Settle the law

The May 7 article "Town of James Island looks for a way to get sales tax money to property owners" included the following:

"Under state law, the town could keep the money and use it for operating expenses, Woolsey said."

I must have failed to communicate clearly. I believe it is the practice in South Carolina for municipalities without a property tax millage to spend the funds received from the LOST Property Tax Credit Fund on current operations.

However, the LOST statute is silent regarding what municipalities without a property tax millage should do and there has never been a court decision.

Neither the S.C. Department of Revenue nor the S. C. Attorney General has provided an opinion on the matter.

I believe South Carolina law is very unsettled regarding the question.

Bill Woolsey

Mayor

Town of James Island

Camp Road

James Island

Injustice system

It is appalling that we live in a country where the legal system can be swayed to protect the rich while innocent victims suffer due to ongoing expenses related to legal representation.

Money can easily prolong the pain of victims, dragging them through an agonizing and lengthy process.

To someone caught in its grip, it can feel like there is no way out.

The feelings of helplessness and desperation are overwhelming as life becomes like that of a prisoner chained to a sinking ship.

Still, despite money's tremendous power, nothing can stand against the power of God. He will ensure the fair administration of justice for our family.

I am very concerned that our system "makes mistakes" and allows a 28-year-old female to be detained for 11 days in Berkeley County in the Hill Finklea Detention Center and never given a chance to appear before a judge.

According to an article in The State newspaper, nearly one in four pending criminal cases in South Carolina are more than a year and a half out.

This delay clearly shows that certain cases are more important than others and certain crimes are more heinous than others. For the affected families it's a real slap in the face.

Bring back fairness in our justice system. Enough is enough.

Lyn Springer

Craven Avenue

Charleston

Old phones live on

Several years ago I acquired a cellular flip phone. I get a lot of kidding, but my phone makes calls and receives calls. I view texting as a waste of time, so that capability on my flip phone is a moot point.

A few days ago my phone quit working. Remembering something President Obama might have said, i.e., "If you like your flip phone, you can keep your flip phone," I dashed down to Batteries Plus and had them put a new battery in my old flip phone.

Now it works better than ever, and I am one happy senior citizen.

Harry S. Gray Jr.

Barrington Lane

Charleston

Phony 'science'

The May 2 column by Chris Carnevale titled "Climate tide places coast at rising risk" is based on drinking the liberal Kool-Aid of global warming, and not on any actual science.

I challenge any "believer" in disastrous future rising ocean levels to provide hard, scientific evidence of same, not biased "forecasts" that are as flawed as the data in the now-debunked East Anglia University temperature studies that Al Gore and his global warning gang so falsely relied upon in his movie - data proven to have been fudged, not actual.

Finally, I'd like to ask The Post and Courier reporters to stop using this theory as fact in their articles; they should correctly modify the ocean-rise predictions as "theoretical" or "claimed," not simply repeat the bunk that has become a tired, worn-out refrain of Gore and his disciples.

We expect news articles to correctly distinguish between fact and fantasy.

Duncan Jaenicke

Jigsaw Road

Summerville

Unearned rewards

According to an Internal Revenue Service inspector general report, 2,800 employees were awarded bonuses of more than $2.8 million last year.

Bonuses were paid to employees with disciplinary problems, such as misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats or owing back income taxes.

If I, as a federal employee, was accused of any of these crimes, I would not have a job to go back to.

Dennis Compton

Filly Court

North Charleston

Hicks' tin ear

I realize that The Post and Courier features Brian Hicks and his flame-throwing columns to stir up readership, but his petulant tirades against anyone with whom he disagrees only discredit him and the newspaper.

People locally see many hot-button issues differently, but instead of making a logical argument based on facts, Hicks takes the low road with a predictable diatribe of personal insults and name-calling. He resorts to fabricating a "straw man" opponent and then cuts loose with invective and innuendo.

In a recent column he takes a harmless comment by S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom about state colleges and launches into a rant against perceived racial bigotry.

Stroking widely with this tainted brush, Hicks links this to recent opposition to the Denmark Vesey statue, which I opposed based on firsthand evidence that Vesey planned widespread murder.

Hicks' argument was that our "parks are littered with monuments to old white guys who enslaved thousands" anyway, so adding a statue to a murderer was OK.

Which local monuments would those "old white guys" be? The one to Henry Timrod? Francis Salvador? William Jasper? Elizabeth Jackson? None of them reached the age of old Hicks, and none of them planned to murder innocent people. Perhaps it's the one to George Washington that's littering Washington Square.

I have found that Hicks apparently doesn't care to engage in any exchange of ideas, which makes a great irony of his calling others "tin-eared and simple-minded".

It's one thing to ridicule someone's ideas as foolish or backward, but quite another to attack the people themselves as rednecks, nut jobs and bigots.

This is not the mark of a journalism professional, but tabloid sensationalism, and may portend a dismal end for The Post and Courier as a newspaper completely out of touch with its community.

Michael Trouche

Marsh Court Lane

Mount Pleasant

Demand better

I have been patiently waiting for things to improve in my country. I was born in the Great Depression and am familiar with problems that existed during that period.

Times are worse today. Despite government promises made during the last election, I see no progress and no agreement between parties. The bickering goes on.

The "leveling program" begun by President Obama is destroying the middle class, helping the very poor and making the rich richer.

Is this the American way? I always believed that we all worked, saved some money and lived comfortably during retirement. Not true.

Where are the promised jobs? Why can't people pay for their homes? Why are unemployed people living outside in tents in Charleston? It is a gloomy future we are looking at unless some dynamic action is taken now.

World War II was won in four years. Why are we sending American soldiers to be wounded and killed in a hopeless war after nearly 13 years?

All of this is destroying America. Our Congress and the president have borrowed trillions, which future generations will have to pay. Right now we taxpayers are paying interest.

I can wait no longer for things to improve. Get on board and fight for things to change before it is too late.

Gwen Siegrist

Plantation Lane

Mount Pleasant