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.
Michael Kaynard, Charleston: “No one can say that this presidential race hasn’t been interesting. I believe most will agree that it has been one of the ugliest and most divisive political cycles in modern times. Decades ago, due to limitations in communications, the best way to reach large groups was through rallies and TV ads. Today with the Internet, one can reach huge numbers of people almost instantaneously. …”
Bruce Jayne, Charleston: “I fully concur that a two-year period of some form of national service would be an exceedingly valuable experience for young Americans, giving them a sense of ownership of our nation and an opportunity to rub shoulders with other young people from diverse backgrounds. ” Two other letters in this section too.
Dave Brown, James Island: Never knew about Esau Jenkins. But now I do. I am wiser and certainly better informed as a result of your article. On behalf of all subscribers, thank you.
Letter: “Your column about the need for a City of Charleston logo took me back to the early 2000s when Charleston County government wrestled with a similar issue. The county had a seal that was adopted in 1950 and used as the sole graphic representing the county. It was on buildings, cars, letterhead, etc. With four distinct quadrants, the seal was supposed to depict history, industry, culture and progress, but the images were obviously outdated and many were completely illegible. It became a blob when reduced down to a half-inch wide to fit on a business card, and you couldn’t even read the words “County of Charleston.””
Alan Hopkins, James Island: “If we repeat it often enough, it must be true! In the case of the Legare Bridge retrofit, a bike path at the cost of a traffic lane adds an unhealthy increase in commuting time to those using the Maybank to Folly corridor as well as the entire Folly Rd corridor. “
J.J. Anderson, Charleston: “I really enjoyed this article. The phrase, “You don’t know from sic’ em,” I suspect to be a shortened version of the phrase, “You don’t know sic’ em from come here,” referencing the command to a dog to get after someone or something. A command used to release a dog to attack and the “come here” portion is hopefully self-explanatory. ” Letters also from three other readers.
Judy Carberry, Charleston: “Why not have the people vote on the bike lane in lieu of having the council decide everyone’s wishes? The entire time that lane was shut down, there were precious few people riding bikes, especially during the rush hour. I saw the picture of three bikes and how many cars? I would be interested to know how many days someone had to wait to even get a picture of the three riders. “
Jim Rex, Great Falls, S.C.: Your tribute to former Mississippi Gov. William Winter serves as a powerful reminder that much can be achieved by a single individual when he or she persists in their belief that our “better angels” can prevail. Also: Letters on carriages, photos.