A recent article in The Post and Courier detailed the possibility of an adventure/eco-tourism park at Patriots Point. A zip-line would run from the flight deck of the Yorktown some 850 feet to shore.

I sincerely hope I am not alone in opposing this idea. How shameful! The Home of Heroes deserves more respect.

We are very fortunate to have the Yorktown and the Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point. Develop the parks and recreation facilities we now have, and put your zip-line in another location.

Blanche v. lloyd Dunvegan Drive


Your editorial asked “Why can’t the Navy put the right people in command of its dwindling number of ships and keep them aboard for their full tours?”

The answer is simple. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. There are people who, when given power, let it go to their heads and become not very nice people.

NAN H. HAHN Seiberling Road North Charleston

I’m disappointed that Melanie Balog did not get her facts straight in her May 17 column on Hampton Park. According to the Parks and Traffic and Transportation departments, pedestrians will not be allowed in the four-foot “shoulder.”

“Restricting the vehicles to a narrow lane” as Ms. Balog states would surely put all pedestrians at risk for a serious accident.

The official plan calls for 10 feet for motorized vehicles. In the street will be a five-foot lane for bikers.

The last four feet of the street would be a shoulder and, as adamantly stated by agency officials, pedestrians would not be allowed to use that four-foot section.

Ms. Balog states that some suggest closing the park to motorized vehicles. All Charleston citizens have a right to enjoy the beautiful, historical park that is maintained by all city of Charleston taxpayers. It’s about time taxpayers stop catering to a few interested in nothing more than their own agenda.

Robert Anderson Gordon Street


I support the May 18 editorial titled “More debt lessons from Europe.” Tragically, many of the lessons involving spending and low productivity are well known.

In 1939, Treasury Secretary Henry Morganthau testified before Congress: “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent and it does not work. ... After eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... and an enormous debt to boot!”

Government cannot spend its way out of recession. Since every dollar it spends must be taken from the private sector, any attempt to spur the economy by government spending is nullified.

Unlike cutting marginal tax rates to improve productivity, government spending is wasteful; dollars that appear as manna from heaven have no effect on people’s behavior. Government spending doesn’t affect productivity. As Obama has discovered, it can create enormous debt.

Economic growth requires that businesses continually produce more.

Ronald Reagan once said he made no more than two movies a year; otherwise, he was penalized by a higher marginal tax rate. It’s obvious that high taxes can have a negative effect upon productivity. Conversely, a sustained lowering of tax rates can improve productivity.

In contrast, Obama favors temporary tax gimmicks and rebates with an emphasis on spending, entitlements and wealth redistribution. His budget suffered an embarrassing Senate defeat 99-0. The House rejected his budget 414-0. The Democratic controlled Senate hasn’t produced a budget in over three years.

The tragedy of this recession is that we have a president who puts political pursuit of ideology above known policies that would generate a sustainable recovery.

It should be obvious, even to the casual observer, that Obama prefers government fiat to individual initiative and the free market. Despite the recession, America is still the most successful nation on the planet. Existing for 220 years without Obama — I wonder how he explains that?

Bill Bissette Short Street Charleston

In an April 27 letter, a Boeing employee expressed pride that we in South Carolina are successfully producing the new 787 Dreamliner. In spite of mean-spirited claims that we couldn’t, we can, and we have. Thank God for Boeing and our good S.C. workers.

The writer described how he and his son will benefit from opportunities Boeing has provided. Boeing, UPS and other companies are paying good wages to keep the union out, not because they are enlightened corporate citizens. They are businesses, after all.

If he has benefitted from the minimum wage, he can thank the union. If he has had an eight-hour day, he can thank the union.

If he has gotten time and a half for long hours, he can thank the union. Even non-members have benefitted because union gains have been widely adopted later.

Unions are not foes of workers, but their benefactors.

Don’t need unions? Consider the recent 13-year period with not a single increase in the minimum wage, while the cost of living climbed relentlessly. All this in the face of increasing profits and obscene bonuses. Don’t need unions?

We have come almost full circle from when husband, wife and children had to labor ceaselessly just to survive. One more recession will just about do it. Earning a living wage is not being hoggish.

Gerald Mahle Jr. Ehrhardt Road


May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. As a nicotine cessation educator, I will share the most critical quitting lesson of all.:

One equals all. Lapse equals relapse. Just one puff and up to a half of dopamine pathway receptors become occupied by nicotine.

Nicotine addiction is a brain wanting disorder that is as permanent as alcoholism. The same dopamine pathways that generate wanting food are taken hostage by nicotine.

The “law of addiction” states that “administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance.”

Studies show that roughly half who cheat when quitting feel like they’ve gotten away with it. But it isn’t long before their awakened dependency is begging for more.

When quitting there is only one rule which if followed provides 100 percent success: no nicotine. Just one hour, challenge and day at a time. Never take another puff. Yes, you can.

John R. Polito Aldrich Place

Goose Creek

As a result of years of spending more money than it received, the Greek government is on the verge of collapse. Unemp1oyment is at 20 percent. Half of the work-force under the age of 25 is out of a job. Greece is facing a long and harsh recession.

“Nobody is going to give the Greeks a penny unless they put a government in place which implements austerity,” said David Roche, president of Independent Strategy, a London-based investment research firm.

What can America learn from this tragedy in Greece? We need to stop spending our kids’ money.

Young people today have already learned not to count on Social Security when they retire.

We need to have a balanced federal budget. If the current administration and Congress won’t implement a balanced budget, we need to elect new representatives who will.

Young Americans should be leading this drive toward fiscal responsibility. They are the individuals who will suffer from the current spending spree of the federal government.

Terry L. Watkins Wildwood Landing

North Charleston