Tax increase

I am opposed to any local tax increase, especially when a glaring alternative is staring us in the face.

I live in the North Area but travel to North Charleston via the interstate at least once a week. When doing so, I use my cruise control to monitor my speed. Cars zoom past me in the other lanes with no regard to the posted speed.

It’s as if I was standing still, and I am made to feel like a road hazard.

If our law enforcement were to start ticketing those with no respect for the posted speed limit, enough money would be raised to not only pay their salaries but to pay for highway improvements. Who knows, maybe it would even make our highways a safer place in the bargain.

David R. Merritts

Jenwood Street

Ladson

Clean air

As Brian Hicks says, freedom lovers, unite. Here is some news for him — freedom lovers are united in demanding clean indoor air. That is what this debate is about.

It is not about property rights or smoker freedoms as some have misconstrued the issue or perhaps even deliberately said to confuse what is otherwise a simple reality.

This issue is all about people’s freedom to breathe air free from smoke pollution.

Someone who wants to smoke may go ahead, but do it outside. A business that does not like a law may move.

However, a person trying to earn a living should not be put at the mercy of a business owner who is too ignorant to accept the simple fact that smoking indoors is unhealthy for everybody who breathes the air.

None of us wants government overreaching into our lives. But, we all accept the rule of law to govern the way we live. Otherwise we have chaos.

Despite the fact that seven out of 10 voters in North Charleston support passing a clean indoor air law, City Council voted it down.

A clean indoor air ordinance isn’t government overreaching. It is about public safety. Just like building codes, traffic safety laws, food and water safety, clean indoor air is common sense.

Evidence shows that these laws reduce indoor air pollution levels, cost nothing to implement and do not hurt businesses.

Michael Cummings Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

MUSC

President Street

Charleston

Variance opposed

I want to thank you for the excellent editorial in the Sept. 16 paper concerning the hotel proposal at 150 Wentworth St. As you know, the Zoning Board turned down the developer’s variance request at the Sept. 19 meeting.

Judging from the number of people who attended the meeting to oppose the variance request, I would say your editorial was a great motivator as we had been told repeatedly by the developer that “everyone” was in favor of the variance.

It was inspiring to see so many people passionate about the future of their neighborhood.

Scottie Hoffman

Pitt Street

Charleston

No more money

I was very pleased to read Sept. 19 that Chick-fil-A has announced that it will cease corporate donations to political and social organizations that promote discrimination, especially based on homosexuality.

Apparently those vocal dissenters and boycotters made an impact, and reached through the hate and ignorance at the corporate level.

Now if we can just reach through the same misguided principles that are entrenched in the Boy Scouts of America, and many other like-minded organizations, perhaps we can all recognize that discrimination of any person, for any reason, is bad.

Inclusion is good. Love thy neighbor and all that.

A. Thomas Price

Sully Street

Goose Creek

Congratulations

I was appalled to read in Sunday’s Arts & Travel section that locally published Garden & Gun magazine has an enrollment of nearly 250,000 subscribers.

For years I’ve felt that every article in every issue was tailored just to me and my lifestyle. How disappointing to find I’m not the only one in on some of the South’s best-kept secrets.

Seriously, my hat is off and my julep raised high to David Dibenedetto and all the staff at G&G!

David A. Carroll

Hamlet Circle

Goose Creek

Turn headlights on

This is an open appeal to all Charlestonians and visitors whose automobiles are not equipped with automatic headlights.

Please make yourself a reminder to turn your headlights on at dusk. You can see me, but I have difficulty seeing you.

I experience this every Sunday and Wednesday evening when I drive down Highway 61 from my church to my home in West Ashley.

So, let’s be safe, not sorry.

HARRY S. GRAY JR.

Barrington Lane

Charleston