Letters to the Editor - September 13, 2018
September is Hunger Action Month
During Hunger Action Month in September, we ask our community to take action against hunger. Food banks all over the country make a concerted effort in September to encourage people to take action in the fight against hunger.
Hunger Action Month is an opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more people. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, people can choose the way that’s right for them to make a difference.
Each of us can make a difference through a donation or through volunteering. Hunger never takes a break, so we must always be diligent in our fight. Nearly 50 percent of the people the Lowcountry Food Bank serves are children and seniors, and 1 in 5 children in South Carolina is food insecure.
Join the Lowcountry Food Bank to distribute more than 30 million meals to 200,000 people this year. There are so many ways to engage not only at holiday time, but year round. Take a stand against hunger and join the Lowcountry Food Bank during our “28 Days to Fill the Plate” campaign at http://28plate.everydayhero.do and help fill the plates of people who experience hunger.
President and CEO Lowcountry Food Bank
READERS COMMENT ON CAINHOY PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT
It is great to hear that Berkeley County and the City of Charleston share an opinion on a parallel access road network plan along Clements Ferry Road to address horrendous traffic that has become the norm as of late. I have personally met with the City, County, SCDOT, and State Senator Larry Grooms on this issue and this project is completely stalled due to a lack of funding and a lack of agreement between Berkeley County and the City of Charleston. At this point it is a great idea and nothing more. The parallel access plan also enables the construction of a fire station to support growth in the Cainhoy Peninsula. There are no downsides to this plan and we need to encourage our local governments to plan ahead for future growth and ensure a viable plan for tomorrow.
I must say I got a good laugh when I read that Berkeley County leaders “have sought to encourage smart growth across the county” as was quoted in the Cainhoy Peninsula article last week in The Daniel Island News. All residents in Daniel Island and the Cainhoy Peninsula are directly and negatively impacted by a proposed Flying J truck stop with diesel fueling capabilities at Clements Ferry Road near 526, which has been rushed through the permitting process by Berkeley County. I have seen a good ‘ole boy network that has turned a blind eye to illegal dumping, illegal land clearing, and an attempt to add a diesel semi-truck fueling operation in federally protected wetlands. The EPA is even interested in investigating the environmental impacts, but Berkeley County officials have yet to make the (required) request for such an investigation to be open, despite many requests by concerned citizens for them to do so. Berkeley County officials quietly changed phase 1 of the Clements Ferry widening project to enable this truck stop, which threatens to add 2000 semi-trucks onto Clements Ferry per day. As residents of one of the fastest growing areas in the south, we should demand better from our elected officials, and demand more fact checking from our local media to prevent our politicians from telling us what we want to hear.