LETTERS to the Editor 

PARENTS NEED HELP, NOT SCORN

In response to the media coverage this past week about parents in Charleston County, I would like to offer a different perspective. I believe all parents want the best for their families, regardless of where they live. No one says when I grow up, I want to have children and I want to be a bad parent. We all want what is best for our children, and we want to be able to provide for them all of what they need, and hopefully some of what they want. According to research, this is what Parents Anonymous knows families need in order to be successful:

Parents need someone to talk to, to listen to them, to offer resources when needed, to share parenting ideas, to provide emotional support, and to respect them.

Children need parents to listen to them, to talk to them, to provide guidance, to provide appropriate discipline, and to love them, unconditionally.

Parents Anonymous provides a place for parents to talk about the everyday stress of raising children, a place where parents support each other and work together to find the best solutions for their families. Our mutual support groups are parent-driven and strength-based. Trained facilitators partner with parents who attend groups to determine the content of meetings and the pace at which learning occurs. As parents discuss parenting skills and behaviors, along with their rationale for using them, facilitators observe and encourage parents to identify and take responsibility for their problems, develop their own solutions, and serve as role models for one another. Parents are resources to each other, and the facilitator is a resource to the group as well as a link to other resources in the community.

For 28 years Parents Anonymous of South Carolina has worked to strengthen families. We ask that you do the same.

Donna Xenakis
Parents Anonymous of South Carolina
Charleston

AID CONTINGENT ON QUALITY

The article last week that asked "when will the world take notice?" of local filmmakers ("Underexposed," Oct. 4) omitted filmmakers from the area that have already been recognized and selected by organizations across the world. I hate to burst this reporter's bubble, but really being appreciated by the world has nothing to do with $100,000 grants or defunked dramas that had no potential artistically any ways. It has to do with original filmmaking. If we wanted to bro it up with locals we could put on our baseball caps and head to the Village Tavern for a metal show. However, for most of us filmmakers we do it for only one reason, and it is not the funding either.

I've made films for eight years in Charleston. They have been selected in festival competitions in several countries, curated for special showings at some of the largest film festival in this hemisphere, and aired in dozens of countries by satellite to potentially millions of people. These are the types of accomplishments that bring recognition to our city. Perhaps the City Paper could do a better job of recognizing us when we do succeed.

Lastly, if there were more talent there would be more money. It doesn't go the other way around. The only films made in the Lowcountry worth their salt are ones made from the blood and sweat of artists surrounded in a world of overproduced underachieving schlock.

Andrew Barranca
Charleston

FREE TO BE YOU AND ME

Americans it is time to wake up! Do you not see what is slowly taking place? Are you so laid back and lazy that you don't care what's going on? Is it because you agree with some of the laws that the government has imposed on us all, without asking us for a vote?

Maybe you don't like to breathe cigarette smoke from someone else. Does that make it OK for the government to ban smoking inside in an entire city, county, or state?

Maybe you think seatbelts save lives. Should not adult Americans have the choice to run that risk? Is this something the government should control? Did we vote on it?

Maybe you think helmets save lives. Should not adult Americans have the choice to run that risk? Thank God (and ABATE) that S.C. still believes so. Though the insurance companies are trying their best to make the government impose it. Will motorcyclists be allowed to vote on it? Yeah, right. Maybe there should be training provided by the state to train people how to ride properly and safely. Maybe that would save lives.

What if they decide most people die from head injuries in automobile accidents and the best way to stop this is for everyone to wear helmets in cars and trucks? What if they decide that if your body weight is over three pounds per inch of height (6" tall = 180 lbs) and you're caught eating French fries, you get a $25 ticket? Because obesity is a killer and this could save lives. You may think this is funny, but I bet if smokers were told 20 years ago there would be total bans on smoking, even in bars, they would have laughed too.

Maybe you think I'm just another radical that is against the government. I'm not. I'm against government control! And that's what is slowly happening. It's not "We the People" anymore, it's "WEE the people"! It"s not "For the People, By the People," it's "For the Corporations, By the Government." OPEN YOUR EYES! GET INVOLVED! BE AMERICAN!

Our forefathers would be packing up and looking for another "New World" if they were here now.

Maybe there should be a law that would make all students study the Constitution of the United States, and what our forefathers expected out of it. They would not be able to pass into high school or college unless they made above 90 on the test. Maybe then the next generation of politicians will understand what America stands for instead of what corporations think is best. Maybe.

Rick Nelson
Frogmore, S.C.
A member of ABATE of S.C.

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