Here we go again, by George. What is the significant accomplishment Clemson hopes to accomplish?
The untold millions that have been spent to preserve and protect Charleston are being totally ignored.
Clemson now proposes to build an ultra-modern office at George and Meeting streets. Let’s call it George the II. If it is rejected Clemson can move on to King George and call it George the III.
We can then call in the tea party, round up some Indian head dresses and have a party.
If Clemson is hoping to revolutionize world-famous old Charleston and its gentility, we can accommodate them.
In response to the Oct. 12 letter. “Life in the middle lane”:
The middle and left lanes are for passing. The rule is slower traffic keep right. The comfort you seek is not legal.
You are not going to stop the “cheater.” You are the one creating a possible problem.
Spring Meadows Drive
I was saddened to read of the passing of Peatsy Hollings, wife of former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings. I am reminded of her years as a teacher in Charleston and the many ways that she used her gift to improve the quality of education in our county.
During President Johnson’s “Great Society,” the Charleston County Commission implemented many programs to eradicate the negative effects of poverty on the general welfare of citizens in our community. Locally, I worked with the late Marybelle Howe, Mrs. Hollings, Bob Williamson of the Farm Commission and others to propose an after-school and summer enrichment tutorial program for students in the public high schools. The commission accepted our proposal, and Operation Catch-Up was born.
During this period, our schools were still segregated, and many schools did not offer higher math, science, or challenging subjects in their curriculums.
Peatsy Hollings recognized the problems and assisted us in developing a proposal that brought graduate students from outstanding universities in the Northeast to serve as teachers during the summer. These teachers lived in the homes of their students.
There was a public backlash against the program, not only because of the integrated living situation but also because of the literature, i.e., “Catcher in the Rye,” and other thought-provoking books that became a part of the curriculum.
Operation Catch-Up units were extended throughout Charleston County. Many of its participants later enrolled in colleges and outstanding universities. I am always pleased to meet or hear about Operation Catch-Up participants who are now serving as community leaders, public servants, professionals and business men and women in their various communities. Peatsy Hollings, as a teacher, was willing to buck the tide with honesty and integrity to bring about needed change as she saw it.
Lucille S. Whipper
Schuyler Kropf’s Oct. 13 article, “Message tough to deliver,” raises the question of shared responsibility. Sarah Panzau was right to blame a lack of “faculty presence” for the disruptive conduct of some of the students in the audience.
However, she must assume some of the responsibility.
Before beginning a presentation a speaker must first establish his or her authority and credibility. Teens, particularly if it is a message they don’t want to hear but need to hear, can be a challenging audience.
I can understand why Ms. Panzau chose to wear a top tank and shorts. It was a clothing choice, well intended, as it may have been, but it did not project authority and credibility.
A suit with a sleeveless blouse under the jacket would have been a better choice. The removal of the jacket at an appropriate moment in the speech would have been both more effective and dramatic.
There are many ways to deal with hecklers and disruptions from the audience. Trying to out shout them by putting “the microphone on full blast” is not always the best solution.
It usually results in the presenter losing control of the situation because the floor has been turned over to the hecklers.
The school was wrong not to have an adequate number of faculty present. The students’ conduct was unacceptable. Adolescent rudeness combined with poor judgment deprived the majority of students at the Ashley Ridge High School from hearing a very important message.
In the context of recent articles and comments in The Post and Courier regarding relations between religious spokesmen and the laws regarding political activities, I offer the following quote:
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” — James Madison, in an 1803 letter objecting to the use of government land for churches.
J. Daniel Simon
Rifle Range Road
We are now recognized as the No. 1 tourist city in the world. (“Conde Nast declares Charleston top tourist city in the world,” Oct. 17).
And we are going to risk it all to allow thousands of low-paying tourists to disgorge all at once into the Market?
While their ships spew particles into the air?
Brooks R. Fudenberg
Anna Knapp Boulevard