Let it rest

The search for truth and justice in the Zimmerman trial is over.

A period of investigation and evidence gathering occurred over 16 months by two different law enforcement agencies. The trial conducted by a judge, no fan of the defense, lasted three weeks.

A jury of six dedicated Americans put their lives on hold by being sequestered without benefit of communication with their families and children. They sifted through the evidence, followed the law as outlined by the judge and after 16 hours rendered their decision. Not guilty.

For citizens to demand a particular verdict in a criminal case on pain of riotous behavior is outrageous and un-American. The seditious race baiters using the willing media to urge such action must be exposed.

Moultrie D. Plowden

Wade Hampton Avenue

Walterboro

Costly confusion

I’m trying to digest some of the news on taxes and big business. A recent editorial acknowledges Dorchester County is going the way of Charleston in terms of heavy on the taxes for the people, light on the taxes for big business.

People can less afford to pay an increase in taxes than can big business. With all the tax breaks and exemptions for businesses, who do you think is picking up the slack?

Several years ago I moved to Dorchester to pay less taxes, as did many others, which is why it grew so fast. The so-called Tea Party was supposed to be against taxes, so why am I paying so much more?

Also, SCE&G is building a nuclear power plant, which may well be extinct before it’s completed, one that the people don’t want, or need.

Now I read we are paying the highest utility rates in the South. But not to worry, the Public Service Commission is there to ensure SCE&G gets what it wants.

Then it’s revealed we’re paying Duke Power to grease the palms of our legislators. Once found out, they called it a mistake. They mean it was a mistake they were found out.

So, if I’m confused, I figure that’s how they intend it. Confuse you, then beat you.

Joan Hoyte

W. Liberty Meadows Drive

Summerville

Longtime service

I was delighted to read the article about Mrs. Dixon and Reeves & Son Shoe Repair Shop in the July 8 Post and Courier. She has repaired pocketbooks, shoes and boots for me and my family over the years.

About 20 years ago my parents had guests in town for a wedding. As the couple were leaving for the event the high heel of the lady’s shoe broke. It was a Saturday afternoon and what to do? Go to Reeves Shoe Repair and Mrs. Dixon will make it all right. And that’s what she did.

Thank you for a lovely article about a charming lady and her shop.

Marian C. Greely

Parish Road

Charleston

Too many roads

The state of South Carolina is 40th in land area but fourth in the number of state maintained roads in the nation. We’ve used the roads system as a jobs program, paving every dirt path and trail we can find in order to bring home the bacon and get politicians re-elected.

Many of these roads were built with federal funds, relieving us of some of the cost of building excessive numbers of roads with little value but creating a nightmare when it comes to maintaining them.

I live out in the middle of nowhere, 20 miles from a real town — and that’s a small town — and I can get there any of a dozen ways, some of which don’t have a single house on them, many which have only a couple of houses on them.

Not only do these roads to the same place have to be paved, they must have signage and be mowed and their ditches have to be maintained. Small wonder we can’t afford to maintain them. One or two households can’t pay enough taxes over a lifetime to pay for miles of what is essentially personal driveway.

The road running past my house shouldn’t be paved, it doesn’t have enough residences to pay for the paving or the maintenance and there isn’t a single business on it. Even as we’re fretting over how to pay for maintenance we’re looking for any remaining dirt paths to pave.

On top of all this, we’re now pushing transportation dollars toward building unneeded sidewalks in tiny towns, walking paths and bike trails, generally just because we can get federal dollars to build them. We won’t have the funds to maintain those either.

Thomas C. Mobley

Johnsville Road

Smoaks

Silly Savannah

It is revealing that your recent editorial opined, with profuse praise, that Savannah’s leadership exercised wise and thoughtful community concern when it rejected that wonderful city as a port-of-call for cruise ships.

The Post and Courier, that unrelenting advocate for Dana Beach’s Coastal Conservation League, Historic Charleston Foundation and Ansonborough Neighborhood Association, should be a little more informed by recent history.

We can all remember the sound judgment, wisdom and community concern Savannah’s leadership demonstrated when it rejected Spoleto.

Keep up the good work, Savannah. Charleston will be rewarded and your aforementioned boosters will continue their admiration.

Cermette Clardy Jr. Carolina Boulevard

Isle of Palms