The College of Charleston seems to be making great strides as an institution, but the plan to eliminate the diving and swim teams is unfortunate. When the school recruited these athletes never a word of impending collapse was whispered.

Why then dismantle what so many have sacrificed to build?

Clearly this successful institution, which doesn’t have a full range of sports and is struggling at basketball, can support the team.

Sports participation and attendance show in many ways other than the bottom line. Keep swimming in school.

John c. godfrey

Kracke Street

Charleston

I appreciated the Jan. 13 op-ed by state Rep. Chris Murphy and state Sen. Sean Bennett. Their column was interesting on two points:

First, everyone in Columbia knows we have a major problem in our decaying road infrastructure, especially on our major highways.

It is affecting our big manufacturers to the north, the port and tourism.

The tab keeps increasing, now to $22 billion. Everyone talks about it and states the facts, but the Legislature does not take ownership of a problem that affects every business in every county in the state.

Secondly, the column mentions the 5,000 miles of roads one-fourth of a mile in length that will probably never get taken care of properly.

These two legislators suggest creating partnerships with local governments to maintain these streets and roads.

Mount Pleasant presently repairs state-owned roads. We have to for the protection of our residents and visitors. We spend a couple of hundred thousand dollars annually for equipment, materials and labor to do what I feel is necessary, but is only a temporary fix as these roads keep getting worse.

The suggestion for cities to take over some roads in their communities brings to mind the current problem the cities and counties have with the Local Government Fund (LGF) not being fully funded the last seven years. The shortfall last year was $74.5 million.

How can we, the cities and counties, enter into any agreement with the Legislature on state road repair reimbursement when we have the memory of the broken promises of the LGF so fresh in our minds?

I ask again that legislators in their budget meetings fully fund the LGF to restore good faith and credibility to their cities and counties that will no doubt be asked to carry some of the burden in a negotiated partnership in the road infrastructure funding debate.

Elton K. Carrier

Councilman

Town of Mount Pleasant

Ann Edwards Lane

Mount Pleasant

I got an eerie feeling while shopping at Citadel Mall on Jan. 25.

The place looked like a ghost town. There were just a few teenagers walking around, no serious shoppers.

My wife got the same feeling, commenting: “I don’t think these retailers are going to be around five years from now.” Storefronts remain empty even during the economic recovery.

Then I read an article in The New York Times on how the middle class continues to decline, and an article in The Washington Post on how wealth and income distribution is the major topic at the economic conference in Davos, Switzerland.

A quick check on the Internet leads you to a list of the worst wealth and income gap offenders, and you find that the U.S. is ranked fourth worst behind Chile, Portugal and Spain. (Seems we are back in 1928, according to one source.)

Then there is always Thomas Piketty’s book: “Capitalism in the 21st Century” that documents what your gut tells you is true.

This is not the world I grew up in during the ’50s and ’60s. Yes, there is a lot more technology, but it is a world without middle class enthusiasm, at least in America. It’s all on the other side of the planet, in China, Malaysia, India and Indonesia.

Their lot may not be as good as ours, but they have hope for the future as things improve rapidly. Henry Ford once said he wanted to make cars that his employees could afford to buy.

America’s plutocrats have forgotten this little piece of advice. They just want to lend people more money so that they get deeper and deeper in debt.

I get several credit card solicitations every month in the mail. No thanks.

William A. Johnson

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant

As I recall it was reported by the Post and Courier that at least two pedestrian deaths on the Crosstown involved alcohol or cell phones, while negotiating this very risky area (at night I believe.)

Therefore, I could not support any of the proposed solutions except for increasing the amount of “walk” time for the benefit of the elderly and disabled, sober and otherwise attentive pedestrians.

When are we as a society going to stop trying to rescue people from their own lack of personal responsibility?

I like the idea proposed by a Jan. 25 letter writer of planting flowering quince instead of more tacky signs, which will be ignored.

Beverly O’Brien

Highwood Circle

Charleston