Out-of-town money people have won again. Seems they always do. They will not have to wait a year to convince four Mount Pleasant Town Council members that more is better with big box stores. Mayor Billy Swails seems to agree.

Less greenery and space and more buildings, parking lots and roads. Someone recently suggested that Mount Pleasant should now be called Mount Pavement. A big city with all the big city problems.

On the afternoon of May 8, the same day town council met, it took me over an hour to drive from the Farmer’s Market on Coleman Boulevard to my home in Snee Farm. This should be a 10-15 minute drive.

Why the traffic jam? I don’t know, but I think we can expect more. Mount Pleasant is built on a peninsula with one major highway running through the center.

Adding more lanes and two overpasses will not solve the traffic problem. With more building it can only get worse.

Waiting a year would have helped to clarify the situation.

Kenneth Anderson Jr. Planters Curve

Mount Pleasant

The Citadel classes of the 1960s lost a great friend and “mom” last week when the Lord took Betsy Petit home.

She was secretary to several commandants and Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Courvoisie, “The Boo,” in particular, who was the assistant commandant supervising disipline at The Citadel.

“Miss” Betsy and her husband Charlie would invite cadets to their house almost every weekend. She was a gracious, highly organized hostess.

You sat right where “Miss” Betsy said sit, and you stayed there. She softened the blow when the commandant’s office was strict with punishment orders, and she was a second mom to many cadets who could not go home on holidays.

Betsy Petit was the best and a real credit to the heritage that is The Citadel.

Mike West Class of 1964 Ashmont Drive


The lead article in a recent edition of The Post and Courier concerned a guilty plea by a 19-year-old DUI driver who caused the death of another driver.

There is nothing in the article about how the 19-year-old got alcohol. Over and over again in articles pertaining to underage drinking no one is held accountable for supplying the liquor.

Until parents, friends and acquaintances who supply liquor to underage drinkers are held responsible nothing will change.

I am a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent. I have been pressured by two generations of teenagers to supply liquor for parties. The usual argument is, “All the parents do it, why won’t you?”

My response is, “If I have a signed release from all the parents allowing their underage children to drink, I will consider it.” I have yet to receive one signed consent.

Obviously the same parents who think that it is OK to give their kids a beer really do not want to put it in writing. They know it is illegal and wrong.

If time and effort were spent finding out who supplied the alcohol and bringing charges against those people, a lot of the problem would go away.

Too many people look away or even overtly participate in a little “innocent” beer or liquor for their underage children, siblings or friends.

These adults teach their children an important lesson: It is only necessary to obey those laws with which you agree.

The argument that there are not enough funds to pursue this problem holds true only until someone dies. Well, someone has died.

Neal Gittleman Park West Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Many letters have addressed causes of obesity in America. They range from meat, dairy products, food stamps and processed food.

However, I see so many obese people in restaurants whose plates are filled with enough food for three or four people.

These folk are often so huge they can hardly waddle. I think the biggest problem is the lack of discipline (self-imposed) at the table.

William D. Hilton Capri Drive


Forget for the moment what the law states regarding bigamy.

The real penalty is having two mothers-in-law.

Andy Solomon Oatly Circle Charleston

When was the last time you read an article in the paper or saw a report on TV on the death or wounding of American soldiers, whether by fire fight, IED, or suicide bomber?

Would not the death of an American soldier be important to report? Surely it is as important as the death of an entertainer.

On May 20, my son’s platoon was on a routine patrol escorting two American soldiers from another unit who were acting as advisors when a suicide bomber exploded his vest.

The two advisors were killed. My son and four other soldiers in his platoon were wounded.

Due to excellent training and the leadership of their officers, the soldiers of his platoon rendered first aid that saved lives and brought them quickly and safely to where they could receive the medical attention they needed.

They are now in Germany. They are all expected to recover.

Expected to recover? What a nice way to say that they are in pain, have had bones broken by shrapnel, wounds over their bodies from shrapnel, have had surgeries and must have more.

My son is alive. I only received a phone call. I didn’t answer my door to be told that my son was dead.

You do not know how scared I was every time I left my house that when I returned there would be a car in my driveway.

Why am I writing this? We just remembered and celebrated our military servicemen this past Armed Forces Day.

RED Shirt Friday (Remembering Everyone Deployed) is a way that many of the families of military servicemen are remembering their loved ones and all the soldiers who are deployed, especially those in Afghanistan.

It’s easy — just wear a red shirt every Friday. Any red shirt will do. You can also go on line and type “Red Shirt Friday” and find sites that sell shirts with Red Shirt Friday logos on them.

“Remembering Everyone Deployed. “Remember to wear a red shirt every Friday.

Just remember. Sally S. Howard

Meadowlark Court Summerville

Recently I rode my bike onto the Greenway by St. Andrews School of Math and Science. I saw a large sign indicating the “improvements” to the Greenway that the City of Charleston has planned.

Why are they going to pave the only remaining strip of land that resembles a country lane?

I have had so much enjoyment riding my bike, jogging and walking my dog on the Greenway over the last 50 years because, (if you squint your eyes and hum a little), you almost feel like you are far from the city and away from the traffic and noise.

When will we ever stop building and “improving”? Who came up with this idea of paving the Greenway?

Yes, it gets muddy when it rains. That is what happens in nature.

But the City of Charleston wants to “pave paradise to put up a parking lot,” like the song says.

No it won’t be a parking lot, but it will resemble a parking lot more than the natural setting that it now is.

I will miss my little strip of heaven.

Leisa Lawrence Sheridan Road


I am a RiverDogs fan, and it was wonderful to hear the national anthem sung on May 8 at Joe Riley Stadium prior to the game.

Please continue this program. The young man singing is truly gifted with great talent. His manner of singing was superb and his tone so patriotic.

I inquired as to his name and was told it was Adam Blankenship.

I applaud and thank the RiverDogs for giving such a treat to the fans.

Please allow this young man to perform again. He was an asset to the RiverDogs.

Lyn and Terry Turner Janice Street