Letters | Put inmates to work cleaning roadsides; Market Whispering Pines to golfers landing at Myrtle Beach airport; 2nd Amendment rights as vital now as in 1792

March 7, 2014 

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Litter

Put inmates to work

cleaning roadsides

The last few days I've noticed a few articles about litter on our roads, and the problem is more so now with the ice storm a short time ago that produced numerous tree limbs down.

Not being a genius but rather a person who prides himself in having common sense, I often wonder why our paid officials don't use one of our greatest resources to attack this problem. Go into J Reuben Long Detention Center and ask for volunteers to do six hours of roadside clean up. This detail would only include prisoners with less then a year’s time to serve and have non-violent charges or convictions, such as DUI, drug possession, petit larceny, etc.

For every six-hour tour of work, the inmates receive a day or two off of their time to serve. I'm sure the red tape could be worked out by our highly paid officials. What would we have to lose? The roads are an embarrassment now and not subject to change anytime soon. If that worked out, you could start the inmates in the summer time cutting grass as well as picking up litter up and down U.S. 501,17, 707 and a few other unsightly roadways.

Pete Hyder

Murrells Inlet

Golf

Another plan for saving

Whispering Pines course

Re: March 3 letter from John Morken, “New ideas for old Whispering Pines course”

He must be dreaming about turning the course into a training facility. What needs to be done is to inform golfers who land at the beautiful huge airport, which the powers that be decided we needed, that there is a good clean golf course there, as a visitor in a previous letter suggested.

A place to play golf, without any lures of free food and drink, at a good price. The service people are very nice and keep the course in good shape and the play moving. There is a very nice clubhouse with food , snacks and drinks available. We do not need to destroy the area and spend more money to please the same powers that are running this city with their ideas of grandeur. If they need a sports area (for whatever reason?) there are other empty plots, I am sure, available.

Mrs. R.T. Smith

Myrtle Beach

Rights

Second Amendment vital

to Americans’ freedom

With all due respect to S.C. Sen. Greg Hembree, I must disagree with his vote to curtail my Second Amendment rights.

The Supreme Court ruled in “United States vs. Cruikshank et al” to wit “The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution: Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second Amendment means no more than it shall not be infringed by Congress, and has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government.”

The downside of having a Bill of Rights is that the protection of individual rights usually entails social costs. That is as true of the Second Amendment as it is of the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth.

They are all protected from the whims of majority rule. Talking and writing are as central to American politics as they ever were, and maybe shooting isn't, but the individual right to bear arms still is as vital to freedom as it was in 1792, and the right is still there.

Charles Byrd

North Myrtle Beach

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