I have to admit to being absolutely shocked to open The Post and Courier on Saturday, Oct. 29, and find the headline story to be about a high school football team. That anyone at that paper even considered such a story for a second over the indictment of a member of the inner circle of the President of United States relating to a matter of national security would have been a major shock. To find that it actually allowed that to be the headline story really leaves me dumbfounded.

One cannot escape the conclusion that either incompetence or blatant bias led to such an outrageous breach of the public trust which accompanies the Post and Courier‘s media position. In either case, it places the Charleston region in a sad and perilous position, especially in light of the Post and Courier‘s practical monopoly over the local print media market. [Uh, excuse me? — Ed.] One certainly cannot be left with much confidence that our local paper is prepared for or capable of covering a local event which might require any significant exercise in journalistic independence, judgment, or investigative integrity.

Truly a sad day in the long, storied history of the Post and Courier.

Leon E. Stavrinakis

[Mr. Stavrinakis, a Democrat, is chair of the Charleston County Council. — Ed.]


I have just read a response by James Keith McLendon in the letters to the editor regarding Will Moredock’s column entitled “Seeking the Creative Class,” and his response I find ignorant of the point of the article. The book that Moredock bases his article on is referring to a bit more creativity than McLendon’s assumption of making beads and singing folk songs.

The creative class refers to a group of people who welcome diversity and collaboration, which is keystone to developing communication and efficiency of ideas that are necessary to truly show positive growth. The creative class is not your third grade playtime and if you had investigated a bit more, creative industries include design of all kinds, from the computer I am typing on right now, to the movie I am about to watch, to the new Ravenel bridge I just drove over. Last time I checked, tourism was one of the major industries that Charleston has to offer. It seems to me that diversity and cultural integration are what make up the creative class market and the advancement of appealing to innovative industries. 

As an artist, I feel I must leave this pleasant town in search of common ideas of knowledge and exposure to issues that are clearly on the fringes of development here. And it seems that closed views like those of Mr. McLendon are part of the problem. So, thanks, Mr. McLendon, for confirming my feeling and probably the feeling of many creative and talented artists in the Charleston area.

Liz Stehling


Protection of the U.S./Mexican border could be inexpensive by digging a moat 100 feet wide and 4 feet deep along the border. Use the excavated soil to create a 30-foot high berm on the U.S. side. Plant Spanish bayonet and pyrocantha bushes close together on the berm. Drill random holes at varying depths: fill with rocks to prevent any clandestine tunnelling so that water from the moat drains into any tunnel. Allow the moat to fill with water.

Now stock the moat with endangered plants and animals. Add alligators and poisonous snakes. Inform PETA and other environmentalists groups of this new biosphere. Give them rights to protect the area. The environmentalists would be in heaven, and the border would be scrupulously protected by the most vigilant people on the planet. This would be free since they recruit their own and work from donations! Allow them to punish any illegal alien harming the environment. However, any alien making the crossing without harming the environment would be granted full U.S. citizenship.

Dwight Ives

Dave Harvey, Heritage Motorcycle Rally coordinator, wrote a pointed rejoinder to Will Moredock’s column, “Coming Down the Road,” (The Good Fight, Views, Oct. 16, 2005). Go to and follow the links to the Letters to the Editor page. — Ed.

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