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Writer believes that county allows litter to pile up

The litter in Horry County is way out of control. I heard what sounded like a lawn mower on Myrtle Ridge Drive. For people who do not know where Myrtle Ridge Drive is, its the racetrack between U.S. 501 and S.C. 544, where half of the road has a speed limit of 25 mph and half has a 40 mph speed, but generally the cars do 60 to 70 mph.

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Tidelands Community Hospice serves three area counties

For 20 years, Tidelands Community Hospice, a nonprofit that started more than 30 years ago, has offered “Good Mourning Day Camp” for grieving children. This year’s camp will be on July 9 at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Pawleys Island. The program is for 15 to 20 adolescents and young teens who have lost a parent or family member. Tidelands executive director Shane Player says school guidance counselors are contacted to include children outside the Tidelands data base.

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Writer believes that Spirit should accept TSA precheck

As a regular air traveler, I can attest to the growing problems at our airports related to the time it takes passengers to pass through security and get to their flights; while I do not expect the national news stories in your publication to identify a problem in individual airports, I have been surprised that no local reporter has identified an issue which is somewhat unique to Myrtle Beach.

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Drug companies must share blame in opioid scandal

There’s never been a secret about the addictive properties of opioid painkillers. But a new investigation by the Los Angeles Times revealed something that wasn’t so widely known: The maker of one of the most popular opioid painkillers pushed doctors to adhere to a regimen that, as it turned out, made it more likely for patients to become addicts. And by the way, it was the regimen approved by federal regulators – one with unanticipated consequences that regulators and doctors have been too slow to address.

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Why? remains big question in Horry police chief’s early retirement

Horry County taxpayers don’t know much more about the unexpected early retirement of the police chief than we did two weeks ago. Questions remain as to why? From information released last week, under a Freedom of Information Act request, we know Horry County is paying $60,000-plus to the South Carolina Retirement System to make Saundra Rhodes eligible for retirement.

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Cruise to Cuba brings change

President Barack Obama correctly sensed that engagement with Cuba is the best way to change the Castro regime’s behavior. A cruise ship docking in Havana, whose passengers include Cuban-Americans, is the latest concrete example of a policy that succeeds in forcing change by working with Cuba, not freezing it out. The Cuban people will be the ultimate winners.

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The heretical Minnesota heart study: When science stops asking questions

In the second half of the 20th century, conventional wisdom in the medical community held that overconsumption of saturated fats – the kind found in milk, cheese, meats and butter – was dangerous. And so, between 1968 and 1973, a well-planned, well-executed study involving more than 9,000 patients was performed to test this widely accepted relationship between diet and heart disease.

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Too many businesses to boycott in the LBT bathroom dispute

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, so just as North Carolina is facing boycotts because of House Bill 2, which rolled back anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, it’s entirely appropriate that people who favor barring transgenders from restrooms that match how the world sees them rather than their genetic structure should boycott companies that publicly oppose that view, as some are now calling for a boycott of Target.

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Counting the ways the government still wastes money

News flash: government is inefficient. In the latest version of its annual report on government efficiency and effectiveness, the Government Accountability Office identified 92 actions, in 37 areas of government, that could be taken to reduce “fragmentation, overlap and duplication” and otherwise make the federal government more efficient and cost-effective.

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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.

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