I don’t understand the fuss about the Navy SEAL supposedly spilling the beans in his book detailing Osama bin Laden’s death. How selective our memory is, especially when we want it to be.
I recall vivid descriptions being given by the president and vice president, along with repeated hours of TV film footage talking about the killing, crippled copter and tipster and showing attack-plan diagrams.
Are Congress, the White House and the Joint Chiefs of Staff really suggesting that two full teams of highly trained military personnel were simply going to fly in under the radar and invite bin Laden to come with them without incident?
Anybody in his right mind knows that was not going to happen. These people hate Americans and are trying daily to kill as many of us as possible.
Those criticizing the book are the same people and groups that tell the world when, where and how we will be staging our attacks.
They are the same ones who claim they want our troops back home, yet we continue to deploy them. They won’t answer why our sons and daughters must die or become crippled for life to protect “our” freedoms and help develop Third World countries. I can find no constitutional mandate to do so.
Putting a spin on what is or isn’t in some book is wasted time.
Because I am a trial lawyer and have been practicing in the Family Courts of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Colleton for almost 28 years, the Sept. 12 article by Glen Smith, “Lawyer had troubles at DSS,” which detailed the administrative persecution of Frampton Durban, angered me both with its substance and its “tar-and-feather” style.
As a lawyer’s reputation for professional integrity is the most important component of his stock and trade, reporting of what seem to be relatively unsubstantiated picayune complaints made by un-named staff members is not as newsworthy as it is unwitting assistance in justifying the agency in what appears to be continued mismanagement.
Frampton Durban was often my adversary when I was appointed in DSS cases. He managed a horrendous case load and docket better than I have seen in any other county.
He was a career prosecutor who never forgot that his sworn duty was to the best interests of children and families even above the agency’s interest in statistics and court findings that justified their actions in any specific case.
He served the courts and our citizens in an exemplary fashion. In a setting filled with incompetence at all levels, Durban was often maddeningly inflexible but always honest, prepared and more than competent.
His agency, through him, not only was responsible for the safety of children but had within its purview the ability to split a family, reunite a family, prosecute an abuser or even seek to terminate a parent’s rights to his children. They had to get it right and Durban was tireless in that effort, which regularly required more than 40 hours a week. Given his salary and teaching compensation cited in the article, he did not do it for the money.
I do not know the truth of accusations set out in that article. My view is that even if they were all true twice over, they have nothing to do with the efficacy and integrity with which Frampton Durban did his job.
Lon H. Shull, III
Shull Law Firm
Johnnie Dodds Boulevard
Thank you, Charleston County, for the blue rolling recycle cans. My blue can fills to the brim, and we can compost most everything else, leaving little to put in the garbage can.
I love my blue can — you have re-energized my family’s recycling efforts.
Great work, and thanks to everyone who works so hard for the county to make this possible.
Anne F. Bleecker
The Bleecker Law Firm, LLC
My grandfather would be rolling in his grave if he knew the state of his beloved Folly Beach. (My grandmother is rolling and, thankfully, she is still with us). Its laid-back, tolerant culture is starting to give way to a vehement, me-first attitude.
Where tourists used to be invited daily to the pavilion, boardwalk, pier and Oceanfront Hotel, the message now is, “Stay off my island.” Instead of helping businesses in the off-season, some residents are boycotting those that have spoken up for compromise.
Instead of listening, we are slamming doors and shouting. Instead of working together to solve our problems, we are forced to live with the decisions and knee-jerk reactions of four council members with a shaky 15 percent support of residents. They could have let the people vote and been done with it.
Some are making doomsday prophecies for Folly.
The truth is, business is responsible for nearly 80 percent of our massive city budget, keeping our property taxes at a county low. Property values were increasing greatly until 2007. The average home cost $248,000 in 2000 and $665,000 in 2006. Even in 2010 the average was $438,000. Full-time residents have increased by 67 percent since 1990.
We have a mayor who would rather speed things through under the radar than engage a cross-section of residents in dialogue and planning.
Everyone needs to remember what it was that he fell in love with on Folly and keep it alive.
If we don’t soon reunite, Folly as we knew it will be dead and we’ll be on the highway to Kiawah. Instead of blowing up the bridge, I’d rather blow up the bus.
D. J. Rich
Co-Owner, Planet Follywood
Former City Council member
Last week, the Democratic Party held its convention and disclosed to the world by their voting that they are no longer a party with the values of our Founding Fathers.
Three times they failed to get a two-thirds vote to put God back into their platform. Finally the chairman gaveled and said it was approved when clearly it was a 50/50 vote.
Apparently half felt that the country had degenerated to the point that they could bare their soul and vote against God. Gross miscalculation.
That display of contempt for God and their handling of our nation’s business over the last four years clearly shows that they have serious problems.
One thing you don’t do in America is disrespect God publicly and get elected.
Salt Marsh Cove
A recent letter to the editor presented an analogy of a child being very successful with Lego blocks.
I suspect the point being made was that his accolades would not be shared with the Lego manufacturer, the retailer selling the blocks or possibly even the truck that delivered the blocks.
I would agree that expecting the child to share credit with these individuals would be unfair and probably silly.
But I do wonder who bought the Legos for the child to begin with.
He’s maligned now, but history will be kind to Jimmy Carter. Within 100 years or maybe much less, Jimmy Carter, will be celebrated as the equivalent of a Protestant/evangelical saint.
History will recognize his genuine accomplishment of delicately balancing the imperatives of faith with public policy.
In time we will realize that the tenor of our present partisan comments is simply a symptom of a passing affliction of hyper-polarized acrimony.
Events will surely arise that will cause many more of us to behave like adults.
In time, many more of us will honor real human progress rather than ingrained biases and cherished political ideologies.
W. Wesley Street