I would like to add my two cents to this debate over paving the West Ashley Greenway. To those who are against paving it, I say this: Clearly you are not disabled, and so you don’t even consider the fact that the greenway (and many other Charleston places, including downtown stores) should be accessible for everyone, not just the able-bodied.

Clearly many who have weighed in on this debate have never considered the fact that they, too, might some day lose their mobility. I didn’t think it would happen to me, and certainly not this early in life.

I do agree that the paving should be no wider than four or five feet. That should be acceptable to all. I challenge the powers-that-be to prove to us for once that they can use our tax dollars more wisely. Show us that they can indeed be less wasteful with our money.

So yes, please pave the greenway, but do not waste our tax dollars and love of nature on a eight-foot width of asphalt. Make this greenway an example of improving accessibility for all.

Brenda Gilliland

Old Jacksonboro Road

Ravenel

It is outrageous that Folly Beach is banning drinking on the beach because of a stupid party gone bad.

I’ve been going to Folly practically all my life, and I have never been bothered by people drinking.

I’ve been bothered by dogs, Frisbee players and bike riders, but not people drinking.

Doesn’t Folly have laws already against public drunkness? Enforce those, and let the rest of us live.

I think this is just another ploy to make people who don’t live on the beach stay away.

Beach communities for years have been trying to yank the welcome mat up so that out-of-towners don’t bother them with their need to park or use the restroom or change clothes or enjoy a beer on the beach.

Some beaches have made hostility to beachgoers practically a tradition. Well, I’ve got news: The beaches belong to all citizens of South Carolina, not just the ones owning property on the beach.

I still plan to visit Folly, but if they make this stupid ban permanent, you can bet I won’t be spending money there. I’ll just use my portion of my beach and go home. Thanks, Folly. You used to be cool.

Gloria B. Jenkins

Stonewood Drive

Charleston

Those who advocated for unlimited tourism in the Charleston area are now seeing the results of that argument. Numbers really do matter. Folly Beach can accommodate a few beer drinkers, but I doubt that busloads of drunks were ever in anyone’s plan.

Each week, Carnival Cruise lines dumps 1,500-plus tourists who compete for sidewalk space with those staying in expensive hotels.

Unfortunately, you can’t control who comes to visit or how much they spend while they are here. Now, there’s no going back. A retreat from tourism would mean unoccupied hotels and restaurants and the resulting loss of employment opportunities.

When I first visited Charleston in the early ’60s I thought it was a terrible place to visit but probably would a great place to live. Perhaps the reverse is starting to happen.

The situation may resolve itself. As Yogi Berra once said about a St. Louis restaurant, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

A.D. Heathcock

Palisades Drive

Mount Pleasant

I, like a lot of Americans, do not fully understand the new health care law with the Republican Party continuing to spew misinformation.

But I understand that health care in our country has been broken for a very long time.

In June of 1965 President Lyndon Baines Johnson made health reform, along with education, his top priority.

As far as I can remember this is the first president since who has even made a serious attempt to fix it.

The GOP cares nothing about middle class Americans.They were against the bailout of America’s auto industry. Thank God for the president and his administration.

Can you imagine no more Chevy?

And remember during the 2008 presidential campaign GOP candidates swore up and down if Obama was elected he would not be able to keep America safe from terrorism?

Well, after three and one half years we are still here. Again, misrepresentation is all they can offer.

Nathaniel Smalls

Rafeal Lane

Charleston

I was moved by your front- page story, “Kids tired of seeing death,” about courageous young children from Freedom School taking part in a march through the streets of their neighborhood in North Charleston to protest violence.

These children stepped up to the plate.

Now it’s up to us as adults to assist them.

In the article, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey commented that “one of the problems we have is weapons on the street, and a lot of it still has to do with drugs. The challenge is finding out where they’re both coming from.”

In this highly technological era of video camera surveillance, satellites and GPS tracking devices, we have the tools to find out, but do we have the will?

We, as concerned adults and citizens, also tired of seeing death, must demand that our city, state and federal government utilize the tools of our technologically advanced society to track illegal contraband in our communities, ridding us of this cancer, once and for all.

Lesa Wineglass-Smalls

Ashley River Road

Charleston

President Obama showed his true responsibility banner again. He misquoted Harry Truman to show that he also does not know history.

President Obama said: “Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.” (ABC News, July 13)

Harry Truman had a plaque on his desk that said, “The Buck Stops Here.” He meant with himself, not others. Too bad that President Obama is the “Blame You President.”

Mary Jo Daugherty

Maritime Forest Drive

Johns Island