Reader questions about Wando’s STEAM, Yeti and rednecks

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Q: Why is the term “redneck” OK, but the mascot name “Redskins” isn’t?

A: Perhaps it’s the oppression factor. I, for one, have never, ever heard the term “redskins” used in any reference whatsoever other than in reference to the Washington, D.C., NFL team. Mascots are chosen for qualities their supporters admire rather than despise.

For instance, I’m of Scottish-Irish heritage and love the fact that Presbyterian College’s mascot is the Blue Hose, wearing a Scottish kilt. But I guess there was never a perception that the Scots-Irish were oppressed, at least not in North America. I guess the same goes for rednecks.

Q: Why do so many people east of the Cooper put a “Yeti” sticker on their cars?

A: Just to be cooler.

Q: What does Wando High School’s new STEAM program acronym stand for?

A: Wando High School’s new Center for Advanced Studies houses a STEAM program, short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. All good stuff in a fine, new facility.

In our day, the acronym for all those educational aspects housed in one facility was “SCHOOL.”

Q: What about the Charleston County School District (CCSD) board slipping in funding for a new high school building in McClellanville less than 24 hours before the deadline for delineating priorities for the upcoming local option sales tax referendum? Hadn’t those priorities already been established?

A: Agree or disagree, it was ironic to see Mount Pleasant Town Council members getting beat at their own game.

In the hours leading up to CCSD’s board vote, several of the same councilmen who have disregarded the voices of thousands of their own constituents about the 55-foot-tall parking garage fiasco by Shem Creek, made possible by tax dollars, were making statements on social media opposing a building (the high school in McClellanville) that they think goes against long-standing, agreed-upon priorities.

“Trust the school board to do the right thing,” Councilman Elton Carrier wrote on Facebook, mere hours before the school board did the opposite of what Carrier and his colleagues would say was the right thing.

Councilman Mark Smith, also a staunch advocate of the 55-foot building by Shem Creek and the less-than-transparent process involved with it, said on Facebook of CCSD’s tactics, “This is the kind of last minute, shady stuff the American people are tired of.”

The large crowds of constituents who have packed Mount Pleasant Town Hall these last few months, trying to be heard about building heights and protecting Shem Creek, would say in unison, “Amen, councilman! Welcome to the club!”

Will Haynie has published more than 400 op-ed columns as a feature columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times and the Hendersonville Times-News when it was owned by the New York Times. His niche is as a humorous conservative. Find him on Twitter at @willhaynie or email him at Haynie.will@gmail.com.

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