Township for DI Congratulations to James Island in its recent victory to become a town. Many of the reasons that residents backed this effort are more evident for Daniel Island, especially, since we are not adjacent to the City of Charleston and are a rural community with issues different than the urban issues of the city.

Presently, Daniel Island is the fastest growing district, approaching 9,000, with residents paying more property taxes than the average city resident.

A large amount of DI tax dollars are being spent outside our community with needed services and elimination of noise pollution needs going unfunded.

Perhaps it is time for DI to seek its own township and gain control of its resources and future.

Al Hansen Dalton Street Daniel Island

Grants given I was recently invited to The Citadel alumni house to receive a grant from The Charleston Exchange Club on behalf of the Charleston Volunteers for Literacy Book Buddies program.

The $500 grant will help triple the number of students we see and get more kids reading on grade level and prepared to graduate from high school on time.

We thank the Charleston Exchange Club, one of the oldest and largest civic clubs in the state, for being one of the first local groups to support our expansion plan.

The Exchange Club also awarded over $620,000 in grants and scholarships from proceeds of the 2011 fair. That is an impressive number.

Thank you to all the members of the Charleston Exchange Club for providing a family-friendly event that is a great tradition and continues to give back to the community every year.

Kecia M. Greenho Executive Director

Charleston Volunteers for Literacy

Book Buddies Program Park Crossing Drive Charleston

Zais visit Our state superintendent of education recently visited North Charleston High. If he’s so interested in the school’s academic progress where has he been for the last two years?

I served as a liaison for the S.C. Department of Education Palmetto Priority Schools assigned to NCH for four years. I averaged over 15 teacher observations per week.

The vast majority of teachers were hardworking, caring and professional. They were always receptive to suggestions and concerned about the academic and social welfare of their students.

Many could have gone to more affluent schools but chose to remain at NCH to make a difference.

They were asked to perform miracles daily, and many of them did.

Some ninth graders entered NCH reading at or below the sixth grade level and were asked to make up in one year what they could not achieve in eight.

Their progress is often not appreciated or recognized by the State Department of Education.

As interim principal at NCH for three months I asked the students what they needed and wanted relative to the curriculum and the answer was: A more relevant curriculum that provides more on-site vocation education courses.

I challenge the ivory tower folks at the State Department of Education to spend a week at NCH teaching classes. I think they would head back to Columbia and advocate for changing the unrealistic accountability system that puts at-risk schools such as NCH in a no-win situation.

Let us stop putting down the administrators, teachers and staff at NCH and start celebrating their willingness to make a difference daily.

Brooks P. Moore Blue House Road Ladson

Where are they? Where are the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson regarding the alleged murder of Nyoman Arumika by a black man?

Why aren’t they commenting about this outrageous killing and leading protesters to condemn the accused killer as they did in the Zimmerman/Martin case in Florida?

Phil Martin Gray Fox Lane Goose Creek

Voter ID The headline on a May 2 Post and Courier story should have read “They don’t want us to help ourselves.”

Jim Clyburn, the NAACP and the Democratic party want their constituents to believe that they’re helping, but in reality they are holding people back.

What opportunities don’t require some type of ID card?

If someone cannot make it to the DMV to acquire an ID, the opportunity is there for help, either through their church, friends, family or even the state.

To argue against the need for people to have some type of ID in today’s society is ridiculous.

Jeff Umstead Ravenna Avenue Hanahan

Ivory tower As an academician, I think there is tremendous value to a well-rounded education, and I think it is reasonable for young people to consider how their decisions will affect their employability.

However, there is another aspect of this debate regarding the value of a college education. It is the part that is most directly under the students’ control.

Consider the difference between the cost of a movie ticket and the membership fee for a gym. All who pay for movie tickets get essentially the same experience: they sit and watch the movie.

However, some get much more out of their gym memberships than others. Those who push themselves to their limit benefit much more than those who rarely go.

College is more like the gym than the movie. An April 25 article in The Post and Courier states that some graduates get high-paying jobs in their careers of choice while others do not. One has to wonder whether this dichotomy might be related to what those individuals accomplished while in school.

In addition to asking whether it is worthwhile to attend college, college students should think about whether what they are doing in college is wise considering the cost.

They should make sure that they are putting in the effort necessary to get grades beyond the minimum degree requirement.

They should work on a research project with a professor in their major discipline and present the results at a conference.

And they should build up their curriculum vitae, resume or portfolio.

Alex Kasman Sowell Street Mount Pleasant

Help for women A May 3 letter asked whether our senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham will support women and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. I wrote to Sen. Graham about this very issue. Here’s the reply I got:

“Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from you.

“In spite of the high volume of mail I receive daily, I look forward to reviewing your correspondence and providing a personal response as soon as possible.

“As we continue our work in the 112th Congress, I look forward to supporting our troops in the War on Terror, repairing our economy and creating jobs, strengthening Social Security, lowering the tax burden on American families, and making the federal government more accountable and efficient.

“Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance to you or your family, and if you need immediate assistance, please call my office at 202-224-5972. If your correspondence pertains to a scheduling request, please fax your request to (202) 224-3808.”

As a matter of fact, that’s the reply you get when you contact the senator about any issue: the environment, the economy and women’s issues. Thanks, Sen. Graham for caring.

I also wrote to Sen. DeMint about the Violence Against Women Act.

He didn’t reply. Penny Travis, Ph.D

East Cooper Street Folly Beach