LETTERS to the Editor 

STAND UP JAMES ISLAND

I want to thank Charleston City Paper for the excellent coverage of the campaign for offices in the Town of James Island ("If I See One More Voting Booth!", News, Aug. 23). I wish everyone who voted for the incorporation would demand to be included as defendants in the suit filed against the Town by the City of Charleston, and others. They say there is safety in numbers, and I can just imagine them trying to get depositions from the 3000 plus that approved the incorporation.

Last time I looked, there was no land link between the City of Charleston and James Island. If Charleston can come under the water to annex on James Island, why can't James Island do the same within its own boundaries?

My drivers license says I live in James Island, SC. If the SC Department of Motor Vehicles recognizes the existence of the Town of James Island, who can deny it?

Henry Horres Jr.
James Island

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS

In response to "Moredock right, finally" (Letters, Aug. 30), I just want to ask: Seriously? Are you serious? To clarify, Lincoln freed the slaves. Lincoln kept the Union together. Lincoln, while it's questionable how moral he was in his personal life, (there is evidence that he, himself, was a racist) was a good president. Also, invading Mexico is a silly, stupid idea. You might say that it is an example of "idiocracy." Fourthly, racial profiling is not good. It doesn't work. Fifthly, you are not a Democrat. You are from another planet.

Samantha Church
Charleston

POWER PLAY IN ONE ACT

The other day, some SCE&G employees came out to read the meter at my house. Well, they had uniforms on and stuff, but you can never be too careful, so I took a couple of shots at them just to make sure they really were meter-readers and not burglars or teenagers or something. Well, believe it or not, afterward, the police showed up to arrest me! The nerve! (I considered shooting at them too, but as they were also armed, I decided against it.) Following my arrest and an extremely uncomfortable cavity search, I was detained for several days until bond was set at $500,000. Unfortunately, I cannot afford that, so I guess I'll be here in jail for awhile. To pass the time, I'm planning to write a letter to my state representative, Wallace Scarborough. I sure hope he can help me out of this mess.

Wendy Sang Kelly
Isle of Palms

BRACK ATTACK

I'm writing today to challenge the assertion made by Andy Brack in the July 23 issue of S.C. Statehouse Report that, to date, S.C.-based political blogs "haven't done much in South Carolina." In the article Mr. Brack cites Charlestonian Phil Noble's characterization of local blogs as "about 75 percent vanity and 25 percent substance."

While there is some truth in Brack's assertion that the S.C. blogosphere is still in its infancy, I'm aware of one Lowcountry-based blog that is coming of age right in front of our eyes. Spurred by the upcoming Charleston County school board elections, www.schoolmovement.org is a local blog attempting to affect real change at the grassroots level. The site – developed and maintained locally – solicits bipartisan input and has garnered over 1,000 hits since its inception just two weeks ago. School Movement's regular contributors highlight the widening gap between the rhetoric and the actions of our current school board members. Above all, they demand accountability from our elected officials.

While the emergence of blogs at the national level has certainly generated its share of hubris throughout the past few years, we need only look to Connecticut, where Ned Lamont's recent defeat of incumbent Joe Lieberman was driven in large part by the vibrant blogging community that exists there.

While local blogs certainly have a long way to go, members of the Charleston County School board should ignore the local blogosphere at their own risk.

Jeremy Nimtz
Charleston

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