While it might be argued that Goose Creek is a "diamond in the rough," it could also be said that the City of Goose Creek needs quite a bit more polishing to even be considered a rough diamond.

Several residences within the city limits have no access to city sewer services and have no hope of access in the future. Perhaps politicians just aren't able to empathize with residents who do not have flushable toilets after extensive rainfalls.

I was told by officials from the Department of Water and Sanitation not only that I would have to circulate my own petition drive, but that it would not even guarantee that Berkeley County would find it feasible to make the services available to us.

We are not out in the boondocks. We are located only a couple of blocks from downtown Goose Creek, one block away from the Red Bank Road and St. James Avenue intersection. We should have the same service available that everyone else has. Not everyone wants city sewer service. That's fine (don't tap in), but we should all have the choice.

Rochelle R. Johnson

McClain Street

Goose Creek

Hanna Raskin's review in the May 22 Post and Courier of Chez Nous was quite lacking. I live not far from this restaurant and have enjoyed an appetizer or an entrée and dessert there on many occasions in the short time it's been open. I would like Ms. Raskin to know that I do not mind the "scrawled" menu. There are only six items on it, and I can figure them out without speaking French.

Most restaurants have at least that many added items about which servers verbally inform diners.

As far as there being no vegetarian dishes on the menu, to my knowledge they don't serve kosher or halal prepared foods, either. If you have strict dietary requirements, there are restaurants where you won't want to eat. I think it is a refreshing idea to have a restaurant that is not spread too thin because of many offerings.

I am not a restaurant critic, but I am a paying consumer and I have loved everything I have been served at Chez Nous.

Jo Cannon

Ashley Avenue

Charleston

Thank you to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry for its support of World Water Month and the work of Water Missions International. This recent partnership resulted in many Lowcountry children and adults learning about the importance of water and becoming aware of our world water crisis.

Water Missions banners, displays, pictures and activities greeted visitors. Children participated in filtering experiments and scavenger hunts that matched human faces to the facts - 780 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.

It was our pleasure to return for the March and May Free Friday Fun Nites. Water Missions International and the Educators Think Tank offer a special thanks to Denis Chirles and Starr Jordan for facilitating this collaboration and to all the CMLC staff for joining us in educating young children about the bigger world.

Jane Talbot

Barbara Allega

Co-chairs

Educators Think Tank

Water Missions International

Wild Olive Drive

Mount Pleasant

It was a privilege and an honor to participate in the Push Up & Up competition supporting Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc. It was very exciting to be part of an event that drew such an incredible turnout of participants of all ages. Everyone was a winner May 17 at Marion Square, especially Communities In Schools with its mission to help students stay in school and graduate.

As one of the organization's original board members nearly 30 years ago, I found it uplifting to see how much Communities In Schools has grown and how successfully its work goes on.

It is especially a tribute to all of the dedicated volunteers, and to the focus and nurturing of Jane Riley-Gambrell and her staff, that this vital organization remains so strong and purposeful in making a difference in our community.

Thank you from a sore 400 push-ups participant.

Jack Pratt

Tea Farm Road

Summerville

When I was in graduate school at Vanderbilt, the Nashville Tennessean carried a syndicated column called "Why do the heathens rage?" After reading a May 16 letter to the editor it might be time for a column in The Post and Courier called "Why do some Christians rage?"

It appears the letter writer and others like him, derive their misinformation from some truly unreliable source. No injured soldier who requests the services of a Christian chaplain is denied the right to pray in Jesus' name with that chaplain.

No student is expelled from school for mentioning the name of Jesus or God. This is fiction. Worse, these are scurrilous lies promulgated by those who have an agenda of spreading hatred for political purposes.

There is no national movement to start holding mega "church" services on Sunday mornings among secularists. We have a national movement to sleep late and enjoy a nice brunch with friends and family on Sunday mornings. Actually, there is no such movement at all.

Will Rogers is said to have quipped that he did not belong to an organized political party - he was a Democrat. Well, if Democrats are disorganized, secularists are in chaos. Our primary motivation is "think for yourself and be skeptical about everything."

That America is a majority Christian nation is not in dispute. That the Constitution does not mention any deity and proscribes the establishment of any religion is not in dispute. That America can succeed as a nation only if Christian dogma (which version?) is made the stuff of political life is mere opinion unsupported by any evidence.

My many Christian friends vote for righteousness, help the poor, uphold the equality of all people and respect the right of all to hold their own beliefs. What the letter writer suggests is that we replace our democracy with a theocracy that would trample the rights of all who disagree with his religious views.

Samuel M. Moskow

Fidling Road

Charleston

I may not be a former governor or senator, but I can count, and I know a dumb idea when I read one. The thrust of Ernest Hollings' May 10 column was that he had three ideas to fix the economy. The main two ideas were that we should stop borrowing and pay for government, and eliminate the corporate tax, replacing it with a 7 percent value added tax (VAT).

Just using his numbers the corporate tax bought in revenue of $288 billion in 2013, and his proposed 7 percent VAT would have bought in revenue of $945 billion. That's a tax increase of $657 billion.

Now VAT is not aimed at the 1 percent or the rich, VAT would be paid by every single person living in America when they buy things. There was of course no mention in Hollings' column of spending cuts, just a massive tax increase. How on Earth would that help fix our economy?

After tax day 2014 I heard on the news that this year the Internal Revenue received a record amount of tax income, yet we still have an annual deficit of $500 to $600 billion. Do we have the annual deficit because we don't pay enough taxes, or because we have a spending problem? If we have record tax revenue, we obviously have a spending problem.

I lived in England for over 30 years, and was there when a VAT was introduced at a rate of 10 percent. Politicians told us that it would never be increased. Today it is 20 percent.

The only time we should ever consider implementing the VAT is if all forms of personal income tax are eliminated.

That way the 47 percent who don't pay any income tax would pay their fair share.

Paul Jinks

Omni Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

An editorial Sunday incorrectly identified the office held by William Cogswell. He is chairman of the city of Charleston's Peninsula Advisory Committee.