Letters | Be alert to threats to freedom of religion, speech; Honor Flight success a credit to many; Is it time to ban alcohol?; Is need for flu shots overblown?

April 28, 2014 

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Censorship

Be alert to threats to

freedom of religion, speech

A group of S.C. Legislators want to censor some books and plays at an S.C. University.

Another group of citizens don't want the theory of evolution taught in public schools.

A group doesn't want Shakespeare taught in universities and another group thinks that we don't need teachers and public libraries.

Recently, three Jews were murdered because they were Jews.

Our most precious constitutional rights are freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Donna Crile

Myrtle Beach

Thankfulness

Many deserve credit

for Honor Flight success

Writing this letter is the only way I know how to thank all those who worked so diligently to make Myrtle Beach's last Honor Flight a success.

Taking us to D.C. to see the memorials and the changing of the Guard was truly emotional. The reception at Reagan Airport was something to behold, but when we returned to Myrtle Beach, it looked like all Myrtle Beach turned out to thank us. What a sight. It was a day I'll never forget.

Thanks everyone for everything.

Arlene Burch

Surfside Beach

Dangers

It’s time to consider

banning alcohol

Yes, I think its great that CVS Pharmacy has discontinued the sales of cigarettes and tobacco.

Yet I feel smoking is a decision the individual has to make, knowing the risk to themselves; as long as they're out in the open outside areas away from others.

What really puzzles me is that alcohol that causes millions of deaths. Over-indulging in this alters your thinking. Why not ban this?

Gag at a gnat and swallow a camel.

Phyllis Stowers

Myrtle Beach

Vaccines

Do flu concerns outweigh

dangers of shots?

The media repeatedly warned us this past winter that this flu season was hard hitting, and we should all rush out to get flu vaccines.

Actually, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology, as of the week ending March 15th, Positive Confirmatory Tests statewide for the season were 773 compared to 1,039 last year. That is 25.6 percent less than last year.

What the state’s statistics do not show is how many of the people who became ill subjected themselves to a flu shot and got the flu anyway. Also not reported by DHEC are illnesses and deaths caused by flu shots. For adverse event information, one has to look at The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System located on the web at vaers.hhs.gov.

A. A. Dunham

Myrtle Beach

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