Friday, April 25, 2014
(This is an open letter to Town of Mount Pleasant officials).
I am an outraged resident of The Groves. As you know, the neighborhood was struck again in broad daylight last Sunday.
I encountered an armed gunman in my garage at Groves Manor Court while loading my three children under the age of four into my van in October 2013 at daybreak. I was the last of a string of burglaries in the neighborhood that morning. I rode in a patrol car, pointed out the burglars and they were arrested. My two-year-old frequently references “those bad guys” when he is in our garage.
Unfortunately, it hasn't stopped there. My friend, neighbor and also mother of young children was burglarized on a sunny Saturday afternoon in late February.
These rampant violations are occurring among our friends and family's homes and quite literally in the backyard of the Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department. We are long past the point of neighborhood watch.
Aimee Reynolds DuRant
Thank you for the wonderful tribute to Tony. I can't help but feel I'm the luckiest woman in the world. I met and married the kindest soul with a loving family who welcomed me into their lives. I am forever grateful. Tony was so passionate about his town Mount Pleasant. He fought inequality and inefficiency. He was so proud his sister Linda was elected Mayor.
Our first Christmas together was serving Christmas dinner to Meals on Wheels clients he transported to Okra Grill. He always supported anyone in need. Most recently he hosted a dinner for the boys at Windwood Farms.
Thank you citizens of Mount Pleasant for the outpouring of love, the stories, and the hugs as we mourn the loss of this gentle, kind, loving man.
Throughout the civilized world, communities write laws. There are also unwritten laws or mannerly ways of the community which are about caring for another.
A civilized community:
1. The use of cell phones needs to be discreet. Your conversation resonates inside or outside when you use a loud voice. Practice speaking softly, then you will not be infringing on those around you and their rights. Cell phone use at the table is considered rude whether doing business or social calls.
2. Driving while on your cell phone creates a lack of awareness. Manners are emotional and are about awareness of others' feelings.
3. We live in a tourist town with lots of service industry people. When around them, acknowledge them.
4. Tailgating and road rage, including improper use of your horn, are against our laws. Revving up your engine is against our laws, too.
5. Check out your mindset when driving. Are you driven to get where you are going or will you allow one car to go ahead of you? When standing in line, are you able to allow someone with less business than you to go ahead of you?
These are just a few of the guidelines for a customary safe society.
(Mary has been the director of the Mount Pleasant Junior Cotillion for 20 years.)
'Asked for' ?
A Post and Courier story about an armed robbery in Goose Creek says the victim told police that two men approached him with a gun and “asked for” his wallet.
“Asked for”? Really? As in, “Excuse us, sir. Would you be so kind as to let us have your wallet?”
The story further reports that after the thugs “asked for” the man's wallet they struck him in the head, causing a four-inch gash.
I suppose the criminals, as they ran from the scene, remembered their manners and told their bloodied victim “thank you.”
The reporter and her editor should give serious thought to the vast difference between “asked for” and “demanded.”