Cruise terminal

A federal judge has tossed out a permit to add three pilings to an existing pier for the proposed new cruise terminal because the Army Corps of Engineers “did not adequately consider the project’s effect on Charleston’s historic district.”

A Nov. 15 letter writer says her experience in “globally important historic ports” confirms we should “not park cruise ships in front of our historic port city.”

My guess is neither His Honor Judge Richard Gergel nor the letter writer has any idea that the history of Charleston from founding to the mid-1960s was a city ringed from the Battery to north of Calhoun Street by piers for ships of all sorts.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a forest of ship masts probably obscured the view of the St. Philip’s steeple from the letter writer’s perch in modern-day Mount Pleasant.

The relentlessness of those who lust after a phony gated-community ambience in downtown Charleston knows no bounds. They brook no actual history in their disingenuous use of the term “historic.”

Arthur G. Field

Confederate Circle

Charleston

Round and round

A S.C. Department of Transportation roadway project threatens our community. In late December 2012, notice was received that the SCDOT had proposed the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Camp Road and Riverland Drive on James Island.

The design that has been presented would be constructed literally in the backyards of our residents, eliminate wooded buffers, create noise and light pollution, and affect abutting waterways and wetlands.

Our community has vigorously and repeatedly voiced its concerns to officials representing the City of Charleston, Charleston County, SCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration, as well as elected state and federal representatives.

Our group has submitted a unanimously signed petition noting our concerns and also presenting suggestions for alternative plans.

Several weeks ago, a scheduled public hearing was postponed in order for SCDOT to prepare a revised roundabout plan, which we suspect will impact on our community in a way that is even worse.

Our group was told by both SCDOT and the S.C. division of the Federal Highway Administration that no further information would be revealed until the rescheduled public hearing on Nov. 21.

To this date, SCDOT and its affiliates have refused to reveal any details of the plan, in spite of several FOIA requests.

This is a state-agency sponsored project, potentially funded with federal dollars. But there is a continued lack of transparency and a deliberate attempt to withhold information from the public to prevent further objection and scrutiny.

What is more disturbing, however, is that a public agency is permitted to operate with such impunity.

Louise A. Pecevich

Riverland Crossing

Homewners Association

Stono River Drive

Charleston

Not the best care

Thanks to the newspaper for a great Letters to the Editor section and to the people who take the time to speak their minds. I read it first every morning.

My one wish is that the writers, and the paper, be more careful with facts. Example: Last week, one letter said we have “... the world’s greatest health care system,” which simply isn’t supported by the facts.

A cursory Google search of world rankings by reputable study organizations puts us No. 2 among developed nations in health care expenditures as a percent of GDP, No. 14 in well-being, No. 33 in life expectancy, No. 37 in infant mortality and last in hospital-borne infections.

These are comparisons with developed nations. They also report health care costs rising at 4 percent annually in an economy with a 1.1 percent overall inflation rate and 1.8 percent wage growth.

In other words, we’re spending more for health care than any other developed nation ­­— and getting less.

As someone wisely said during the last presidential campaign, “We’re all entitled to our opinions, but not to our own facts.”

Doc Ardrey

Oyster Bay Drive

Summerville

Evolving tastes

When the universe began, various particles and chemicals on our earth eventually metastasized into living species. After many eons man arrived, and he began to use fire and tools to alter the existing world.

We developed mechanical devices, built the pyramids, controlled electricity, developed the hydrogen bomb and sent vessels to other heavenly bodies.

Being aware that we have advanced so far and fast, I sometimes wonder what its future might hold for us.

A simple observation sent a buzz through my cranium the other day when I noticed that my toilet paper is now embossed with a flowery pattern.

After a good laugh, I accept the fact that not every advance we create has to be an earth- shaking transformation.

Jim Way

Highway 78

Dorchester

47 years of service

The Town of Moncks Corner is honored to recognize Carl A. Rueger as he concludes his 47 years of service with the Moncks Corner Water Works.

During his tenure, Carl and the Moncks Corner Water Works have provided much assistance to our staff.

We extend Carl our best wishes for continued success in life’s pursuits. May God continue to bless him and his family with good health, happiness and prosperity.

William W. Peagler III

Mayor, Moncks Corner

Carolina Avenue

Moncks Corner