LETTERS to the Editor 

CHENEY'S BULLSEYE

Vice President Dick Cheney shot a man in Texas and only had to pay $7 for a stamp. So does that mean in Texas they actually have a $7 stamp that allows you to hunt and shoot people? Cool. Does South Carolina have such a stamp?

Edward Pickel
N. Charleston

[We checked. According to a S.C. Department of Natural Resources representative, there is not such a stamp; and there isn't one at any other price, either. —Ed.]

NIMBY = NOT IN MAZYCK (-WRAGGBOROUGH) BACKYARD?

In the midst of all the aggrieved hand-wringing and impassioned letters (here and in The Post and Courier) by neighborhood residents regarding the pending sale of an area church and its conversion to a theater, one question comes to mind.

If the neighborhood is so diverse, but connected so well within itself, why are so many people surprised? Haven't the residents been paying attention to the church's faltering situation and its needs?

Just how unaware have you people been?  

As Cool Hand Luke stated, "What we have here is a failure to communicate."

Oh, and by the way, MW'ers, Charleston is not a gated community (with all due respect to Phillip Simmons, of course).

Glenn Tucker

Charleston

MOTORCYCLE PARKING 'ABATED'?

I would like to know when it was decided to end a 30-year tradition of free motorcycle parking in the parking garages near the College of Charleston. Did a new manager at Republic Parking Systems or the City change the policy?

Additionally, why were motorcycles not given reasonable prior notice in order to make other arrangements?

I am also curious; which parking garages owned by the City allow motorcycles to park?

Fred Ruddock
N. Charleston

RELIGION AS SCIENCE A MISNOMER

The movement to have state school systems adopt "critical analysis" of evolutionary theory, and to teach "intelligent design" as an alternative, is not limited to South Carolina. Several other states are targeted by the creationists. The Ohio State Board of Education voted 11-4 Tuesday, Feb. 14, to reject language that the proponents of "intelligent design" wanted to insert into the science curriculum. The scientific community also overwhelmingly rejects "intelligent design" as unscientific.

The proponents of "intelligent design" contend that life is so complex that every facet of it cannot be explained by biological evolution, and that there must be some unseen intelligence behind it. They believe, of course, that the intelligent designer is God. This, they say, is science.

If one pursues that argument further, the next logical question is, "Where is the scientific evidence that God exists?"

Of course, there is none.

Before some readers deride me as an atheistic Satanist, or whatever, let me state that I am an Episcopalian, which, last I checked, means that I am a Christian who does believe that God exists.

The point is, belief in God is an element of faith. It is religion, not science. It does not belong in a science classroom.

Robert P. Stockton
Charleston

WEEKLY GEEKLY WEAK

What is the point of this “Weekly Geekly” column (Screen) that ostensibly is to let readers know of new blogs and podcasts if every column, week after week, is going to list the same blog? There are millions of blogs, literally millions, of which more than one must be Charleston area-based. Thanks for stealthing those out and letting readers know about them. Must be nice for the one blogger whose blog’s getting listed each week to get all the free publicity — can other bloggers get this, too?

Meg Clark
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THE PITTS

Christopher Pittman in 2001 did commit an awful crime, that no one disputes. The reasons behind this tragedy, the Zoloft issue and others will be debated even though the evidence is there for everyone to see on the warning labels in black and white.

What I don’t understand is why the citizens of South Carolina are not outraged at sheer fact any of your children could be tried and sentenced as an adult under current state laws.

Children across this nation are being tried and sentenced as adults for traffic accidents. It doesnt have to be for murder anymore. We have children in the system that have asked the guards how will Santa find them?

If that statement alone does not tell you that children should not be held culpable of their crimes, nothing will.

South Carolina laws say children 14 and under can not be held culpable of a crime. For our children’s sake they should abide by their own laws.

Christopher Pittman was a child of 12 at the time, and having adverse reactions to a mind-altering drug. Whatever your opinion is, when you speak of your own children, 12 is still a child.

Janet Sisk
www.juvenilejusticefoundation.com
Charlotte

PITTMAN STILL NEEDS COMPASSION

This is in response to the article written by Bill Davis in regards to Christopher Pittman’s “Long Chances Get Longer” (News, Feb. 15).

Yes, it is a long shot but there are people from all over the world fighting for this kid because of the one-sided thinking like your reporter. After all is said and done, this kid was 12 years old. Period. No child should be treated as an adult.

I have very little confidence in the president much less the vice president, and believe me that is putting it very mildly. But what has happen to the veep recently will not give me the an opportunity such as this to capitalize on my opposition to the administration.

It was a horrible accident and nothing else. Why can’t people give this kid the same break? I realize the situations are somewhat different. But is it really? To me more reasoning would go to the 12-year-old than the 65-year-old man in a case of an accident. Being just 12 years old and intoxicated by a doctor’s prescription is an accident waiting to happen, which did.

Please have compassion towards all people because these accidents happen and we have to do the best we can with the situation.

That is why I am honored by writing and fighting for Christopher Pittman.

Carlos Zamora
California

PITTMAN THE VICTIM

I strongly disagree with Bill Davis’ assessment that Christopher Pittman’s chances for obtaining true justice are waning. Mr. Davis’ words seem to imply that the time element involved in moving through the justice system reflect negatively on Christopher’s cause. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the South Carolina justice system should be ashamed for its lack of urgency in matters before their courts. Whether by design or inefficiency, it took over three years to bring the case against a 12-year-old child before the court. After the trial, it has taken almost a year for transcripts for a two week trial to be completed and made available for the various follow-up filings. None of that is reflective of Christopher’s “chances.”

In addition, I take offense to the tone of Mr. Davis’ article. As a supporter of Chris Pittman, I did not find the “release of Andrea Yates” as an encouraging factor in our fight for Christopher. Mrs. Yates’ actions resulted from a mental illness; Chris’ actions resulted from a reaction to a drug. “Encouragement” for Christopher’s plight comes more from the many stories coming out regularly of bizarre, violent, and uncharacteristic behavior of people with absolutely no history of violence and the common link is shown to be the use of SSRIs. All of the side effects of these drugs will one day be made public so that consumers can make informed decisions when prescribed them.

On a final note, I am disgusted by the characterization of Chris waiting for his lawyers to “beat the rap.” Chris took full responsibility for his actions even before trial and, in my opinion, honorably accepted his punishment. My fight for Christopher Pittman stems from the fact that he was just a child at the time of his crime, but overnight became an adult held to adult standards and punishment. I believe Chris should have been adjudicated in the juvenile court which would have afforded him rehabilitation rather than mere vengeance.

Judith Mueller
Peoria, Ill.

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