Natural solution

The city’s plan to build a hiking trail on Mary Murray Boulevard, in addition to separate lanes for auto and bicycle traffic, misses a significant point.

Why even suggest that hikers walk beside four-wheelers and two-wheelers when there already exist wonderful hiking trails within the park? They wind past towering live oaks, azalea bushes, expanses of mowed grass, and a variety of other flora.

These trails allow one to see, feel and engage the full range of the park’s interior, including the butterfly lakes and crossover bridge surrounded by a paved walkway.

Not only would this change directly benefit hikers and joggers, but it would provide several more feet on the roadway to be divided between bikers and drivers. It likely would also save a few tax dollars.

Jack Bass

Queen Street

Charleston

HPV ignorance

Cancer experts across the country, including one of South Carolina’s most prominent, Dr. Andrew Kraft, of Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC, urge vaccinations to treat human papilloma virus (HPV) infections.

The medical evidence demonstrates, substantially, that the vaccine can prevent this type of cancer which is especially vicious among the underserved in our state.

However, a majority of S.C. House members and Gov. Nikki Haley, whose veto they sustained, ignored the medical evidence, and failed to offer, even optionally, the HPV vaccine.

How sad that we witness once again the decisions of our state that affect the welfare of our people being made from afar. It is incredible that the American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity and David and Charles Koch have so much power.

The corporate model, with only selected stockholders, is alive and well, thanks to that influence. And the 900,000 South Carolinians who have no voice, but who are also stockholders in our state, continue to be ignored by the powerful.

How can we not be embarrassed?

Cermette Clardy Jr.

Carolina Boulevard

Isle of Palms

CARTA routes

I am excited and pleased to see CARTA starting a new route serving Summerville. This has been a long time coming and is an excellent development.

Now it is time for the next step, serving the Ravenel/Hollywood area of Charleston County.

Many of its residents travel into Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant to work and economic transportation is very hard to come by.

Many employees of large employers like MUSC, the College of Charleston and others live in the area as well. I hope CARTA takes the next step and expands their Express Program or a regular route system down the length of Highway 17 to the Ravenel/Hollywood area.

Frances Glanville

Savannah Highway

Adams Run

Smaller is better

Those of us who support a smaller school on Sullivan’s Island have been called “a vocal minority.” But how can anyone know who’s in the minority when there’s been no vote, no referendum, no way to count heads?

A core group of small-schoolers has indeed been vocal, and my thanks to them for that. They were successful in collecting the required number of signatures on a petition calling for a referendum.

They’ve continued to speak out in spite of dismissive responses, failure to answer their Freedom of Information Act request, an attempted lawsuit against them, and the ongoing stream of name-calling directed at them.

The small-schoolers are people I hadn’t met before the school issue arose, and I feel lucky to know them and count myself among them. We include older folks and younger, Republicans and Democrats and Independents, people who live near the school and people who don’t.

The one thing we all have in common is opposition to the plan for a Yorktown-sized building on front-beach property in a protected coastal zone. I regret that I haven’t been courageous enough to become vocal, but at this point people like me, who may tend to shy away from public contention, should speak.

Josephine Humphreys

Bayonne Street

Sullivan’s Island

Reaching out

As a former College of Charleston student, walking was a way of life. I walked to classes, restaurants, shops, and grocery stores.

Without a car several semesters, I was at the mercy of roommates and friends to transport me to church in the suburbs on Sundays.

A decade ago the churches in the suburbs were the only ones actively reaching out to college students. How wonderful to have had a young, vibrant congregation like Redeemer Presbyterian downtown within a short walk of the college.

Redeemer takes care of college students, offering “adoptive” families for students who want a listening ear, a home-cooked meal, or a comfortable place to do laundry.

Redeemer is also the church home for several campus-ministry staff, bringing many students through its doors on Sundays and during the week.

College students are an important part of our city, and churches that minister to our students should be encouraged.

If our city leaders don’t preserve and protect growing, worshiping downtown congregations, then college students without cars might determine it’s far easier to forego their Sunday habit.

Gray Morgan

Gemstone Boulevard

Hanahan

Ship pollution

I recently read your story on cruise ship pollution.

You showed a resident wiping black dust from her porch.

How could someone pick Carnival Cruise Lines as the source of all the polluting?

The cruise ship comes in once a week, and there are many other ships that come in at the same time several times a week.

And there have been many ships before Carnival even arrived. They used to dock at Union Pier three at a time but no one had a problem with those unsightly ships.

Charleston is a port and has always been a port, and if it weren’t for the port those same people who are against cruise ships would not be here today.

The port has brought jobs and economic growth. The port has bent over backwards for these people. Nothing seems to please them.

Everyone is laughing at Charleston with this outrageous lawsuit. Other industries are looking and asking themselves,“Do we really want to do business in Charleston?”

Carnival ships are regulated and safe. If not, they would not be permitted in any other ports in the United States.

Let’s work together for a better and brighter future.

One more question for The Post and Courier: Why is it that someone cleaning the dust off her porch makes front page news? We aren’t being a little biased, are we?

Dimitrios Petsalis

Loblolly Lane

Summerville

No to paving

Doesn’t anyone with the City of Charleston realize that the charm and beauty of the West Ashley Greenway is that it is not paved?

It is a tree-lined, dirt and grass oasis just a few hundred feet from the congestion and noise of Savannah Highway. Most sections of the greenway are in great condition and drain extremely well, even after heavy rains.

Yes, a few sections are a little rough; but wouldn’t some grading and crushed gravel fix this? We do not need an eight-foot-wide road built on the Greenway.

Isn’t there enough asphalt in the Lowcounty already?

Mike Williams

Lantana Drive

Charleston