Letters to the Editor

August 6, 2014

Letters | Bet on gambling to help South Carolina; Save the planet by going vegan

The article published Aug. 3, "Officials doubt casino bill traction," raised issues against bringing in casinos.

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Gambling

Smart bet is

to OK casinos

The article published Aug. 3, "Officials doubt casino bill traction," raised issues against bringing in casinos.

We are permanent residents now. We're accustomed to traveling to Atlantic City or Las Vegas for our kind of fun. South Carolina has ample space to build a casino near Myrtle Beach. which would provide a 24/7 employment opportunity and could boost occupancy for all its hotels,.

It is mentioned some Atlantic City casinos are closing. That is correct. The main reason for that is that surrounding states — Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York — now have their own casinos. When the New York Legislature approved a New York City casino, which opened in October 2011, people had a place closer to home to gamble. In its first 7 months, it earned more than all Atlantic City casinos combined.

Three thousand jobs were created; 70 percent of the more than $40 million of a month's gaming were given to education and provided $252 million in tax money to the state. South Carolina is missing a very big opportunity for taxes that can be generated for all its needs.

Ticia Parente

Myrtle Beach

Environment

Change your habits

to change our risks

Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen in our own state.

The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean waters off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the 2010 BP oil spill.

Animal agriculture dumps more pollution to our waterways than all other human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, as well as soil particles, organic debris, and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish. Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water supplies have been blocked by the meat industry.

Fortunately, every one of us has the power to stop this outrage three times a day by saying “no” to polluting meat and dairy products. Our local supermarket offers ample alternatives. Entering "live vegan" in a search engine provides useful recipes and transition tips.

Max Bertrand

Myrtle Beach

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