LETTERS to the Editor 


The Feb. 22 column by Moredock ("Spring Break," The Good Fight, Views) is yet one more example of the pathetic state of education in South Carolina. Written by someone with a purported graduate-level education at USC, the article would have received an "F" from my High School teacher.

There is no Vale, Colorado! There is the town of Vail, a high-end ski resort and hardly your typical Spring Break destination. Joe Riley is not governor of Florida and has not annexed South Padre Island from Texas. There is no evidence of any "epidemic" occurring during Spring Break. The use of the banal expressions "tip of the proverbial iceberg" and "shark-infested waters" is something one might expect from a GED candidate. So is the inconsistent use of abbreviations (of questionable propriety in the first place) for states. Abbreviate all or none; the abbreviation for Texas is Tex.

Tell me, do you pay this guy? If so, why?

Doug MacCallum


Today, as I was setting up my hot dog cart at the corner of King and George streets, a college kid came up to me and congratulated me. "For what?" was my response. "For winning Best of Charleston" (March 1, cover).

Best of Charleston!? I couldn't freaking believe it! There's a City Paper stand across the street from me, and I make it a point to always grab a paper first thing on Wednesdays. But I totally spaced on the fact that Best Of was coming out! So, I ran right over to grab one (just missing getting hit by a car!) and found your entry about me (Best Cheap Dog, critics' pick).

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

All day long, all kinds of people (lots who I don't even know) came over to congratulate me. Amazing. Y'all just made my day and my job that much more enjoyable! You know, it might be just a little insignificant hot dog stand, but it's my livelihood, and I absolutely love doing what I do. How many can say that?!

I really appreciate your kind words — funny, too! Thank you once again (and quite frankly, it is the volume sales! And, I have a feeling that the volume is about to go up, thanks in part to you and your paper!)

Terry O'Hora
Dollar Dog Guy


Surely you jest when you nominated the IHOP as the Best Breakfast ("Best Of," cover, Readers' — not Critics' — Picks) in the area. I can name a dozen places better, such as St. John's Cafe, Marie Laveau's (which serves only breakfast and lunch), Hominy Grill, the Bookstore Café, Baker's Cafe, Saffron's, Bear E Patch, Marina Variety Restaurant, etc.

What were your criteria? IHOP is all right in its place. It even has a senior citizen discount (but so does Alex's), but the best? Surely you jest.

Irving Rosenfeld
James Island

(We hear you, Irving, but that's the problem with a democracy — everyone gets a vote. —Ed.)


After volunteering for the first Charleston Food And Wine Festival (C-FAW), I was satisfied having helped to celebrate the food, wine, culture, and people in one of the greatest cities in America. However, there was something missing. As I was driving Saturday afternoon, watching a horse and carriage hauling tourists down King Street, I realized what was missing. The horse and carriage was navigating through heavy traffic and came upon a steel plate covering a construction site. The carriage wheels rose and fell with a thump, spooking the horse into a trot and directly into the rear end of a Toyota truck. Luckily, neither human nor horse appeared to be injured, but I had the explanation I was searching for — the never-ending battle of Mr. Ed vs. the Toyota, the old bridge vs. the new bridge, and the C-FAW.

Don't get me wrong. The festival — all its board members, staff, sponsors, the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Slow Food and its volunteers — pulled off a great event to build upon. It was equally satisfying seeing the old and new school of Louis Osteen hanging out with Robert Carter and Marc Collins in their full chef regalia relishing the attention and the fact that they helped build Charleston into one of the great American food cities. Perusing through the $25 "complimentary" brochure and admiring all the international chefs and authors present during the weekend is proof enough of how far the Charleston food scene has matured.

However, the troubling fact was the conscious decision to build the festival into another event for our Charleston dignitaries and those who could afford it to pat themselves on the back. In retrospect, the event should have focused its energy showcasing our food culture and its "foodies" while making it accessible to the general public. Many of the events were overpriced for the average "Joe," and only reflected what the City of Charleston wants the world to think of us.

In the future, I am sure Charleston will create one of the best international food events. I just hope those in charge will give equal time to the workhorse, Mr. Ed, before the Toyota runs him over.

John Schumacher


Whatever one does to make a Wandering Eye feel better, I recommend that you do. The Eye’s last column, “Port Politics” (Views, March 8), had more information and, more importantly, more wisdom than South Carolinian Senators Graham and DeMint and Congressman Brown combined.

  It is befuddling why our "esteemed" political leadership cannot lead but perpetually retains the capacity to pander. Congratulations to the Eye. Give it some extra Visine or something for the good work.

Frank C. Leister

(Mr. Leister is a political columnist for The Mercury, the local right-wing weekly newspaper of choice for Charlestonians who think The Post and Courier is too damn liberal. —Ed.)


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