Sunday, May 18, 2014
Unhappy in Walnut Farms
I live in Walnut Farms and the City annexed a plot of land that my property backs up to which is now being developed into a huge apartment complex called Arbor Village apartment Homes.
The city approved a 15-foot buffer for these apartments. The development company built the apartments exactly 15 feet from my property line so we have a three-story apartment building looming over our backyard. It is so close residents could actually spit in our pool.
I have written about this severe invasion of privacy to the mayor, the zoning department and to the Journal Scene. A reporter actually came out over a month ago and interviewed the Walnut Farms residents who are affected by this. I have contacted the developer numerous times as well as the police due to excess noise from radios being played loudly by workers, and with our displeasure as to this severe impact on our property to no avail.
I am suspicious that our problem is never addressed due to politics involved. The city annexed this land for these apartments in anticipation of the hefty taxes that will be garnered for the city. I am astounded that the city approved such a miniscule buffer. The land was clear cut, and the apartments severely impact several houses in Walnut Farms. Not only are our houses virtually unsalable now, but we can’t even use our backyards because of the lack of privacy. How could the city do this!? We are heartbroken that our homes are now worthless due to this development.
I believe that numerous letters and emails to city officials and the developer are never published or addressed because of not wanting attention drawn to the unfairness imposed on us Walnut Farms residents. With 25 acres to build on, they could have left us a reasonable buffer.
Linda S. Roberts
Town needs to get priorities straight
After reading Taylor Griffith’s article in the Wednesday (May 14) headlined “Town pursuing roadway changes,” I have a couple comments to make.
First off is, why? We don’t really need anymore beautification of the “downtown” area. What we do need is some road resurfacing throughout the Town of Summerville. Take for instance Midland Parkway by the Summerville Trident Hospital. Another is Gahagan Road, Miles-Jamison Road, in fact any road in the Oakbrook area of Summerville.
The Oakbrook area appears to be the “red-headed stepchild” of Summerville. Bob Jackson, our Town Council Member, tells us about all these plans for the Oakbrook area but nothing ever gets done. We were told that Miles-Jamison Rd was going to be changed to a three-lane road with construction beginning in 2013. Here it is almost halfway through 2014 and nothing has even begun.
The construction on Dorchester Road between Old Trolley Road and Bacons Bridge Road is a joke and behind schedule. Come to find out that wrong base has been put down for that project. This will put it behind even further.
No, we don’t need any pretty flowers, planted median strips, etc. We need roads repaired and repaired correctly, not more patches thrown on top of patches. The Town of Summerville certainly needs to get its priorities straight.
Connor garners endorsement
After lengthy interviews and debates, we, as individual patriot leaders in the South Carolina’s conservative community, are endorsing Bill Connor to be the next United States Senator from South Carolina.
It should be stressed that we are not speaking for our groups but as individual voters who have struggled to make this decision.
Bill Connor was a speaker at the first South Carolina Tea Party in February 2009. He has consistently proven to us that he shares our values.
Of all the candidates, Connor has the broadest experience in many areas that will lead him to make intelligent decisions. While serving in the Army, he learned a great deal about the culture in the Mideast, a highly valuable tool when creating foreign policy. With his military background, we know he wants to rebuild a strong national defense, including securing our borders for the future.
Bill Connor is a 23-year Airborne Ranger Infantry officer and Afghanistan combat veteran. A Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he is in charge of Command and General Staff Officer Instruction (ILE) in South Carolina. He is a Constitutional conservative who will fight to stop the current massive spending, bailouts and debt that are destroying our country.
Connor’s successful general law practice deals with many people from other countries who would like to immigrate to America legally. Connor knows what’s wrong with the current system. He understands the problems surrounding amnesty and illegal immigration.
Recognizing the destruction being done to the quality, availability and cost of our healthcare system is crucial to us. Through his wife Susan, who is a practicing OB/GYN, Connor sees the flaws in the ACA, and promises he will do everything possible to repeal or completely rebuild it.
We believe it is vital to America’s future to replace Senator Lindsey Graham, who has voted for President Obama’s agenda more than 50 percent of the time. Bill Connor fits that description. He will unite with other Constitutional conservatives s in Congress who are fighting to end the dangerous legislation that is destroying America and restore America’s true values of hard work, equal opportunity, excellent education for all and integrity.
Therefore, we fully endorse Bill Connor to be the next United States Senator from South Carolina.
Linda Ensor, chair, Lowcountry Conservatives in Action, Summerville
Pat Dansbury, chair, Bluffton Tea Party
Charlotte Hendricks, chair, Tea Party Patriots of Florence
Bill Bates, former chair, Goose Creek 9-12 Project
Janet Spencer, chair, Carolina Patriots, Myrtle Beach
Renee Cannon, FreedomWorks activist, Charleston