Sea turtle nesting season patrols set to start walking beaches

One evening last June, Linda Mataya, co-leader of the North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol, responded to a report of a nesting turtle being disturbed and she went to an unincorporated area south of the city near Apache Pier. Horry County Police Department officers had already arrived and were protecting the turtle.


Too many classified documents make the U.S. unsafe

“There's classified, and then there's classified,” President Barack Obama said in a recent interview. Unfortunately, he's right: The U.S. government classifies vast amounts of material as secret, top secret and the like, much of it with no relevance to national security.


Move away from meat in the diet

With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations.


Look who’s suppressing votes

It’s not exactly news that some states, citing a largely imaginary threat of voter fraud, have imposed unnecessary burdens on those who want to participate in democracy’s most important activity. Now we learn that the states trying to make voting harder have an ally at the federal agency designed to make voting easier.


Semi-feudal state barriers interfere with free trade

America is the land of the free - unless your idea of freedom includes a right to build cars and sell them directly to the public, rather than through a third party. For those who try to do that, America morphs into a semi-feudal system of state-law trade barriers and bureaucracy whose ostensible purpose is to protect consumers but whose actual one is to protect incumbent holders of automobile retail franchises, as expert testimony confirmed at a Federal Trade Commission conference on the subject in January.


Reader enjoys pictures from The Sun News photographers

Kudos to Janet Blackmon-Morgan and Jason Lee, photographers for The Sun News, for their terrific work. Their photographs tell great local stories without words. The professionalism in their composition, use of space, color, perspective, etc. is most impressive. I am sure many readers appreciate their photos and this reader is likely writing on behalf of many. Thank you.


A Medal of Honor lesson

“The real world is full of anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism and racism. The question is: Do we prepare students to accept the world as it is, or do we prepare them to change it?”


Climate change is at least a risk that should be addressed by deniers

“I just think we have much bigger risks,” Donald Trump told us last week. We had asked the Republican presidential candidate about human-caused climate change, a phenomenon in which he said he is “not a big believer.” Don't good business leaders hedge against risks, spending something now to avoid potentially negative outcomes later? “I think our biggest form of climate change we should worry about is nuclear weapons,” he responded.


The worse-than-useless Federal Election Commission

The first page in any handbook for creating a government regulatory commission would lay out something fairly obvious: There has to be an odd number of members. Anything else could wind up looking a little like the current post-Scalia Supreme Court, which has issued several rulings that haven’t settled anything at all because the justices have evenly split. Decisions with any actual staying power must wait until another member is confirmed and ties can be broken.


Municipal charter review set up in pending legislation

During his several years as solicitor for Georgetown and Horry counties, Greg Hembree was drawn in by municipal officials to “help fix my town.” Now a state senator, Hembree has proposed legislation that adds to South Carolina law “Plan B to address struggling municipalities.”


Merchant Marine had highest casualty rate in WWII

World War II veteran Clarence Newcomer made nine trips crossing the dangerous Atlantic Ocean as a crew member of three merchant ships carrying troops, tanks, airplanes and supplies to the European war. He considers himself a very lucky man in view of the high casualty rate for merchant ship crew members.


A-tax revenue should not be restricted to nonprofits

Myrtle Beach City Council members have expressed disagreement about use of revenue from the state accommodations tax, paid on lodging costs. Council members’ different views about A-tax money, and in-kind services, have stalled a request from the Carolina Country Music Fest for $100,000 in A-tax funds to promote the June festival.


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