‘Paradise Lost’

The April 29 article “Folly Beach draws a line in the sand” was well written and expressed the frustrations of good folks who reside there.

I feel compelled to caution the writer on his use of the word “paradise” in describing his home of choice. I can most certainly attest to the irrevocable damage this word can do.

I have called Charleston home for a couple of decades longer than the councilman and have witnessed said damage.

Folly was my “paradise” once, but I have learned that “to call someplace paradise, you can kiss it goodbye.”

There are those who take calling one’s home “paradise” in different ways, be it arrogance or to simply state their true feelings. Unfortunately the result is always the same — Paradise Lost.

Gregory Morris Creekside Drive

James Island Welcome growth I am a longtime Mount Pleasant resident living in I’On. As a partner in Strategic Asset Management, I am involved in the development and growth of Mount Pleasant. The charm and beauty of Mount Pleasant is the reason I love to live and work here, and the town leadership has done a wonderful job keeping the character of the town alive, while allowing for residential and commercial growth.

My neighborhood is fairly new and has been a great addition to Mathis Ferry Road.

Many local residents are hesitant to move forward with new development. Growth is important for any town, but it should be quality growth. I am a proponent of efficient infill development that will limit urban sprawl and traffic.

New residents necessitate that the town provide convenience and resources. The proposed development of the Gregg Tract represents balanced development. We have seen many great things with the addition of developments, including I’On, Towne Centre, Park West and Oakland Plantation. This project would further grow our town and provide conveniences and economic opportunity.

People hesitate every time a new development is proposed, but with the transparent communications of Henrich Properties, the company wishing to build this new center, I feel confident that our local leaders can bring us a great opportunity, in keeping with the context of our town.

Harris Myers N. Shelmore Boulevard

Mount Pleasant Good for Citadel

I don’t know where the letter writer got his information to claim last week that “it’s no secret that the conservative agenda is promoted and encouraged at the Citadel.” He goes on to criticize Citadel officials for this.

Whether he is correct or incorrect, the following should be said: If he’s correct, then thank God for The Citadel’s existence.

Tony von Kolnitz Citadel Class of 1961

Noble Lane Mount Pleasant CYC winners

The Charleston Youth Company delivered another jaw-dropping experience with “Welcome to our Imagination.”

From the creativity of the program cover to the costumes, choreography, singing, dancing, acting and humor, the audience is left speechless.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending several performances because my niece is involved with the CYC.

With each performance I’m overwhelmed by what this company offers our community and its children. They can begin their involvement in the third grade and go through to high school graduation. Any level of professional performer, costume designer or choreographer would give this experience a standing ovation.

Marilyn Reeves Norview Circle

Charleston Top-notch school I think it is a sad commentary on our country’s future, when I read all the letters to the editor about the Sullivan’s Island school. Rarely is mention made of the school’s importance to the lives of our children.

My main hope is that we end up with a top-notch school (which we had before) in a top-notch location (which we had before).

John B. Selby Sr., M.D. Atlantic Avenue

Sullivan’s Island Bullying problem

The May 2 letter titled “Bully movie” by the CEO of WINGs for Kids was right on. It identified bullying not only as physical harm, but as mental abuse, gossip, name-calling and more.

This is exactly what happened on the school bus with my developmentally delayed son. He was being called horrible names and was embarrassed to tell me. I intervened and he now sits up front closer to the bus driver.

I am also relieved to know that bullies can be rehabilitated. Thank you for reminding us all that we should intervene when we suspect anyone is being bullied.

Carol Price Red Leaf Boulevard

Moncks Corner