We were privileged to have esteemed Mayor Joe Riley speak at our recent Savannah Downtown Business Association luncheon.

Mayor Riley, contrary to Daniel Carey’s May 20 letter, was invited by our organization. What your mayor provided in his speech was far from “peddling his wares about cruise ships.”

The “wares peddled” were nuggets of wisdom regarding tourism and the importance of community buy-in. Another gem of wisdom was the necessity of laser focus on downtown.

Mayor Riley encouraged us to look at Savannah and Charleston as a region, not two disparate cities.

Mr. Carey errs egregiously in his paraphrase of Mayor Riley’s speech. Mayor Riley did not initiate the discussion of cruise ships.

Members of the audience asked specific questions about cruise ships, and Mayor Riley answered them with facts (i.e. the number of jobs created and examples of economic impact).

Though we respect Mr. Carey’s opinion we feel his portrayal of your mayor is beyond offensive.

Please accept our sincere apologies.

Mayor Riley is always welcome in our city.

You should be very proud of your mayor.

Ruel Joyner President Savannah Downtown

Business Association E. Broughton Street

Savannah

I have spent the better half of four years fighting for the taxpayers of Charleston County. Some elected officials and the common public have stated that my efforts have increased the revenue base for Charleston County.

Those who say I am not from the South are right. When I moved to the Holy City, I saw things that I thought should be changed. As time passed, I uncovered things that I, as a taxpayer, felt the public should know about, and I acted on them.

In the beginning I was rude and obnoxious to the fine people who are employed by the county.

I am glad to say that this stopped when we got a new administrator, and most of the council saw that what I was trying to accomplish made sense.

It does make a difference if the administration and council answer your calls and e-mails. This is the way the people of Charleston should be treated.

To those whom I have offended, please accept my apologies. I still do not care what a few of you think of me. You know who you are.

It is time for me to back away and let the people of Charleston County decide who will be the lifeblood of our community.

I am talking about the auditor’s position that is up for a primary vote on June 12. May the best person win.

I hope to God that he or she keeps in mind the people of Charleston first and keeps his or her personal gratification on the bottom of the ladder.

Just remember that I was acting from the bottom of my heart, not just trying to be a royal pain.

David Coe W. Capers Road James Island

With Memorial Day fast approaching, as a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, I reflected on the following quote I heard some time ago: “To be born free is simple good fortune, to live free a privilege, but to die free is an obligation.”

These are words to cherish as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Stephen R. Driscoll Jeronica Way

Johns Island

How many families are going to keep their commitment to this poor dog? One family turned him in because they didn’t have time for him.

Then Ozzy went through heartworm treatment.

Then he finds another home only to lose it after three weeks because he was terrified of thunderstorms. He jumped on furniture and hid.

So what? Part of owning a dog is caring for them through times like these.

How often does it thunder and for how long? It’s hardly an ongoing problem around here in sunny South Carolina.

I feel badly for Ozzy that nobody is giving him the love and attention he so badly deserves.

If I had the time and energy for Ozzy, I’d take him but I cannot, and I would not take on a dog I couldn’t properly care for.

It’s not fair to the dog. Kim Little

Harleston Green Mount Pleasant

Our federal government, as represented by the Army Corps of Engineers, is going to spend $70 million on oxygen enhancement machines, which have never been used on this scale before (fish tanks, yes, and maybe a lake or two) to introduce oxygen into the Savannah River because dredging is going to deplete the oxygen and fish will die because they cannot breathe.

I assume, if possible, that this asylum, currently called the federal government, might even try to have Solyndra provide solar panels to power the machines, and have technicians who will stand by in their electric Chevy Volts to service said “fish respirators.”

If they fail, no problem, just add it to the debt tab that the taxpayers will pay.

Gee, I wonder if the principal owners of the company that makes these respirators have ever visited the White House.

Seymour Rosenthal Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant

It appears that Chief Deputy Mitch Lucas has a problem with judgment.

The record indicates that for 15 years Monsignor Lofton has consumed an ounce of sacramental wine during Mass at the jail, without incident.

The Church has been doing this for more than 2,000 years. Why now is the tradition no longer relevant to the ministry of the jail?

I’m sure that Sheriff Al Cannon will correct this error in judgment by Chief Deputy Lucas, and Monsignor Lofton will be reinstated to continue his important ministry to the inmates of the jail.

kenneth r. cook Fort Royal Avenue

Charleston