A recent article addressed a complaint by the Freedom from Religion Foundation against Clemson over the football program's faith-based culture. These people at FFRF need to get a life.

To begin with, all religious involvement at Clemson is voluntary. And while FFRF harps about violations of the constitutional stipulations of the separation of church and state, there is no such discussion in the Constitution.

What does exist is the First Amendment, which clearly states that government shall not establish a religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.

What I find really obnoxious is that FFRF wants Clemson to eliminate its chaplaincy position, to stop coaches from distributing Bibles and to end devotionals scheduled and put on by coaches and staff.

Groups like this seem to want the end of the Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, and the freedoms for which so many Americans have fought and paid the ultimate price.

It makes the most sense to me that these people are part of a larger group whose mission is to dismantle our country piece by piece, attacking our culture, our religions, our values and our Constitution. It is our job to meet them head-on and oppose them at every step.

That is our right.

Dick Whitfield

Salt Wind Way

Mount Pleasant

Llewellyn King, in an op-ed that recently ran in The Post and Courier, suggested "redistribution" isn't a dirty word. Most people who are part of the Baby Boom generation wince when they hear this because the word has a direct association with communism. This system of government has been attempted many times in the past and has ended with millions of innocent people being killed.

If Mr. King really believes in what he is writing, he might want to try living in modern- day Cuba, Venezuela or North Korea. In each of these countries the government has total control over the daily lives of citizens and the standard of living continues to drop. The perfect example of what works and what doesn't is a comparison of North and South Korea.

The same people, with the same heritage and the same land base, have had two entirely different outcomes during the past 50 years. South Korea's capitalist society has thrived while North Korea's communist society has declined to the point where millions are in poverty.

When our government takes away from one group, who are working and producing, and gives it to able-bodied non-workers, it causes great dissension. We take away the incentive to work from those who were previously rewarded for their efforts.

At the same time we take away the dignity of those who receive something for nothing. They become nothing more than wards of the state.

In a world where we never see the fruits of our labor, only that of another, we are robbed of our dignity. Redistribution isn't a dirty word if you are giving away your own wealth. In that case it is a wonderful thing for the giver and the recipient.

King suggests we can't move from class to class today and that the wealth gap today is worse than ever before. He may want to look back in history for names such as Rockefeller, Carnegie or Vanderbilt.

People like Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Evan Williams, the founder of Twitter, were not born rich. They work hard and are passionate about what they do.

Much closer to home we have Sen. Tim Scott, who came from a single-parent household in North Charleston and started his own business before getting into politics. He has gone on to become one of the most important leaders in our state in decades.

How many people who are lulled into generational dependency will ever find the sense of accomplishment that Sen. Scott finds in life?

I dare say none.

David Bourgeois

Chucker Drive


There was recently another rare bicycle sighting on St. Andrews Boulevard utilizing the new bike lanes.

This bicyclist is the first one I have witnessed on a road that I travel 10 times a day.

However, as I rode to James Island, there were 10 recreational cyclists riding on the dangerous Riverland Drive, much traveled by cars.

They were all traveling right past the million dollar county park that has miles and miles of bikeways.

Mark Bell

Sycamore Avenue


I am very upset by the news that Mount Pleasant Town Council just approved the building of a five-story parking garage that will block the view of the iconic Shem Creek bridge. I have been trying to find out how the mayor and all but one councilman allowed such a disaster to go forward. I was told by a friend the first vote took place without protest in November, and once approved, is a contract with a landowner and cannot be overturned.

My husband and I have owned our home in the old village of Mount Pleasant since December 1985. We have voted in every election local, state and federal.

In all this time we have been satisfied with the work of our mayors and town council to keep Mount Pleasant development from encroaching on beautiful sites such as the Shem Creek bridge.

I personally spoke to Paul Gawrych before voting for him in the recent election, and he assured me he was sensitive to the needs of development to be carefully planned and executed so that Mount Pleasant can keep it's rustic charm.

I saw Mayor Linda Page at meetings for bringing CARTA routes to Mount Pleasant and expected more from her when I voted for her. Now I feel cheated and betrayed.

Not only did town council allow this monstrosity to be built, it is giving tax benefits to the landowner for destroying one of the town's most beautiful views next to the marsh.

I think Mount Pleasant residents are due a letter of apology from the council and mayor regarding this lack of sensitivity to what makes Mount Pleasant special.

I recommend an award for a profile in courage to Gary Santos, the one councilman whose good judgment prevailed. I would like to make him King of Mount Pleasant.

Gail Dawson

Pocahontas Street

Mount Pleasant

Having a son-in-law, a grandson and granddaughter who are teachers, I was very disappointed while reading the May 9 Post and Courier and saw an article on the front page that dealt with a teacher who faced sex charges.

Immediately, when I turned the page, there was a nice article about a Dorchester District 2 teacher who was being honored as Teacher of the Year.

Why have the negative story on the front page, and the honored teacher on page 3? I suppose that sensationalism and sex sell. Please tell me that I am wrong.

We should spend more time honoring great teachers.


Randall Drive

Mount Pleasant

The Post and Courier seems to have forgotten that the vast majority of voters in Bobby Harrell's district not only voted for him but still strongly support him.

Likewise, most Republican members of the S.C. House of Representatives still support him.

Despite a great deal of negative publicity generated by a couple of small political special interest groups and The Post and Courier, most people trust Speaker Harrell and expect when the facts are openly presented to the public by the House Ethics Committee, the people of South Carolina will continue to support one of the finest legislators this state has.

The ordeal for the Harrell family has to be painful and expensive.

I would not want to be falsely accused of an ethics violation. Would you?

Joe Gillespie

N. Lander Lane