Letters to the Editor

A letter writer suggests letting S.C. State University become part of the University of South Carolina system.

The first sentence of the second paragraph of the May 9 editorial regarding South Carolina State College said it all: “... the state’s only public historically black college.”

We tried slavery and segregation, and those abominable ways of life failed, as they should have.

So why not try integration and let S.C. State become part of the University of South Carolina?

This could be uplifting for all. If I recall correctly, there used to be a law school at S.C. State and it was merged with the USC Law School.

All this editorializing about students being happy at S.C. State because of its strong ROTC, band, sense of tradition and help with tuition is simply white citizens’ doublespeak for keeping black people in “their place.” Wake up South Carolina. We are in the 21st century.

Francis X. Archibald Franke Drive

Mount Pleasant

After reading the cover story on the McGrew family whose baby was mauled by their dog, I want to express my sympathy for the family and my disagreement with the father’s being charged in the death.

As a mother of two young boys, I cannot imagine a mother walking into her home and finding her baby in that condition.

I applaud her for remaining calm during the 911 call to try to save her baby’s life. Now for the father to be accused of neglect is completely absurd. He didn’t provoke the dog to attack the baby.

This case should be seen as an accident and not a homicide. Their other kids should be returned to them so that they can be a family again.

They are going through enough pain. I hope the town of Ridgeville will reach out and help them instead of making them feel like criminals.

I hope they can find some peace and that things will get better for them.

Janie Crouch Dwight Drive North Charleston

It was with great disappointment that I read of the S.C. House bill presented by Brian White, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, intended to strip 50 percent of the revenues resulting from the cigarette tax increase to fund screening for breast and colon cancers.

Mr. White should be aware, as a sponsor of a bill taking monies from previously allocated areas, that lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of South Carolinians. It is also the least funded in terms of research into detection and treatment (on both state and federal levels).

Recent documentation has proven low-dose spiral CT scans to be highly effective in detecting early lung cancer in high-risk persons. The detection rate has been proven to reduce the mortality rate from lung cancer by 20 percent.

Breast cancer screening only converts to a mortality rate decrease of 16-18 percent via mammograms.

I urge all South Carolinians to contact Mr. White in Columbia, and their respective state representatives and senators, to defeat H. 4626, and replace it with a bill that will positively direct funding to lung cancer detection and treatment.

Fred Rothaermel Regimental Lane

Johns Island

I would like to thank The Post and Courier for its May 11 story about the Library Society’s donation of the 18th century volume by Lord Bolingbroke.

It is important to add, as covered in our press release and news event on May 10, that its discovery was not random; credit should be given to the real heroes of the story.

The book’s discovery was the result of outstanding, methodical archival work by Trisha Kometer, the Library Society’s head archivist, and the generous support of the MeadWestvaco and Harold C. Schott foundations, whose grants fund Ms. Kometer’s many hours in the vault.

Anne W. Cleveland Executive Director

Charleston Library Society King Street

Charleston

I was very disappointed that Mayor Billy Swails and four members of Mount Pleasant Town Council chose to ignore the recommendations of the Planning Commission and the Planning Committee.

They voted to change the zoning code, paving the way for “big box” development on the Gregg Tract.

Mayor Swails’ vote should reinforce folks’ disapproval of his proposal to change Mount Pleasant’s form of government to strong mayor. Consolidating so much power in the hands of any one individual is inadvisable.

Three individuals spoke on the subject in a May 9 Post and Courier article. Council member Chris O’Neal’s statement that “it’s not the job of council to tell business where it should or should not locate” is cause for concern.

A member of council should be aware that council does this all the time when it deals with zoning ordinances.

In saying that “either Mount Pleasant is closed or a great place to do business,” the developer, Ben Henrich, indicates that he is unaware of the fact that Mount Pleasant residents are not opposed to development but are very serious about managing growth to protect our quality of life.

We will be ever vigilant. Herb Kroger of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors is concerned about sprawl. That would have been relevant a decade ago, but that horse has already been let out of the barn.

What the town now has to do is strategically manage growth to lessen adverse impact on any one section of the town.

A huge commercial project between the I-526 and Highway 17 intersection and the Highway 17 and Highway 41 intersection is just plain wrong, considering all the money being spent to relieve traffic between these choke points.

The correct location for the project is Carolina Park, which has a development agreement with the town providing the required zoning. This would benefit Carolina Park, which, unless it has paid up, still owes the town impact fees. It would provide jobs and revenue for the town.

One can only hope that some members of Town Council reconsider their stance on this issue prior to second reading.

E.D. George, Jr. Ventura Place

Mount Pleasant

In regard to the May 9 letter titled “Marriage limits” the writer showed a lack of interpretative skills or simply exposed his true agenda.

He uses the Bible to substantiate his views on same sex marriages, not the true words of Jesus.

He states that “Jesus would be pleased to bless a same sex marriage,” where in fact Jesus says, “God (my Father) made them male and female from the beginning of creation.” (Mark 10:6) Homosexuality is described in the Bible as a “sin.” That is a forbidden, forgotten word in our society, though Jesus taught us to love the sinner, hate the sin.

The letter writer further states, “A clear example of a gay covenant marriage, in my interpretation was between Jonathan and David, their love surpassing the love of a woman.” It totally misses the mark, again a common practice in our relativistic worldview of today whereas we do not really want to know the truth but merely find a suitable self-serving reason to justify our actions.

As for Jonathan and David’s relationship, their love was as brothers; they fought in battles together. This brotherhood was a deep and faithful friendship manifested by the events of their particular circumstances, making this relationship one that simply cannot be comprehended. But I assure you those who have experienced warfare can attest to this “brotherly love.”

Gregory Morris Creekside Drive

James Island