The story in the Sept. 21 Post and Courier mentions that certain members of the Charleston County Aviation Authority are upset at being left out of the loop in negotiations with the newest service to Charleston, JetBlue.
Sorry, the negotiations were limited to those with a need to know. Not everyone on the board can have a seat at the table. This is common practice in business.
The story calls attention to the fact that the authority is made up of politicians or family and friends of politicians.
Rep. Chip Limehouse’s demands to audit director Sue Stevens’ expenses are showboating, an effort by him to establish some relevance on the board. Sue Stevens is a capable and experienced executive who reports to the entire board. Infighting among the authority board members is an embarrassment to the community. Shouldn’t this very important group have members who are experienced in the airline and travel industry?
I read a Sept. 19 Post and Courier article about CARTA considering greener vehicles. Being slightly analytical, I dug out my calculator.
A diesel bus costs about $420,000, and the hybrid costs about $620,000. The project would never pay for itself, as a hybrid should save $65,000 in fuel costs over the life of the vehicle according to the bus manufacturer. No mention of battery life, battery replacement costs or the cost of electricity to recharge the battery.
Reduction of emissions is one justification, which is always good, except as a motor-home owner I know new diesel technology controls emissions very well with an exhaust control system additive.
I was also confused about the reported increasing ridership for CARTA. The Post and Courier says CARTA demand is increasing with about 7,000 passengers daily. There was a 5 percent increase in 2011. The story stated that this means about 4.3 million passengers took the bus.
Now time for my calculator. When I multiplied 7,000 passengers per day by 365 days, I got 2,555,000 annual passengers, not 4.3 million. So I tried dividing 4.3 million passengers by 7,000 per day and got 614 days in a CARTA calendar year.
A side note: I still see five wind turbines sitting on top of North Charleston City Hall from another perhaps not-so- successful project in 2011 and 2012 that used stimulus funds. Looks like some Martians landed up there.
Why not strap each of these babies on top of a new hybrid bus and use the wind-in-motion power generation to recharge the hybrid batteries?
What a savings. Physics be forgotten. Maybe never learned? Doesn’t this make as much sense as 614 days in a calendar year?
I wonder why The Post and Courier doesn’t drag out the calculator and ask some of these simple questions.
Fort Sumter Drive
In 1979, Iranian terrorists stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took hostages. By international agreement, the soil an embassy sits on is considered part of the country it represents.
Storming an embassy is the same as invading the country it represents — an act of war.
The hostages were held until President Ronald Reagan took office. The terrorists, aware of Reagan’s cowboy image, immediately released all the hostages.
President Barack Obama is as responsive as President Jimmy Carter was. The Islamic terrorist attack on our embassy was an act of war. The Marine detachment, though small in number, should have been allowed to use force to repel the invaders, in the tradition of the U.S. Marine Corps during the attack on Wake Island in 1941 at the start of World War II. Though small in number, they inflicted heavy casualties on the invaders.
My fellow citizens often focus their concerns on promoting safe communities and meeting the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Recently I became involved as volunteer for an organization whose mission is “rebuilding lives for a safer community.”
The Alston-Wilkes Society, a member of The United Way, provides support for homeless veterans, former offenders and at-risk youth and their families. This year is its 50th anniversary.
The Alston-Wilkes Society provides its clients with tools they need to become self-sufficient, productive members of our communities: housing assistance, food, clothing, employment counseling and placement, job training, substance abuse counseling, transportation, educational assistance and therapeutic counseling.
To support these efforts, the Alston-Wilkes Society is having its fourth annual Lowcountry Blues Bash on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3-6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Alston-Wilkes Society clients in the Lowcountry. Information on location and tickets can be found at http://www.alstonwilkessociety.org/Lowcountry_Blues_Bash.html.
This is an opportunity for the citizens of the Lowcountry to help rebuild lives for a safer community.
Richard Hernandez Dr.P.H.
Member, Trident Community
Tis the season! We will continue to endure until the November election (and after, ad nauseum) persons of both political parties trotting out the “my God is better than your God” line.
One writer would have you believe Democrats are closer to Jesus because Jesus was for children, the poor, the sick, and the elderly. Another would tell you Republicans are the true party of Jesus because they don’t support abortion, and tend to be traditional in their views of society.
So is Jesus a Republican or a Democrat? Yes. Jesus is for those who would love God with all their hearts, minds, souls and strength, and love their neighbors as they would love themselves.
Does either party really wish to be so conceited as to claim to have the market cornered on what God thinks about this party or that?
I would posit that perspectives of both political parties can be supported through the Judeo-Christian faith, and there are perspectives in both parties that can be repudiated through the same Judeo-Christian faith.
I have personal views and will vote accordingly; I have friends who see things the exact opposite. They are still my friends, and we can have polite discourse about where and why we disagree. We do so without claiming to be the only ones correct.
As you step into the ballot box, let your personal faith perspective guide and direct the way you vote. Do not, however, assume that another is in error because his faith perspective is different and he chooses to vote differently. In the end, I believe the same Jesus weeps over discord in his name.
South University Drive
Thank you to Councilmen Eddie Ellis, Tom Scruggs, Pennell Clamp and Mayor Tim Goodwin for hearing the people of Folly Beach and making the alcohol ban permanent.
The quality of life on Folly Beach is remarkably improved since the ban. We residents had no idea the traffic issues would be resolved as well as the nuisance of those who disregarded our beach and our private properties.
We would love for you to come for a day, bring the family, and if you really want a beer, drop in at one of the many bars or restaurants on the beach and have one before heading home. Remember to drive safely and come back soon. I heard that one of the council members who voted against the ban asked that his “no” vote be clearly documented, perhaps so we won’t forget how he voted.
