Over 500 people attended a funeral service at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Avondale on Feb. 15 to say goodbye to Tasha Lucia.

From the size of the attendance, which spilled out in front of the church, you would have thought that Tasha was a celebrity.

But Tasha was just a young girl living the life she loved and loving the people who were in her life.

The first page of her Facebook contained the message: “Love me, or hate me — the choice is yours.”

It was obvious, from the crowd, that many people loved Tasha.

Tasha was taken away from us at the age of 25. She had just begun her joy of life, when someone brutally murdered her.

As I listened to Pastor Ryan Lyles extol Tasha’s virtues, I was consumed by the enormity of pain and suffering her killer imposed — not the least on Tasha, but on all of her family and friends.

But while Tasha’s body may have left us, she left a little bit of herself with each of us.

A person doesn’t have to be a celebrity to have real friends. Tasha proved that.

The most salient part of Tasha’s personality was her sincere honesty. You knew where you stood with her, and if she liked you, you had a truly good friend.

If we could all follow Tasha’s approach to life, the world would be a better place to live. The world is a better place for her having walked with us.

Al Molony

Betsy Road


I heard a news report that the passengers on the ill-fated Carnival Cruise will get refunds on their tickets, a free future cruise and $500.

I have thoughts about some of the passengers who are suing the company for a large monetary settlement because they suffered five terrible days of “little food, no electricity, and bad smells.”

My belief is that people who experience adversity and hardships have a heightened sense of appreciation for the blessings that come their way and make future Thanksgiving holidays much more meaningful.

Also, I believe those who went through this ordeal should be thankful for getting to taste what military men and women experience for long periods away from home defending this country.

Maybe these wronged souls will pause and think the next time Veterans Day rolls around.

Great leaders throughout history have drawn strength of character through hardship.

Larry Nysveen

Hollyridge Lane


If Mark Sanford goes to Washington he would have more seniority than some members in the House of Representatives who are already there. That would give him an opportunity to serve on more influential committees.

His prior experience in the House, combined with eight years as governor, makes his voice unique in persuading others to vote for sound fiscal policies.

Renate Leister

Archdale Street


I certainly enjoy a cocktail on occasion, but I am confused by the effort to return Folly Island to its former posture as “the place to get drunk on the beach in Charleston County.”

Other than the obvious self-interest of beer purveyors, I wonder how folks could have missed the positive changes that Folly has experienced since the ban began this summer.

There was an immediate reduction of traffic by 50 percent or more.

It is now possible to go and come when you feel like it instead of being trapped on or off the island.

Families started returning to the beach so much so that restaurants on the beach have had their best winter ever and the atmosphere has returned to the quiet, laid back, family-oriented one that it had 15 years ago. Why on Earth would Folly want to return to large numbers of people getting drunk in public, hurting our quality of life?

I have this advice for the businesses which are promoting that we turn our community back over to the anarchy of mob drunkenness: If your business plan depends on community chaos — perhaps you should rethink your business plan.

Richard L. Beck, DMD

Folly Road


Here is an insightful quote I read in the Charlotte Observer.

“America’s biggest problem: Those who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

Herbert W. Etheridge

Beauregard Street


The proposed “superstreet” for the intersection of Main Road and U.S. 17 requires that cars approaching the intersection from Main Road to head south on Highway 17 must first head north and then make a U-turn into southbound 17 traffic.

That’s not a practical solution for trucks, trailers, RVs and most importantly, hurricane evacuees from Seabrook, Kiawah, Johns and Wadmalaw islands, whose recommended evacuation route is Main Road to south on Highway 17 and then toward Walterboro.

Why not investigate a two-lane roundabout?

They are used extensively in Europe and with increasing frequency in the USA. Traffic lights are eliminated, a high capacity of traffic can be nicely handled, and the cost is very low.

Try Googling “high capacity roundabouts” to check the likelihood that one might be a better solution than the “superstreet.”

Robert O. Wray

Cottage Plantation Road

Johns Island