Letters: Magnolia development should reflect city’s beauty in project | Letters to the Editor


The word “magnolia” usually evokes images of delicacy, beauty, grace and life in the South.

Magnolia is the name of the long-anticipated development in Charleston’s upper peninsula.

The conceptual images provided by the Houston-based developer show streetscapes that lack the beauty and grace that Charleston exemplifies.

Instead, the buildings are cold, bland and would be right at home in Anywhere Else, USA.

I hope these are merely a rough sketch subject to corrections.

The proliferation of such boxy and prefab architecture on the peninsula in the past decade is alarming.

Like too many facets of our historic culture, the sights and sounds of classic Charleston are rapidly being watered down.

While no one should expect new buildings to look like replicas of the Exchange Building or other graceful local gems, our public and private sector leaders must courageously demand loyalty to the architectural vocabulary that makes Charleston unique.

Remember our city motto: “She guards her buildings, customs, and laws.”

The Magnolia project will change an eyesore to a place where the beauty and grace of life in the South should be evident.

As citizens of the Holy City, let us insist that those involved in planning Magnolia respect the culture of the most beautiful city in this great country.

GREGORY WEST

Charleston

Military cuts harmful

A Sunday letter regarding “Ike’s leadership” implies that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott may be misguided in his support for additional defense spending.

The writer points out that President Dwight D. Eisenhower cut defense spending by 27% during his time in office. What is not mentioned is the context of these cuts. In 1952, Eisenhower ran for president on a pledge to end the Korean War, which he accomplished in July 1953.

He then presided over a country that enjoyed peace and prosperity. After every war in our history, we have demobilized; the aftermath of the Korean War was no different.

Demobilization allowed us to reduce defense spending. Like most wartime generals, Eisenhower hated war, but he also knew that strong armed forces were necessary, and our military readiness didn’t suffer on his watch, as I can personally testify.

Scott is right to support increased defense spending.

The world is becoming more dangerous every day as China increases its military spending 10% a year and threatens Taiwan, while the Russians rattle their swords over Ukraine.

It has amazed me that while we spend literally trillions of dollars on our domestic needs, we haven’t been able to spare a few billion dollars to increase the size of our shrinking fleet and replace some of our aging aircraft.

What Roman military expert Vegetius said around 2,000 years ago is as true today as it was then: “If you want peace, prepare for war.”

RICHARD T. WRIGHT

Retired Navy captain

Charleston

Jan. 6 threat to nation

A Tuesday letter stated Jan. 6 was no Pearl Harbor.

Yes, in terms of lives lost there is no comparison. Our country commemorates those deaths every year on Dec. 7. We also honor those who died in the attacks on 9/11.

What makes the Jan. 6 insurrection “no Pearl Harbor” is that the attacks were not from outside forces but from American citizens who wanted to disrupt and possibly destroy the peaceful process of our fair and free elections.

These people were led to the Capitol based on a lie that the presidential election was stolen, one still perpetuated by former President Donald J. Trump and some of those serving in our own Congress.

Not only were some of the mob fixated on stopping the electoral process, they were armed and ready to harm and kill anyone who got in their way.

The letter writer omitted that four police officers died because of that day: one at the riot and three later by suicide. They died protecting our democracy, just like the soldiers at Pearl Harbor.

Jan. 6 is definitely “no Pearl Harbor” because it is a far worse threat to our democracy.

KIM TROTTER

Sullivan’s Island

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