No worries — we won’t forget.
East Ashley Avenue
This week we learned that a writing on a piece of papyrus refers to the possibility of Jesus having a wife.
I won’t argue the historical significance of this discovery, but the fact that it was printed in a public paper leads me to believe that thousands of people, many Christian, read about this revelation.
I enjoy the collection of editorial cartoons in the Saturday paper, one of which portrayed our Savior, Jesus Christ, in a comical manner.
I am a baptized Christian, and I found the cartoon funny. So far, I hear no rioting at the seven churches within a mile of my house, nor do I see my neighbors torching cars and property in our community. Imagine that.
Thank God for our Freedoms of Speech and Religion.
C. E. Thompson
My heart goes out to the writer of the letter to the editor titled “My America.” The writer says she has lost her America and she does not see God anywhere.
I believe she is looking for God in the wrong places. The first place I encourage her to look is within herself. When God is within you, you can see him in everything.
I see God all the time. I see him in the beauty of nature. I see him in the warm smiles and hugs I get from my fellow parishioners as I greet them in church on Sunday mornings.
I see him on the street, in the face of the homeless person who looks at me expectantly and says “God Bless you” when I speak to him.
God is everywhere. When you look for him in the right places you will find him.
America belongs to no single individual or group. Our country was founded on the principles of freedom and diversity. All who meet the requirements for citizenship are welcome.
The words inscribed on the Statute of Liberty are; “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Here’s hoping the writer finds God.
In response to the Sept. 22 letter to the editor titled “Embassy attack,” I would like to point out that it appears it was, and still is, the Obama administration that cannot get its facts straight.
As John McCain said on CBS’ “Face the Nation: “Most people don’t bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to a demonstration. That was an act of terror. And for anyone to disagree with that fundamental fact, I think really is really ignoring the facts.”
This was a coordinated plan, a premeditated attack to coincide with 9/11.
“The way these perpetrators acted, and moved leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined, predetermined,” Mohammed al-Megaryef, president of the Libyan National Congress, told CBS News.
The short YouTube video that everyone in the current administration is blaming had nothing to do with it.
Now we have Hillary Clinton and Mr. Obama, running “We are sorry” ads on the taxpayer dime in Pakistan. This is nothing more than a show of weakness in the Muslim world.
In the end, Mitt Romney condemned the thoroughly condemnable Embassy press release.
Confirming Romney’s wisdom in doing so, the White House threw the Embassy’s statement under the bus: “It doesn’t reflect the views of the U.S. government.”
The apologizer in chief and the blame America first crowd have set us back to 1979.
We’ve all heard the motto that our boys in blue are here “to protect and serve.”
Sometimes the questions must be asked:
Don’t get me wrong. I respect police. I have many friends who have chosen this as their profession. I don’t toss around derogatory terms when referring to them. Even when I’ve been pulled over, I provide a good example to my son on how to respect officers, admit fault and accept punishment.
I know these officers and patrolmen risk their lives and safety by entering into certain situations in the call of duty. Sometimes, though, I have to wonder if they only “protect” their interests and “serve” warrants and tickets.
I helped a stranded motorist who was pushing her car down I-26 in North Charleston. She reported that no less than five patrol cars passed them as she and another female friend were pushing her car along the shoulder.
My wife reminded me that she broke down on I-526, hood up, seven months pregnant, and five patrol cars passed her by without stopping.
I’m sure each North Charleston city officer or highway patrol officer had a perfectly valid reason for bypassing these women on these occasions. Hopefully, none of those reasons had to do with the women not being attractive enough, or driving a good enough car, or being the right color, or looking helpless enough.
Equally, I hope the reasons didn’t include being near the end of one’s shift, abusing taxpayer dollars by using the “company car” for personal use and thus not stopping while in plain clothes, or preferring to do something that will improve “the bottom line” over taking care of one’s fellow man.
Have faith, North Charlestonians. The sixth officer stopped for my wife. By my unofficial count, that means that 1/11th of the force are good guys whom you’d like to have around if your mother or wife or daughter (or you) needs some roadside assistance.
Red Cypress Drive
I first met Rick Jerue during one of the busiest times of my life: the inaugural year of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
Charleston had recently lost the Johnson & Wales University campus to Charlotte, but that did not stop the mayor and several culinary leaders from reaching out to attract other programs and schools to take its place.
Culinary and hospitality students are the future of the industry and without the appropriate programs in place, Charleston’s bustling industry might start to suffer.
Rick Jerue came along with several city and community leaders to tour the first annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
A year later, the Art Institute of Charleston was open. Rick Jerue was the leading force behind the school’s opening and successful growth.
Jerue is a valuable community leader and has worked hard to develop partnerships with the Culinary Institute of Charleston.
This is Jerue’s last week serving as the president of the Art Institute of Charleston and he should be applauded for the remarkable impact he has had on the enhancement of culinary educational programs in Charleston.
We appreciate his leadership, and his support of organizations like ours will always be appreciated and remembered.
Wine + Food Festival
Perhaps it is time to realize that the basic premise for obtaining a job is to ascribe the merit, knowledge and previous employment attributes of one’s resume.
When comparing two candidates for the Herculean task of running the country, we as recruiters owe ourselves and nation to choose wisely.
Obama has a track record of ubiquitous campaigning throughout the last three and a half years and a failure to have accomplished a proportionate number of tasks since his acceptance speech of “hope and change.”
When comparing Romney’s linear path of career success to that of Obama’s, we would surmise that it is indeed time for “change” and vote accordingly.
Highway 17 N.