To the Editor:

Recently, I walked my 4-year-old grandson from our home to his Pre-K classes at the M.C. Riley complex in Bluffton. The crosswalk on Bridge Street, which is marked with bright yellow school zone signs, has faded lines that have been in dire need of repainting for years.

The traffic on Burnt Church was standing still, backed up by a newly prescribed, morning drop-off routine. We were met in the grass by a senior administrator who, without a hello, asked, “Did you park nearby to walk your child?” She was pointing toward the bus parking lot beside the school.

I replied, “No ma’am, we are walking from our home.” She continued, “It is against the law to park over there and walk.”

She then added, “You know, it’s not the ’50s anymore, and I don’t feel that it is safe to walk.”

I asked if there was another route that we should take instead, and her surprising answer was, “I recommend that you get in the car and go through the drop-off line like everyone else.”

I was astounded. My grandson and I continued to the entrance of the Early Childhood Development Center, where he was greeted by name and ushered inside.

Now, as in the ’50s, my requests are simple: I want fresh paint in the crosswalk on Bridge Street, free access to walk my grandchild to school, and I expect polite, respectful discourse with any school administrator whom we may encounter along the way.

Kelly Logan Graham

Bluffton

To the Editor:

I am responding to the letter from Paul Russo, who, for purposes of transparency, is the president of the Sun City Democrat Group.

As an independent voter, I look at both sides and decide on the best person rather than sticking my head in the sand for a party.

Mr. Russo addressed the expertise of the FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch in his letter. Was it not Mr. Comey who confirmed to Congress that Hillary Clinton, on three occasions, under oath, lied to Congress? Is that not what our system calls “perjury”?

Loretta Lynch showed her wisdom by deciding it was appropriate to wait on a tarmac to discuss “grandchildren” with the husband of a presidential candidate under investigation. Really? I was born at night but not last night.

Finally, Benghazi: What type of human being looks into the eyes of parents who lost a son defending our U.S. Embassy and lies about why they were killed? It is the same type of person who goes from “dead broke” (Clinton’s words) to worth over $100 million in a short period while working for the American taxpayer – greed and dishonesty on display.

The American people must decide if they want a greedy liar for president or a successful businessman who says “meany” things in a sharp way but has his sights set directly on our country’s problems.

I suggest we listen to what candidates say, not how they say it. The choice is clear.

Ken Fischer

Bluffton

To the Editor:

Both Trump and Clinton became their party’s nominee by hostile takeover. Hopefully, the wisdom of the electorate will not allow that to happen to our presidency. Every four years, voters “hire” the person who will be the president. It is a job too important to be decided by popularity contest or dueling.

In this peculiar election year, common sense leads us to a third party choice for president. Political divisiveness is threatening the equilibrium of the federal government; we need a competent, committed patriot as president. Gov. Gary Johnson, an experienced neutral-party chief executive, has the know-how to work cooperatively with Congress to end gridlock and restore sanity and integrity to D.C.

Voters have a serious obligation to vote for the individual best suited. The job description for Chief Executive is found in the Constitution (Article II, Sections 1-3.). The founders envisioned the president as a problem-solver who will work to keep all three branches of the government operating in a coordinated pattern to provide effective government service to The People.

The balance of power in the federal government is designed to work for us, not the other way around.

No doubt the founders relied on our judgement to choose a president who reverences the Constitutional limitations of the office, yet has the wisdom, experience and maturity to steer the ship of state successfully through turbulent political waters.

Abraham Lincoln is said to have been the most recent successful third-party presidential candidate. Perhaps these troubling times require another one.

Jane Kenny

Bluffton