Letters | Trash along highways an embarrassment; Rep. Rice’s letter wrong on many counts; move the lifeguard stands with the tides; Taste of the Inlet a community success

February 24, 2014 

Patrons wait with food tickets in hand to taste a variety of fare at the Second Annual Taste of the Inlet Sunday evening at Inlet Square Mall.

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Trash along highways an embarrassment

[Dawn Bryant] wrote a very nice article regarding looking forward to the tourist season and all the venues offered for everyone to enjoy here in the Grand Strand area. However, I must say that all of this is for naught if Myrtle Beach/Horry County does not rectify the serious issue of litter that has accumulated on our area’s highways and byways.

I am appalled at the amount of trash that is presenting such an eyesore; especially along S.C. 31, S.C. 9, U.S. 17 Bypass, U.S. 501, S.C. 544, and all the entrance and exit ramps. There is absolutely no excuse for allowing this to transpire to the extent that it has. It’s embarrassing and those who are responsible for cleaning this up are certainly not doing their jobs! Not to exonerate those who have caused this problem, for that’s a whole different topic of conversation. I would like to think that with all the taxation monies collected here, there would certainly be enough allotted to keep our wonderful area clean and presentable for not only the locals but for all of those who are coming here to enjoy what we have to offer.

Sara Rasmussen

Little River

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Rep. Rice’s letter wrong on many counts

Re: Rep. Tom Rice’s letter concerning the Keystone Pipeline

We, as Americans, should be used to our politicians prevaricating and misleading us with spun speech that has only a tenuous basis in reality, and Rep. Rice’s missive about the Keystone Pipeline does not let us down. Regarding points one, two and four, that the pipeline would lower our fuel rates, both for energy and at the pump. The lowering of fuel rates is pretty unlikely; oil is an internationally traded commodity; oil drilled in Canada and refined here goes on the international market and is sold as a commodity. It is not, in fact, rerouted to U.S. gas stations only. Increased international demand for oil means effect on our fuel costs would be marginal at best.

Regarding point two, the number of jobs created for a few years is estimated between 4,000 and 42,000 depending who you ask. It will probably be somewhere in the middle, and a job is a job. Any job created is great. The number of permanent jobs created is estimated between 20 and 50, also great. Regarding the remaining points, Rep. Rice you are, I hope, aware that Canada is NOT actually the USA? That getting our energy from Canada does not lead to American energy independence? That trading with Canada is still trading internationally? That jobs created in Canada are in Canada, not the USA? I hope that as a U.S. representative, you are aware of that.

That all said, I, and many Americans, agree with you, this pipeline should be built. But it should be built in the safest and most responsible way possible, not rushed through in some conservative propaganda event, trying to “get one over” on the president. As we can see in any of the thousands of oil spills that happen annually, even a small amount of oil is an environmental hazard, and takes a very long time and a lot of money to clean up. Let’s make sure that this pipeline does not end up as another national tragedy.

Tristan Mardall

Carolina Shores, N.C.

Beach tents

Move the lifeguard stands with the tides

I read with interest the article about banning tents on the beach in North Myrtle Beach, but I think Amanda Kelley missed the point. The beach service is worried about losing revenue the tents take away from their rental of umbrellas and beach chairs. It used to be the beach service’s main purpose was to save lives, not rentals. If you keep tents above the high water mark and have the lifeguards move their stands as they used to do as the tide receded, there would be no problem for the lifeguards to see what’s going on the beach instead of worrying about how many umbrellas and chairs they have rented. Let someone else worry about the rentals; lifeguards, concentrate on what you were hired for, OK?

Walter Graves

Little River

Thank you

Taste of the Inlet a community success

We would like to thank all our restaurant and dessert providers who donated their food and labor for the second annual Taste of the Inlet, held Jan. 26 at Inlet Square mall. Nineteen restaurants participated in the event, raising more than $20,000 to further the mission of MI2020 in efforts to preserve our natural environment, while growing and promoting our community, commerce and lifestyle.

The success of this important fundraising event is shared by many. From the patrons to the sponsors and businesses who donated their services, to the beverage vendors, thank you for your generosity.

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly toward the success of this fundraising effort. Without your help, these events could not happen. And lastly, a big thanks to Inlet Square mall for hosting our event.

Denise Shelley

Murrells Inlet

The writer is the chairperson for “A Taste of the Inlet.”

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