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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Oct. 22

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Having known Bud Walpole and his family for the last seven years, I can say it is truly a sad day when a seemingly innocent post-game celebration would be cause for termination.

We were a football family when my son attended Academic Magnet High, and I was honored to be a football parent for the three years my son played. Knowing the history of the program compared to where it has progressed today should speak volumes about Coach Walpole's character and commitment to this community.

He spends countless hours fixing equipment with money out of his own pocket and asks for nothing in return. (I know this because many times I stood next to him doing the same.) Game attendance has increased dramatically due to his tireless efforts in promoting his players, tailgate fund-raisers and the Academic Magnet community. If the school will not support and defend him, this community should.

I would ask that any past or current student, teacher or parent please get involved.

Coach Walpole has earned and deserves your support.

John Glyder

North Creek Drive

Mount Pleasant

Those of us 65 and over, who, for personal reasons, won't be able to vote on Nov. 4, Election Day, or who simply prefer to avoid traffic and crowded polls are allowed to vote early - that is, "absentee in person."

For Charleston County voters who may not be aware, that option started this year on Oct. 6 and will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through Nov. 3, and on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The "absentee in person" voting location for this election year is the Church of Christ at 3950 Azalea Road (Dowling Street entrance). You can find more information about who is eligible for this type of early voting by looking at the Charleston County Board of Elections website or by calling 744-8683 to ask questions.

It seems strange to me that the voting location seems to change with each election. I wonder why the county election office on Headquarters Road would not be a logical and consistent location for this purpose.

I have voted "absentee in person" twice, and each time it was at a different place. This 2014 election makes a third location. Surely, we aren't trying to deter registered voters from voting or to confuse folks, but if there is a valid reason for such a change in location each time an election is held, the public should have ample and advance notification.

Freida F. McDuffie

Harbor Oaks Drive

Charleston

I want to add to the chorus singing the praises of Adm. Arthur Wilcox. He was a leader, one who was not afraid to say what he thought. He knew the fine line between empathy and sympathy.

Arthur was executive editor during my stint as a cub reporter at The News and Courier. In 1981, an infection left me almost completely deaf. As a reporter, it was a tad problematic.

The admiral saw it for the temporary situation it was, and I began to do rewrites and other stuff that didn't involve hearing. Others may have just thrown me in the water and let me sink or swim. Not he. I was set up so I would be close and often he spoke directly to me.

Twenty years later when I was editor of a sister newspaper, I would call him up for advice, and once a month or so, we'd spend a half hour on the phone discussing the vagaries of modern journalism. (He insisted that the profession had been tainted by by-lines which made it about who was writing the story, not the story itself.)

I mentioned a libel lecture he taught to the entire news staff and how he went out of his way to make sure I grasped the intricacies of what he was saying. I said he didn't have to go out of his way like that.

His response was quick. Chuckling, he said, "Oh yes, I did. You were a good writer, but you were a bit of a bomb thrower. That was to cover us, not you."

Fair enough.

Through it all, Adm. Wilcox faced life and leadership with devotion, determination and good humor. He was a man and a gentleman. Our lives, whether we knew it or not, were much richer for his time with us.

David Farrow

Sans Souci Street

Charleston

If Baghdad falls to ISIS, then what happens to the 5,000 Americans in the city supporting the U.S. Embassy?

As we are well aware, ISIS wants to kill all of the Americans. These American civilians must be protected.

This looks like a real problem for President Obama's policy of not employing U.S. combat troops on the ground.

It is very strange that no one is talking about that possibility. Where is our government?

Phil Siegrist

Plantation Lane

Mount Pleasant

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