I recently hopped on my Harley Davidson motorcycle and went to the Atlanticville Restaurant on Sullivan’s Island to catch Dori Chitayat’s fabulous Spanish Flamenco guitar at Sunday brunch.

Who do I see but Charleston’s own politician/comedian, Stephen Colbert, dining with his family?

I’ve seen Colbert dance ballet on TV with a famous ballet master from the Moscow Ballet. He hung in for quite a while before his performance deteriorated.

I yelled out, “Colbert can dance ballet, but can he dance Flamenco?”

He turned, he rose from his chair, he looked intently at me, and then turned his gaze to Dori and the guitar. Dori Chitayat launched into Flaming Flamenco. Colbert began to dance; he stamped his feet and rolled his arms into a wild “sort of Flamenco” dance. Very impressive; he can dance. The audience clapped in Spanish Flamenco rhythm.

I wanted to present him with the celebrity “You look like a Charleston Lawyer Award” from the South Carolina Trial Lawyers, but he left too soon. Wow! He can dance.

Gary A. Ling

W. Montague Avenue

North Charleston

Bravo to David Quick for his July 24 feature article, “Formula H2O.” It was a comprehensive, timely and easy-to-understand article on a subject of paramount importance in these days of excessive summer heat.

Let’s hope that senior centers, church recreation centers, athletic centers, etc. post it on their bulletin boards.

Anyone with parents or active relatives over 65 should clip the article and make sure they read it.

Joyce Rawls

Main Street


A June 23 column by the chairman-elect of the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission, “Investment commission takes good care of the state pension fund,” was elitist and insulting to state retirees.

If the fund is in such good care, why is it $14.4 billion underfunded? To dismiss an $18 million error in bookkeeping is also a stretch.

Most disturbing is the writer’s use of words like “demagoguery,” “muckracking” and “mischaracterizations” to describe his critics. These terms are usually used to discount a big problem.

There is something seriously wrong with this fund’s administration, and Treasurer Curtis Loftis is right to insist on more oversight of the investment of these funds.

Whether annual investment fees are $239 million or $344 million, they seem out of line for what reasonable people would consider normal. Who is receiving these fees?

It would take an idiot to believe you could earn an average of 7.5 percent on any investment in today’s economy unless it’s shady or super risky.

The unrealistic 7.5 percent threshold guarantees that state retirees will never see another cost-of-living increase.

The writer describes commission members as skilled, experienced and professional. They may be. However, experienced financial professionals lost trillions of value in the latest economic crash.

We must think we may have an investment “scheme” rather than an investment “plan” in South Carolina. Where are our senators and representatives in this mess?

Jerry Mallard

Stiles Point

James Island

Recent news reports describe drought in many states destroying the corn crop. This will result in a shortage of feed for animals and higher meat prices.

In addition, prices will rise on products using corn, such as cereal, oil and snack products.

All Americans should help in this situation. For one year we can live without corn cereals, corn oil, corn on the cob, corn chips and many of the other products that contain corn. We can also survive without the use of ethanol.

If all the corn produced in the states is processed as feed, we might be able to avoid soaring prices on meat and corn products. We all know that once the prices rise, they never go down again.

Let’s all help our farmers.

Patricia Blaszky

Sanoree Drive


I had to laugh at the letter writer who suggested going with the “like a good neighbor” insurance company for a homeowner’s policy.

We lived in Florida for 18 years and had homeowner’s insurance with that “like a good neighbor” company.

We paid as much as $3,860 a year with no claims on a 1,687-square-foot house in Stuart, Fla. They dropped us and 5,933 other policy holders in 2009.

Not too neighborly.

Andy Sweder

Coosaw Creek

North Charleston

A Post and Courier front page article on July 13 reported that Mac Burdette, executive director of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, is considering a proposal to move the divided four-lane roadway to the museum in order to free up waterfront land for development.

Although the plan is not complete, moving the road would also result in moving the Cold War Submarine Memorial.

Before moving the road, the amount of property for development should be determined. It could be possible to install a marsh seawall, perhaps similar to the Battery in downtown Charleston.

If a seawall can be constructed with landfill and a new street installed for residential use, then it would not be necessary to move the four-lane museum road, or the Cold War Submarine Memorial.

If the Cold War Submarine Memorial must be moved, I propose it be placed closer to the Yorktown aircraft carrier or another location suited for access by the handicapped.

J. R. Stowe

Sparrow Drive

Isle of Palms

Several years ago, when I first heard of plans to pave the West Ashley Greenway, I was against it because it’s the only soft surface I could find in Charleston to run on.

I changed my mind about the paving when someone gently explained to me that his wheelchair-bound mother would like to enjoy the greenway too.

But I wish the paving were being done with better consideration and planning.

Paving has begun, and the path is canted, or cambered. This is great for roads, allowing rainwater to fall off to either side. It is not great for runners, who suffer injuries on imbalanced cambered surfaces.

Mayor Joe Riley, you are a runner. Why couldn’t we have followed a better design if the paving had to occur?

Jannette Finch

Sheldon Road


I have heard it bantered about that those who oppose cruise ships believe that if they file enough nuisance suits, Carnival Cruise Lines will give up and move somewhere else.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The community should be aware that the Fantasy, the Carnival ship home-ported in Charleston, is full on almost every cruise. In fact, sometimes, they have to take crew members off in order to get the passengers on.

I am not sure what their official occupancy rate is, but it has to be in the high 90 percent range. Therefore, Carnival is making about as much money as it can.

They are not likely to walk away from that.

And the local embarkation/debarkation team just learned that for the last five months, they have led all of the Carnival ports in customer boarding satisfaction surveys. They truly demonstrate Charleston hospitality.

Kudos to them.

Gary Davis

Windmill Creek Road


Charleston has long been known as the Holy City. Has it now become the “Wholly Corrupt City”?

The nude poster shown in the July 19 Post andCourier is immoral, indecent and inappropriate.

Public nudity in the flesh is illegal, but evidently not in public photos.

What’s up, Charleston?

Linda S. Canaday

Curtiss Avenue