Thank you for your recent article about Title IX, which gave women equal access to funds for sports activities. Very few young women today realize that they are able to participate in sports at publically funded institutions only because of this obscure law passed 40 years ago.

Women had to listen to years of whining that the law would be the death knell of men’s sports. That of course did not happen, and now we can be very proud of American women who shine in many different sports at home and on the world stage.

The attitude that protecting equal rights will cause harm still permeates our culture.

The American Association of University Women supports equality for all citizens and continues the struggle for equal pay and equal access to services.

Ellie Setser Public Policy Chair

American Association of University Women

Trail Hollow Drive Charleston

The weather is warm, and people are here. Many have been in a slump for the past year. So what can we do?

My three top recommendations based on watching and working with people are:

1) Lead with a positive attitude. Negativity spreads like wildfire, but so does a positive attitude. If you feel a conversation going negative, change the subject. You must believe that things will improve before they will.

2) Get outside. Listening to the sounds of nature will make you feel better than sitting inside.

3) Move it or lose it. Be physically active. Take a walk or go for a swim. Something is better than nothing. You will feel better.

These solutions require effort, but they are free. Many things that bother us are out of our hands, but these three things are within your control.

Jeff Atkins Sea Island Parkway

St. Helena Island

Most of our politicians express little or no respect for the U.S. Constitution. We see vote after vote along party lines, thus placing the Constitution second to the party.

Fast and Furious is just the latest example, with all 17 committee Democrats voting to protect Eric Holder.

Thirty-nine very brave patriots signed the Constitution, As they signed, they pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for this country. They did not consult other countries’ opinions, nor did any say, “I support the First and Fourth Amendments but I am not happy with the Second or Tenth.” We now have Supreme Court justices who want to ignore constitutional amendments. Justice Sotomayor has shown hostility towards the Second Amendment. Justice Kagan believes the Constitution is “defective.” Justice Ginsberg told the Egyptians that they should not look at the U.S. Constitution as a guide for writing theirs. All three were confirmed by RINOs like Lindsey Graham, along with the Democratic Senate.

We are faced with an election that probably is the most important in our lifetimes. Many issues are at stake, which, if continued, will end this free nation.

The next president can easily turn the Supreme Court into a far-left court. Four members are over 70.

The most important amendment that will be at risk is the second. Socialism must not take on armed citizens. Other amendments will follow as the court dismantles the Constitution.

Bruce Bates Della Lane Dorchester

I was thrilled that the City of Charleston has finally installed two more temperature monitoring stations to evaluate temperatures relative to horse-drawn carriage tours.

I was not so thrilled to hear that, as on Calhoun Street, the stations are high above street level.

Carriage operators fear that there would be an inaccurate reflection of the true temperature around the city if the gauges were set close to the asphalt and buildings. Isn’t that where the horses are? Wouldn’t a reading at street level be the most realistic?

And on a separate note, why isn’t consideration given to lowering that cut-off temperature below a blistering 98 degrees? It breaks my heart thinking of the horses on these long, hot summer days.

Laura Kunze E. Fairway Woods Drive

North Charleston

The decision to convert a lane around Hampton Park for bicycles is one more example of the biking community getting way too much support from local and state governments as well as the editors at The Post and Courier. The resources being allocated to bike paths are out of proportion to the overall benefit to the community at large.

Outside of downtown Charleston the vast majority of bicyclers do so for exercise rather than commuting.

At the state level, a recent law gives bicycles the same access to roads as cars (with a few exceptions). This position has been supported by The Post and Courier. However, it also has published editorials calling for controlling mopeds in part due to their small size and slow speed. Bicycles are even smaller. A May 11 editorial about mopeds called for licensing and requiring insurance. Why not bicycles?

A May 14 editorial addressed the need to control where skateboards can be used. What about bicycles?

Outside of downtown Charleston sidewalks are virtually unused. If one can rationalize that it is safe to mix bicycles and cars one can rationalize allowing pedestrians and bicyclists on the same path.

Roads like Mathis Ferry or Rifle Range are narrow and have basically no shoulder. Bicycles should not be allowed. The speed varies on others like Bushy Park and that creates a safety problem.

We need a more balanced use of our resources — one based on actual usage.

It is time for the majority to speak up against allowing a well organized, vocal minority continue to get its way.

Russell Read Alexandra Drive

Mount Pleasant

Now that County Council has approved both step pay increases and cost-of-living increases for Charleston County School District personnel, I wonder if there will be a Taxpayer Appreciation Day added to the school calendar.

I think it’s wonderful that these public employees are getting much needed pay raises; I wonder how long it will be before all the hardworking taxpayers who work for private employers can expect this kind of largesse, or perhaps just retaining their jobs (if they are really fortunate) will have to suffice.

Sharon Cook Cashew Street Charleston

I thought I’d never see the day that CARTA chairman Elliott Summey and Summerville Mayor Bill Collins could get together and do something to support mass transit.

This new bus route runs from the shopping center park-and-drive lot at Dorchester and Trolley roads to the Medical University of South Carolina and College of Charleston.

The route will include stops at Bosch, Boeing, Joint Base Charleston and the Charleston Visitor Center. So long overview. Well done.

While we are in this mood, what happened to the idea of a light rail service? That would be a winner also. It would be good for businesses near rail stations.

Mass transit is an essential service which keeps the road traffic congestion down, helps seniors get to where they need to go, and gets people to their jobs. It also helps the economy move forward.

Denice Caywood White Pine Way

Summerville

A recent article in your newspaper created quite a stir regarding the enhancement of our brain power by simply chewing gum.

The article went on to say that the impact of different flavors may vary and you might want to give several different varities a try.

I’m not sure about all of this, but one thing I do know, there is still plenty of space on those downtown utility poles in case your preference is to just stick it somewhere.

Jim Way Highway.78 Dorchester