Letters | North Myrtle Beach must be wary of seawalls before dredging; Indentured servant struggles don’t compare to slavery; Beach-tent ban will cause some to vacation elsewhere

March 17, 2014 

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Dredging

Be wary of seawalls

if canals are dredged

Another careful issue to take into consideration regarding the dredging of the Cherry Grove canals in North Myrtle Beach, is the relative close proximity of many of the houses there that are protected by seawalls.

The problem being that many of the seawalls are embedded at a shallow depth and dredging would possibly cause their collapse. Many of the homes are in close proximity to these seawalls and if the seawalls collapse as a result of dredging, then these home may also be compromised.

Please verify these issues raised before any dredging takes place.

Donald E. Ray

The writer was a North Myrtle Beach building official for 18 years

Slaves

Struggles of indentured servants

don’t compare to slavery’s horrors

Recent opinion pieces have compared the American institution of slavery to that of indentured servants from Europe. In my opinion, these comparisons diminish the horrors of slavery in the United States. Indentured servants had a contract that paid for their voyage to America if they worked for their employer. Slaves had no such contract. Slaves and their children were the property of their owners.

It took a man of Abraham Lincoln’s character to see what slavery really was, and the Civil War to end it. Slavery in the United States existed for more than 200 years. Because slaves could be identified by their skin color, they were easy to track down and persecute.

Groups who feel that their rights have been denied may try to align themselves with black people, as if their grievances could compare to the centuries of oppression suffered by blacks in America. In 1860, the white population of South Carolina was 291,000 and the black population was 412,000. There were more slaves in South Carolina than free white people. These are the facts. It's really black and white. Comparisons are not required.

Karl Tubalkain

Myrtle Beach

Beach tents

Decision will cause some

to vacation elsewhere

I am saddened by reports that tent canopies may be banned from several of the beaches along the Grand Strand. My family has been visiting the South Carolina beaches since the early 1970s. These beaches are our go-to choice when considering most vacations.

I have got to be honest with the decision-makers. If this truly comes to pass, I must look for other beach opportunities with fewer restrictions for their visitors. I assume that others will make the decision to look elsewhere also.

Don Thacker

Ironton, Ohio

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