Marina expansion

An Aug. 20 article by Schuyler Kropf reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has approved a $1.5 million grant to expand the docks for the City Marina.

Wonderful. We are made of money. Where does it come from? From the taxpayers, of course, but we, the public, have nothing to say about it. Shame.

What an insult to public intelligence for the department that’s supposed to protect our marine environment to approve this expenditure. More docks, more slowing of the water flow, and more mud.

It took 200 years to fill our Cooper River shore from the seawall under East Bay Street to the present waterfront. The Ashley River has a lot less flow than the Cooper so we can probably fill that in 100 years.

The environmental concern against dredging is minimal when compared to the damage done to the Ashley River by continually moving more docks out into the channel. And the increase in moorings in the river also slows the movement of water and causes more drop-out of silt (mud).

Where is our outrage? Here’s another misguided project by a federal agency spending our money to change the course of nature.

Remember, “Nature mismanaged retaliates with relentless vengeance.”

Tommy Thornhill

Fairway Drive

Charleston

Property rental

I’m writing in response to an Aug. 21 letter to the editor from officers representing peninsula neighborhood associations. Even though I do not live on the peninsula, I do own a house that I have rented out mostly to college students since 1990.

The letter doesn’t paint an accurate picture of the issue at hand. It concludes that property rental is big business — hardly what I would compare to big oil or big tobacco. It does not take into account the overhead in taxes, insurance and maintenance or the risk of real property damage that landlords assume. Security deposits seldom cover the extent of damage potential.

When lease issues require legal intervention for settlement, landlords encounter a biased face before the local magistrate. Not only is the South Carolina Landlord Tenant Act written in strong favor of the tenant, but as I have personally experienced, legal rights of the landlord can be flat out denied. Without legal representation the landlord is a sitting duck.

Residential Rental Registration is unnecessary. I understand that the College of Charleston has an effective process for dealing with troublesome student renters. There is in place a means for readily identifying property owners, and a requirement for business licenses. Is it even possible for the city staff to monitor and enforce more regulations?

The spokespersons of the neighborhood associations don’t necessarily represent the opinions and concerns of all those within their boundaries. What we have is a small number of people causing trouble and an even smaller number complaining and lobbying the city administration. I don’t deny that there are troublesome renters or bad landlords, but let’s please be fair to all involved.

Jim Crow

East Huron Avenue

Folly Beach

Sign me up

A $192,000 annual salary for serving as director of the Charleston County Aviation Authority sounds good.

How does one become a member of the Good Old Boys Club?

Alfred F. Croucher III

Riverland Drive

Charleston

No voice

I read with interest the Aug. 19 letter titled “Heavy burden” as we too are part of the forgotten segment of the population that Obamacare is going to crush. My husband is a small business owner, and I work part-time as I am a full-time caregiver for my 90-year old mother.

It is getting increasingly harder to make ends meet in this economy but we have been paying 100 percent of our own medical insurance for the last seven years and we are many years away from Medicare. We are by no means wealthy but I feel sure that our income will be over the threshold for the exchanges to be of any assistance to us. I also do not want health insurance that limits my choices for doctors and hospitals. But if our premiums rise 50 percent to 70 percent we will be forced to accept this as our only alternative.

When I read that Congress made themselves and their staffs exempt for this new legislation I was livid. This is all becoming a nightmare and I feel we have no voice and nowhere to turn. Certainly letters and emails to our representatives will fall on deaf ears and will be deleted as soon as they arrive because it doesn’t affect them and they will want to sweep our complaints under the rug.

I, too, am appalled and angry. We that fall into this category need to band together and maybe we can get our voices heard.

Kristi Stokley

Southlake Drive

Mount Pleasant

Honoring Ron

The late Ron Motley of North Charleston was likely the greatest trial lawyer who ever lived. Greater than Cicero and as great as Thurgood Marshall. He has helped more wrongly injured people than any lawyer on Earth.

He was the epitome of genius, hard work and love of people. While our politicians represent bags of corporate campaign money, Ron represented real people damaged by corporate greed.

We already know that great men who help real people against corporate greed are often gunned down in America. Ron even risked his life to help people.

He will be missed.

GARY A. LING

W. Montague Avenue

North Charleston

Sewer power

As a conservationist, I am not a big fan of offshore drilling. As a conservative, I am leery of solar and wind power, because as far as I can see there is yet very little bang for the buck in those technologies. I live part of the time in central Maine, and I’m here to testify that wind power isn’t the panacea it is held out to be.

However, I believe there might be a whole different approach which could kill not just one but a whole flock of birds with one stone — maybe even a kidney stone.

Lewiston-Auburn in Central Maine may have a solution that we in the Lowcountry should embrace wholeheartedly — albeit from a distance.

According to a report on WSCH Channel 6 in Portland, “The Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority, or LAWPCA, is powering on its new anaerobic digester system. The $15 million investment brings solid waste into new digester tanks, which uses micro-organisms to break down solid waste.

“The tanks reduce the volume of waste by 50 percent, and the process produces methane, which is used to create electricity. LAWPCA Superintendent Mac Richardson is optimistic that it will provide at least 50, if not 60 percent of the plant’s electricity.”

In other words, they are reducing the area’s sewage by 50 percent while producing at least 50 percent of the area’s energy needs.

Were these plants to be operated in the right way in Columbia or Washington, we could be energy independent within a year.

David Farrow

Sans Souci Street

Charleston

Pick a parent

Forget the law. Forget the court. Forget the shenanigans. If Veronica were able to make her own choice, which one do you think she would choose? The adoptive parents who obviously love her or the biological father who obviously loves her?

My guess is the latter.

Case closed.

Carol Price

Red Leaf Boulevard

Moncks Corner

Film fault

The decision to cast “Hanoi Jane” Fonda in the role of Nancy Reagan in the movie “The Butler” makes about as much sense as casting Malcolm X in the role of Martin Luther King — just one more example of Hollywood’s willful and contemptuous disregard of history.

Bill Walker

Marshall Boulevard

Sullivan’s Island