Columnist Kathleen Parker should not feel isolated because she files her important personal and business matters in binders.

For years corporations and personnel agencies have utilized some form of filing in order to identify both male and female candidates and the traits they possess.

This is a practice most likely done on an electronic basis today. To those who feel that binders are a degrading practice I would suggest you embrace this practice rather than ending up in the “circular file.”

Ed Gilligan

Marsh Hawk Lane

Kiawah Island

Seven years ago I received a call at the Charleston Grill. The young man asked if the grill would host a luncheon for 60 kids who were a part of a mentoring program. They came from some of the poorest homes in the area. Most of them had never seen the inside of a sit down restaurant.

My bosses at the Charleston Place quickly agreed.

What I saw that day amazed me, and to this day resonates with me. I saw 60 young adults who were well-behaved, well-mannered and as interested as any I have seen from any economic background.

These kids learned how to pull out a lady’s chair, use the “proper silverware” and converse socially. It was an amazing experience.

Over the last seven years the young man who helped put that program together and I have developed a friendship based on a mutual desire to see young people from all walks of life have an equal opportunity. That man is Michael Miller, and he is running for the Charleston County School Board.

Michael and I have launched a program in town called “Teach the Need.” Its goal is to educate students in opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry, a vital component of our city’s success. When I walk through high schools with Michael, I am amazed at how everyone reacts to him. Teachers and administrators tell me they need him on the board.

Please vote for Michael Miller. The city needs him, and far more importantly, the kids need him.

Mickey Bakst

Charleston Grill

King Street


I am ecstatic over the prospect of the new hotel tower taking the place of the old county library on Marion Square. Finally, the “League for the Preservation of Historic (?) Coastal Eyesores” has lost one.

The people who live and work downtown will finally get to see that abandoned and neglected hulk of a building replaced with a signature piece of architecture.

It’s downright criminal that we’ve allowed that squalid ruin to remain as long as it has next to one of the nation’s premier public spaces.

One can only hope that the League will meet with similar courtroom success in the future. Knee-jerk opposition to thoughtful development plans are not what we need to build a city in which all can prosper.

Dave Brumbaugh

Nassau Street


Thank you for bringing attention to issues related to planning for our own future health needs while taking care of our parents.

Long-term care is a reality for about 70 percent of people age 65 and over. It is heartbreaking enough without having to battle insurance companies.

My parents chose long-term health care plans from a reliable company and as a result removed much of the financial burden from myself and my brothers and sisters.

I will always be grateful that they took those steps and that their claims went relatively smoothly. Long-term health care should be part of any financial and retirement planning conversation.

If you want to age well, please talk with your adult children, children talk with your parents, and talk with an advisor.

My mother died in her home surrounded by people who loved her thanks to a decision she made many years before.

Luke Daniels

Savannah Highway


I am an Eagle Scout (1968), an assistant scoutmaster and former cubmaster (10 years and counting). I am also a child psychiatrist who deals professionally with the fallout of child abuse.

As such, I am ashamed of the scouters, professional and volunteer, who betrayed the trust placed in them by boys, parents and other scouters.

By concealing abuse of hundreds of boys over several decades, they have brought shame to the Boy Scouts of America. Every one of them should have been reported, brought to trial if warranted and, if found guilty, put in jail.

The BSA now has procedures in place that are as good as any system can be to protect the boys in our care.

At least two adults must be present at all times, and there will never be a time when an adult leader is alone with a scout out-of-sight of other scouts and adults.

To advance, scouts and their parents must review a booklet that addresses child abuse reporting and safety.

Every registered adult leader, and any adult who camps with a scout group, is required to have completed youth protection training, available for free online (

I pray that our leaders have learned that all incidents must be reported. It is not our job to investigate or pass judgment. It is our job to report incidents to the proper authorities.

No system is perfect, but with the current system in place Boy Scouts today are as safe as any organization can make them.

Patrick D. McArthur

48th Avenue

Isle of Palms

It seems like every close election for the last 30 or 40 years has been determined by a few undecided voters in Ohio and Florida. For the rest of us, our vote mostly doesn’t count.

I go only to vote for other candidates or issues rather than the presidential election. To say that a third of the voting population is disenfranchised is no exaggeration.

It’s not just Democrats in the South and West who are disenfranchised, it’s Republicans on the West Coast and practically all of the states in the Northeast. The Electoral College was designed in the days of the horse and buggy. It needs to go the way of the horse and buggy.

But then, so does the Senate of the United States. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana have as much political power in the Senate as do the populous states of New York, Texas, California, and Florida (two senators per state).

That is unacceptable to my way of thinking. It is why I consider the U.S. Constitution a nice old document that sorely needs revision. Of course, some will say we have a republic, not a democracy. That’s just a schoolboy excuse to give some people more power than others.

William A. Johnson

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant

I am so thankful and feel blessed to have the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy in our community. These people are there to help us through the most difficult times of our lives.

When someone we love dies from suicide or in a car accident, or is murdered they are there for us. They hold us and comfort us, or pray with us if we want prayer.

They need our support. Without donations they can’t operate. I teach Kids Club at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. My kids ages range from 5-11. We had a bake sale to benefit them.

We’d like to challenge all other churches to have a fund-raiser to benefit them. If you don’t belong to a church and would like to help, a donation would be greatly appreciated.

Onalee Avinger

Lake Myrtle Drive


An editorial on Tuesday incorrectly cited the average annual cost to the state Office of Aging for in-home senior care, as reported by Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell. The figure should have been $1,100.