Sidewalk repairs

David Quick's article "Made for fitness" makes the case for older, compact cities being healthier because they are conducive to walking and biking.

Unfortunately, Charleston's dilapidated, crumbling, broken sidewalks are anything but fit for safe walking.

This evidently is due to a policy where a cost-benefit review shows that the cost of repairing all the sidewalks and making them safer is far greater than Charleston's cost of liability insurance for the several dozens of annual lawsuits for broken bones caused by falls.

Until the city puts pedestrians first, the sidewalks will remain anything but conducive to better health.

And, of course, the city would like folks to believe that the sidewalks in this condition are historic and quaint. In reality, they are a disgrace.

Eben Smith

Cooper River Drive

Mount Pleasant

'Not one more'

I almost lost my breath when I opened the newspaper on Wednesday morning to see the face of a childhood friend shown as one of the victims of domestic abuse.

What in the world is wrong with our legislators that they couldn't take the time to address the domestic abuse laws? Were they too busy doing favors for friends with issues that don't need addressing before passing laws that can save a life?

Since time ran out in the regular session to fix the domestic abuse law, House Speaker Bobby Harrell should be willing to call the Legislature back into session to fix it. It's time to get your priorities in order. Not one more woman or man should die because of domestic abuse before fixing the flaws in the laws.

When an offender can get more time for abusing an animal than abusing a human being who is a mother, father, daughter, sister, cousin or grandchild, you have to know something is wrong with the law protecting people from their abusers. A protection order isn't worth the ink that it is printed with.

Our speaker said he wants to create a committee to look into these issues. He could do so in five minutes.

South Carolina can end a lot of domestic abuse if offenders finally realize that they will go to prison for a long time.

Recently, a young lady one mile from my house was stabbed through the heart so hard that the knife went into the floor she died on.

Imagine the friends who found her ever recovering from that sight. They won't!

The children who watch a parent get murdered never recover from it - NEVER! They mask the pain their entire lives. Some become abusers themselves.

Until the laws change, nothing about domestic abuse will change.

Bails need to be increased or actually denied, since the intent was to kill and there is a different bond system for murder. It is time for us to stop making excuses and do something other than pay lip service.

It is time for all to say "Not One More." Legislators should do something and do it now. Don't appoint your cronies to study the issue; appoint members of families who have tried to live after this horror.

SANDI ENGELMAN

Julia Street

Charleston

Unwelcome voice

Once again Frank Wooten demonstrates he can fit both his feet in his mouth. His embarrassing screed reveals itself in the fourth paragraph of his "You're never too old" section. Here he - once again - ridicules the dress of "gawking cruise-ship-passenger intruders garishly garbed in T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops."

Please have him take a look at the photo on Page E27 of the Aug. 16 paper. There are flip-flops, shorts and even a T-shirt on the locals from the Charleston Home Builders Association who donated $2,900 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Mr. Wooten's voice is quite provincial and not at all the welcoming voice of Charleston. My only question is why you keep publishing his trash. If he doesn't like living in a tourist town he should be encouraged to retire to a less welcoming place. His one-track subject matter has become tiresome.

Paul Vecellio

E. Edgefield Drive

Summerville

Besmirched

I'm responding to Rep. James Clyburn's Aug. 11 op-ed regarding President Obama's potential impeachment. He states it's ironic that Obama is being sued for actions that the speaker and other Republicans have supported. In lengthy detail, he incorrectly makes reference to comprehensive immigration. How can the third-ranking Democrat in the House make such a mistake?

On July 30, 12 days before Clyburn's op-ed, the House authorized Speaker John Boehner to file suit against Obama for overstepping his legal authority. House leaders explained they would specifically focus on Obama's failure to follow the constitutional process in making changes to the ACA (Obamacare).

Not a word was said about immigration.

Jonathan Turley, a prominent liberal constitutional law professor who twice voted for Obama, has testified before Congress that Obama is becoming "the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is ... the imperial presidency." He testified that Obama has an alarming record of breaking the law.

Here are a few examples:

? He made recess appointments to the NLRB even though the Senate was not in recess. The Supreme Court found that his act was unconstitutional.

? He removed work requirements for welfare recipients in violation of the Welfare Reform Act.

? He adopted the DREAM Act that Congress had rejected. His executive order not to enforce immigration law against illegal children has created the present border crisis.

? He unilaterally revised Obamacare by granting waivers to political constituents and Congress, while delaying the employer mandate until after the 2014 elections.

In defiance of congressional authority, he's indicating that he will take more unilateral action.

Will he violate the Constitution by granting amnesty to illegal immigrants?

If so, he will create a constitutional crisis.

For the sake of the country, I hope he keeps his phone and pen to himself.

Bill Bissette

Short Street

Charleston

Architecture center

Every day, I expect to pick up the newspaper and be relieved to learn that Clemson officials have decided not to continue pursuit of a design that is flawed in the opinion of so many of its future neighbors.

Andrew Guest

Sassafras Circle

Mount Pleasant

Offshore drilling

Seventy-seven percent of South Carolina voters support offshore drilling, including clear majorities of Republicans (88 percent), Democrats (67 percent) and independents (77 percent). Job creation potential is surely a factor.

While some may dismiss the employment opportunities promised by our offshore resources, 95 percent of South Carolinians recognize that increased production of domestic oil and natural gas could lead to more U.S. jobs.

Offshore development could bring a projected $15.5 billion or more in cumulative energy spending in the state from 2017 to 2035, an energy boost to the state economy of more than $2.7 billion per year by 2035 and 35,569 jobs in 2035, according to a Quest Offshore Resources study.

Earlier this year, the co-chairs of the Presidential Oil Spill Commission said, "Offshore drilling is safer than it was four years ago" because industry and the government have worked together to develop new safety standards to improve spill prevention and response.

There is every reason to believe energy exploration and our vital tourism industry can co-exist.

The United States is the only developed nation in the world that keeps 87 percent of its offshore energy resources off limits.

Lifting outdated and counterproductive restrictions could bring jobs to South Carolina while enhancing the nation's energy security.

Kay Clamp

Executive Director

S. C. Petroleum Council

King Street

Columbia