Will Moredock's Feb. 1 column exposing white "racist" Republicans ("White People's Party Strikes Again," Views) struck me right to the heart. The insidious evil he describes is almost more than I can bear.
For one thing, he notes, our "white" republican legislature has blocked a lawsuit against the gun manufacturers who make those insidious guns — guns that run amuck killing thousands of innocent people. Shouldn't these legislators know that one more law will bring these guns under control?
Even more frightening, devious white racists are striking at the heart of our society by promoting school vouchers and charter schools in our state. My god, what drives people to such evil? This is an insidious conspiracy that lets white kids flee to better schools (not that any of our schools are bad), while hoping that black parents won't realize that they too can send their kids to better schools. Have these Republicans no shame?
It gets still worse. There is an attempt by the legislature to bar the Charleston County School District from using tax money to pay lobbyists to spend tax money to persuade S.C. legislators to give the CCSD more tax money. I ask you, what better use of school tax money could there possibly be?
Even more unbelievable, a Berkeley County lynch mob calling themselves "residents," are attempting to take budgetary power away from the school board. This is an outrage! Why do they want to ruin a perfectly good school system? Don't they know that nearly 50 percent of our students actually graduate from high school and most of them are fully qualified for practically any position at a fast-food franchise. What more could anyone ask of a school system?
Thank god we have Will Moredock to tell us what's good for all of us.Terry W. Ryan
AS PRESIDENT OF THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION, I AM WRITING TO EXPRESS OUR STUDENTS' GRAVE DISAPPOINTMENT WITH BOTH THE HUMANITY AND BUSINESS PRACTICES OF THE MUSIC FARM, 32 ANN ST.
To date, MUSC students have collectively raised and donated $10,700 for Gulf Coast victims of the disastrous 2005 hurricane season. Since September, we have been planning to double this amount by holding a fund-raiser with a Mardi Gras theme at the Music Farm on Feb. 24.
This date and our plans were verbally agreed to by the manager of the Music Farm in the fall. A contract had not been signed to use the facility, as the manager had asked us to wait until he returned from vacation the middle of January and we could all meet and agree on final details. Upon his long awaited return, during which time we had to go ahead and make arrangements with a band and caterer for this event, he returned one of our many calls to tell us that he had had to make a "business decision," and had booked a band for this evening — we would have to "choose another date" for our fundraiser!
Although we pleaded with him to honor his verbal agreement and the arrangements for this event/date that we had been making for months, he held to his "business decision."
We want everyone in the Charleston vicinity to know about, in our opinion, the dishonorable business practices of the Music Farm. We would also like everyone to be aware that, before they attend any function at the Music Farm, the Music Farm jilted the good intentions of, and their verbal commitment to, the MUSC student body. In doing so, in our opinion, the management chose the bottom dollar over helping humankind surpass the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States!
Thank you for reading this letter and acting accordingly.Alex Whitley
MUSC SGA President
[Music Farm owner and manager Kurt Papenhausen responds: "I never met Mr. Whitley or shook his hand. We had conversations about what they wanted to do possibly, but nothing was formalized. There was no agreement or contract. I purely made a business decision, but I did offer them alternative nights, two or three nights, and they said they could not bend their schedule." —Ed.]
Great Palmetto Pointe article ("Pointeless," Cover, Feb. 1), I was almost sad to see it go off the air, because it was so absolutely hilarious. Definitely one of the worst shows in the history of television.
I feel bad for people that did not have the chance to see how much of a monstrosity it was.Jack Gumb