Student safety

In the late 1960s, lap belts were being put into vehicles to reduce injury or eliminate ejection from vehicles involved in mishaps.

Speed ahead to the 1980s or ’90s when the lap belt was no longer the best option, but a restraint belt for abdomen and across the shoulders was being credited with saving tens of thousands of lives.

Go back to the 1940s and ’50s when I rode a school bus without any lap or restraint belt.

Today, almost 70 years later, we still allow our children to ride in school buses without any safety devices.

Over the past months there have been multiple bus accidents, all with injuries.

Do bus drivers have safety devices but not students?

We guard against children having accidents with electricity, drowning, finding firearms and being in bicycle mishaps, yet we do not protect them on their way to and from school.

The school board should act now to get lap restraints or shoulder harness on our buses.

Fred Tetor

Erckman Drive

Mount Pleasant

Preserve ruins

Peach Tree Plantation ruins should be stabilized, preserved and protected. I first saw this amazing ruin as a boy while hunting in the area.

Although the forest had reclaimed its own, the architectural magnificence of this manor was obvious from what remained.

A good description of the house is found in “Plantations of the Low Country” by William P. and Agnes L. Baldwin.

Beyond the architectural significance of the house, this plantation has one of the most fascinating and intriguing histories of any in the state.

It also was once famous for having one of the largest live oaks ever known until the tree died of old age in the 1930s.

Preserving this amazing remnant from the past would certainly be a most worthy enterprise.

I hope the recent article by Dr. Gilbreth in The Post and Courier is an indication that something is in the works toward such an undertaking.

James O. McClellan

Pinckney Street

McClellanville

Renourishment fee

In the April 1 Post and Courier there was another story about a “Big Day for the Port of Charleston.” How about charging each ship that comes into Charleston Harbor a mere $300 fee for nourishment of Folly Beach? After all, the port’s success is at Folly Beach’s expense.

If the 100 to 300 ships that use the port each month paid such a fee, taxpayers, the Town of Folly Beach and Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission would not have to worry about scrambling for the money every few years to pay for renourishment. The money would be there when needed.

While we celebrate the success of the port, those that benefit most from the port should be the ones to pay for Folly’s nourishment cost. This is a very simple solution. Or we can blockade the harbor and hold the ships hostage until they pay up. Not so easy, but it might be more effective. All pirates willing to help, sign up at City Hall.

Christine Wilkerson

W. Hudson Avenue

Folly Beach

Uplifting story

In the Faith & Values section of the March 31 paper, the article about the Felician sisters in Kingstree was inspiring, inspirational and compassionate.

The Felician sisters demonstrate on a daily basis how to love thy neighbor. Through their ministry they bring hope, love, and care to the least of God’s children.

Today we have pastors and preachers who sell salvation to the highest bidders. We have mega churches with ATM machines and pastors who list the pledges of their parishioners in the church bulletin.

It’s so refreshing to know that the Felician sisters do more than quote Scripture; they live God’s word through their actions. Their love is inclusive and given freely to all God’s children. Their work reminds me of Christ’s command to Peter to “feed my sheep.” And “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Thank you for sharing their inspiring story.

Brooks P. Moore

Blue House Road

Ladson

Religious beliefs

I am continually amused about those among us who denigrate others’ religious beliefs (or the lack thereof).

That said, “Get the point” (April 3) writer’s assertion that faith in a “magic man in the sky” is not rational made me laugh.

Seems to me that the assertion that such a magic man (how come not a woman?) does not exist is, by definition, also a faith: He can’t prove there isn’t one anymore than I can prove there is, thus making us both irrational, despite Dr. Hawkins’ thesis to the contrary.

And I agree that morality is, of course, a good starting point for a life well lived.

But a belief in something greater than oneself adds to that life by, among many other things, encouraging understanding, acceptance and hopefully tolerance for the diversity of the human condition.

Additionally, I do not consider it a “waste” of my Sunday mornings contemplating how I should (must, really), for at least a moment, disregard my ego and consider how I might better treat my fellow humans with that (now seemingly old-fashioned and arguably irrational) concept of love, irrespective of their beliefs.

Lastly, Christians (the current subjects of the writer’s derision) are not the only people of faith who believe in a just God.

As they say these days, get over yourself. To which I might add: It’ll do the rest of us some good.

Paul Hadley

Grimsley Drive

James Island