The Woodland Shores-Riverland Terrace community on James Island is seriously concerned about a proposed zoning change that would generate innumerable safety issues.

On May 8 Charleston County Council voted to change the zoning of the parcel of land at the corner of Maybank Highway and Woodland Shores Road to commercial zoning. Commercial activity at this already busy road intersection is not what we, the nearby homeowners, favor.

Aldo Leopold, an American scientist, ecologist and environmentalist, wrote in 1949, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

The residents of Woodland Shores-Riverland Terrace have attended council meetings in great numbers in an attempt to convince council to preserve and protect the neighborhood that we love and respect.

Allowing businesses on this property would cause a dangerous situation, with cars exiting and entering.

The third reading on this proposed zoning change will take place the evening of May 22 in Council Chambers on Bridge View Drive in North Charleston. I ask Council, as our representatives, to please vote to preserve our community and prevent the creation of an extremely dangerous intersection.

Eileen Ginn Carol Street Charleston

The beautiful natural coloration (called a patina) that occurs on bronze statues should be left alone and actually encouraged.

Cleaning bronze statues detracts from an important ingredient of a statue: the sensuous movement of gravity across the contours of the form. Patination (oxidation) also acts to protect the surface of the metal.

Priceless ancient Greek statues and other bronze artifacts have been pulled from the depths of the Mediterranean over time. They are encrusted with barnacles and other forms of calcium due to being under the sea for centuries.

Conservators stop the cleaning process at the point of the patina, not the bronze surface. The reason for this is mostly aesthetic. Bronze patinas are highly valued, and there is an entire profession that specializes in patination.

Patination involves the use of heat and combinations of acidic and alkaline substances that act on copper (most bronze is around 90 percent or more copper) such as sulfurate of potash and ammonium chloride. Putting a beautiful patina on a finished bronze statue at the foundry is a time consuming job. It is dangerous and expensive.

A great example of a sculpture with a fine, beautiful, natural patina is the Statue of Liberty. Other local examples of beautiful patination are the copper roofs of Charleston.

An article in the May 14 Post and Courier about the cleaning of bronze statues in the city saddens me. The company doing the cleaning is charging the city $9,000 just for the cleaning of one statue in Washington Square. I see this as a wasted amount of money spent on a service that is destructive to the beauty of the statues.

To the average person who knows or cares nothing about art or sculpture, a shiny, clean statue is proper, like our bathrooms and our cars. Bronze statues are different. They need no caring for. Their surface patinas are rustic.

I thought Charleston liked things to look old and rustic. Bronze will last millions of years without being touched. It doesn’t need to be “maintained.”

The intentions of the city are good, but bronze is eternal and what happens to it naturally over time is that it oxidizes. Please let this happen in the future and stop the desecration.

John Michel Sculptor Desportes Court


Congratulations to the Charleston Elks Lodge No. 242 for hosting Student Government Day for the 36th year.

Students from Charleston and Hanahan high schools are paired with adults from five local municipalities so they can learn how government works.

We appreciate the help of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Hanahan Mayor Minnie Blackwell, who spent the day with several of the students as well as officials in Mount Pleasant and Charleston County.

It is a shame that all high schools did not accept the invitation to participate. Perhaps next year we will have a full house.

Diane J. Rogers Louise Drive

North Charleston

I heard one talking head say Mitt Romney’s hazing incident almost 50 years ago would be relevant and newsworthy only if it showed some kind of a pattern.

Well, I have it from excellent sources that in first grade, Romney once dunked a little girl’s pigtail into his ink well.

If that doesn’t preclude him from becoming president, I don’t know what in the world would.

Compare these incidents with Obama’s book describing his college days of drug use and heavy drinking and pushing little girls in school yards, and then tell me which seems more serious, if any of it really is.

Our president preaches helping the middle class, while hanging out with George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Charles Barkley and the like at $40,000 dinners, to raise more millions to further befuddle the masses via the liberal mainstream media.

By the way, I really think George Clooney is setting himself up to be the Democrats’ Ronald Reagan somewhere down the line.

If you as a voter are satisfied with the way this country of ours is headed, you should vote for the same ol’ same ol’.

If you want to return this country to its former greatness, you’d better give it some thought.

There used to be a Cincinnati DJ whose comedy skits on asinine situations ended with “wake up, America.”

That’s my plea: Wake up, America.

Earl Thacker Greymarsh Road Mount Pleasant

Last week I attended a concert at West Ashley High School, featuring all James Island and West Ashley fifth graders who have been participating in their separate school orchestra classes.

There must have been at least 150 students playing, all taught by Jonathan DePriest. Many of these students, including my son, did not play an instrument one year ago. Teachers and principals and custodial staff were in the audience, in addition to parents and siblings and friends, all treated to an amazing performance and a wonderful community event.

Mr. DePriest enthusiastically shares his skills and love of music with our children.

Thank you, Charleston County School District, for offering and continuing to support this valuable enrichment program.

Lisa Thomson Ross Piccadilly Circle

James Island

As a senior citizen I recently audited a course at the College of Charleston. It gave me an opportunity to observe students firsthand. I admired their creative and graceful mode of transportation, skateboarding.

I urge City Council to reconsider its proposed ban on skateboarding. If a ban is necessary, let it apply to other parts of the city but not on campus.

Students use their skateboards responsibly as a necessary and economical means of transportation. Is it too much to expect drivers to drive responsibly also when navigating through a college campus?

Joseph A. Duchesneau Hidden Lakes Drive

Mount Pleasant

The Charleston County School Board discussed bus transportation to countywide magnet schools, not charter schools, as stated in a Wednesday editorial. Charter school students are not provided transportation by the district.