LETTERS to the Editor 

Port Promises

On March 22 at the North Charleston City Council meeting, presentations were made by Hold the Port to Its Promises, The Olde North Charleston Neighborhood Council, The Progressive Neighborhoods Alliance, and Coastal Conservation League expressing concern over the apparent inadequacies of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed port on the south end of the Old Navy Base.

The City passed two resolutions: one asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make sure all of their models are properly formulated, all analysis has been verified, and that all necessary mitigation is required, including installing air-quality monitoring devices in nearby neighborhoods before and during construction, and during operation of the port.

A second resolution asks the corps not to issue a permit for the proposed port until it addresses concerns raised by the Coastal Conservation League and area residents. Hold the Port to Its Promises, a coalition of more than 480 residents and business owners, supports the City of North Charleston's call for the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the FEIS is correct, and that all necessary mitigation is required.

The Army Corps should provide a detailed public response to the city and CCL addressing these questions, adjusting their studies as necessary, and requiring mitigation from the State Ports Authority (SPA) that will address these issues.

Every effort should be made to assure North Charleston residents that we can co-exist with the port with our health and quality of life intact before a permit is issued.

Hanna Goss
Hold the Port to Its Promises
North Charleston

Seeking Dance Fan

As one of many people who love dance as an art form and the Charleston Ballet Theatre in particular, I take serious issue with both the tone and the substance of Mr. Sharbaugh's article on the Camelot production ("Bring Out Yer Dead!, Arts, March 21) that premiered this past weekend at the Sottile theatre. He obviously is not a fan of dance, or he would not have written " ...what's the first thing they think of when you say the words 'dancing knights'?" A lot, maybe the majority, of us do not think of Monty Python and the Holy Grail although for its genre, it may have been a masterpiece. Here is a quote from someone who wrote to me to express her delight in this experience:

"We saw the rehearsal today and it was so good in the 'black box' that I had goose bumps many times and teared up once! And this was without costumes, set and lighting! I think this is going to be beyond sensational..."

With the critical fiscal condition of Charleston's arts organizations today, I feel Mr. Sharbaugh's sophomoric treatment of this elaborate and sophisticated production completely undermined the giant effort we make to keep this caliber of dance in our wonderful city. Please select dance fans to write about dance in future editions of your paper!

Penelope Leighton
President, The Charleston Ballet Theatre Guild
Char Stricklin, Rebecca Feathers-Turck, Susan Davidge-Zahn, Kat Varn, Chana Alvord, Wilma DeZanger, Gayle Hanley, Virginia Ennis

Review a Tragedy

Your reviewer for the film Reign Over Me is a bit wet behind the ears. This movie is the first tasteful drama made about the 9/11 tragedy. It is a fictional tour-de-force that rings true with a stellar ensemble. To not be emotionally impacted by this masterpiece, makes one wonder: maybe your "movie man" was too ... to remember where he was on 9/11.

Red Black
Charleston

All Local, All the Time

While the Best of Charleston is a great idea, perhaps the people and businesses of Charleston, as well as visitors, would be better served if the same criteria that is now in place for Best Writer also be applied to all other categories. Namely, that the winner be local. If Pat Conroy is not really a local author, then Starbucks is not really a local coffeehouse. Charleston has many local coffeehouses with more character and flavor than the over-franchised Starbucks, which now appears in your local grocery store. And does Charleston really not have one restaurant that offers more tasty french fries than McDonald's? Surely the voters have never tasted Locklear's (Maybank) fries with seasoning! Ask for 'em extra crispy! Shouldn't the Best of Charleston reflect the best of CHARLESTON?!

Deanne Pace
Johns Island


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