Kudos to Mayor Joe Riley on Kate Murphy’s article about him in the April 5 New York Times. He is a “can-do” mayor for the projects he favors. Now that he’s read “Boys in the Boat,” Charleston’s rowing community would love to see him get behind one of America’s fastest growing sports and make first-class facilities available here in the Holy City.

Body ragged: Why should land-locked places like Oklahoma City get the revenue and publicity from world-class rowing amenities while Charleston’s rowers have to store their boats on trailers and move them every time the park is used for another event?

Body ragged: We are scullers, sweep rowers, gig rowers, dragon boaters and more — we are teenagers, adults and retirees, we are male and female. We are club rowers, competitive teams and individuals — and a community boathouse is still just a dream.

Body ragged: Pam Dickson

Body ragged: Charleston City Rowing Club

Body italic: Elizabeth Lane

Body italic: Charleston

Edit let hd: Nicklaus the best

Body ragged: With the conclusion of this year’s Masters, it is safe to say that Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships will stand for years to come.

Body ragged: Tiger Woods looked like he could break the record, but his lack of performance takes him out of the race. He has not won a major since the 2007 PGA, and the future is looking dim. He is not only fighting emotional problems from the breaking up of his marriage, he is slowly breaking down physically.

Body ragged: Couple those issues with all the great young players, e.g. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Speith, and you can close the book that Tiger will win five more majors to top Jack Nicklaus. Jack also has 19 second- place finishes, 48 top three finishes, 56 top five finishes and 73 top 10 finishes. Jack remains the greatest player in the history of golf.

Body ragged: Ed Gilligan

Body italic: Marsh Hawk Lane

Body italic: Kiawah Island

Edit let hd: Offshore drilling

Body ragged: One of the very-wide-of-the-mark arguments made in support of drilling off South Carolina’s beaches is the contention that it will free us from the political influence and economic dominance of Middle Eastern kings and ayatollahs.

Body ragged: While the concern has merit, the conclusion ignores a present reality: Gasoline sells for something over $2 per gallon today not only because we have too much petroleum, but also because, as the world’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia manipulates the pricing levers that control the oil market.

Body ragged: American fracking — not my favorite way of polluting aquifers — has proven so successful that, in reprisal, the Saudis have turned up the spigots that gush oil in the Arabian Peninsula. They do this to drive frackers out of business and to avoid losing market share. In so doing, they have flooded world oil markets.

Body ragged: For example, between what it produces and what it imports (existing contracts cannot be broken), the United States faces a danger of exhausting our petroleum storage capacity. Each day, import and production deliver one million more gallons of oil than we can consume.

Body ragged: Are the Saudis succeeding? The April 1 issue of USA Today reports that “Falling Oil Prices Cost 100K Jobs,” many in recently rich states that have been the beneficiaries of the new drilling techniques.

Body ragged: Because these dynamic market interactions are so far beyond our control, there is only one point to be made here. That is, that those promoting offshore drilling in the Atlantic as a method for getting out from under Middle Eastern monkeying with our oil supplies need to shift to a more creative argument — one with at least a little credibility. This one won’t hold water.