Tuesday, July 16, 2013
When I saw the front page of The Post and Courier on Tuesday, July 9, I was surprised at the announcement of the impending lay-off of 300 workers who maintain Army ships at the Charleston Federal Complex on the Cooper River.
Because of the government’s lack of budget and their imposed sequester plan, they can make cuts anywhere they choose.
How can we ask troops to protect our country and fight for our freedom when we cannot provide the necessary well maintained equipment? How long can this go on before the American people say “No?”
I hope not much longer before things get worse.
A real disease
I just read a July 9 article in The Post and Courier that discusses the need to “keep meds straight.” As an example, the article describes a woman’s efforts to keep a total of 34 daily medications in order for her two elderly parents.
Do you really want to know what a disease is?
1. A disease is the obscene number of commercials put on by drug companies for their specialized and expensive prescription drugs that expends millions in dollars that could be put in the pockets of countless research and/or charities instead of the pockets of advertising agencies and national TV networks.
2. A disease is the use of alphabet soup to make real illnesses and diseases sound like a welcome walk in the park, which is what many of these ads look like, as the drug companies make you feel all cozy and comfortable with your disease and its quick cure.
3. A disease is the ending comments on all these ads where you are told in almost unintelligible “quick talk” that you may die from some other ailment brought on by the wonder drug being discussed.
4. A disease is the number of doctors who find no reason other than to fill out a prescription form to cure whatever ails you.
5. A disease is the number of poor patients who are now tied to multiple medications without even a clue anymore as to why there are so many and how many could be eliminated in favor of natural supplements, proper and advanced nutritional guidance, and even casual movement/exercise.
6. A disease, as stated in the article, is the 700,000 emergency room visits, 120,000 hospitalizations and probably close to 100,000 deaths that are a direct result of these “life saving/disease-ridding” drugs and their interactions.
New bus stops
Three new bus stops were constructed by the Town of Mount Pleasant in June.
Two are on the community’s busy No. 40 route’s inbound side near Bowman Road (behind Arby’s on the frontage road) and across from Wando Crossing Shopping Center.
The other is on Wingo Way where it serves guests at area hotels and hotel workers headed into Charleston using the new No. 41 Coleman Boulevard Route.
These stops were built under the leadership of the mayor, who used money from his discretionary fund to start the project, the continuing leadership of council member and CARTA board member Linda Page and the support of town council. Public Works did a great job building these stops.
For many of the people using these stops, they provide a safe and comfortable place to wait for the bus at the end of a work day (or night) which has kept them on their feet, making sure our hotels and hospitals work. For the community, these improvements are an expression of compassion and respect for the hard work these people do and an indication that our town continues the effort to make transit here work, which has doubled ridership here in the past eight years.
These slabs, benches and surrounding infrastructure tell everyone on the road and sidewalk this town is a decent and caring place.
During this same period, Hungryneck Straphangers was able to place two temporary benches along the No. 40 route at Six Mile Road and ECCO (Which supported that bench installation) and at Shelmore Boulevard.
These bus stop improvements will, over time, contribute to increasing ridership on ther transit system so that we can retain service in CARTA’s competitive route evaluation system.
Hungryneck Straphangers would like to thank the mayor, town council and Mount Pleasant Public Works, for their wonderful effort in improving those bus stops.
This effort represents another move forward on the public transit journey our community is making together.
William J. Hamilton
Hungryneck Straphangers, www.busec.org
Texting while driving is now the leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers, according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration.
Also texting while driving has been found to be six times more dangerous than driving while drunk.
Here’s the real shocker – texting while driving is the same thing as driving the whole length of a football field at 55 mph, taking 4.6 seconds – blindfolded.
At their July meeting, Mount Pleasant Town Council decided to begin the process of drawing up the town’s own “no texting while driving” law. Mayor Billy Swails was hoping that the South Carolina Legislature would pass a state-wide law this past session, but they didn’t.
This issue is too important to wait around for our legislature. Let the mayor, council members and town staff know that you support their endeavors on this extremely important subject.