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Recently you published a letter “Science lesson” that claims that creationism has no scientific proof and therefore does not belong in a science classroom. I totally disagree.

The writer says that “theory” with enough evidence establishes a law, like the law of gravity. As recorded in human history, Charles Darwin wrote “The Theory of Evolution,” but the Holy Bible described creationism.

If we can use one book for reference, we can also use the other. Darwin does not, nor can he, explain the sudden advancement of homo sapiens above other living beings, nor the spirit of it, nor the recorded history of it. But the Bible explains all this quite clearly and is evidence necessary to establish it as law.

This Holy Bible proves that all things were created and kept by God according to His will and power. As for the law of evolution, and survival of the fittest, humans are not the fittest, yet are the greatest survivors, even eternally.

Ed Dohar, P.E.

Refuge Run

Charleston

Having served on the Charleston County School Board from 2002-2004, I saw first-hand how a dysfunctional board can waste the time and money of its constituents and, most importantly, impede progress for children.

I witnessed a school board member attempting to hit the superintendent in closed session, a husband and a wife elected to serve at the same time and members grandstanding.

The board’s reason to be — assuring high quality education for our children — was lost in the fog.

Sadly, we see the same dysfunctional behavior in some of today’s board members that recently culminated with the board chairman walking out of a meeting in frustration.

Chris Fraser said, “I hope it says something to the community that this is not working. We have got to get people (on the board) who understand the topics we’re talking about and their role — a governance role on the board.”

The chairman went on to say it takes the board an hour to do what should take five minutes, and those lengthy discussions often are on less important issues.

Changing this dynamic requires participation by voters of Charleston County. They must educate themselves about the candidates. They can allow for progress or stop the district from moving forward. Recently, a citizens group called Working Together for Our Kids endorsed four candidates who are committed to stopping the in-fighting and focus on the success of our children.

Please take the time to read of their outstanding backgrounds and experiences at workingtogetherforourkids.com — and of the school board candidates. Please cast an informed ballot on Nov. 6.

Jill Conway

20th Avenue

Isle of Palms

In 2005, construction was completed on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge — the stunning replacement for the aging Grace and Pearman spans over the Cooper River. This amazing structure is the third longest cable stay bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest of its kind in North America.

Securing the necessary $632 million and building the bridge took just 10 years, due to widespread community support and public officials working to deliver an unquestionably worthwhile investment for the community.

In stark contrast, the saga of the controversial I-526 extension drags on unresolved.

At last estimate, this 7.9-mile section of low functioning, low priority highway would cost upwards of $556 million. Unlike the famous bridge, the highway would at best provide only modest benefits for a statistical few.

Granted, the prospect of building a high volume roadway to the last remaining rural areas of the county has its support in certain circles. But the limited merits of the extension are far outweighed by the poor costs-versus-benefits value, and its negative impact on the community.

This embarrassing highway controversy has been splashed across editorial pages statewide as an argument for DOT reform and is fueling calls for more scrutiny into how expensive infrastructure projects are vetted. The outrage is understandable, given that legitimate needs around the state are jeopardized by the extension’s monopoly on funding. If Charleston County Council rejects fiscal responsibility and approves the project, a sorry reflection on our community will likely be the legacy of I-526.

John Brice

Oak Forest Drive

Charleston

Many moons ago (1960s) TV was free.

Somehow we allowed savvy marketing strategies to convince us, on a large scale might I add, that paying for a product that was free would somehow make the product better.

Hence, 20 years later Americans are unloading paid TV for other sources of entertainment.

Having more choices does not always equate to better options.

Free local stations may be all most of us need. Just like in the 1960s.

Now that’s an eye opener!

Louise Jackson

Myer Circle

Goose Creek

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