Don't gloat about tourism just yet
Re "Chamber gloats over tax, " Feb. 9 article:
I believe that the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce should be reminded of a couple of facts before they "gloat" too much about the "increase" in tourism during the past year. The comparison year 2009 was a recession (nearly depression) year when many people were staying home and not financially able to take a vacation. Possibly a better year for comparison would have been 2006. Another factor in 2010 was that the competition for tourist dollars was easier in that the Gulf Coast was nearly shut down by the oil spill. The Myrtle Beach area may have been a one-time alternative for some visitors.
Let's wait until February 2012 for a comparison before the chamber "gloats" too much; you may be eating crow next year instead of gloating.
North Myrtle Beach
UNC doesn't need more punishment
I don't think the NCAA should penalize the University of North Carolina. They did not play players who took money; the ones who had their work done for them, they did play them until they were cleared after they found out.
What else could UNC have done? It was honest with the NCAA.
The NCAA has held up on what they are going to do. They have hurt their recruiting by not coming out with what they are going to do.
They have been penalized already with players who were dismissed and others who miss games all season long. What do you think?
Billy J. Mathews
Why won't politicians take more action?
With the state in such a dilemma about finance, I have to ask three questions. One: Why don't we have a state inspection law? Two: Why doesn't the state impose registration of trailers that are pulled behind cars and trucks? Three: Why doesn't the state have a plan and a commission to regulate casino gambling if it is passed by the people of the state? I would assume that the people in the know will not answer these questions. Politicians will not answer them in detail as it might jeopardize their re-election run and out of the spotlight. If all of the questions could be answered in detail and not generalized by the representative of this state, we might be able to have millions more dollars put into the state treasury. Also, how many politicians are being paid by other casinos in other states to vote against gaming in the state with political contributions going to their political war chest? Politicians: Wake up and listen to the people of South Carolina and get the state out of their dilemma.