I am saddened by the circumstances that unfolded the night of Oct. 12 on Seaside Lane, but enough is enough. Not once in the entire news article did the NAACP Charleston Branch President Dot Scott condemn the actions of Derryl Drayton that eventually lead to his death.

She did point out several times through her biased microscope all the things she feels the sheriff’s deputies did wrong. Imagine that. Mr. Drayton’s actions, both before and after acquiring the knife, are what led to the actions of the deputies.

When an individual decides to resist arrest, flee and then present and use a deadly weapon against a sworn law enforcement officer, that individual does not leave many options for the officer to carry out his or her job safely. Officers are sworn to protect and serve the citizens of their communities and put their lives on the line every time they do.

I can only assume that the supervising deputy said “good job” because 1) the threat was neutralized and 2) no one else (civilians or deputies) was harmed — except for the deputy who was cut by the knife.

Dot Scott referenced two other instances where local police were involved in suspect shootings with the same common theme: individuals using or presenting a deadly weapon against law enforcement officers. I guess it wasn’t their fault either.

Ms. Scott did have a quote I agree with, but not in the same context she used it. She stated, “It’s about time we get some balance.”

She is exactly right. We do need balance, especially from her and her organization.

Individuals need to be held accountable for their actions and not just looked at as victims because they decided they did not want to follow the laws of a civilized society.

Edward Navarrete

Bruce Street


Apparently there aren’t many real Southern belles around anymore. Fortunately, I’ve had the pleasure to know one personally. She has the grace and charm to rival any 20-year-old debutante.

Her poise and movement liken her to a New York model on the catwalk. The only difference is that this particular belle happens to be in her 70s.

The tennis community knows her as Sophia McAllister while my wife just fondly refers to her as my “tennis date.” She glides around the court as smoothly as Peggy Fleming did on the ice. Her demeanor never changes regardless of the situation or the score of a match.

She is the ideal mixed doubles partner and never exhibits a negative attitude during play. Her personality on and off the court is like a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, she has informed us that she will be moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, soon to be near her oldest daughter.

I’m going to miss this lady of elegance, and our loss is certainly Ohio’s gain. Yes, Virginia, there does appear to be at least one Southern belle around, and she lives in the person of Sophia McAllister.

Joseph E. Boyd Jr.

Greenfield Place


SCE&G is in our area once again. For several days, the sounds of chainsaws pervaded our neighborhood from dusk to dawn.

The trees were mangled and chopped almost beyond recognition. At least after Hurricane Hugo we could tell ourselves it was a force of nature. If the trees could be heard, they would cry, “Help! Murder!”

Unfortunately for trees, there is no stand your ground law.

Sandy Witman

Paddy Place


Anyone wishing to observe the stark difference between the language used by liberals and conservatives when discussing a contentious topic need look no farther than two letters in The Post and Courier on Monday, Oct. 14.

A conservative writer explains his position by discussing the issues involved. In comparison, the writer with an opposing view uses classic liberal language of insults and name-calling (“not all that bright,” “pseudo-intellectualism,” “24/7 trash,” “Texas bumpkins,” “silver spoons,” “daily dollop of hen droppings,” etc.)

Sadly this is the language used by the current administration, and to me, it speaks volumes about character.

Thomas Jones

Eton Road


Let me see if I understand: Gov. Nikki Haley sees fit to call for changes in the state’s food stamp (SNAP/EBT) program that feeds the state’s citizens who find themselves economically and socially challenged, many of them elderly, unemployed, underemployed and even veterans.

However, the governor seemingly chooses to turn a blind eye to:

1) Abuses of the state’s procurement cards that are utilized by employees in 90 state agencies, a third of whom since 2009 have been disciplined for improper use. They have essentially abandoned their professional responsibilities to the state.

2) The retirement System Investment Commission’s $1.4 million bonuses for 14 staff members ranging from $30,000 to $300,000, bonuses that exceed what the vast majority of South Carolina’s food stamp recipients will earn in a year, some in a lifetime.

As a Gullah/Geechee ooman ( a Gullah/Geechee woman; descendant of formerly enslaved West Africans still residing on these southeastern shores from Jacksonville, Fla., to Jacksonville, N.C., sea islands and 30-35 miles inland) I would say, “Sumtin een cleen en da mulk.” English translation: “Something’s wrong with this picture.”

My question to the readership of this paper, citizens and constituents of Gov. Nikki Haley would be, “Aren’t you missing or ignoring something very egregious that’s taking place right before your eyes and choosing to remain silent?”

When you remain silent, silence is consent.

Lesa W. Smalls

Ashley River Road


Enough is enough. A Post and Courier article stated that the school board is going to approach state lawmakers to ask for a change in the law so that they can put a levy or renewal of the current tax on the November 2014 ballot.

When the law was passed in 2010, proponents stated that this was a one-time tax to renovate targeted schools. Now we hear that the projects are not finished and more renovations need to be scheduled. This has to stop.

What type of role models to students are members of the board when they break their word and try to circumvent the law?

Our sales tax rate is very high and is having an economic impact on retail establishments. Retailers report that tourists as well as local residents complain about the sales tax every day.

I am sure people refrain from spending because the tax is so high. Many communities outside of Charleston and online stores do not charge sales tax. Our merchants compete with those retailers.

It is time for the school board to take a break from taxing residents and live within its means. It would be a welcome change.

Kathy Hogan

Retired Teacher

Tradd Street


I am a 79-year-old male, and I play the Charleston Municipal Golf Course six days a week, weather and health permitting. I began playing the Muni in 1965.

The course has improved immensely over the years. While the greens aren’t on par with Augusta National or the Country Club of Charleston, they are just as good day-in and day-out as any public course in Charleston.

Furthermore, it is the least expensive course in the Lowcountry.

I shoot my age or better 90 percent of the time and very seldom do I ever three-putt. I’ve been told that bad greens only hurt good putters.

The Muni must have some merit given the number of rounds played each year.

Terry Blankenship

Fort Lamar Road