We should be welcoming everybody
A recent article in The Sun News refers to Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice as a quiet man. I don't recall him being so quiet when he was picking on the bikers. Quite the opposite, he was very boisterous in his efforts to run them out of town.
Like it or not, Horry County is very dependent on the tourism industry. In order for tourism to grow in this area everyone has to feel they are welcome when they cross into our borders. As long as we keep electing self-serving leaders such as Rice and John Rhodes, who feel they have the moral authority to decide which people or group of people are and are not welcome, tourists are going to take themselves and their dollars and go elsewhere.
As a local and a Harley rider I always feel as though I have a target on my back when I ride. Imagine how an out of town rider must feel. Come on, electorate. Throw these bums out of office and put people in their place who will not discriminate. Then and only then will we see tourism grow.
Pension made low pay worthwhile
Re March 17 Ronald Litz letter, "Pensioners fleecing the state"
I am a retired state worker from a northern state. When you were working making big bucks in the private sector, I was getting along on in 1970 at a mere $9,400 a year, starvation wages at that time for a family of five. Wage difference was so bad that no one in the private sector would lower themselves to be a state worker. Employment ads were placed in local paper with no response. I found that I needed a second job to make ends meet.
The long-term bright side that made it worthwhile was a decent pension plan, health insurance and a drug prescription plan.
Guess what, Mr. Litz, we got a well deserved cost of living adjustment last year.
If you are asking government politicians to intervene into state pension plans, why don't you check out their retirement plans, which we pay for. You will get sick and cry.
Republicans only thinking about their own skins
If the tea partyers and their fellow traveler Republicans succeed in shutting down the federal government, they will have proven that they care more about themselves and their party than they do about the country.
Closing the government will only cost us taxpayers millions if not billions for pure waste. It would be nothing more than an act of economic terrorism. I suspect that these are the same people who cheered on the Bush wars while refusing to pay for them with increased taxes, thus creating the budget deficit.
They never take responsibility for problems they helped cause and are quick to point out that someone else is to blame. They need to hear that there are a lot of us who are tired of their whining and carping.