As a preservationist I am in favor of regulating cruise ships. We need to limit the number of times that they are permitted to dock in Charleston Harbor and regulate where they are allowed to dock.
Carnival’s Fantasy, despite being the smallest ship in Carnival’s fleet, is still grossly out of scale with Charleston. When the ship is docked at the foot of Market Street, it overwhelms the skyline.
Despite this, the Preservation Society of Charleston has chosen to focus on the traffic and congestion caused by the ship’s passengers. Yet news articles state that these passengers do not stay in Charleston.
These passengers are vilified because they patronize the hotels in North Charleston, which are less expensive and offer parking and shuttles, amenities that come at a premium or do not exist at peninsular hotels.
Shuttles quickly and efficiently drop passengers off and leave the peninsula, reducing the number of vehicles driving and parking on the peninsula, thereby easing congestion.
Carnival is a budget cruise line, and its patrons are budget conscious travelers. Given the recession of late it should come as no surprise that tourists come in all shapes, sizes and income brackets.
These are not of the same ilk as those “traditional” tourists who spend $718 a day.
When the National Trust for Historic Preservation put Charleston on its first ever watch list, it stressed the historic nature of the city.
What is it that preservation organizations find so offensive — the cruise ship or that the cruisers aren’t spending $718 per day on the heritage tourism that Charleston is renowned for?
This begs the question: Would this conversation be the same if it weren’t Carnival Cruise Lines?
What if the Princess or Norwegian Cruise Lines had chosen Charleston as its berth?
Would a more upscale cruiser incur the same wrath?
Elise Haremski Sumter Street
In these depressing times of economic worry and loss of jobs, deep cutbacks and out-sourcing of business, one might rapidly lose faith in the honesty, ability and integrity of American workers, products and services, since having to cut corners and watch the “bottom line” are necessary.
Good customer service is just a memory.
However, in contrast, I commend a small local business contractor, Scott Heinrich, and two of his construction staff, Thomas Dorr and Cliff Price.
We recently purchased a small mobile home with a tiny porch and moved it to a local park. Shortly after the move, we discovered that the porch didn’t survive.
Despite this being of small importance in the grand scheme of things, Mr. Heinrich and his crew rebuilt the porch as if it were the Taj Mahal, an indication of their high work ethics and pride of craftsmanship.
It’s difficult to find people who will do skilled work when the return benefit is so small, knowing the vast public won’t see the effort or notice the exceptional skills utilized.
This man of integrity and his crew rebuilt to perfection a tiny porch to be used by an elderly disabled person.
It reinforces my faith that there are still heroes willing to do exceptionally fine jobs, regardless the size of the project.
M.M. Holt Trinity Place Ladson
In the May 20 story titled “Who is in control at Good Neighbor Center?” Renee Dudley states: “Elected officials whose districts include the shelter have kept their distance from the troubled facility.”
The article concludes, “Oversight of public money to the Good Neighbor Center seems to be a low priority for the elected officials whose districts cover it,” and mentions actions (or the lack of actions) by U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, U.S. Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, S.C. Sen. Robert Ford and S.C. Rep. David Mack.
But what about U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, representing the people of District No. 1? I contacted him nine months ago. Rep. Scott never replied to my letter.
What is Rep. Scott doing to rectify this situation regarding the VA homeless shelter?
Robert J. Knox Janice Street
I read the letter to the editor by Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation, (“Joe, peddle your opinions elsewhere”) and said to myself, “The State Ports Authority and Carnival Cruise Line have a real friend in Savannah.”
Mr. Carey might not want to show our mayor even minimal respect, but 70 percent of Charleston voters rejected this patronizing anti-cruise ship condescension in the last election.
As we all recall, an anonymous group of anti-cruise ship politicos attacked Mayor Joe Riley in the same fashion and were smacked by the voters.
I would say this to the sincere critics of cruise ships: With friends like this, you don’t need any more enemies. You are sunk.
