Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Social outcomes

Alcohol tax could improve safety

Every day we hear about a tax increase on cigarettes or a penny for this or that. Why not consider if a tax on cigarettes might stop someone from smoking, maybe a higher tax on alcohol could stop someone from drinking. Think of the lives it could save on the highways, the shootings, assaults, spousal abuse and broken homes. The money saved from rehab or auto insurance for wrecked cars might cut our premiums. I don't understand why this is never mentioned. Can you imagine the money this would raise for our schools and the health program they're trying to settle on?

Ola May Stalvey

Myrtle Beach

Who's affected

Punishment falls in wrong places

I find several news items of interest.

1. Beulah and Dayo White misspend $418,180 in federal grants. They are ordered to repay only 1 percent of the $5 million Five Rivers received in state and federal grants. They pay a pittance in restitution, they renege on tax payments, and they get probation, no jail time. How absurd.

2. The Sun News ("Tale of Two States) suggests South Carolina raise taxes as done in North Carolina; then the next day Heather Whitley, operator of a small Conway restaurant, writes that "taxes are killing us" - that "payroll taxes, liquor tax, food tax, sales tax and many more taxes are becoming the ruination of small business." Myrtle Beach businesses with whom I have spoken do not love the added penny sales tax for "tourism."

3. Obama wants to rid us of "No Child Left Behind," eliminate reading and math tests, and just get kids ready for college and careers; no mention of how we are going to do that. If kids can't read and do math, how do they enter college and a career?

Randy Bryan

Myrtle Beach