I recently read with interest, about the urgent need to block off large sections of down- town Charleston to skateboarders. The article explained in great detail the amount of time that has gone into this effort.

It brought back fond memories of my first skateboard that I made by hammering my sister’s metal skates onto a two-by-four for an exciting ride down our family’s driveway.

Later, I taught my children the correct and safe use of power tools as we constructed a skateboard ramp in our driveway.

As they entered college the kids used skateboards for transportation between home and classes and then eventually to go to work before they could afford to buy themselves cars.

Now, thanks to the concern of our City Council, I have been made aware of the many evils being brought on by not only skateboards but the skateboarders themselves.

Never mind all the crime being committed by knives, guns, drugs and theft. At long last these new criminals can be brought to justice.

Skateboards are quiet, they don’t pollute and they are cheap transportation.

It’s good to know that our law enforcement agencies can now pursue this criminal element.

Tom Hood Family Circle Charleston

Voters are being misled with incomplete information. Sen. Mike Rose did not impose a tax. He introduced legislation in response to constituent requests to empower local government and voters to help finance roads in Dorchester County.

The Greater Dorchester Summerville Chamber of Commerce publicly asked for legislation allowing council to impose a gasoline tax for Dorchester County instead of a road impact fee on Dorchester businesses.

In response, Sen. Rose worked with the current president of the chamber and two of its directors, as well as the chairman of Dorchester County Council, to finalize legislation that would have allowed council to hold a referendum on whether a one-cent gasoline tax would be collected in Dorchester County to help finance roads in Dorchester County only.

The legislation would have required that the referendum ordinance specify the exact road projects on which the one-cent gas tax would have been spent, and the time period during which it would have been spent, not to exceed 10 years.

Thus, the enabling legislation would have ensured voter control, transparency and accountability, while affording local governments and taxpayers the authority to solve their own problems.

Giving local governments and voters the authority to solve their local problems through the political process is what state legislators are supposed to do.

Responsiveness to constituent requests for action, cooperative effort to pass legislation, local control of outcomes, transparency and accountability are all things that constituents expect of an effective state senator.

In that regard, Sen. Rose’s record is exemplary.

John Braund Chairman Dorchester County Taxpayers Association

Bertram Road Summerville

Consider the American Dream: democracy, freedom, and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Today, these ideals are under assault, and the federal government is leading the charge.

The tyrannical Justice Department revoked South Carolina’s right to protect democracy and its government practices by blocking its voting identification law.

The state of South Carolina has the responsibility to honor the steadfast, American values of democracy and, thus, fight against electoral fraud.

The instances of electoral fraud in the past are blemishes in America’s proud history. In the 1868 New York City elections, William Tweed boasted that his favorite voters had whiskers:

“When you’ve voted ,em with their whiskers on, you take ,em to a barber and scrape off the chin fringe. Then you vote ,em again with the side lilacs and a mustache. Then to a barber again, off comes the sides and you vote ,em a third time with the mustache.

“If that ain’t enough and the box can stand a few more ballots, clean off the mustache and vote ,em plain face.”

And even more recently, in 2004, a gubernatorial election investigation produced 19 “ghost voters” and at least one confirmed case of electoral fraud in Washington State.

These embarrassments in America’s history should not be repeated. Although South Carolina hopes to prevent these sorts of abuses, the Justice Department is stopping their efforts.

It should be the government’s paramount duty to protect the sanctity of the electoral system.

And by rejecting South Carolina’s voting ID law, the Justice Department has taken the right of state government to protect its citizens.

Lauren McIlvaine Harbourside Lane

Hilton Head

The U.S. government is thinking about suing Walmart because it paid $25 million to bribe the Mexican government to speed up building permits.

The same U.S. government has just signed a treaty with the corrupt Afghan president to bribe them with many billions to accept our troops for 10 more years.

Who is going to sue this government for paying bribes?

Dennis L. Compton Filly Court

North Charleston