LETTERS to the Editor 

THREE CHEERS FOR CHASE

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading Ms. Chase's column every week. I think her stories and perspective are not only on key but quite humorous as well.  I hope she continues for the paper ... she's an asset.

Barbara E. Boylston
Charleston

GOTCHA

I'm officially the definition of gullible. The little blurb about godhatesshrimp.com got me. I only looked at the sign and assumed it was affiliated with the billboards I have seen along I-26 claiming that homosexuals will burn in hell (or something to that effect). I rushed home and whipped out my laptop and feverishly linked to the website filled with little pieces of my mind that were dying to jump out of my mouth onto an e-mail straight to some kook's computer only to find that it was, indeed, a spoof. Hmpf. Upon reading the article fully, I realized that any somewhat educated person should have realized the same thing. Silly me for reacting to a situation I wasn't quite sure of.

After checking out the website, however, I surfed around and clicked links until I came to a website with pictures of religious right-wing nuts doing all kinds of crazy things "in the name of the Lord." Then, I found a website: streetpreach.com. I don't know if you've ever been there before, but it is simply astonishing to see the things that people do to already-persecuted groups like homosexuals or women who have abortions. Thank you for helping to bring this to my attention! Without your investigatory journalism, I would never have had the opportunity to send the nut a letter.

Sarah M. Nielsen
Charleston

OYSTER LOVER

The research about using noradrenaline from the mussel or oyster is not new. In 1989, our family, along with some researchers at the University of Connecticut and members of the Kuwait royal family, formed a company to research and develop many different applications for a similar two-part epoxy.

Initially the effort was led and encouraged by Dr. Harry Gossling, who replaced hips and knees. Quite often the adhesive he used failed so he wanted a better glue. He wanted to develop a glue that could work in 100 percent moisture conditions. Eye doctors in the N.Y. area were interested in the glue for reattaching detached retinas. The Navy, of course, was interested in coating subs and ships to repel marine life from fouling the steel hulls.

During the months of the first Gulf War, our friends in Kuwait were unable to get money from their accounts and the company eventually folded. The patents were later sold to the Kuwait family. The monetary loss in the investment was in excess of $4,000,000, unfortunately. Worst yet was not seeing any new products developed from the effort.

Kenneth W. Barnes
Isle of Palms

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