Because librarians aren’t in the profession of destroying books, I’d like to offer an alternative.

In my former hometown, the Friends of the Library staffed a Book Cellar in an old storage room.

Deaccessioned books, typically multiple copies of former best sellers, and donated books were sold for a nominal cost and the proceeds went back to the FOL.

It was open at designated times, like a church thrift store, and expanded over the years.

I got in the habit of buying books there and then returning them for resale. It worked fairly well for everyone.

Jane Barcott

Indaba Way

Charleston

Ron Brinson’s July 8 commentary on the impact of labor issues on the Port of Charleston’s future was spot on.

The Port’s success has been, and continues to be, dependent on two resources: equipment and people. Acquiring the former is easy because all that’s required is money.

The second is much more difficult to find, requiring the unification of disparate groups with their own agendas.

We are fortunate to have key leaders in Jim Newsome, CEO of the S.C. State Ports Authority, and Ken Riley, president of the International Longshoreman Association (ILA) Local 1422, who share a common interest in working together for the good of both their constituent groups to ensure port automation is embraced properly.

As Mr. Brinson noted, the ECT-Delta terminal at the Port of Rotterdam is a case in point. Though ship and truck loading and unloading are still done by manned equipment, all other container handling is automated.

While reducing the need for labor, the system is not without its faults. Sensors that control the movement of motorized, unstaffed yard equipment can be obstructed by fog and, at least in the Netherlands, snow.

In addition, sea birds find the warm sensors attractive places to perch with the result that their droppings often block the sensors as well.

Finally, the system moves at a fixed (and, what appears to me to be, very slow) pace which provides no capability for the terminal to flex their system as circumstances may demand.

We are fortunate to have Mr. Newsome and Mr. Riley in their respective roles as contract negotiations move forward.

As a member of the Propeller Club Port of Charleston, I have witnessed firsthand the respect each has for the other’s position.

I am confident an agreement will be reached that will advance the interests of both organizations and the state of South Carolina.

Kent Gourdin

School of Business

Director of Global Logistics

and Transportation Program

College of Charleston

George Street

Charleston

As a senior citizen and lifetime Episcopalian, I can see hope for our church. God gave me a vision of Bishop Mark Lawrence to stay in the church, where the popular opinion was to leave.

He heard that call, and while he takes heat, he’s representing God’s best through prayer and Scripture study.

Our society has gone from relatively mature thinking to “anything goes.”

No one ever said that sin wasn’t fun, it’s that we pay a price that we should not, since Jesus already paid that on the cross.

We have revival in our Diocese and I pray it would spread throughout America.

Please pray daily for Bishop Lawrence, Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, other church leaders and our president.

Pray that our future election will be civil and be in God’s hands.

Jack Cranwell

Gin House Court

Charleston

Re the July 8 letter to the editor titled “Growing pains”:

In 1600 there were approximately 800 people in the present Mount Pleasant area. They did have a chief, and he attended to most of the problems which arose.

There was no Piggly Wiggly.

Philip Rossin

Hobcaw Creek Plantation

Mount Pleasant

Every sentence of Jon Butzon’s July 7 guest column in The Post and Courier is true.

Add to his incredibly accurate overview, some seriously improved parental involvement and vocational training for the majority of students who will not directly participate in our so-called global market, and Mr. Butzon correctly summarizes the reality of education and what we have to do immediately.

David Engelman

Julia Street

James Island

Although “legendary” may simply mean “famous” or “well known,” the word also holds the connotation of “fabled,” “mythic,” etc.

For this reason I wish the media would discontinue referring to Joe Paterno as “the legendary Penn State football coach.”

How about just “long-time”?

H.J. BEAUJON, Ph.D

Cessna Avenue

Charleston