Kids before calls

The Oct. 10 editorial “Put down your cell phones” got my attention not only because of the safety issue addressed but because of a recent encounter that I had with a child 7 or 8 years of age.

As a turtle patrol volunteer, one evening I was especially interested in a nest that was to imminently hatch.

As I lingered to see if I could detect any activity, a young girl approached to inform me that she, too, had been observing the nest for some time.

In a woeful tone she told me that her mother was on her cell phone on the front porch. Casually, I agreed that adults seem to be on their phones quite a bit.

The hurt and resentment from this young child hit me unexpectedly when she said, “Yes, they should be paying attention to and doing things with their children.”

Having sold real estate for many years and remembering my children’s weariness at my accepting an evening business call, I would like this to be a reminder to all of us who have children or another loved one who needs attention: Limit your calls, and “put down your cell phone.”

Susan Kozub

Ocean Ridge

Edisto Beach

Make the move

I am a graduate of Newberry College. Concerning your comments about this school changing its mascot from Indians to Wolves, the NCAA threatened to take away my college’s accreditation with the NCAA if it retained the name of Indians.

It just so happens that the NCAA is located in the city of Indianapolis and in the state of Indiana.

If the NCAA practiced what it preaches, it would move out of the city of Indianapolis and out of the state of Indiana.

Claude Crawford

Hara Lane

Charleston

Correct grammar

My letter is written to express appreciation for the Oct 3 letter to the editor regarding grammar, or rather the loss of correct grammar.

Besides the overdone “oh, OK” and “whatever,” we now have a six-word phrase, “at the end of the day,” from TV commentators unable to stop talking. Most of them don’t know people are “who” or “whom,” not “that.”

I’m thankful to know I’m not alone regarding the repeated use of incorrect speech on TV and “whatever.”

Patricia Lewey

Allison Avenue

Hanahan

Losing fumble

Recently the Dallas Cowboys lost a great football game to the Denver Broncos.

It showed that Peyton Manning is one of the finest quarterbacks and play managers of all time.

However, it might have been a disaster to us viewers in the Charleston area if Charlotte’s “Carolina” team had been scheduled to play at the same time and day. You see, the local Fox affiliate always airs Carolina despite the fact that they are one of the weakest teams, even with a great quarterback.

Case in point was Sunday when Carolina played the St. Louis Rams, another weak team. We in Charleston could not watch Dallas play Philadelphia in a much better game.

What is going on with this Fox commitment?

I doubt if there are five Carolina season ticket holders in Charleston. The Panthers are in another state with little interest here.

Perhaps your sports department could let us know?

Charlie King

Gibbes Street

Charleston

Don’t build it

The I-526 extension project has been a boondoggle for some time. But Charleston County wanting to take over the construction management instead of the S.C. Department of Transportation has taken this mess into a whole new realm. The proposal is absurd at best and at worst is an outrage.

First, the cost/benefit ratio of this road should be enough to scare every taxpayer. An eight-mile-long elevated parkway costing $650 million (at least), and for what?

To complete an outdated “beltway” type of interstate that has been shown across the nation to inevitably create just as many congestion problems as it solves.

For that kind of money, there are more comprehensive, long-term solutions to accommodate our community’s growth.

And all the back and forth in recent years involving Charleston County, the SCDOT and the S.C. State Infrastructure Bank is another sign that the project deserves further consideration before pushing forward.

I cannot think of a worse turn for this project to take. The SCDOT customarily manages road construction like this. It’s by far the most qualified construction agent.

So why does Charleston County Council want to hold the reins? One can’t help but question the intent.

Locally, this is a pivotal project that will permanently alter our community and our surroundings for relatively little benefit.

Statewide, this is an outrageously expensive mess that will force more important road projects into the backseat for years to come.

Don’t build that road.

Joshua Mueller

Oxbow Drive

Charleston

‘Obamacore’

The education program Common Core was created by three non-government trade groups: the National Governors’ Association (NGA), the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc., which was created by the NGA in 1996.

Six state governors were chosen by a non-democratic process to manage the process.

It was funded by deep pocket non-profits like the Gates Foundation and by education bureaucrats.

These progressive non-profits have poured hundreds of millions into developing this program.

The Obama administration has given financial support to the NGA in recent years.

The U.S. Department of Education is using billions of federal dollars to convince school districts to adopt this program.

The federal government is using the same secret tactics it did with Obamacare. Some call it “Obamacore.”

The program is copyrighted and cannot be changed by states, local school boards or parents.

Of course, your state income tax and local property taxes could skyrocket to pay the increased costs.

Five education experts on Common Core’s validation committee refused to sign off on the program.

In order to be admitted to a STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, mathematics) program, students must complete pre-calculus — ideally calculus — by the end of high school. The math is referred to as “critical,” but it is nothing more than recycled “new math” that was tried and abandoned decades ago.

Dr. Jason Zimba, a chief drafter of the math standards, testified before the Massachusetts State Board of Education in 2010 that Obamacore is designed to prepare students only for a non-selective community college, not a university.

Obamacore will put America last in education across the world because it’s not educational; it is dumbing down to advance a political goal.

Before we forge ahead with this program, the Legislature and governor must vote to reject Obamacore ASAP.

Bob Adams

Salt Marsh Cove

Charleston

Defined powers

While pundits wax philosophical over who bears the blame for the government shutdown, we look, at least in part, to the schools as culpable.

Because of the education industry’s liberal bent, more children and young adults learn about Sojourner Truth than learn the truth about the founders’ intent for our noble experiment in self-government.

Even some of your columnists and guest columnists either are unaware of or deliberately ignore this concise explanation of our republic’s structure by James Madison (aptly called “Father of the Constitution”) in the Federalist Papers No. 45:

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace. ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people. ...”

Perhaps we’re wrong and many who support an ever-expanding federal government simply “want free stuff” from Washington.

But from what we see and hear, those same people may simply not understand that only a “few and defined” powers were given by the people to the federal government.

Elizabeth Vary

George Vary

Black River Drive

Mount Pleasant

Real hospitality

Recently, a friend from Wadmalaw Island and I decided to go to Martha Lou’s for fried chicken, greens and butter beans.

When we arrived, there were hardly any cars in the parking lot, but some people were loading a pick-up truck with boxes.

Before we could get out of the car, Martha Lou’s daughter called over to us saying, “Don’t get out of your car. We’re closed. But, don’t go anywhere. I’ll get you a little something.”

In a few minutes, she returned with two take-out boxes, one with a breast and the other with a thigh and leg.

We asked if everything was OK and she said they were closed due to a catering commitment. She did the same for a second car.

My friend and I have told a lot of people about how Martha Lou and her restaurant family exceeded normal expectations for outstanding customer service.

We plan to return very soon and bring some friends.

Glenda L. Miller

Pelican Watch

Seabrook Island