I wonder how many of your readers have ever left clothing more than 30 days at a dry cleaner. My recent personal experience leads me to share what I have learned so that others might be spared similar frustration. The dry cleaner involved in my case will not be named because we have settled out of court.

I have been taking newly purchased clothes to be altered then cleaned and pressed. Recently, I realized I had a ticket that was almost 60 days old. Remembering the clothes were new, I quickly called the dry cleaner. I was told, “We dispose of clothes after 30 days — we cannot help you.”

My receipt stated, “We will dispose of unclaimed clothing in accordance with S.C. law.”

I have since found that dry cleaners, tailors and Charlestonians do not know the pertinent law, and neither did I. My research determined that the minimum retention period for clothing left in trust with a dry cleaner is six months, but must be stated on the receipt. If no statement is made, then the clothes must be retained by the vendor for 12 months.

I recovered not only my new clothing, but also a check for my troubles.

Charlestonians need to know the law and defend themselves when wronged by a vendor.

Caveat emptor — buyer beware!

Fereol de Gastyne

Veritas Street


I have been deer hunting for the past four years. I am the sixth generation of our family who has hunted deer with dogs.

Not only has our family been doing it for a long time, but our dogs have hunted for generations, too. We have four dogs that actually came off of my great-grandfather’s dogs.

To me there is nothing like it in the world. To see the dogs run and to hear the chase. I don’t understand why some people are against it when it brings friends and family together.

It also helps us learn about the woods and nature. My family enjoys being together hunting. Another good thing is it keeps kids out of trouble.

Breanna Dennis

Pike Drive


I have been reading letters written in favor of higher gasoline taxes to pay for the repair and building of our roads in South Carolina.

I am a conservative Republican who doesn’t like increases in taxes, but I’m in favor of increasing the gasoline tax to help pay for the roads.

I constantly hear from friends (and folks I don’t even know) about the condition of our roads.

Surely there is some way to work together to get this task accomplished, even if it means an increase of our gasoline tax.

Another problem I encounter almost daily is vehicles being driven with one or more headlights or taillights out. Many times I have been driving at night and encountered a vehicle coming toward me with only one headlight. I can’t tell which side of the car/truck it is on.

At my age I don’t need to be trying to decide if I need to pull over or just proceed until I get past the vehicle.

At one time we required vehicles to be inspected to take care of these problems. We all paid our share of the costs to provide this service. Isn’t it about time we look into something like that again?

Richard A. Phalen

Bluebird Trail

Saint George

What has been done with federally owned buildings in the Charleston area that are no longer used? Fisher House wants a 16-room guest house for Veterans Affairs patients — “wounded warriors.” I think many buildings with ample parking could be used.

Maybe one or two buses could be donated with volunteer drivers since parking is so wonderful in the city of Charleston. Wouldn’t this save money, renovations and all?

Gary L. Paulson

Moss Court


I am only one of many saddened by the death of Robert Welch, patriarch of one of James Island’s first families.

Col. Welch served with distinction his country and his community, the latter as district manager of the James Island Public Service District in its formative years. Therefore, we know “for whom the bell tolls.” May his soul rest in peace.

Eugene Platt

Senior Commissioner

James Island PSD

Gilmore Court


Juxtaposing recent news headlines makes for a curious paradox.

First was the horrible, coordinated attack by Islamic terrorists on the French satirical magazine.

Next, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired the city’s fire chief, Mr. Kelvin Cochran, over his publishing of a book addressing topics related to views from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures on homosexuality.

Outrage has rightly been expressed about the news from France, which can only be seen as a frontal assault on the Western notion of freedoms of speech and the press.

Where is the same outrage over the firing of the Mr. Cochran for simply stating his convictions? Shouldn’t he be afforded the same freedoms as the French satirical newspaper?

If Mr. Cochran had discriminated against people in his job, his firing would be just. Yet no such evidence has been shown or even speculated. It seems he was fired based on his stated convictions.

Isn’t it ironic that in a supposed attempt to guard against prejudicial bias, Mayor Reed demonstrates bias?

Scott Broome

Shem Butler Court


The Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, under the leadership of Rev. Rob Dewey, along with the Coast Guard and several other local agencies recently held a Morning Dew Memorial service for the surviving members of the Cornett and Hurd families after the boating tragedy in 1997.

On Dec. 29, when the nearly 30 family members arrived in Charleston, we needed to find someone willing to donate food and drinks to feed approximately 50 people.

I reached out to the management of Rita’s Seaside Grill, and without hesitation Brandon Fleskes and Alex Floroff stated that Rita’s would be glad to do so.

As many in our community know, Rita’s is owned by Bill Hall of Hall’s Chophouse. He and his family are well known locally for serving their customers and their community with the highest standards.

That same commitment is demonstrated by the management and staff at Rita’s on a daily basis.

Because of their efforts, a wonderful dinner was provided on that special evening to many very appreciative families.

Bill Honeycutt

Board Member

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy

Little Oak Island

Folly Beach

There have been articles in the paper about tax preparation that may be a little scary for the average taxpayer, e.g., the IRS won’t be there to help you, and the Affordable Care Act is a nightmare.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has sites in all three of the local counties and all have ACA certified counselors for free tax preparation.

In Goose Creek, we will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (510 St. James Ave.) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (for those who work) from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. For appointments, call 843-270-7881.

In Moncks Corner, we will be at Farmers & Merchants Bank (221 E. Main St.) on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For appointments, call 843-761-0390.

In Summerville, we will be at the Faith Sellers Senior Center (312 North Laurel St.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For appointments call 843-872-5053.

Walk-ins will be only as time permits.

Pat Merriam

Pequannock Road

Goose Creek