Kids or lawyers?

I was distressed when I read the Sept. 4 story about the closing of Calvary Episcopal Church Day School. Ninety years is quite a run, and it’s a shame that Calvary won’t be around to serve our community for 90 more.

But my sadness turned to ire when I learned that the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, under the “stewardship” of Bishop Mike Lawrence, has spent nearly $500,000 on legal services over the past three years. Most of these funds were spent to protect church property and diocesan assets.

I put the word stewardship in quotes here, because I don’t believe that spending a half-million dollars on legal fees that stem from a philosophical quarrel — with Bishop Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina on one side and the Episcopal Church on the other side — represents good stewardship.

Whatever it is that the two sides are fighting over doesn’t matter to me.

What matters to me is that Calvary was an Episcopal day school, Calvary needed support, and Calvary didn’t get that support.

What matters to me is that, now, a bunch of kids will be deprived of a chance to begin life’s journey in a nurturing, faith-centered environment.

So let me ask all of you who put your crumpled-up bills in the collection plate every week or send in that check. Would you rather have your money go to the kids or to the lawyers?

William R. Bates Jr.

Gibbon Street

Daniel Island

Propaganda film

Your paper’s proclivity for all things Republican notwithstanding, I am frankly astonished that you would print the Sept. 6 letter regarding the movie “2016”.

In its review of this movie, The Washington Post called it “an infomercial,” and commented on its slickness and lack of fact, which appeals only to those Obama haters who already have their minds made up in a certain direction.

It’s peculiar that the letter writer would waste his time writing and you would waste your space printing such drivel unless it is meant as just a little more propaganda.

Don McFall

Lake Hunter Circle

Mount Pleasant

Strike up the band

I am a proud parent of a Summerville High School sophomore who is in the marching band. Our band performs at hardly any home games.

Parents pay plenty out of pocket and are constantly fund-raising and volunteering so our children and their directors can work to be competition ready.

The people of Summerville are not behind the band as they would be if they got to see it perform. Last year it performed its show at only one home game.

How can the school expect the community to support that which they do not know?

I bet most people don’t know we took fifth place in the state last year. Our color guard and drum line took first place in several competitions.

This year we will compete in Walterboro and at Wando, yet I doubt anyone but relatives will attend.

I am begging the powers that be to let the band play at half-time. They deserve it.

Carol Huggins

Cynthia Lane

Summerville

Deja vu

Re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

Mike West

Ashmont Drive

Wando

District changes

I live on Daniel Island. While applying for an absentee ballot for the November election, I learned that my congressional district has been changed from District 6 to District 1. This is both good and bad.

The good: I can vote for Tim Scott, whom I admire. No longer will I have to be represented in Congress by James Clyburn.

No longer will I have to explain his inability to do much for his district (including the “Corridor of Shame”) or his insistence that criticism of the Obama regime is racist.

The bad: No longer can I cast my vote against Rep. Clyburn, whose long incumbency typifies most of what is wrong with our government.

Why were the districts changed (gerrymandered)? Who is defending Clyburn from Daniel Island voters like me?

John Nuernberger

Beresford Creek Street

Daniel Island

Don’t blame Bain

Oh those pesky facts, your facts, my facts, AP facts.

A recent letter by a self-described political junkie claims Romney left out numerous facts regarding Bain Capital’s ownership of South Carolina companies with an emphasis on GS Industries (formally Georgetown Steel).

I have no idea of how Bain ran GS Industries, but I can guess they did not spend millions of dollars investing in the steel business during the early 1990s just to go bankrupt. Here are a few facts left out of the political junkie’s letter.

GS Steel used a process called direct reduction iron (DRI), which uses huge amounts of natural gas. When natural gas was cheap DRI was profitable.

But remember that gas prices began a steady increase in the late 1990s.

During this same time Brazil, Japan and Russia were all dumping steel in the U.S. market at prices below domestic production costs. This of course drove prices and profits down.

At the same time the Environmental Protection Agency was increasing pollution control requirements, especially for industries with smoke-stacks.

Our president from 1993-2001 was Bill Clinton, with his environmentalist friend Al Gore as vice president.

I don’t suppose rising energy costs, the cost of EPA regulations, foreign dumping or labor union problems at GS had any effect on the financial woes of GS Industries, do you?

Terry Hardesty

W. Main Street

Moncks Corner

Embedded costs

Columnist Brian Hicks made an important point concerning the planned increase in utility franchise fees in Summerville: They will get passed on to the consumer.

Such expenses are labeled as “embedded costs” and increase the price of producing goods or services.

When embedded costs increase, businesses must choose between lowering profit margins or increasing prices.

Other embedded production costs include income tax and property tax.

A 2009 study by the National Association of Manufacturers shows that South Carolina has the highest effective tax rate on industrial property, including machinery.

North Carolina’s effective tax rate on industrial property is about 75 percent lower (the Tar Heel State doesn’t assess property tax on industrial machinery).

If South Carolina removed the exemptions in its sales tax code, its income tax could be eliminated (as proposed in the South Carolina FairTax Act).

Lowering the state’s commercial and industrial property tax rates would require constitutional amendments.

Reducing the embedded production costs for South Carolina businesses would increase profitability and potentially reduce consumer prices.

It would also create the condition where businesses can begin to expand and hire and lower our dreadful 9.6 percent unemployment rate.

John Steinberger

Petition Candidate

House District 114

Edinburgh Road

Charleston

The paper fumbles

The Citadel football team defeats No. 3 nationally ranked Georgia Southern — one of the biggest wins in school history, and certainly the biggest in the Kevin Higgins era — and we are relegated to Page C5?

Really!

Steve D. Peper

Channel Creek Court

Mount Pleasant