It’s good news that the cleanup crew at RiverDogs games is doing a great job picking up after fans.

After living in Tokyo we can assure you that there is not a trace of paper or food left after a huge baseball game or movie in Japan.

Patrons put their garbage in neat stacks for recycling upon leaving the event. It was a sight to behold. All liquids are poured into a huge tank and a few cleanup personnel stack the recyclables to keep it in order.

We’re sure fans can pitch in to help the cleanup crew as they would do around their own homes.

Judy and John Apici Hundred Oaks Parkway


In the early 1700s Benjamin Franklin wanted access to books to discuss with his philosophers’ group, the Junto. However, books were rare and expensive, so they pooled their funds and founded the first lending library.

In this tradition, my parents, grandparents, respected teachers and professors have directed me to locate specific books at the library, not a national chain of bookstores.

Given the sparsely stocked shelves of the main branch of the Charleston County Library, that will no longer be possible. Yes, I may request individual books through interlibrary loan or have them transported from another library, but I have to do that book by book.

Equally important, there is no opportunity for the delightful discovery of previously unknown books. My son may go to the library looking for “Boating Accidents.” Imagine his fascination, not to mention his motivation to read, when he encounters “Shipwrecks and Maritime Disasters.”

There are problems with the view that everything is available on-line. First, my husband and I limit our children’s computer time to 30 minutes each day. We don’t limit the time they spend in the library.

Secondly, we have only one computer, so my children, my husband and I take turns accessing the Internet. At the library everyone hurries off to his or her favorite section, and no one has to wait.

Finally, Internet connections fail, pesky hurricanes taunt us and electricity goes out.

Change is inevitable, but I hope that in the future the Charleston County Library will cull its collection more slowly and allow its patrons to peruse the books that are to be discarded and to say good-bye to good friends.

Hayden D. Shook Regatta Road


I have heard that the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run probably had to correct 60-70 violations. I personally encountered two. I initially came in third in my age category (75-79). But the first- and second-place winners gave their race bid numbers to a family friend or relative and were disqualified, making me first by default.

A friend mentioned that his mother-in-law, a frequent winner, was reclassified in second place from third. How many more violations occurred by substituted runners? The dedicated bridge team will attempt to correct the violations.

My performance was thanks in part to MUSC Boot Camp with Janice Newton and her Citadel Marines. I discarded a 72-year-old heart murmur, Dr. John Marino removed an annoying toe bone spur and adjusted some toe bones, Dr. George Grice III obliterated a bothersome hernia, and the motivating, yelling spirit of boot camp sessions helped me in the 2012 run. Starting running at 74, you feel greater pain as the years go by and boot camp sessions are getting tougher after four years.

Boot Camp teaches you one thing: You are not a quitter and you apply this motivating awareness to other aspects of your life.

Michael Cotsonas Liberty Court

Mount Pleasant

In last week’s article regarding a gentleman with flesh-eating bacteria whose life was saved by MUSC physicians, no doctor from MUSC was quoted or recognized.

However, there were quotes from a Trident Hospital physician and someone from Roper Hospital.

Seems to me that the writer of this article should have dug a little deeper and come up with more information from the Medical University so that credit could have been given for extraordinary life-saving measures. I have a feeling this patient would agree.

Kaye Pegram, R.N. BSN Heart Transplant MUSC

Calhoun Street Charleston

I would like to thank Citadel engineering professor Jeff Davis and his students for quantifying how the “Battery2Beach” bicycle route would pay for itself.

Another recent study (Economic & Health Benefits of Bicycling in Iowa) revealed that the state of Iowa invested $3 million annually on bicycling infrastructure and received a return of $435 million per year in economic activity, plus $87 million in annual health cost savings.

Iowa’s financial return came from four areas:

­¦ $365 million, recreational cyclists (plus $74 million in reduced health care costs).

­¦ $52 million, commuter cyclists (plus $13 million in reduced health care costs).

­¦ $18 million, bicycle retailers; $300,000, bicycle organizations.

With South Carolina’s mild weather and its ranking as a vacation destination, there is no doubt that we could easily receive higher returns on its bicycling infrastructure investment than Iowa.

The League of American Bicyclists has ranked all of the states in terms of their bicycle friendliness. South Carolina ranked number 39 out of 50. Why are we ranked so low when bicycling benefits the economy in so many ways? Bicycling impacts the state’s economy via tourism, retail, events, construction, lower health care costs, less congestion, employee productivity and increased real estate values. All of this translates to jobs, jobs, jobs!

Rob Godfrey, Gov. Haley’s spokesman, was recently quoted as saying, “The governor believes it’s time to…. make South Carolina a state that truly puts its jobs and people first.”

If South Carolina is sincerely going to put jobs and people first then why is providing infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians not a high priority?

Byron White Mooring Drive Charleston

I have traveled the streets, roads and byways of our Lowcountry. I am amazed that the powers that be have not thought to utilize the hundreds of miles of sidewalks for bikes, skateboards and roller blades, East of the Cooper, in West Ashley and on James Island.

A stroke of the pen allowing this to be a lawful use of these paths would save the city, county and state many dollars in planning, surveying, painting and maintenance.

Pedestrians utilizing sidewalks should be given priority. All would be required to adhere to safety regulations just as vehicle operators are required to do now regarding cyclists on roadways.

Would it not be wise and prudent to copy Kiawah Island’s bike, pedestrian, skateboard concept? Cities and counties require new construction to include sidewalks that no one uses. Would it not be prudent to interconnect these paths for safety reasons?

Don’t squeeze auto and truck lanes. Make use of the sidewalks. Perhaps fewer fatalities would occur.

T.P. Lawson Tacky Point Road

Wadmalaw Island

When gas prices were going up daily all we heard was it was the president’s fault. That was screamed all over the Internet and news.

Now that prices have fallen 30 cents per gallon where is praise for the president?

Why is he at fault for the price of gas rising but not responsible for the prices falling?

Come on, people, you can’t be so near-sighted not to realize that the president has no control over the rise and fall of oil costs. It’s the commodity market.

Michael Schwarzott Edgebrook Circle

North Charleston