The rezoning proposal for land at the corner of Woodland Shores Road and Maybank Highway is coming up for the third and final vote before Charleston County Council on Tuesday.

Currently it is zoned planned urban development (PUD), which allows for retail but no “big box” or fast-food or convenience stores.

The developer J.L. Woode has requested it be changed to community commercial which would allow for all of those things. The residents have shown up at all the zoning and council meetings to request that the zoning remain planned urban developement.

Councilwoman Anna Johnson, who represents us, agrees. However Councilmen Darby, Pryor, Summey, Sass and Rawl continue to vote in favor of the developer.

Five Points, as this area is known by the neighborhood, is an area of Maybank Highway that is in transition. It can become another Folly Road or become like Avondale with smaller local businesses.

The neighborhood worked for years with the Town of James Island and developer to come to the compromise PUD. Now it is before County Council.

One more vote on Tuesday and the neighborhood will have lost its say. James Island is an island, and there is a limit to what you can put on it.

Development can be done well. Bigger is not always better.

Diane M. Wilson Woodland Shores Road


There is no conflict between being against gay marrige and for gay adoptions.

Single people, both male and female, straight and gay, are able to adopt children. You do not have to be married to adopt.

Robert D. Zemnickas Crooked Stick Lane

Mount Pleasant

In the May 13 paper, it was reported that the Charleston County School District is seeking an additional $1.9 million to expand its literacy efforts. The district has committed to making literacy its No. 1 priority and has seen early success in its first-, third- and sixth-grade academies, which cost $7.2 million this past year.

The additional funds would support 72 associate teachers, who are college graduates but aren’t necessarily certified to teach reading. They would be trained in literacy intervention and supervised by a master reading teacher.

Board member Elizabeth Moffley asked if the district could use volunteers, and Superintendent Nancy McGinley responded that volunteers are good but not necessarily reliable or strategic.

I do not have the information necessary to assess whether volunteers are a viable option in the academies. But I do feel compelled to address the generalization that volunteers are not necessarily reliable and strategic.

I have had the honor and pleasure of managing hundreds of volunteers over the course of my 20-year career in the nonprofit sector.

When human potential is managed properly human needs are met, human values are enhanced and organizational capacity is increased. I have witnessed it repeatedly. Volunteers become reliable, enthusiastic, invested partners and advocates for the organizations they serve.

I would encourage organizations that have not yet done so to shift their thinking about volunteerism from a good and right thing to do, to an essential and integral strategy to meet organizational missions and improve the overall health of our community.

Please do not underestimate the value of an unpaid, well-trained, engaged citizenry.

Christine Messick Gaston Gate

Mount Pleasant

After reading about recent traffic accidents and your May 11 editorial recommending stronger moped and scooter laws, I suggest “slow-moving vehicle” signs be required on the rear of vehicles that are unable to keep up with speed limit traffic, such as mopeds and scooters, and also bicycles and farm machinery.

This type of sign (as used in other states) is a yellow and orange triangle displayed on the rear of the vehicle, and it is very helpful in warning motorists who cannot necessarily discern the speed when approaching from the rear. I realize that this is not a “cure-all,” but the goal is to improve traffic safety.

I am also a firm believer in taking responsibility for one’s actions, and South Carolina’s penalties for injuring and killing other motorists seem weak. If motorists were held accountable through serious consequences of criminal penalties, substantial fines and driver’s license points, perhaps caution would improve.

As it stands, a fine of $117 for killing a bicyclist because there was no intentional harm is ludicrous. We are most certainly responsible for any harm done by our vehicles through poor judgment, and our laws should reflect that position.

Toni Roberts Monsarret Lane Goose Creek

As a Citadel graduate, I read with great interest a recent letter concerning a conservative elective being offered at The Citadel. I couldn’t agree more with the letter writer’s desire to help promote a fair and balanced approach when taxpayers dollars are involved.

As a matter of fact, I hope the writer will join me at the federal level to mandate that all colleges and universities that receive taxpayers’ dollars establish a balanced curriculum to be taught by a teaching staff that is fair and balanced.

Presently, over 90 percent of college professors are liberal and vote the Democratic ticket. Surely the letter writer will agree that the extreme liberal slant that presently exists within our current university system must be addressed.

After all, what any honest person would want in any endeavor, be it sports, business or academia, is a level playing field. Maybe when this fair and balanced approach is implemented at the university level, we can focus on the blatantly biased reporting of our national news networks (ABC, CBS and NBC).

Jay Stabler Oaklanding Road Mount Pleasant

Talk about bullying. The S.C. Department of Social Services ought to be ashamed for removing the McGrews’ other two children from the home after the family dog mauled the baby.

When I go to my snug bed these nights I say a prayer for the McGrew family.

They’re not alone. Irene Kennedy Fill

31st Avenue Isle of Palms

The May 17 editorial “TSA searches up wrong knees” called for common sense on searching elderly wheelchair bound travelers, yet the writer lacks common sense on this issue. The writer even admits that “diabolical terrorists could conceivably deploy kids and old folks as agents of mass murder.” Could?

Here is a reality check. The same people that want to blow up our airplanes have used women, children and elderly as suicide bombers abroad. You don’t think they would do that to bring explosives on a plane? Terrorists are crafty and they are always searching for a weakness in security such as box cutters, shoes and underwear. And now the TSA is being proactive and people are complaining about it?

The TSA searched my daughter with a magnetic wand when she was 5. I did not like it, but I understand the logic related to the search so I did not whine about it. The moment we stop searching 89-year-old men in wheelchairs is the moment terrorists plant explosives on 89-year-old men in wheelchairs. Same goes for 5-year-old girls. For this reason random searches of this nature are both reasonable and logical.

When I fly I do not mind a reasonable level of inconvenience to minimize risk. I and many others do not want our safety compromised because some people lack common sense on this issue.

Fred Edson Council Street Charleston