I do not understand why the CEO of Trident Health, Todd Gallati, continues to attempt to stop Roper St. Francis from building in a hospital Berkeley County unless he’s afraid of the competition. If that’s the case, it doesn’t say much for his confidence in Trident Hospital.

If I were a member of the board of directors I would have to question the amount of money being spent in legal fees that could be spent in more beneficial ways, such as purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment or increasing the salary budget to hire additional competent nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, etc., who would enhance the care of their patients.

He is doing a great disservice to residents of Berkeley County by continuing to block Roper St. Francis. I live in an area where it would be much quicker to reach the “new” Roper St. Francis Hospital in an emergency than to get to either the North Charleston or the planned Moncks Corner Trident hospital.

Please stop wasting money on lawyers and allow us to be better served by having two hospitals available for our care.

Harriet Gosney

Sand Dune Trail

Summerville

A recent letter to the editor titled “Toxic brew,” regarding Berkeley Citizens for Sustainable Education, is misleading to say the least. We are not anonymous, and our funding is coming from concerned Berkeley County taxpayers.

Those taxpayers don’t believe we need to borrow $198 million and pay back $351 million in this tough economy.

As a recent Berkeley County School Board member, I have been in virtually all of the schools described, and the dismal description of facilities is largely false.

It is absolutely true that the district has some need for new schools, particularly in the Cainhoy area due to growth, but borrowing huge amounts is not the prudent method to fund them.

Too much of the $198 million is being spent on 22 existing schools as a carrot to get the students’ parents to support the issue.

Financing general maintenance items such as carpet replacement or installing a wireless computer network should not be financed with 20-year bonds.

Cutting unneeded and unproductive programs would allow the district to build a new school every few years without raising taxes.

The most disturbing aspect is the disingenuous information being given to voters. I keep hearing this will only cost 11 cents per day to start with and then 22 cents when the second portion of the bonds are issued.

Here are the real numbers for this month’s median- priced home sold in Berkeley County. The tax value is $175,000 with cars, boats, jet skis, etc. worth another $25,000; the bill will be an additional $85 per year in phase 1 and double to $170 per year in phase 2. For rental property, it would be an additional $105 during phase 1 doubling to $210 for phase 2.

That is nowhere close to the 11 or 22 cents per day advertised by the district.

I believe we can build the needed schools for much less than proposed in this referendum. In order to accomplish this we need to stop this referendum first.

Terry Hardesty

Co-Chairman

Berkeley Citizens for

Sustainable Education

W. Main Street

Moncks Corner

Berkeley County School Board candidate C. Kevin Cox of Hanahan and a young attorney on Daniel Island, Joshua Whitley, are opposing the Berkeley County school improvement referendum.

Mr. Cox says that there are empty classrooms in Berkeley County.

He’s right. In Cainhoy, St. Stephen, Pineville and Cross, schools are not overcrowded.

The district never said they were.

Sadly, these rural communities are shrinking as young people and adults move closer to Summerville, Goose Creek, Hanahan or Charleston for better paying jobs near centers of commerce, which is precisely where the overcrowded schools are — 13 schools with more children than they can possibly manage safely.

These gentlemen imply that empty classrooms in rural schools should be filled before any new schools are built.

This suggests that the district should be busing children from Daniel Island to Cainhoy, from Hanahan Elementary to St. Stephen, from Goose Creek High School to Berkeley High School and from Whitesville Elementary to Cross Elementary.

Parents will not be bullied into mandated cross-county busing to satisfy people who feel no sense of connection with or shared responsibility for the children of Berkeley County.

The school improvement referendum is a strategic vision of what this community needs in order to prepare students for high tech jobs in a safe environment with small class sizes.

Opponents would ensure that mandated busing, more trailers and staggered scheduling are the preferred methods to manage a growing student population.

Berkeley County parents, stand up for your children. Vote “Yes” for schools on Nov. 6.

Patrick Hayes

Director

EdFirstSC

Kensington Drive

Charleston

The timely editorial on the campaign to keep the former St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 43 Wentworth Street in use as a church brings to mind that great man of God, the Rev. Dr. Charles B. Foelsch.

In the 1930s his congregation included grandmothers of our long-time, beloved Mayor Joseph P. Riley and former Congressman Arthur Ravenel, for whom the bridge to Mount Pleasant is named.

Pastor Foelsch, a great organizer, served with Dr. Mary Vardrine McBee, then president of the Charleston Civic Club, in the founding of the Charleston County Library. He served as the first president of its board of directors 1931-35. All of Charleston was inspired by his occasional “The Rambler” newspaper articles.

I walked beside Pastor Foelsch the morning he dedicated the new Sunday School building. Later, in 1958, as chaplain, he gave a speech at the convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Pacific Southwest titled “Journey to Glory, When we walk with the Lord, In the light of his Word, What a glory he sheds on our way.”

A contribution to Redeemer Presbyterian is a way of honoring the memory of Pastor Foelsch, so important an inspiration for growth of the Holy City.

August J. Marjenhoff

Campbell Drive

Charleston

I plan on voting for Mitt Romney on Nov. 6 because he will get rid of Obamacare.Most senior citizens do not know that hidden in the Obamacare fiasco are items that will drastically affect a senior citizen’s livelihood.

I have been paying into Social Security since 1962. I am now 69 and on Social Security at $1,400 a month. With gas prices double what they were four years ago, it is hard to pay my living expenses.

The government issued a statement last week that our cost-of-living adjustment was only going up 1.7 percent. Next year under Obamacare, Medicare will go up to $230 a month and in 2014 it will be $380. I currently pay $110. Can you see the discrepancy?

According to a recent book, in the last four years the Obama family has spent over $1 billion of taxpayer money on all of their extravagant vacations, golf outings, security, using Air Force One, etc.

Why can’t Congress get back that money that the Obama family outrageously spent and give all of us senior citizens a larger COLA raise?

We are being squeezed out of our well-deserved pensions, and it will be devastating in the coming years.

Roy Gray

Maple Oak Lane

Charleston

There is little to add to an Oct. 17 letter titled “Blocking progress.”

However, I’d like to suggest that the very Luddites who have caused I-526 to not be completed should be asked to divvy up the $11.6 million and pay it back.

Lin Lewis

West Coleman Boulevard

Mount Pleasant