Zoning alert

The James Island PSD located on Signal Point Road is in the process of getting the large open field between the shopping center on Camp Road, Hampshire Road and Dills Bluff Road changed to commercial.

They want to move all their equipment, garbage trucks, etc., to this property.

We must stop this. They will be loading and unloading these trucks at all hours, beginning at around 4 a.m.

This noise will be heard for miles along Camp and Dills Bluff roads.

Those of us in White House Plantation, Farmington and Linwood will be subject to this noise.

Please come to a meeting on Monday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the PSD building on Signal Point Road. We must tell them we don't want this.

Jackie Hughes

Hampshire Road

James Island

'Memory hole'

In his famed novel "1984," George Orwell's protagonist, Winston Smith, works in the "Ministry of Truth" of a futuristic totalitarian state.

His job is to erase history disapproved by those in power. He simply drops down a "memory hole" all photos, news stories or other evidence of past events the government wants to pretend never happened.

Two news stories in The Post and Courier of June 3 reveal how real life can imitate art. In totalitarian China all mention of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre has been suppressed. It is as if the events never happened, as if the freedom demonstrators never lived or died.

And right here in Charleston there are some who advocate a similar policy of enforced forgetting of historical events that make them uncomfortable. They seek to remove the Confederate flag from its place among the many historic banners hanging in The Citadel's Summerall Chapel.

The Chapel is a memorial to the Citadel cadets from many states who perished in the nation's wars. Most of the flags represent those states; some represent the wars.

It is certainly appropriate for all flags to be displayed under which Citadel men served and in many cases, gave their lives.

The Confederate flag is one of those banners. Or are we to rededicate the Chapel to be a memorial to all cadets who died except those who fought for the Confederacy?

How ludicrous! Are we now forbidden to honor our dead of the War Between the States even in a place of prayer and memorial?

Are Charlestonians to follow the path of "1984" and the People's Republic of China and drop all references to the dead of this particular war down a politically correct "memory hole"?

Such assaults on freedom of thought and the integrity of memory must be rejected by a free people.

Michael S. Kogan, Ph.D.

King Street

Charleston

'Capital' concerns

There are good reasons why Thomas Piketty's new book "Capital in the Twenty-first Century" is No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller, non-fiction list. I finished his chapter on the inequality of labor. Capital tends to create its own inequalities (except for world wars and depressions), but the United States is off the charts as to the money "earned" by the top "super managers."

It used to be, say before World War I, that Europe had more inherited wealth. Even during the days of the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, America was more egalitarian than Europe. Not anymore.

Usually when a company is increasing its productivity, everyone gets a share, since everyone contributes to increased productivity. Likewise, no more.

Lately, the lower and middle classes have been slipping. A household at the top of the bottom fifth made $20,600 in 2012. That is 9.7 percent below what it made in 2006 (adjusted for inflation).

Median household income, what people in the middle of the middle class make, fell 7.1 percent to $51,000. And although the better-off haven't fared that badly, as a group they haven't done that well either.

A household at the 95th percentile (those making more than all but the top 5 percent) made $191,156 in 2012. That was 3.5 percent lower in real terms than in 2006.

Piketty knocks himself out trying to figure out why America's uber-rich managers make so much by looking at all the economic theories possible.

His final conclusion: Today's corporate superstars need all that loot "to finance political parties, pressure groups and think tanks."

Unfortunately, even the Wall Street Journal states that this formula only gets "consumers stuck in the trap of luxury."

Philip J. Murphy

Ventura Place

Mount Pleasantw