Letters: stop releasing balloons. Choose eco-friendly options instead. | Letters to the Editor

Someone should inform groups of people performing balloon releases that it harms our waters, birds, marine life and more.

Who’s doing this in 2022?

And why is the negative impact on the environment not reported?

These groups must find an appropriate alternative.

I ask all groups and organizations to stop this practice and choose sensible, ecological and sustainable alternatives like planting trees.

KELLY PIERSON

North Charleston

Political squares?

Whitney Powers wrote in a Sunday comment: “The square is a remarkable symbol of the first flames of democracy in the United States.

I’ve always thought of piazzas as a practical adaptation to our subtropical climate.

Placed on the south or west side of the house, the piazzas channel our prevailing breezes, south to southwest, through the open windows of the detached house, providing cross ventilation and natural cooling.

In addition, on sunny days, the squares catch the sun, providing shade inside the house.

I’ve always thought of squares as convenient, permanent canopies. I figured out that the Charleston single-family house with a place was one of the most efficient designs for solar energy before air conditioning.

That was until I read Powers’ editorial.

Now I have learned that Charleston Square, “a symbol of the first flames of democracy”, was designed to make a political statement.

RUTH MILLER

Charleston

Stop the fentanyl crisis

The first National Fentanyl Awareness Day was held on May 10.

I was happy to see this because this drug has created a crisis in our society.

Fentanyl is a chemically produced opioid that is flooding the drug market across America.

It is much more potent than heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other opioids.

The drug is relatively inexpensive to produce, so it is mixed with other drugs to increase the amount for sale and to give a better kick.

It’s often mixed with another drug and squeezed into pills that look like they came from a legitimate pharmacy. The problem is that there is no control over the intensity of fentanyl, and too much can kill.

A very small amount can kill.

And it kills.

Last year, 100,000 American opioid users died, 61,000 of them from a fentanyl overdose, including my daughter, who died last August.

Fentanyl overdose in the United States is the leading cause of death among young adults between the ages of 20 and 35.

And now for the really bad news: the chemicals that are mixed together to produce fentanyl are mostly made in China.

The chemicals used to produce the drug are not illegal, so China can ship these chemicals around the world without risking any consequences.

The majority of these chemicals are sold to Mexican cartels who mix the chemicals in labs to produce tons of fentanyl.

The drugs are then smuggled into America across our porous borders into every city and town in America.

SAM ANNAND

Salem

Focus on the real issues

How heartening to see the Legislative Assembly and Governor Henry McMaster act quickly on an urgent issue: the enormous problem of transgender girls participating in sporting events.

Apparently, this has led to “half a dozen cases over the past five years”, according to The Post and Courier.

Who knew how big the problem was getting?

Obviously, issues as trivial as extensive background checks for gun purchases, the ease with which criminals and mentally unstable people can obtain military-style guns, and the passing of a draft hate crimes legislation deserve far less attention from our legislators and our governor.

And heaven forbid we expand Medicaid, even if the federal government pays the lion’s share. It seems not everyone deserves basic health care.

THOMAS E. STEELE

Charleston

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