Good leader

I would be interested to learn if any of the College of Charleston students complaining about Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell being hired by the Board of Trustees have ever actually spoken to him or worked with him.

In the early '90s I had the privilege of being involved in some legislation then-Sen. McConnell was working on. I saw his interest and dedication to that legislation.

Since he took over as lieutenant governor. and realized his responsibility to the Office on Aging I have talked to him about this and heard him speak on the subject.

When he gets involved in something he brings the power of his intellect and his political knowledge to the subject.

I believe that given an opportunity these naysayers will have to admit they are wrong. The College of Charleston will move forward and improve under his leadership.

Margaret Baptiste

Cambridge Lakes Drive

Mount Pleasant

Disconnection

I reviewed the names and backgrounds of the 20 members of the College of Charleston Board of Trustees, looking for strong affiliations with state government, trying to figure why they voted for Glenn McConnell as they did. I think it's more about business as usual and old alliances.

Women were well-represented, though there is only one minority member.

I can't figure it out. However, all will be revealed in time.

I stand with the young people in opposition to Glenn McConnell's selection as president. I find young people usually take up a righteous cause, i.e. civil rights, Occupy Wall Street.

The youth help us and the rest of the population see the light.

This is in the category of watch what you do, eventually it may come back to bite you, haunt you.

Hopefully, the board will see the light, too.

There is too much conflict. I bet the board members didn't see that coming, as only 6 percent of the college's students are minorities, and now you know why.

The mindset of the board is not in keeping with the mindset of the students.

Joan Hoyte

W. Liberty Meadows Drive

Summerville

Read and learn

If it had not been for The Post and Courier Book and Author luncheon last year, I probably would not have read the book titled "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline, published in 2013, so soon. It's a wonderful book, rich in history which no one had heard of.

I recently called about the Second Edition book group selection at Second Presbyterian, and it is doing "Orphan Train" this month. (Did you notice in "The Invention of Wings," by Sue Monk Kidd, that one of the Grimke sisters attended Second Presbyterian?)

The Post and Courier luncheons have offered me the opportunity to hear many writers of note whom I have read, and they have introduced me to new writers such as Kline.

The "Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was a 2011 presentation that stole the show for me at the luncheon. Her quiet story of Victorian flower messages woven into a tale for foster care of children sold me hook, line and sinker. Profits from the book go to that worthy charity.

The profits from "Orphan Train" go to research on descendants of these many orphans of not so long ago.

Last year I was thrilled to finally meet Linda Greenlaw of "The Hungry Ocean" fame. As a Maine swordfish captain she warned others during "The Perfect Storm" to turn back and avoid disaster.

"The Lobster Chronicles" tells of her return home to her island to care for her elderly parents and be a lobster fishermen again. Her review last year was about her adopted daughter and how the island culture literally saved this young life. Linda signed my books and answered my questions at the luncheon.

Charleston is so very fortunate to have writers of note visit and meet with us.

Thank you, Robie Scott, Elsa McDowell and others for making this gathering possible.

Martha Barkley

Shadowcreek Court

Charleston

Library tax

I love that I can order books and movies from the county library system. But the budget increase proposed is too overreaching.

I don't think there are many homes worth only $100,000 in Charleston, but the PR campaign tries to tell us that it will only cost $24 per year for 20 years for a $100,000 home.

With most homes being worth over $200,000, that figure should be publicized as a minimum of $50 per year, or for an average home of $250,000 the cost would be $1,200 per home (20 years).

Why can't the library system renovate buildings one at a time, as budgeting allows? Utilities, sewer, water, insurance, etc. are all increasing their costs by huge percentages. But we voters can say no to these overtaxing requests. Who knows what the information needs will be in 20 years - will we even need computer stations?

Or perhaps patrons will be able to just go through a drive-in to check out Google eye-wear. But then we'd have all these new non-functional buildings.

I would rather give my tax money so that my road could be repaved in my lifetime.

You can't use walkers, wheelchairs or even toddler's plastic bikes on our road because all the asphalt is gone, leaving just the bumpy glued rock base.

The county paving personnel are sympathetic, but apparently there's not enough money to ever keep up with the maintenance needs. County Council doesn't want to hear about increasing taxes for roads.

I would love to be able to push my mom in her wheelchair down the road to visit neighbors, but we just get to go up and down the driveway.

Let's build up our basic necessities with any tax increases before we aim for the sky.

Joanne Dixon

Carol Street

James Island