On Friday, Jan. 10, the Charleston County Sheriff's Department decided to reassign the school crossing guard, "Gloria," from Grove and King streets (a four-way intersection) to Moultrie and King streets, a three-way intersection two blocks away. It is understood that the local public school James Simons Elementary asked for her transfer. I can't blame the school for that.
The reality is that three traffic studies by the state Department of Transportation since 2010 claim not to warrant a traffic light at the Grove Street intersection, despite traffic from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science.
One study was actually done in June 2010, during the summer break. Meanwhile, CCSD proceeded to inject the Low Country Tech program on the CCSMS school grounds this time last year, which adds more vehicle traffic in the morning and afternoon.
Add the CCSMS buses, carpool loop behind the school, parents dropping off their children, the local student walkers living in the North Central neighborhood and, of course, the daily vehicle traffic, and one has to be concerned.
The Sheriff's Department took away the school's one safety beacon. I guess a decision was made by someone behind a desk, without observing the intersections themselves.
Shame on whoever decided to take away our "Guardian of Grove," for whatever reason, without giving thought about the safety of all who travel though that intersection.
Go observe Moultrie and King street at the same times in the morning and afternoon and see what sense this is making.
I recently voiced my opinion concerning the removal of the trees on I-26 to the governor, the S.C. Department of Transportation and to my state representatives.
I informed them that I was a law enforcement officer and that I regularly traveled on I-26 between Ridgeville and North Charleston.
I told them that it was my professional opinion that the trees were not to blame for the fatalities on the interstate, but that the blame rested with the overwhelming number of motorists who ignore the posted speed limits.
The governor's office contacted me and stated that the governor was letting the SCDOT determine what would be best and that they would more than likely move forward with removing the trees.
From what I've been hearing, the majority of us want to keep the trees because we know that they aren't the problem. I guess our state government has decided to follow the examples being set in Washington.
It seems that they plan to remove the trees against the wishes of the majority of the people and then stick those people with the $5 million bill. This kind of stuff is all too familiar.
E. Main Street
Anyone who needs a reminder of how bloated and inefficient our government is need look no further than the mountains of paperwork and red tape that saddle small businesses.
I just filled out my fourth quarter end-of-the-year forms and transmittals, and I am incensed at the time and effort it takes even the smallest of businesses to follow the prescribed regulations.
I couldn't get any smaller. I am a sole proprietor and no longer have any employees, yet I just mailed out five packets - one each to the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of the Treasury and the Social Security Administration, and two to the S.C. Department of Revenue.
Included in one envelope was the grand total due at this time - a whopping $42. My accountant charged me more than that to prepare the darn paperwork.
I can only imagine the amount of time spent and money wasted on paperwork for companies consisting of more than one person.
My cost of doing business in South Carolina last quarter?
Only $92 (after accounting fees).
Cost of being a law-abiding, above-board, form-filing small business owner in this country?
Green Path Lane
James Edwards added clout in his Jan. 26 commentary by stating the obvious:
Merging MUSC and the College of Charleston is a bad idea.
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