Too far to go

On Monday I found myself reading an article concerning the schools being proposed in the Cainhoy area. The article mainly expresses the concern of Ryan Gilsenan, who notes that one of the main reasons he moved to the Daniel Island area is the lifestyle.

He likes the idea of neighborhood schools so his children can walk or ride their bikes to school. I have absolutely no objection to this, but what I do find hard to swallow is the fact that so many children in the Huger/Cainhoy area don’t, and in some cases, never will have this luxury.

When Cainhoy High School was closed some years ago, I, like so many parents here in Huger, had to wake up my child at 5 a.m. to get to the bus stop by 6 a.m. in order to make it to Timberland High by 7:45 a.m.

As a mother, I, too, would like to live in an area where my child is able to walk or ride her bike to school, but the chips normally don’t fall where we want them to.

I would be pleased to see a school located in a centralized area accessible equally to all children of the area. After all, we are all in this thing together, wanting the best for all of our children, which would eventually make this world a better place to live.

Rosabell Beaufort

Alonso Land

Huger

Selective outrage

To dispel any notion of hypocrisy, I suggest the executives of the Food Network be deposed in the same manner as Paula Deen, answering the question as to their past use of racial epithets. If that is not possible, then I would be content with the question being addressed by Oprah.

Past words and deeds are not destroying our nation.

It’s political correctness.

Gary McCombs

Chrismill Lane

Mount Pleasant

Cruel disease

I appreciate the June 24 commentary by Ron Brinson that spoke to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.

My mother passed from ALS in 1979 at the age of 69. She was fortunate in one respect as some of the more debilitating aspects of this very unforgiving disease — inability to speak, inability to eat without a tube, and loss of all muscular control — had not yet totally disabled her. But make no mistake about it, ALS is a horrible disease with no cure and still some uncertainty as to the cause.

It is not a disease that is contracted because of lifestyle as is the case with a number of diseases receiving a lot of attention these days. It still seems to fly well under the radar of persons and organizations having the mission and concern to fund needed medical research.

Research on ALS is underway at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bryan Traynor, chief of Neuromuscular Diseases at NIH is the lead in utilizing hard science and laboratory research to learn more about ALS. Memorial gifts can be made to the Foundation of the NIH earmarked for research on ALS.

Baseball great Lou Gehrig, actor David Niven and New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason are important to this hunt for a cure, as they were and are persons having some fame, which helps to highlight the devastation of ALS to the general populace.

But there are many more unknown individuals struggling with ALS who, as was the case with my mother, Effie Winkler Loomis, are unlikely to be cured until that elusive cure can be found.

Susan L. Gragan

St. Julien Drive

Eutawville

Room for bikes

Recent letters expressing opposition to the proposed Ashley River bike lane seem to be nonsensical at best. One writer incorrectly states that Highway 61 traffic has to “blend into the left lane” implying a necessary merge to enter the left lane. Those of us who routinely approach the bridge on 61 know better.

The same writer gets his “heart racing” crossing two lanes to exit on Lockwood Boulevard, and if bikes and pedestrians take the far right lane he will face “even more heart palpitations.” Huh?

With only three traffic lanes, he will need cross only one to exit on Lockwood Boulevard. How is that more scary? By the way, has anyone noticed that there are only three west-bound lanes?

Then there is the writer who scolds the proponents for demonstrating a lack of knowledge of the “laws of traffic flow.” No need to try to insult; we drive cars too, and we know that if we had a 10-lane bridge the writer wouldn’t be inconvenienced. But we don’t right now, and many of us would like a safer way to cross.

Thomas Jones

Eton Road

Charleston

Cat solutions

I was disappointed to read “A foolish trap,” blaming cats for the killing of birds. What about other birds that kill birds by robbing the nest of the young? Or hawks and owls that kill not only birds but harmless rabbits? The list could go on.

The trap, neuter, release program is a way of controlling the overpopulation of cats in the wild now and, most importantly, in the future.

Many of these cats are homeless strays. Most are not neutered by their owners. Some got lost and forgotten, and some were simply dropped off in neighborhoods by owners who could no longer care for them.

I’m proud of our local animal advocacy industry and how it strives to be a “no kill” community. You can help just by putting out a bowl of water and cat food on a daily basis for those that show up in your neighborhood. After all, these felines are God’s creatures too.

So are horses. Seeing horses pull carriages full of tourists around downtown during the summer heat saddens me every time.

P. J. Genovese

Hopeman Lane

Mount Pleasant

Capable back-up

In the name of good sportsmanship, I truly hope University of South Carolina fans were not to blame for the vandalism to Howard’s Rock.

Heaven forbid it would ever disappear completely, but if it did and they wanted something equally as hard to replace it, they could always rub Dabo Swinney’s head.

C.B. Jones Jr.

Highlander Lane

Hollywood

Trees and oxygen

First, I’d like to commend the writer of a Wednesday 26 letter to the editor for digging up the history of the I-26 road design. Secondly, I’d like to remind the S.C. Department of Transportation of a scientific fact that I learned in elementary school:

Trees emit oxygen, which is an essential element of life for human beings. Proposals to cut down trees are often challenging to understand because no value is given to the trees for the ecosystem services they provide.

Has the DOT weighed the environmental impact of tree removal to the atmosphere?

The Arbor Environmental Alliance (AEA) reports that “an acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.”

Removing these trees not only jeopardizes the air quality of a region, it also contributes to global warming — now recognized as a national priority by President Obama.

These trees are a valuable asset to South Carolina’s carbon management. The AEA also states that “the carbon footprints of 18 average Americans can be neutralized by one acre of hardwood trees.” Until we consider the true value of the trees, any proposals for removal should be tabled.

I urge the decision makers to consider alternative uses for millions of dollars. What about billboards reminding drivers the dangers of distracted driving?

I recently moved here from Atlanta where digital LCD displays above the highway report the number of road deaths on Georgia roads. As unpleasant as it is during a commute, nothing reminds me to obey traffic laws more than a daily reminder of increasing traffic deaths.

Another option is adding more law enforcement officials to ensure speed limits are respected. Just as we only have one life to live, we only have one planet, and all species should be given equal opportunity to thrive.

Alyson Laura

Bennington Drive

Charleston