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It is extremely disappointing that city leaders take it upon themselves to punish those who have followed the rules regarding what kind and where umbrellas and tents can be utilized.
Our family and friends have successfully and safely avoided the many flying umbrellas blown away by the stiff breezes sometimes experienced on the beach. I must question whether the brain trust in city council spend any time on their beloved beach. It is difficult to corral six grandkids under a 9-foot umbrella.
I feel the beach community would be better served if the council enforced current rules rather than create more restrictive rules making our time at North Myrtle Beach less enjoyable. I wonder if those voting in favor of the new rule would like to purchase my beach property?
North Myrtle Beach
Outright tent ban
not the right answer
Re: March 14 letter from Bill Parker, “Solving the beach tent problem”
Mr. Parker is correct to point out how to be safe and customer friendly by adopting safety lanes instead of just taking the easy way of banning all tents on the beach.
The beach is plenty big enough for public safety access and accommodating the needs of its customers … the people. But now we are being forced to trade in a stable four-legged 10-foot tent for a highly unstable 9-foot umbrella with one leg.
We all know the wind can blow pretty hard on the beach. How many more injuries do we need to endure by flying umbrellas hitting us in the head and body? All of this to save one foot of space? I purchased my tent for $100 a couple years ago and now another $100 may be in store because of this rule change. Almost everyone agrees that we need some shelter from the sun. Do we really have to go through this to get the shade we need?
By Curt Johnson
Local stores likely
to be tent ban winners
My extended family has been coming to NMB for years and have been using a 10X10 tent for shade. We have always set up our tent behind the line of official umbrellas and lifeguard towers.
We have both very young and older family members so the tent is a blessing. To say that they hinder emergency situations is really far fetched. They don't seem to be a problem the other eight months of the year so why just the summer days?
I wonder if all the families that come to the beach and use the tents know of this new law and who is going to let them know. I guess the local stores will have a field day because what other option do these families have? Like us, none.
Democratic presidents in office
for most of America’s conflicts
Re: March 17 letter from Norbert Flatow, “Conservatives sound like war is coming”
Perhaps Mr. Flatow forgets his history, (being a liberal, George Bush-hater), but if he had studied he would know that Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, was president at the start of and through World War I. Franklin D Roosevelt, a Democrat, was president at the start of World War II, Harry Truman, a Democrat ,was sworn in at the end of WWII and ordered the A-bomb drop after ascending to the presidency upon FDR's death in office.
Truman was president at the start of and through the Korean War and he also put the first political advisors in Vietnam. John F Kennedy, a Democrat, actually put the first line troops in Vietnam, Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, escalated then re-escalated the war in Vietnam. Richard M Nixon, a Republican, brought our boys home.
I served as a combat soldier in Vietnam from May '68 thru May '69. I definitely don't want another war, but let’s be factual when bashing. Liberals carry entirely too much baggage as far as getting us involved in wars. Let us not forget all the garbage going on around us right now and let’s put the blame where it belongs.
The writer served in the 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne F Co. 58th Infantry LRRPS / L Co. 75th Infantry Rangers
Pastor’s words on target
about state of America
Re: March 26 letter from Darren Squires, “When did America change its course?”
Regarding the letter from the pastor of the Socastee Freewill Baptist church, I could not have said it any better than that.
When is America going to wake up and see what is happening to this country. One thing people have forgotten is their morals .
It seems to be, “what can I get for nothing and do nothing to get it.”
Greed drives a lot of people and self satisfaction is a way of thinking. Wake up America, before it is too late .
Movie reminds us to return
to Garden of Eden diet
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.
After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit -- to you it shall be for food.” It is only after the flood, with fruits and vegetables no longer abundant, that humans get permission to eat animal flesh. Even then, the Bible stipulates that lives of only select animals may be taken and always with reverence and minimal cruelty. This is certainly a far cry from today’s factory farm and slaughterhouse practices.
Regardless of how we may feel about “Noah’s” interpretation of the Bible, each of us can recreate the recommended diet of the Garden of Eden in our home by dropping animal products from our menu.