I am an avid member of the Beaufort Rowing Club. We currently row eight-man and four-man shells three times a week in Battery Creek, which is a perfect location for our sport.
Beaufort/Port Royal weather also provides the ability to row all year round.
However, we do not have a facility for our club's shells and sculls and are therefore limited in our ability to grow.
The vacant cement factory would be a perfect facility for us. It would allow us to store our shells and host visiting rowing teams from northern schools in the winter.
We could also host rowing races and regattas. This would be a huge economic boost for Port Royal, Beaufort and the state of South Carolina.
As a non-profit organization, we also have a mission to teach the youth in our area to row.
We would have the opportunity to partner with the Wardle YMCA in Port Royal to accomplish this goal. That would also make it possible for us to seek more grant funding. Teaching youth to row also offers them the opportunity for college scholarships.
Please encourage the efforts to sell the South Carolina State Ports Authority property in Port Royal.
Rather than having an eyesore for visitors and residents, we could have an active water marina facility.
Beaufort Rowing Club
Lucy Creek Drive
You are what you do. Vincent Sheheen is a criminal defense lawyer, and that is what he does.
The ad on TV by the opposition party is what it is.
I'm somewhat amused that the Charleston County and state bar associations would be so highly offended about an attack on one of their own.
All you have to do is turn on the TV: "I'll get you every dollar you deserve," "When you're in a wreck call me," "Blah blah got me $20 zillion," etc.
Truth is, those who run for public office should have no problem telling the public what they do for a living. Teacher, farmer, engineer, lawyer, slumlord, preacher, professional wrestler, etc.
People want to know, and they should know.
If your profession turns off a segment of, or all of, the voters, maybe running for office is not a good idea.
The May 1 editorial "Updating S.C. sex-ed law" states that the House bill gives the current sex law more teeth, and will require every school district to report its compliance with the law.
However, teaching children age-appropriate, medically accurate information regarding reproductive health must be accomplished in steps from elementary school to middle school and finally high school.
Recently, some school districts implemented a reproductive health curriculum titled "Making a Difference." Interactive portions of the curriculum referred to certain sexual activities as "games."
Before any sex-ed program is adopted and put into practice in any school, it should be incumbent upon the school to report to the Legislature the program adopted, and also to formally notify parents of the material that is to be covered in the program.
Parents should have to "opt in" rather than "opt out," hopefully after the program has been reviewed by the parent to determine if it is age-appropriate.
Teaching children sex games is not appropriate reproductive health education, nor does it produce better informed children able to make better choices regarding sex.
The updated sex-ed law, in and of itself, may not be radical, but its implementation, without some overview built in, will certainly do more than teach pregnancy prevention.
Dennis J. Donahue Jr.
Isle of Palms
I have owned a cottage at the east end of Folly Beach for 15 years and have watched with dismay the second-class treatment that this end of the island has received during the last two sand renourishments.
The last renourishment delivered dramatically less sand to our end of the island. A wide swath tapered to a much smaller swath near the washout, leaving us with the literal short end of the stick.
This recent job was a joke. The renourishment did not even go down to the last two houses, tapered at the end, and at its widest was a pathetic 100-foot ribbon of sand.
I called OCRM in March with these issues, predicting that the little berm would breach with the first higher tide.
The storm that did so was small. The waves were not dramatic, but the tide was higher with the rain.
Whatever one's politics, this was a lousy, poorly planned and less than minimal job.
East Ashley Avenue