Stem the violence

Domestic violence is a despicable crime and all measures possible should be taken to stem its occurrence.

Your color map in the Aug. 20 issue that accompanies a part of the series about domestic violence may be deceiving. I count 25 counties that fall under the category of 0-5 women killed.

Using that basis, we are awash in violence in every county.

It would be more accurate to use the scale of 1 to 5 instead; this removes any implication that there isn't a single county without one death.

My opinion may not be correct but the data presented as is doesn't allow for an accurate conclusion. In regard to death, there is a huge difference between 0 and 1.

Robert M. Savin, M.D.

Privateer Creek Road

Johns Island

Demand justice

I am appalled and angry after reading, "Till death do us part." What a despicable history for a state which touts support for family values and Christian ethics while at the same time declining to spend more on the safety of women than of dogs and cats.

I am ashamed to say I live in a state which consistently does nothing when the problem is so blatant year after year. I think it's time to demand justice on this issue.

However, it appears change will come primarily through our elected officials. So, let's contact those in control of our Legislature and do whatever we need to do to support legislation which will keep abusers in jail longer, confiscate their weapons and keep them from buying weapons, and provide shelters for abused women and children.

And let us remember, it takes money to accomplish these goals, like providing shelters, hiring counselors, and keeping abusers in jail.

Legislators must respond. We must have justice for abused women in South Carolina.

Imogene K. Smith, Ed.D.

Bampfield Drive

Mount Pleasant

Golf offers escape

Quite a few years back, launched by a big "life's road" speed bump into a free falling, uncontrolled tumble, I was in sore need of a distraction. Looking around for something to occupy my time, I took up the game of golf.

One week of private lessons at the Florida School of Golf, hours on the practice range, practice greens and even the occasional round on the links took me from the mayhem of every day to the bliss of what Mark Twain called "a good walk spoiled."

While my affair with the game of chasing a silly white ball around God's green Earth was brief, I did take away one experience I'll never forget. The weight of the world, all the chaos, the doubts and fears vanished whenever I stood over the ball, club in hand and set up for the shot. There's the swing, the contact with the ball, and for a brief moment you are alone on the planet as you watch that ball sail away with a mind of its own.

The effect is fleeting. The realities of life flood back like the roar of the crowd and all of your problems come rushing in to refill the void.

And so it is with this in mind that I can fully understand our sitting president's penchant for playing golf. There's been a lot of time spent on the links recently.

Many supporters and detractors are fuming as we see the "most powerful man in the world" become a duffer, hacking down the fairways.

Maybe I'm guilty of a little transference; I hardly know the man or what's inside his head. But while I don't support his politics or policies, and have considered him over his head from day one, to deny Mr. Obama that golf-induced split second of escape from his world would be cruel.

David N. Fisher

Dunnemann Avenue

Charleston

Arbitrary vote

The Charleston County School Board just voted to build a new $30 million high school for McClellanville, for about 135 students.

Yet this same school board insisted to Sullivan's Island residents that it could not build a school there for fewer than 500 students, supposedly because that was not cost-effective.

As The Post and Courier pointed out in an editorial, voters could lose confidence in a board that takes such arbitrary action. No kidding.

And how hollow are the protestations of board members Chris Fraser, Cindy Bohn Coats, and Todd Garrett, who now claim to be concerned about the wise use of taxpayer dollars and addressing the extreme overcrowding at Laurel Hill and Pinckney? Those same schools were well over capacity when those three board members voted to build Sullivan's Island Elementary School.

Where was their concern about overcrowded Mount Pleasant schools then? And now it looks like the school board is once again telling Mount Pleasant families to just get in line and wait their turn for a new elementary school and a desperately needed second high school-after, of course, voting for the tax increase in November.

"Arbitrary" does not begin to describe what is going on.

Barbara Spell

Atlantic Avenue

Sullivan's Island

Education majors

The Aug. 20 edition carried two articles which caught my attention: The commentary by Frank Bruni, a columnist for The New York Times, and an article by Seanna Adcox of The Associated Press.

Both articles addressed the problem of poor schools in our country and, given the fact that South Carolina public schools rank very low among U.S. schools.

Mr. Bruni makes the case that it is time to end the practice of "tenure" in our school systems. He is not the first to propose this and it is an idea that apparently is gaining strength. For the record, I wholeheartedly agree. But the approach begs the question who will replace the "poor" teachers who will be phased out?

Ms. Adcox's news story highlights the fact that South Carolina colleges graduate only about half of the "education majors" needed here and describes proposals for increasing those numbers.

I emphatically disagree that attracting more education majors is a solution. I suggest that "education majors" are a large part of the problem, not a viable solution, because I believe that our teachers should be more thoroughly grounded in liberal arts and sciences, the subjects they are expected to teach.

Most of the highly ranked colleges in this country with departments of education acknowledge the value, although limited, of courses on procedures of teaching but do not give a degree in education.

Rather, their emphasis is on substantive learning as paramount to training in procedures and methodology, and I suggest and firmly believe that is the direction education in this country should take.

Better trained teachers will produce better educated students who hopefully will one day move into the workforce as citizens with the capacity to understand and contribute intelligently to the principles of our democratic nation.

Helen Y. Dolan

Franke Drive

Mount Pleasant

Landing needed

Would it be too much to ask for Mount Pleasant, while approving so many new developments, to consider adding a public boat landing or two to our burgeoning town?

Remleys Point and Shem Creek are nightmares.

Town officials say that infrastructure is now aligned with growth, but in the boating world, a grade of "F" seems sufficient for a place as beautiful and nearly surrounded by water as Mount Pleasant to only have two public accesses.

Michael Meuli

Lohr Drive

Mount Pleasant

Creative kiosks?

In consideration of the problem of bike parking and the sidewalk congestion less thoughtful riders can create downtown with improperly parked bikes, I would suggest an Aug. 1 letter titled "Artful bike racks" is onto something by suggesting that local artists help create something remarkable for bike-rack kiosks.

This could be an opportunity to repeat the success of the earlier Turtles on the Town program used to promote the Aquarium's Turtle Rescue Program.

Dianne Vincent

Eric Vincent

Prince Ferry Lane

Mount Pleasant