One-way diversity

Events unfolding at the College of Charleston are what is known as a "teachable moment" to those who follow public discourse. Here we have a few hundred liberal-leaning students - a group that has long lectured the rest of us about "tolerance" and "diversity" - circulating petitions opposing Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell's bid to become president of the college.

Though he has a sterling record as a public servant, McConnell's passion for Southern history and heritage makes him unacceptable to these Millennials. But without doubt, any survey of these protesters would find them self-described as tolerant and favoring diversity.

It seems this group defines tolerance and diversity as meaning they don't oppose people that they either like or have no opinion of. Otherwise, they circulate petitions and stage demonstrations to run off anyone who's not exactly like them.

Edward C. Fennell

Cessna Avenue

Charleston

Sewer station

I read with much interest the March 16 editorial "Make this odor go away," and the letter "Stuck by a smelly sewer station."

I have been a resident of Dorchester County for the past 10 years. There is a sewer pumping station at the corner of Natchez Kusso Road (where I live) and Eagle Drive.

This station smells bad on most days. The smell not only fouls the outside air, it enters my home through the washing machine discharge pipe in my laundry room.

I, and my neighbors, have complained to the Dorchester County Water and Sewer Department on numerous occasions.

The last time I called, a clerk informed me that "they were working on it." When asked what was causing the odor I was told that "when it rains the ground becomes saturated, causing the pump not to operate properly."

I am not an engineer. What does a pipe connected to a sewer system have to do with ground water?

Each sewer line has a clean out line near the curb or the shoulder of the road.

There should be some way to flush out the system to keep the smell from backing up into our homes.

This problem demands a solution. The sooner the better. I have spent hundreds of dollars buying Air Wick electric scented oil refills.

Anthony C. Woodson

Natchez Kusso Road

Ridgeville

Big loss

What a tragedy! Evan Thompson is leaving the helm of the Preservation Society. In four years he has accomplished so much. His ideas have been unequaled.

He has truly been an inspirational leader. His departure will be a loss to the community.

He will be surely missed.

Jane Thornhill

Legare Street

Charleston

Tree canopies

While most might agree that pines and sweet gum can be problematic, it remains important to note that they, like all trees, provide many vital environmental services.

They also are the most common tree species in the state, with high productivity potential.

If they are allowed to be taken out of service by development (as being considered by North Charleston), logically, they should be replaced by other, more acceptable, native species wherever possible.

Removal with no impact mitigation should be opposed.

Regional tree canopy maintenance is critical to Lowcountry environmental "stability, integrity and beauty."

We need our trees. All removals, regardless of species, should include mitigation considerations - no species discriminations - no free passes.

John Martin

Rose Lane

Summerville

Gun hysteria

Thank you for the recent very firm editorial admonishing the pro-gun crowd to tone it down and turn to more important things.

As the major source of news in the tri-county, I believe you have a responsibility to be the voice of reason when an issue gets out of control, as this gun hysteria has.

Michael Griffith

Sterling Marsh Lane

Johns Island

A pattern emerges

The recent controversy surrounding the MUSC/C of C merger idea is reminiscent of the proposed I-526 extension.

In both cases, local politicians Leon Stavrinakis, Bobby Harrell and Mayor Joe Riley ignore rational facts and knowledgeable input from the affected communities.

Instead, they push ahead with their ill-conceived agendas and make it all too clear how much they enjoy spending taxpayer money for little or no demonstrable benefit to those of us who foot the bills.

Julia Dircks

Beauregard Street

Charleston