boat in the Chesapeake during a Rhodes Reliant classic boat regatta. We anchored one night in a cove not far from Annapolis.

Notably, we were awakened in the middle of the night by a squadron of Marine Osprey aircraft conducting operations in the vicinity.

The Ospreys were circling the cove, each one taking a turn hovering directly above our sailboat for a period of time and then returning to the circling position.

I have subsequently seen Ospreys in flight, both night and day, and recognize the shape and pattern of the lights in the photo and video.

If the Marines were conducting homeland security night operations over the port, the FAA would understandably not be in a position to confirm or deny it to the public.

If they were Ospreys, it is reassuring to know that our fighting men and women of the Marine Corps are training for all contingencies relating to the security of our port.

Rob Turkewitz

Wappoo Hall Road

Charleston