Spoiling the view

I love traveling the James Island Connector to and from my James Island home to my work downtown.

The beauty of the Lowcountry vistas is almost overwhelming. I’ll even roll the windows down to smell the pluff mud. It gives me a sense of peace, no matter what is stressing me on that particular drive.

I feel this way until I get to the anchorage in the Ashley River. Then my peaceful reverie ends.

I see the boats sunk up to the tips of their masts and I get angry. I see abandoned boats on their sides in the marsh.

How is it that these boats are allowed to mar our idyllic coastline?

Oh, I know the answer the city and county will give us. That it’s a matter of finding the owner, and most sunken boats don’t have an owner.

It would seem to me a simple paper trail.

Who last paid taxes on the boat? Even if in arrears, it would be a starting point. That person who once owned the boat is responsible, unless he can provide a bill of sale, at which point the new owner is responsible.

If they won’t recover the boat, have the city or county bring it up and put a lien on the owner’s other property to cover the costs.

I don’t want neglected boats ruining the peaceful drive.

Ann T. Ronayne

Wellington Drive

James Island

One at a time

It seems that a lot of our public officials don’t get it. The appointment of Paul Campbell to head the Aviation Authority reinforces the image of South Carolina as a “gold old boy” state.

I don’t know Mr. Campbell, and he may have the management knowledge and competence to run our airports as well as anyone.

But having him retain his seat in the S.C. Senate suggests that he wants to have his cake and eat it too. He will be in a position to influence state policy regarding air transportation, while at the same time operating an airport. The issue of potential conflict of influence again raises its ugly head.

As we move toward a major investment in expansion of the facility it is critical that it be managed in a competent, legal and ethical manner

The next head of the authority must have an absolutely clean slate along with strong management skills.

If Mr. Campbell is the right person, then he should resign from his political position.

This is a full-time job, and it will not be possible to delegate a lot of important and sensitive decisions.

Fritz Saenger Jr.

Cove Bay Lane

Mount Pleasant

Slow cyclists

I think it’s time bicyclists take some responsibility for not only the risk they place themselves in, but the risk they pose for those around them.

Vehicles are often caused to reduce their speed to a fraction of the posted limit due to bicycles taking up more than their fair share of the roadway.

Not only does their slow speed impede traffic, it often causes motorists to drive partially into the oncoming lane to avoid them.

The only other choice is for motorists to patiently drive behind them, adding to the problem of our already congested roadways.

There is a South Carolina statute that addresses this issue for “motor vehicles” but not bicycles. Section 56-5-1560(a), “Minimum Speed Limits” states:

“No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.”

If bicyclists expect the same courtesy as drivers of motor vehicles on public roadways, then they should either pedal faster or stick to roadways with properly designated bicycle lanes.

South Carolina also follows the legal concept of “comparative negligence,” which states that a cause of action for negligence is barred when the person bringing the action is found to be more negligent than the defendant.

If bicyclists do not possess the common sense to stay out traffic on busy roadways then, in my opinion, they are at least 51 percent negligent in many cases for any injuries they incur.

My suggestion is that law enforcement hold bicyclists to the same standards as everyone else on the roadways and use the money it collects from fines to fund more designated bicycle lanes.

J. Brooks Davis

Rifle Range Road

Mount Pleasant

A seed of doubt

I have been following comments by concerned citizens regarding the tree removal from the I-26 median from Summerville to I-95.

I agree with most that the trees are not the problem and should not be removed.

What concerns me is a story that was published a few months ago.

It stated that the country’s largest lumber mill was going to be built in the Orangeburg area.

Is there any connection with this country’s largest lumber mill and said trees to be removed?

Connie Sanders

Thousand Oaks Circle

Goose Creek

Hurry up and go

So Congress has demanded an exemption from Obamacare, with some warning that if members don’t get exempted, then they would leave Washington and get jobs in the private sector.

Promise?

A. Thomas Price

Sully Street

Goose Creek