Re The Post and Courier series "Till death do us part," which began on Aug 19:
The investigation of domestic violence in South Carolina is a powerful and valuable testament to an issue that the news media rarely cover with such sensitivity, depth and insight.
As the series noted, our society faces many challenges in supporting domestic violence survivors. In particular, too few well-trained volunteer lawyers are available to represent victims, whose legal cases are often complex.
The American Bar Association is committed to raising awareness of domestic and sexual violence and broadening access to justice for survivors through pro bono legal service.
Lawyers seeking volunteer opportunities can visit probono.net/dv to learn how they can make a difference.
William C. Hubbard
American Bar Association
Lately we've heard talk about not having restrooms here in Charleston for tourists. My granddaughter and I were recently shopping on King Street. We went into three stores, made purchases in each, but none of them had a restroom I could use.
Two of them wanted to send me to Starbucks or Jim and Nicks, and the other wanted to send me to a hotel.
Businesses should think about the comfort of their patrons. I will try and refrain from shopping in those stores that don't.
Janice W. Elkins
Fix Muni greens
I wonder, if the city tennis or basketball courts were littered with potholes that rendered them unplayable, would there be a huge outcry?
The greens at the City of Charleston Municipal Golf Course are so bad that in fact they make the course unplayable. This is nothing new.
I have played that course for many years and far too often the putting surfaces are so deplorable that it is impossible to putt on them. It is so bad now that many have moved on to other courses and some have quit altogether.
I have talked to one golfer who grew up on the Muni and has played there since the 1960s. He states flatly that he is moving his membership to another course.
If you ask management about the greens you get all of the same excuses. Well, I have heard those excuses for years, and the fact is there is no excuse for the condition of those greens. With the technology, chemicals and grasses available to golf courses today it is no impossible task manually or financially to have decent greens.
They may not be Augusta National but they can be playable. I have to question why anybody associated with the Muni either in management or through their PGA affiliation would allow this to happen and to continue.
Charleston is a huge tourist destination and many of those tourists play golf at the Muni. It is disgraceful and insulting to them that they have to play on such ratty greens. This is not how Charleston should present itself in any area a guest may visit.
It is also a measure of disregard for the locals and longtime patrons, those that have not left, that they are subjected year after year to such unplayable conditions.
These conditions have existed for far too long. I don't know what the answer is but I am positive there is one. Someone should look into this.
Charleston is a city rich in golf history and tradition. This shames and disgraces that heritage.
Some weeks ago, acting on advice from the pundits on scams, I answered a robo call trying to sell me a medical product, to tell them not to call again, but whoever picked up hung up on me. And that was not all.
She is now using my number to make further robo calls. In short, my name and number could appear on your caller ID, to trick you into picking up the phone.
There also is a lady on Kiawah whose name is being used. As we all know, these calls are made seven days a week, disturbing one at all hours of the day and night.
If my name should appear on your caller ID, let it go to the answering machine.
It is not I. I can assure you I have nothing to do with it.
Royal Pine Drive
I am writing to add a different perspective to the state's double crested cormorant control efforts brought up recently by John Burbage's column and Kris Holder's response. I have been a fishing guide for 39 years, business owner and user of lakes Marion and Moultrie. I have witnessed the massive increase in numbers of cormorants and the negative effects that have resulted.
While John did a good job of outlining the biology of the species, he neglected to mention that cormorants are one of the few native water fowl species whose numbers have grown beyond historic population levels.
Cormorants can eat up 1.5 pounds of fish per day and they are quick to take advantage of spring migrating anadromous shad and herring below Pinopolis and St. Stephen dams.
While cormorants belong in our native ecosystem, they don't belong here at their current population levels.
For many years, there has been a decline in the catch of many economically important fish species in the system. This decline affects real people whose jobs are dependent on the fishery.
Ours is not the only state that has been impacted by cormorants. States bordering the Great Lakes have also taken measures to reduce cormorant numbers and many Southeastern states are trying to confront the same issues we have here.
Our state's control effort may only be a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done continent wide, but that should not stop us from trying. The cormorant control agents are not costing the state anything but the cost of training, licensing, and data collection.
This is a culling or control activity, not a sporting event or season. It was never intended to be a "fair chase" hunt and, taken out of context, it would be objectionable to most folks. However, it is a necessity that will help return us to proper balance and I fully support this effort and thank those that participated in it last year.
Truman A. Lyon
Santee Cooper Charters
I attended the Charleston City Council meeting where the late-night bar license moratorium was discussed. Police Chief Greg Mullen presented a four-minute video of late-night activity on King Street and in the Market.
I was astonished to see the crowds of people milling about and walking in the streets at these late hours. Hundreds of people were out and about drinking at midnight, wandering from bar to bar.
My next thought was whose tax dollars are going to pay the salaries of the police that have to be on duty to ensure orderly conduct of all of these people?
The people who are in their beds asleep, that's whose tax dollars are paying for the policing of the late night partying. Am I the only one that resents this?
The temperatures approached 100 degrees over the last few days. It is August in Charleston, after all.
However, as I walked on the treadmill in the gym this morning, the sun shone suddenly and brilliantly through the glass entrance.
The sun is starting its daily arc across the sky at a lower angle, taking a softer, golden quality. Fall is just around the corner.
Like Proust's madeleine, which brought him memories of his childhood, the sunbeam put me in mind of burning leaves, chilly nights and college football.
I can't wait.
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