Help for FollyI am transfixed by the debacle on Folly Beach related to erosion and the impact of Hurricane Irene.

Previous to the storm, I would go to Folly Beach early in the morning, sit, read The Post and Courier, drink a cup of coffee and marvel at the diversity of people on the beach. For $7 or a Park Pass, a family from anywhere could enjoy the vista, play, socialize and experience the beauty of the “Edge of America.”

After the storm, we lost a true resource.

I beseeched park overseers to allow volunteers to clean up the park in hopes that it could be reopened, even on a limited basis. I was told volunteers were not part of the “comprehensive plan.”

Nothing of significance has been done. Scrap iron, piping, parking curbs, flotsam and jetsam are everywhere.

This is not a treatise about re-nourishing the beach, but a clarion call to allow people to do what they can to enable beach walkers, bicyclists, bird lovers, naturalists and anyone else to enjoy the beauty of Folly. All of Folly Beach deserves as much attention as we can provide. It doesn’t have to be the government.

Stephen R. DriscollJeronica Way

Johns IslandStop complainingIn response to the May 2 letter to the editor titled “Crosstown error” complaining about the type of tree being planted in the Crosstown:

The Crosstown is finally getting a much needed makeover and it looks much better than it did. Any improvement to the area makes it look better.

What about all the litter and graffiti that seems to be getting worse?

Every lamppost does not need signs stuck on them. Stop throwing cigarettes out car windows, stop littering. This would help our environment and make our city look better.

Stop complaining about something positive.

John MillerAntler DriveCharleston

Maybank planOf the two Maybank Highway project proposals, there is one clear choice — widening Maybank to four lanes from the Stono River Bridge to Main Road.

The “pitchfork” alternative will do nothing but create three additional bottlenecks on Maybank and River Road. With the four-lane plan, signal lights could be added at Fenwick Hall Allee and at River Road.

But my biggest concern is the lack of coordination with the I-526 completion. The proposed crossing point of I-526 and Maybank appeared in The Post and Courier, but it was not on plans presented at a recent meeting.

It would be nice if agencies would make sure these projects are coordinated rather than have a year’s worth of construction end just to be followed by another year’s worth just yards away.

I also hope for once that planners and County Council will listen to people who live on Johns Island and are forced to sit in traffic every day rather than people who represent trees.

People who do not live on the island should be ignored. Most trees along Maybank Highway already present dangers to drivers.

The Post and Courier reported that 40,000 residential units have been approved on Johns Island. We can’t wait until 40,000 plus cars are lined up on the bridge. This Maybank project should move forward as fast as possible.

Lowell H. KnouffElaine Street

Johns IslandWorthy returnVictoria Middleton, executive director of the South Carolina ACLU, says that 9 out of 10 of the 684,330 people subjected to New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy were not arrested or cited.

That means 10 percent, or at least 68,000, were. That’s good enough for me.

If you’re hunting deer or criminals, you go to the woods or the “hoods.”

Erich SchenkInland AvenueCharleston

Deal too sweetIn 2007, Congress enacted a law cutting in half the interest rates students pay on Stafford loans. Students have saved millions of dollars.

This act is coming to an end, but some members of Congress are considering extending it. They must think our country has excess funds to spend.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that “families and students are struggling to meet these costs, and there’s no reason we should add to their burden.” No reason? How about our country being broke?

Members of Congress are more interested in buying votes with our tax dollars than making hard choices.

The longer they stay in government, the closer they get to lobbyists who influence them to make wrong decisions.

We need to limit senators and congressmen to no more than 12 years in office.

Our movement toward socialism has to stop. We have put people in houses they could not afford. Our handouts have taken away the poor’s incentive to work. They make more money by not working.

We need Congress to help businesses thrive. We need to get people back to work to help re-establish their dignity.

Terry L. WatkinsWildwood Landing

North CharlestonA major winner

An April 15 letter stated that “the idea of requesting the higher education commission to establish a major in Afro-American Studies is a loser.” That is not only offensive, but inaccurate.

This spring, I will graduate with a minor in African American Studies from the College of Charleston. Had it been an option, this would have been my second major.

Friends and family often question my choice (as a white woman) to study African American history, politics and literature.

One answer is that someone needs to learn it because it’s not being taught with any conviction in K-12 classrooms. Our educational system is still by and large a white androcentric enterprise, and our cultural cognizance fails accordingly.

Furthermore, the letter writer’s arguments regarding job prospects and earning potential indicate a lack of respect for liberal arts education as a whole.

As an English major, I am aware that, barring serious luck and winning lottery numbers, I am unlikely to be a millionaire.

The same can be said for most liberal arts majors. Unless coupled with an education major or graduate school, most are considered “dead end” fields. But people turn them into careers every day. Expanded knowledge is never a detriment.

The fact that College of Charleston, which was established not far from the port where three out of four enslaved Africans entered this country, doesn’t have an African American Studies major is an abomination and a waste of the cultural and historical landscape that surrounds its campus.

By failing to utilize these opportunities, the College of Charleston would be the real “loser.”

Morgan WhitesideParkshore Drive

CharlestonProductive menuSometimes even well-intentioned people speak (or write) before they think. A recent letter writer bewailed the waste involved in grits wrestling, eating contests and tomato catapults.

Most of them are done to raise funds for charities, scholarships and the like. The food items are paid for with private donations.

A small investment by an individual or a corporation often results in much larger donation revenues that can be used to re-stock food banks, provide meals for the homeless, etc.

A few are publicity stunts and some are designed to draw tourists, but these enterprises support our local communities and local jobs.

I understand the writer’s concerns, but, this time, they are misplaced.

Besides, I and apparently a lot of other people love watching people dive into a huge pool of grits.

Sharon CookCashew StreetCharleston

Fitting destinationMr. and Mrs. Obama were at Fort Stewart, Ga., to show their support for military families. The president announced his efforts to help veterans with their education after they serve.

I wonder if the Obamas have included Fort Hood on their itinerary?

Perhaps they can show their support for the families of the victms massacred by Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Bill O’BrienPalmetto Peninsula Drive

Mount Pleasant