Attorney Klyde Robinson and I met 60 years ago at his family shop, Robinson Bicycle Shop at King and Ann streets. We remained friends until his demise.
I was a detective with the Charleston Police Department. I saw him as a defense attorney. With his keen skills and knowledge of the law, he was a profoundly able attorney.
Attorney Robinson told me many times his highest achievement in life was when he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of South Carolina by President John F. Kennedy. Later in his career he was selected for the Ninth Circuit judgeship.
During my 40 years working with the federal court, Judge Robinson would pick up his mail at the post office at Broad and Meeting streets. We would meet in the lobby and have great conversations about current events. He was a jurist with integrity, who believed in equality, and served justice from the bench.
There is a passage in the Bible that fits my friend: Proverbs 29:18. It reads: "Where there is no vision, the people perish. He that keepeth the law, happy is he."
I searched my vocabulary to find a word that would adequately describe my friend. The word I found was "gentleman."
U.S. Deputy Marshall
What is with you, Post and Courier? The best you can do for your April 3 business section front page is present a story about Thomas Ravenel and his house being sold?
Don't you feel a little embarrassed? If you tell me that this is what your readership wants, you sorely mistake your readership and they deserve an apology.
Buried on Page A6 of the March 26 Post and Courier was an account of an attack on a high school teacher who had to be taken to the emergency room for stitches. Other than that, I heard about it just once on the radio where the teacher was described as female.
The near-eclipse displayed by the media in reporting this incident should concern us all. If public school teachers were to leave their jobs in droves, who could blame them? Where would similarly-minded students then expend their anger?
There have been many reports of such behavior in recent years in various locales. No teacher who fears for her safety can do her job well, as any form of intimidation necessarily interferes with professional competence. The focus necessary for such a difficult job is gone in that circumstance.
Our permissive society sometimes condones similar acts as being the product of certain grievances. Nothing can justify physical and mental abuse of our teachers.
We will probably witness more of this ugliness in our schools because there exist no standards for respectful behavior by those who defy or ignore their necessity.
Most of us should understand by now that education is the only hope, most especially for disadvantaged people, to acquire the benefits of a decent life. Attitudes which foster attacks on teachers are completely unacceptable. News services will report what we demand of them.
Parents, in cases where perpetrators are minors, should be confronted with the penalties and expenses of lawful prosecution. The public, the press, the courts and school administrators must be unequivocal about the price of disrespectful behavior toward our teachers.
Anna M. Boulden
Former Sen. Robert Ford, one of Charleston's more colorful and vocal advocates, has often impressed me with his balanced approach. Although he and I may disagree on this issue or that, his arguments consistently appear based in reasoned analysis, rather than pandering, political expediency.
His recent expressions of support for Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, and his efforts to foster a civil conversation concerning Mr. McConnell's selection as College of Charleston's president, illustrate a level of integrity and civil service worthy of our appreciation.
The March 20 editorial titled, "So who's lying now," took Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to task because he said the Koch brothers are "un-American." You indicated that the senator had little reason for saying that and that he had little room to talk.
I beg to differ. The Kochs financially support the Tea Party. Does that make the Tea Party more or less a "grass roots" organization? You might or might not agree with the Tea Party, but you have to admit it has caused more trouble than it has been worth.
The Kochs have donated big money to the American Legislation Exchange Council.
That group of legal beagles has written more laws against legal abortions, and for "Stand Your Ground" laws than any group of legislators.
Then legislatures pass ALEC laws without knowing what is in them, and on the strength of a sales pitch by ALEC lawyers.
The Kochs own the biggest share of several PAC's, and those PAC's hold sway over local, state and federal politicians.
The Kochs conduct policy meetings that at least two justices of the Supreme Court have attended.
They are attempting to insinuate themselves into all facets of government in the vainglorious notion that America is better off under an oligarchy than in being citizen-ruled.
At the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Russian Mafia had grown so strong that it became the de facto government of Russia (and some of the other Soviet states). That oligarchy is still the single strongest arm Russia has to offer in the way of governance.
The Kochs are not necessarily un-American, but the America they want is not an America that Americans should want.
I am a retired school teacher with two college degrees. I also believe that the best person has been selected to be the College of Charleston's next president.
Students, especially young students, should be reminded that they attend college to learn, not to dictate policy.
Kenneth Anderson Jr.
Finally admitting that I cannot do much about the world's ills, I've shifted gears and will attempt to make a difference on a local level, specifically to reduce if not eliminate the incidence of abandoned carts in grocery and hardware store lots.
Seeing a perfectly healthy person push a full cart to a car, unload it, and then gently push it just far enough to land in an adjacent parking space or, perhaps, a traffic lane incites a major case of "cart rage" for me. Where is the conscience of someone who would do this?
And if conscience isn't in play, what does such an action reflect - laziness, entitlement, condescension? Is there an implicit, "That's someone else's job"?
If so, that speaks volumes about an attitude which, may I conjecture, probably shows up in other aspects of that person's daily dealings.
Is our reputation as the politest city in the U.S. limited to how visitors see us? Why can't we be polite to each other in an everyday way?
I ask you to join me in this campaign to raise people's consciousness about a matter that really isn't trivial.
The few extra steps required to put an empty cart in its designated place may reduce some car dings, or it may serve to reduce the waistline over time, or it may become a habit-forming gesture that carries over to other opportunities to think outside ourselves. Not a bad outcome.
Melissa Strompolis' title was incorrectly stated in an editorial on Monday. She is the coordinator of impact assessment and evaluation for the Children's Trust of South Carolina.