P.C. Coker, Charleston, S.C. | “Pug Ravenel was probably the only Charlestonian in the 20th Century that could have made it to the White House. With his charisma, Harvard education, Wall Street connections, and Southern roots; he should have been the one to win the Presidency in 1992.”
Agnes Pomato, Wadmalaw Island: “I agree wholeheartedly that this is the time for Democrats to win in South Carolina. Everything you listed is true. But one of the most important things is to make voters aware of the candidates and the dates. We have a special election coming up in the 5th Congressional District to fill Mick Mulvaney’s vacated House seat. “
Jane Welch, Mount Pleasant: Add lanes to the 526 Zoo. Fix what we have before adding extension.
David Brown, Daniel Island: Long live the king!
Michael Kaynard, Charleston: I didn’t grow up using tools, power or otherwise, and took up woodworking as my retirement hobby. As I got braver, I bought bigger and more dangerous pieces of equipment. One day as I was scanning Craigslist for tools, I saw a Ridgid 4510 heavy duty portable table saw. I bought it. I knew nothing about it and after using it found out I had a lot to learn. They are dangerous and sometimes boards can kick back at you. There is an anti-kickback pawl that the previous owner had removed. Duh.. How would I know?
Agnes Pomata, Wadmalaw Island: “The plastic bag lobby has been going strong in its efforts to stop communities from banning plastics throughout the country for a few years now.” Also in this issue, a letter by Conrad Festa of Charleston.
Fred Sales, James Island: “On the gas tax for roads: The proposal is a start, but given 30 years of the same gas tax, plus inflation, we need a real kick start. At minimum, an increase of 10 cents and additional hikes until it gets in line.” Also, a letter from George Graf on mentoring.
Ross Lenhart, Pawleys Island, S.C.: “After establishing such a coincidence, I finally asked, “Sir, just was is it that do you do?” I think that he said, “I am the Secretary of Commerce,” a point in fact that I really didn’t get. I thought that he meant that he was a chamber officer in some Ohio town or something. And I said, “Just where?” And he said, “Washington, D.C.” And then I got it.
Other letters from Harry Waddington, Fred Sales and William Heitsman on the state of South Carolina’s government “death spiral.”
Michael Kaynard, Charleston: “Over the past 18 months or so, our country has had to endure some of the most polarizing rhetoric in recent history. I have tortured myself by listening to an overload of trash talk that resulted in the election of Donald Trump as our next president. There has been a great deal of anguish over this result and many seem to have lost hope.”
George Graf: What a fabulous program. Getting children to enter pre-school or kindergarten on a much more level playing field is key to helping the early disadvantaged to keep up with their peers. Pouring money into school “catch up” programs for the lives of the disadvantaged students only seems to make a small dent in closing their peer gap.
Tom Ervin: Thanks for reminding us that real progress begins with a commitment to proven collaborative community-based strategies that focus on working together while rejecting divisive rhetoric and possessing a healthy skepticism for simplistic solutions.