Letters to the Editor

August 8, 2014

Letters | We would do well to remember Booker T. Washington’s words; Steep retention pond sides dangerous to tots, pets; Bill Atlantic Beach for all Bikefest costs

Re: July 25 column by Jonathan Rieder, “King’s case for reparations included disadvantaged whites”

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Poverty

We would do well to remember

Booker T. Washington’s words

Re: July 25 column by Jonathan Rieder, “King’s case for reparations included disadvantaged whites”

The article by Jonathan Rieder mentioned but failed to emphasize that trillions have been spent since LBJ's "Great Society" launched the "war on poverty." Reparations indeed.

He also failed to include one of Dr. King's most forceful statements — “We must not let the fact that we are victims of injustice lull us into abrogating responsibility for our own lives. We must not use our oppression as an excuse for mediocrity and laziness.”

Sometime circa 1911, Booker T. Washington observed that “there is a class of colored (sic) people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race- problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well.”

Mr. Rieder seems to fit in this category.

R.H. Gruy

Pawleys Island

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Safety

Retention pond banks

can be deadly to kids, pets

Our 23 year old Jack Russell got away from us Thursday night. We found him this morning across the street drowned in a retention pond.

The banks of these ponds are too steep. I would think any child under 5, would not be able to get out and would be found floating face down in the water.

Stephen Cornelius

North Myrtle Beach

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Bikefest

Bill Atlantic Beach

for all festival costs

After reading all of the opinions / complaints regarding the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, I'd like to offer my feelings. As a taxpayer in Horry County, and the State of South Carolina, I object to my tax dollars going to support this event in the form of extra police, clean-up afterward, and other expenses the localities and state bear.

Since the Atlantic Beach council seems so bent on retaining this event, all the state and local governments should bill Atlantic Beach for every dollar taxpayers lay out in support of Bikefest. If Atlantic Beach wants to have their event, make them pay the entire cost of it. We taxpayers should not be on the hook for their event.

George Goodrow

Little River

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