Cycling accidents

I am sorry to read about the injuries in the “Bikes and pedestrians” article. Based on my experiences driving a car on the Sullivan’s Island causeway and dealing with many recreational cyclists, I would like to offer a few suggestions on how cyclists can deal with pedestrians.

When I encounter bicyclists on the causeway who ignore the bike path and ride on the road instead, I slow down to their pace and pass only when safe.

I don’t like slowing down, but it’s the safest way to handle the situation the bicyclists have created, no matter who is right or wrong.

I suggest bicyclists do the same on the Ravenel bridge. When you approach pedestrians in your lane or within a foot or so of its edge slow down to their pace and pass only when it is safe.

Don’t worry about the right or wrong of it or the lack of common sense on display by the pedestrian, just slow down.

Deal with it for safety and because it’s really starting to seem as if some bicyclists and organizations can’t get along with anybody, first the car and truck drivers and now pedestrians. What’s up with that?

Rick Graham

I’On Avenue

Sullivan’s Island

‘A glorious park’

It appears the writer of a July 7 letter to the editor hasn’t been to Charles Towne Landing in quite a few years.

Her word “shameful” is especially disturbing. I find the landing to be a glorious park, with a variety of trees and bushes in bloom all year long and a myriad of birds singing (or squawking). The recently opened red wolf habitat within the Animal Forest is a sight to behold.

A seat by the cascading water fountain with rainbows emanating from it is a great place to relax in the early morning hours and is quite soothing after a stressful day. It provides people a moment of peace, quiet and solace.

And there’s the new museum which children walk in and out of every day. Or see the Adventure, modeled after a 17th century vessel; a shuttle drops visitors off at the gangplank.

I have a S.C. Park Passport and walk (sometimes bike) around the landing often. I truly believe that since the state of South Carolina did renovate the park, the author could visit and would change her mind. Or, she could just write a large check, as she says, to get the ball rolling.

Marlene Williams

Christian Road

Charleston

Inspiring tributes

The Post and Courier’s coverage of the Civil War Sesquicentennial observance has been outstanding. The articles by Brian Hicks, Robert Behre and Nicholas Watson and guest columns by Robert Rosen were compelling.

The front-page story regarding the July 21 event at White Point Garden, which featured the City of Charleston’s concert, wreath laying and dedication ceremony was excellent.

Dave Munday was thorough and thoughtful in his review of the program elements, which were designed to give a balanced and inclusive reflection on this poignant moment in our nation’s history. And thanks to Grace Beahm for her photo.

This dedication of a marker honoring the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (permanent installation will be in a few months once The Battery wall repair is completed) was a fitting conclusion to the week’s busy schedule.

Mayor Riley’s stirring speech followed by his laying one wreath at the marker site on the Battery wall and another at the Confederate Defenders monument, was symbolic of unifying and healing the community, a fine example for others to emulate.

The other participants, including Charleston City Council member Blake Hallman, Rev. John Paul Brown of Mount Zion AME Church, the Mount Zion AME Spiritual Singers directed by Alphonso Brown, saxophonist Lonnie Hamilton, the 8th Regiment Band of Rome, Ga., as well as The Washington Light Infantry and re-enactors from the 10th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, Co. K, and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. I, added their own unique contributions to make this a memorable and inspiring tribute to the sacrifices made by everyone involved in the conflict.

Ellen Dressler Moryl

Director (Retired)

City of Charleston

Office of Cultural Affairs

Meeting Street

Charleston

Parole hearing

I am asking for your help in keeping a murderer behind bars.

Carl Chisolm took the life of my daughter Renee in 1991.

He was sentenced to 20 years to life. This is his second attempt for parole. I will address the parole board Aug. 7 hoping to keep him in jail.

I would appreciate your sending an email to the Solicitor’s office asking that the parole board not release Carl Chisolm back into society.

It grieves me so to think that he may be on the streets again.

Please send your emails to: Teri Porcel (teri@scsolicitor9.org) to be forwarded to the parole board.

I thank you and appreciate your help and support.

Betty Robinson

Trudy Street

North Charleston