Supporters of the proposed multimillion-dollar transmission line across the Santee Delta have promoted it simply as a solution to power outages in the sparsely populated McClellanville area.

In truth the only way this investment can be justified is to create a customer base that will support it. This will require a vast population increase. The environmental damage caused by constructing the transmission line will be dwarfed by that caused by the development that will ensue.

The supporters of this project could not have chosen a more inappropriate location for such a venture. This location is without a doubt the most environmentally fragile on the North Atlantic Coast.

It's centered in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that stretches for 60 miles from Capers Island to Hobcaw Barony. This area includes the Francis Marion National Forest, Santee Coastal Reserve and, by far the most vulnerable, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

With wildlife habitat being permanently destroyed on an unprecedented scale by land development, it is impossible to overstate the importance of this sanctuary.

Cape Romain has the highest water quality classification in South Carolina: "Outstanding Resource Waters." It's irrational to believe such quality can be maintained in a highly developed area.

It's time some sensitivity was shown for this last remaining stretch of coastline not yet plundered by development. Either this special place is worthy of salvaging or it's not. The last chance for that decision to be made is now.

James O. McClellan

Pinckney Street

McClellanville

I was pleased to read in the Dec. 30 article titled "Our sense of duty is slipping" that young people (under 30) are more likely than their parents to consider giving their time for community service "very important." It is a shame that the "more" is only 29 percent.

Even though government, at all levels, has taken over some of the tasks historically provided by civil associations, there is an incalculable reward in serving your fellow citizens voluntarily.

More distressing is the fact that while 75 percent of Americans think that voting is "very important," only 37 percent think it "very important" to keep up with news and public issues. That suggests that over half the people who think voting is important don't think it is important to know something about the propositions or people they vote for. Really? In that case, I wish only the 37 percent would vote.

There are truisms that have evolved over time - e.g., "risk and reward are correlated." The truism relevant to this letter is "freedom and responsibility go hand and glove."

It is a great shame that many people have a firm grasp of their "rights" but fail miserably in understanding the "responsibilities" that underpin their rights.

William B. Hewitt

Prioleau Street

Charleston

This letter is in reference to the Dec. 29 story in The Post and Courier concerning Berkeley County's sheriff facing a DUI charge.

A motor vehicle is a lethal weapon when it is operated by someone intoxicated.

The citizens of this state need to inform Judge James A. Polk, Sheriff H. Wayne DeWitt, Robert Wyndham, the Hanahan Police Department and the Highway Patrol that if citizens decide to operate a motor vehicle while alcohol-impaired, they are a danger to society and should be treated accordingly.

Willie Bennett

Daffodil Street

Summerville

My thanks to the many people who offered me help on Dec. 22 as my husband, my son (now from Seattle, Wash.), his girlfriend and I were shopping on King Street.

Stepping on the edge of a low curb near Charleston Place, I slipped on the damp surface and fell really hard, almost knocking myself out. A deep gash in my forehead bled profusely.

My son and his girlfriend were amazed at the number of people offering me water and offering help; a man from the Old Towne Restaurant (I believe) brought me ice wrapped in napkins; someone brought Band-Aids; others invited me to rest a bit in their shops.

I was happy to tell my guests about the many letters to the editor I have read from people, (usually tourists) who have experienced the kindness and concern of Charlestonians.

I am now among the ranks of the "fallen."

Phyllis Fullmer

Stanyarne Drive

Charleston