On July 17 The Post and Courier ran an eminently sensible editorial on Charleston County’s proposed referendum to fund highway improvements. That editorial is a perfect point of departure for County Council members in finalizing the desperately needed referendum as it ultimately will go before county voters.

Sensible and necessary road projects in the county must not be held hostage by dead-horse baggage like the I-526 beltway or the Cross Island Expressway vanity project. Both stretches of highway very justifiably inhabit the disreputable civic domain of the undead.

Development happens; magic and necromancy rarely do. We must recognize that, past a point at which Charleston County clearly arrived some time ago, more roads and cars will only ever exacerbate the impact of fitting more and more people into the same amount of geography. Modest efforts to better existing roads can at least address a modicum of temporary relief.

Philip Snead

North Edgewater Drive

Charleston