With the 2012 PGA tournament at Kiawah Island soon to be upon us, it may be helpful to newcomers and visitors to know the correct pronunciation of the venue.

The last syllable of “Kiawah” is strongly accented to rhyme with “saw” or “law” (think of Wadmalaw or Awendaw for guidance). If you pronounce the last syllable with an “uh” sound, you’re telling the world you’re from Ohio.

While I’m offering unsolicited advice, let me remind those new to the area that the island just south of the Isle of Palms is either “Sullivan’s Island” or simply “the Island.” To call it “Sullivan’s” is another marker that you’re from the Buckeye State.

I need hardly add that the “oo” in “Cooper” is pronounced like that in “hook” or “cook,” while the “Mou” in “Moultrie” is pronounced “moo.” Since we don’t want to overburden the newcomer, I’ll save the correct pronunciation of Gaillard, Huger and Prioleau for another lesson.

John Paul Trouche

Bennett Street

Mount Pleasant

I have enjoyed reading the recent series of articles and letters to the editor about the alleged pollution caused in the neighborhoods in the vicinity of the SPA’s cruise ship terminal.

Since none cited anything but anecdotal information, I thought it might be useful to see what the facts are.

I think everyone will agree that pollution, primarily particulate matter in cruise ship exhaust, is going to go where the wind takes it.

The following data for wind direction, averaged from 1974 to 2012, might be helpful in understanding the extent of the problem (http://weatherspark.com/averages/29904/Charleston-South-Carolina-United-States).

Since the data are based on observation at the Charleston International Airport, they are not a perfect representation of the wind in Ansonborough, but they are surely a fair approximation. The percentage of the wind from each of the eight major directions is:

North – 14 percent

Northeast – 13 percent

East – 8 percent

Southeast – 7 percent

South - 16 percent

Southwest – 13 percent

West – 13 percent

Northwest – 7 percent.

Since Ansonborough is west of the SPA, the winds that would carry cruise ship exhaust into that area would be from the northeast through east to the southeast.

Winds from those directions comprise 28 percent of the average wind by direction. Thus, 72 percent of the time the wind blows ship exhaust somewhere else (mainly over the Cooper River and the harbor).

I have lived in One Vendue Range for the last nine plus years and have frequently watched the flag on the pier at the end of Vendue Range, as old sailors are wont to do.

I can attest that the data shown above are consistent with my impression of the wind from random observations of the direction of the wind as represented by the flag.

I hope the facts help.

William B. Hewitt

Prioleau Street


Superintendant Mick Zais’ remarks at the Meeting Street Academy ribbon cutting ceremony were inappropriate and insensitive.

He repeatedly referred to the students as “poor children” and their families as “poor families.” Every time he said it I cringed. “Less fortunate” or “disadvantaged” would have been much better choices.

This is an extraordinary school with extraordinary children. They and their families deserve more respect.

I mentor a 7-year-old child every week, and am constantly amazed at the quality of the staff and the education these children are receiving.

I was disappointed at Mr. Zais’ choice of words. They put a damper on an otherwise wonderful occasion and were demeaning to the parents who wholeheartedly participate in the education their very fortunate children are receiving.

These kids may be “poor” in money, but they are receving an education which will allow them to join the ranks of the more advantaged.

Cynthia Greene

Majestic Oaks Drive


A July 21 letter addressed the ban of alcohol on Folly Beach:

I do not live on Folly Beach. I do imbibe.

Maybe if people were exposing themselves to urinate, or vomiting, and then leaving a day’s worth of trash in your front yard you might rethink your position.

Yes, the beach does belong to everyone. That doesn’t mean anyone — visitors, landowners or police — should have to put up with the bad behavior.

Apparently the laws already in place have not worked. This isn’t the first time this has been a problem.

I have also found Folly Beach to be very cool for many reasons over the years I have lived here.

And that had nothing to do with alcohol on the beach.

Jodi Memmel

Kentwood Circle


The July 23 editorial in support of underground power lines is a fine article and one with much public agreement.

However the writer stated that buried power lines had power quickly restored after Hurricane Hugo and this was his additional reason for supporting this endeavor.

Actually, the opposite is true and a good reason for not burying lines.

Our subdivision, within the city limits, has underground lines placed in the ’60s.

After Hugo, we were among the last to get electricity back, a wait of more than three weeks.

Rescue crews from St. Paul, Minn., and elsewhere, had no access to plans to know where to dig, nor the equipment to do so.

These rescue crews, who came from many cities, were able to repair all above ground poles and wires as a routine familiar to them.

Perhaps the writer is hoping that our own local crews would have speedy access to diagrams of underground wiring but in the case of another hurricane like Hugo, we may be dependent again on outsiders and have longer waits with buried wiring.

Anne Tigner

Ponce de Leon Avenue