ROBERT N. ROSEN Water Street
Kids finishing college are having a tough time finding a job, not to mention student loan payments. The Charleston County School Board is spending a lot of money for new schools; I would like to see some of this money in trade schools.
Lots of children are not college material, or their parents do not have the money. I am a good example. My grandmother took me out of North Charleston High and sent me to Murray Vocational School to learn a trade in 1937.
Murray had wood shop, machine shop, automobile shop, electric shop, and courses in bookkeeping, typing, shorthand and drafting.
My senior year I was hired by an engineering firm as a junior draftsman.
We need more trade schools in the area. Firms are looking for high school graduates with experience.
William Wood Thompson Avenue
I was disheartened to read the article questioning the need for routine prostate screening, which is a contentious position taken by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
This is another pervasive action by government to hinder a screening test that can help save the lives of many men in this country.
The Obama administration says that Medicare will continue to pay for PSA screenings, but the position statement tends to be a pall which will no doubt deter many from seeking this test.
PSA, prostatic specific antigen, is an enzyme produced by the prostate gland and can be detected in the blood. If elevated it may be a warning that there is cancer in the gland.
It is not a perfect test in and of itself. It can, if indicated, be combined with other tests such as the “free” PSA to give more valuable information regarding prostate disease. It is prostate specific not cancer specific.
I would highly recommend that your readership obtain a copy of Dr. Patrick Walsh’s book, “Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer.”
It is informative, easy reading, and it gives invaluable insight into this disease.
PSA screening has saved lives since its implementation. We should not let the government’s agenda to save health care dollars dictate screening for this potentially fatal disease.
D.L. Richardson Jr., M.D. Waring Street
The recent op-ed by R.L. Schreadley requires a rebuttal. Mr. Schreadly’s visceral distaste for European welfare states, which he deems pernicious in nature, is palpable.
On Greece, valid. But he selectively excludes several relevant contextual facts and demeans the millions of unemployed adults and college graduates in the USA.
He speculates on pending doom for socialist France. He infers that the “Euroland” Welfare State contagion has “the political left in America salivating.”
He conveniently ignores the successful socialist economies of Germany, Scandinavia and Poland — which, despite significantly higher tax burdens and levels of government spending of gross domestic product compared to those of the United States, are actually enjoying relatively strong economic performances.
For him it appears, our “free” untaxed benefits for the poor and unemployed are so lavish, that getting a job would decrease their “take-home pay.”
He refers to college graduates living off the remains of their parent’s savings, inferring this is a choice situation. If “Euroland’s” much lower tertiary education costs applied here, this problem would be averted.
Our economy has been devastated by two protracted elective wars, rampant high-risk financial and speculative practices, and obscene rewards for often inept corporate executives, and Republican tax aversion. The past 12-year tax cuts for the top 2 percent, ostensibly to encourage job creation, have clearly not borne results.
Excess cash in banks and corporations is not being reinvested because there is no demand.
The middle class, our economic driver, is squeezed through anemic wage increases and high unemployment.
We are now a low wage nation, leading the developed world with two-thirds of workers earning less than the median income. The minimum wage is at a 1968 real value, and if adjusted for inflation, would mean an annual raise of $3,500.
Austerity amid recession has proven a failure in our history, and the UK today.
Governments, as a last resort, must be prime facilitators for economic revival and crucial social support when the capitalist system is broke, or reluctant to invest.
Sometimes capitalist economies need to be saved from themselves by prudent intervention and regulation.
David J. Waldron Cottonfield Drive
It did not come as much of a surprise to me when I heard that politicans now express themselves at a 10th grade level.
This is down from the previous 11th grade level, and the lowest ever recorded.
It was noted that the Constitution was written at a educational level higher than our average college graduate.
Apparently some politicans protested that they were just speaking down to the voters level. But that lame excuse will not fly with anyone who follows the antics in the State House or the White House and Congress.
The good news is for Nancy McGinley and the Board of Education.Pretty soon our high school kids will be just as competent as our politicans.
Larry Wiessmann Seabrook Island Road