For those folks who still think that converting one lane of the T. Allen Legare Bridge from automobile traffic to bike and pedestrian traffic is a bad idea, here are two points to consider.

When that bridge was built, the James Island Connector didn’t exist. All of us who lived on James Island, Folly Beach and much of Johns Island used the Legare Bridge to enter downtown Charleston.

While the population of West Ashley, the city and the islands has grown, the impressive capacity of the new James Island Connector drained much of the daily vehicular traffic away from the old Legare Bridge. Because of this the bridge now has ample capacity for the bike and pedestrian lane to be successful.

The really important thing to remember is that for every person who decides to use the new bike/pedestrian lane, there will be one additional parking space available somewhere downtown. It’s not pie in the sky. It’s a one-to-one ratio of bicyclers on the T. Allen Legare Bridge to open parking spaces downtown.

Change is coming. Let’s plan for it rather than sitting around talking about how things used to be and doing nothing. If you want more parking downtown, support the bike lane on the T. Allen Legare Bridge and support the organizations that want to promote biking and walking in our community.

Charlie Smith

Cabell Street

Charleston

As reported in The Post and Courier, the College of Nursing at MUSC was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by US News & World Report for its online doctoral program.

This is a groundbreaking, unique and rigorous doctoral program for nurses who cannot relocate their families to the Lowcountry, yet recognize they cannot get a finer degree anywhere else. I have no doubt this well-deserved honor will bring even more candidates from across the state and the nation. Who doesn’t want to have a degree from the No. 1 program?

Congratulations to Dean Gail Stuart and the highly qualified, hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff at the MUSC College of Nursing.

Kay Chitty

Shipyard Road

Mount Pleasant

After the president’s State of the Union address, it is clear that this country is not going far enough to correct the many injustices that exist.

Free community colleges, free pre-K, when added to free health insurance, free medical care, public housing, cell phones, food stamps and welfare payments are simply not enough.

Do you know that some people drive nice cars in this country while others drive older cars, or have none at all? This automotive injustice must be corrected by giving everyone below a certain income level a new car.

Think of housing, where some people have homes too large or too nice for them and others live in cramped spaces, or are even homeless. Just as we redistribute wealth, we must redistribute housing.

Do you know some people get to go to Disneyland and some do not? Vacation injustice must be corrected with free Disneyland. Why only free pre-K through community college? Why not free four-year college, post graduate and graduate school, like law or medicine?

I’m disappointed that I am neither as handsome nor as rich as George Clooney. Perhaps progressives can one day correct these injustices as well.

These initiatives can be justified not only because of the injustice of it all, but also on the basis of religion, because the Bible teaches us that Jesus admired taxes and tax collectors, didn’t he?

Some might find these proposals fanciful, but just wait. Progressives will incrementally get to them. After all, we must continue our country’s transformation to the United States of Free Stuff.

James Stewart

31st Avenue

Isle of Palms

As a major north/south passage, I-95 is a disgrace and an insult to South Carolina taxpayers.

A recent article in The Post and Courier pointed out the car repairs required due to potholes and overall poor road conditions in South Carolina. The right lane on I-95 from border to border is deplorable.

As a frequent user of I-95, I can only imagine what is happening to the steering mechanism and other mechanical components on my vehicle.

I recommend that Gov. Nikki Haley take a little ride on I-95 with some members of the Legislature who have responsibility for funding roads and bridges.

When compared to the condition of I-95 in Georgia and North Carolina, South Carolina is way behind the power curve.

Howard King

Oak Street

Manning

It amazes me how anti-union the business and print media are in South Carolina. It is insulting to see the outstanding and hardworking people in this state continuously being exploited.

A Jan. 17 article in The Post and Courier quotes an ad from the Boeing website, “The Union wants you to believe that you will get Seattle wages in South Carolina, but they have not guaranteed that in writing and have not promised to make up the difference if they fail.”

Why didn’t they state the price tag of the 787 produced in Seattle compared to the price of the plane being produced in S.C.? Would it shock anyone that the plane sells for the same price? The people in this state need to know the facts.

Why haven’t the wages that the workers make at Boeing in Seattle been published by The Post and Courier?

Also why hasn’t The Post and Courier published the amount of campaign contributions from unions that the Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen received in the 2014 governor’s race? Such a meager amount.

You know how much money the Haley campaign spent blasting the union’s during the campaign?

The people in this state need to see which politicians have been bought and paid for by the business community and other anti-worker organizations. Blue collar workers can’t afford to buy politicians.

Just remember, the Great Labor Movement built this great country and provided us with the labor laws that protect us today.

Blue collars won’t ever go out of style.

James Sanderson

President and Training

Coordinator

USW Local 7898

Butts Street

Georgetown

What grand two-page coverage on Sunday by journalist Jennifer Hawes, telling the story of Baptist College growing into Charleston Southern University.

Just last week three of us walked over to this lovely campus for our monthly Sandwich-it-in program sponsored by the English Department. Others made the short drive.

Starting after Hurricane Hugo, Dr. Carol Doworta began this book review program for our retirement community. Now Dr. Nancy Berense and Dr. Scott Yarborough organize these monthly book reviews with Dr. Doworta attending since her retirement.

The CSU library director, Sandra Hughes, has provided privileges to The Elms so that we may check out books. It is a beautiful library to visit and enjoy magazines and the Java Coffeehouse next door.

Sometimes we also eat with the students in their huge cafeteria, enjoying a full fresh salad bar, hot meal selections and too many dessert options. Yes, senior discounts are offered.

I also understand that many service groups use the campus dorms during the summer and go out into the community helping the elderly and others in need.

CSU is a wonderful neighbor for our retirement community. It is a joy to attend concerts and plays there and witness the talent of many fine students.

The Post and Courier’s coverage told a lot of CSU’s history, and these are just a few of the 2015 offerings for senior citizens.

Martha F. Barkley

Shadowcreek Court

Charleston

I, like many long-time residents of the James Island and West Ashley area, mourn the passing of Dr. Allen Harrell.

Dr. Harrell was the first pediatrician on James Island. He was the doctor for me and my two brothers until we were too old to go see a pediatrician.

He was from the old school — he made house calls. He came to my house when I was very ill, took care of me and reassured my parents that I would be all right.

I was sad when he retired in 1996 because I could not send my children to him.

My condolences to his family. Hopefully, God will let Dr. Harrell treat the little angels in Heaven.

RANDY HILYER

Montgomery Road

Charleston