A few years ago our General Assembly decided to put an end to the divisive arguments some of our people were having over things with historic connections.

So they passed the Heritage Act, which moved the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse dome to a flag pole adjacent the Confederate soldiers monument.

They gave its presence there what amounts to permanent protection as only a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly plus a governor’s signature can move it.

This protection was also extended to all place names, monuments, flags, etc. of historic reference in our state.

It was highly emotional legislation and not easily passed. As a state senator, I voted for it. The dignity with which the Citadel cadets handled the flag transfer was impressive. Those were moments of high drama.

Hopefully and thankfully, that unhappy period of our history is dying and for that we should all give our Heritage Act much credit.

Now we are concentrating on the things that affect our greater good like industry, education, infrastructure, tourism, conservation, social agency problems and the ethics rules of those we elect. Our plate is full of needy things.

Comments that can open old wounds have no place at our inaugural ceremonies. Everything said at these events should be positive, inspiring and uplifting, words that create a poetry of their own.

Arthur Ravenel Jr.

Wittenberg Drive

Mount Pleasant

Producing materials that provoke confrontation with marauders has resulted in injury and death to persons who had no intention of participating. Many of us don’t condone the use of satire aimed at a belief system committed to our destruction.

Some cartoons can be an immature substitute for serious criticism of specific religious practices, though it’s best to start with our own.

It’s not huge elaborate churches pointing to the sky that confirm holiness, but rather a steady participation in a divine love that is universal in scope, but brings wisdom to ideas and actions.

Nan Ancrom

Society Street


Two previous writers have suggested that Charleston City Council should direct a simple test of the proposed repurposing of a traffic lane on the major inbound artery over the Ashley River as a lane for bicyclists.

I applaud their ingenuity and wholeheartedly second their ideas.

As the former commander of all operational testing for the Navy, I understand the value of realistic tests in the actual environment, and the advantage of live testing over laboratory or computer simulation.

Simulation is a great tool when interpolating between two known conditions, but in my experience, it can produce erroneous data when used for extrapolation into unknown territory.

Blocking the inbound right-hand lane with temporary concrete barriers for a simple 90-day test and evaluation period which could be done even while other planning and debate are taking place, producing credible results regarding the claim of minimal impact on auto traffic.

Armed with that accurate, “real world” data, City Council could then make a more informed decision whether to press ahead with the project, or invest elsewhere.

Not thoroughly and unemotionally exploring and resolving all possible unknown factors before writing the funding checks significantly increases the probability of “buyer’s remorse” to the ultimate customer — the Charleston taxpayer.

R.E. Besal

Rear Admiral

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Albemarle Point


As an old highway engineer, I believe the Jan. 15 article about the need for a pedestrian bridge over the Crosstown really hit the nail on the head.

Why climb a mountain when a little walking will save so much time and energy?

The loss of life due to jaywalking is sad. Pedestrians really hate being hassled, even when it is for their own good.

I find that landscaping can often be used in lieu of structure. But this is a complex problem when one considers the human factors that are involved.

I reviewed the proposals presented. I am sorry to say that signs and signals have little benefit without intensive police surveillance, and that is very expensive. I am not sure what was intended to be gained by relocation of the bus route. I do know riders will consider it just another hassle.

This site is remarkable in that it has a massive amount of green space. This provides an opportunity to plant flowering quince. It is lovely to look at and has really evil self-defensive thorns.

Galvanized wire threaded through the plants lessens the desire to dig up or cut a plant for a new pedestrian shortcut.

The hassle effect will do the job, if planted in long enough stretches. I must say, it will look much more appealing than the intrusion of a lot of new signs.

The cost of planting and maintaining quince would be about the same as the cost of sign installation. If handled properly, it would be a fine asset to the Holy City.

While I am at it, there has been a lot of discussion about large buildings being erected in historic areas.

If a developer has a great desire to plant a large structure in a historic area, the impact on the surroundings can be reduced greatly with the use of mirrored exterior walls. The reflections of the mirrors allow the building to blend in with the existing historic structures.

John F. Devaney Jr.

Gunnison Street

Mount Pleasant

With the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island moving forward with parking fees as a tax to use their overstressed infrastructure, shouldn’t Mount Pleasant do the same and place toll booths for those entering the town from the two municipalities?

Kevin Isaac

Plantation Lane

Mount Pleasant