Equality

I recently read in the Moultrie News the article titled “42 annual Cooper River Bridge Run.” Kringe Schabort (55) who won the wheelchair race with the time of 0.24.29 and Silas Kipruto (34) won with the time of 0.27.58, so technically Kringe got a faster time by 0.3.20. I also realize Kringe might not have had the same amount of people on the bridge as Silas, so maybe he had a slight advantage. I think that the wheelchair winners should get about or close to the same amount of money as runners. Just because they have a disability doesn’t mean they should be treated differently. I also just want to say that Kringe worked with the military, hence the reason he lost both his legs.

I know I’m just a kid but I should still be able to be heard. My point is everyone should be treated equally, disability or not, so Kringe should get an equal amount of money as Silas.

Ragan Stryker (Age 9)

Mount Pleasant

Earth Day

Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, marking a half century of promoting environmental awareness and calling for protection of our planet. But are we making a difference? Can we do more than reduce, reuse and recycle? Sure. We can adopt a plant-based diet and stop consuming animals.

Why the focus on meat and dairy? An article in Nature argues that animal agriculture is a major driver of climate change, air and water pollution, and depletion of soil and freshwater resources. Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network reports that solving the global warming catastrophe requires a massive shift to plant-based eating.

Animal agriculture is responsible for carbon dioxide emissions from burning forests to create animal pastures and the operation of machinery to raise and transport animals. More damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and animal waste ponds, respectively. In fact, meat and dairy production dump more animal waste, fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined, and it’s the driving force behind wildlife extinction.

An environmentally sustainable world replaces meat and dairy products in our diet with vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources.

We can celebrate the observance of Earth Day at our supermarket.

Eric McCall

Charleston

Affordable housing

I am not trying to be sarcastic or dismissive but when I see a picture of Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg talking about the city’s plans to build seven (seven?) affordable houses in West Ashley, per the April 18 Post and Courier article on affordable housing, I can only shake my head. Under his leadership he has seen plans for more than twice that number of hotels and who knows how many restaurants — all of which need competent service people who not only need affordable housing but have to be able to get to those hotels and restaurants in an affordable and consistently easy manner. Recent articles, if true, indicate that restaurants with tight operating budgets are beginning to close because of a lack of service people. Who apparently are opting for the fancier hotels and restaurants, where, I assume, pay grades and gratuities are above average and meaningful for any sort of lifestyle in the Charleston area. Yes — this whole affordable housing problem is really an almost impossible conundrum and it is easier said than done, but c’mon, face reality.

The article mentions Awendaw — it might as well be West Virginia for service workers in the City of Charleston. The article mentions Mount Pleasant who, as usual, form task forces to study the issue and make sure none of the possibilities for affordable housing for service people and the many seniors living there that will certainly be on their very expensive virgin properties; exceed building heights or build anywhere near other housing in classic NIMBY fashion. As if they know of a way to accommodate economic density for housing that will never occur.

Seymour Rosenthal

Mount Pleasant