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.
From S.C. Rep. Dwight Loftis: Thanks for reminding us of McMaster’s position from his 2010 race for Governor. You referenced his statement that “the governor’s race is not about individuals but about this state.” It is incumbent that every person elected to public office adopt this priority. To your another point, which is crucial to our state, “he urged long-term thinking and development of a unified, strategic plan for South Carolina”.
George Graf: I noticed on your Charleston web page that it is your ninth year celebration of your Charleston Currents and you wanted to know what the weekly publication of good news means to me.
We’ve resisted turning on the comments function on the CharlestonCurrents.com website because of all of the spam that comes through. But we turned them on recently and got seven comments to last week’s commentary by Andy Brack on not getting conned in a local school board race.
P.C. Coker, Charleston: It is things like this [Photo: Good neighbors?] that have completely eroded the quality of life in downtown Charleston and particularly south of Broad and east of Lenwood and the French Quarter. Elected officials don’t care either, yet we elected a new mayor last year to supposedly bring some of this under control. Instead we see city council overriding him at every turn because only one of them lives downtown so the others are only looking at how much money comes in.