Letters to the Editor

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014

There will be many well-deserved tributes to Scott Rush saluting his 15-year journey of excellence in music education at Wando High School.

Perhaps next to the titles of mother or father there are none more lofty than teacher.

Mr. Rush is the consummate example of the talent and willingness it takes to teach, train and educate young students in the art of music.

He literally wrote the book(s) on the evolution and habits of a successful band director.

Mr. Rush has that rare ability to encourage, motivate and lead young people to find their own way in the pursuit of superior performance as musicians ... and students.

All band parents of Wando High School music students know what a difference Mr. Rush’s tutelage has meant to their children, not just as students, but also in their lives in the real world.

Having been a band parent whose son has become a high school band director, mentored by Mr. Rush, I have learned how important music and arts are in education. As Mr. Rush broadens his role, only more success will follow.

After all... he wrote the book.

Mel Smith

Mount Pleasant

Proposed bill

The South Carolina legislature is considering a bill that would ban a woman from getting an abortion before she might find out if something has gone wrong with her pregnancy. South Carolina Senators should reject HB 4223, an extreme bill that interferes with a woman’s most personal, private medical decisions.

This ban is particularly callous because it’s likely to impact a woman who was planning for a child but who has developed complications. Politicians are attempting to apply one rule to every woman in South Carolina by banning abortion before the point in pregnancy when a woman might find out something has gone wrong.

If someone I cared about was in this difficult situation, I wouldn’t want politicians, who can’t possibly understand the circumstances a woman and her family may be facing, making her decision. Our legislators should focus on fixing some of the real problems confronting South Carolina – health, education, jobs – and stop trying to prevent a woman from getting the care she needs.

Ruby Cooper



Surprise is defined as an unexpected or astonishing event, fact or thing. Recently, a number of Mount Pleasant residents have been acting surprised at the runaway residential development and the 55-foot-tall office building planned for Shem Creek.

Frankly, I am surprised that they are surprised. Mayor Page was clear that this was her path during her mayoral campaign. She is doing exactly as she said she would and had the support of many older residents such as Governor and Mrs. Edwards. Now, even they feign surprise.

Secondly, Mr. Small has made maximum political contributions to the mayor and council members. This has become like hunting over a “baited field.” There is no way the large developers are going home empty-handed. All these things together should have been and are now clear indicators that Mayor Page will continue Mayor Swails’ agenda of building and helping developers.

The tragic part of this is that town hall now wants to spend the taxpayers’ money to facilitate unwanted building by paying the developer.

The impending tragedy is that the Town of Mount Pleasant and the City of Charleston want to deplete school district funds to pay for their enterprises.

The Charleston County School District is behind in infrastructure and salaries and the local municipalities continue to try to raid their general fund for development through Tax Increment Finance Districts. Let’s not be surprised anymore.

Joe Bustos

Mount Pleasant

Won’t work

I think the new parking garage at Shem Creek will be economically unsuccessful.

Young folks, decision – spend $5 on parking or two PBRs?

Middle-aged folks, decision – spend $5 on parking or two PBRs or a Martini.

Old folks, decision – spend $5 on parking and a long walk to a restaurant or park close to the restaurant. Don’t go to restaurants that require parking in the new garage. Plus, the PBR, martini, etc. decision. It’s probably more valuable to old folks because of Early Bird discounts.

The parking lot fee will probably be higher than $5 which exacerbates the various conditions.

Result – more unhappiness with parking tickets likely included. Early Bird discount programs fail.

Jim Rowe

Mount Pleasant

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