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Nibils is part of draw for visitors
It is with disbelief that we opened the paper to see that the future of Surfside Beach could be without Nibils.
As Upstate New York residents, we saw firsthand an example when a locally owned movie theater that was well-attended was outbid in its lease by a bigger entity. The theater was razed for a newer business. People were upset and showed their loyalty by being a no-show at the new establishment and subsequent business models. The present building is empty and for lease again.
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We have been seasonal visitors to Myrtle Beach for 20 years. We always enjoyed the ambiance of Nibils with our growing family. Coming back each April to Nibils was a welcome back to the community. We felt so much at home with familiar faces and consistent menu that we chose Surfside Beach as an extended living spot upon our recent retirement because of the familiarity with Nibils and the area.
Keep the spirit and heart of the community where it belongs. Keep Nibils at the pier.
GOP's distortions still unreasonable
Re Michael DiMartino letter, "Democrats had the numbers to act," March 6:
I agree with DiMartino that progress with this bill has been impeded by the fumbling missteps of the Democrats. The missteps were the result of ineptness.
A year ago most Americans supported the idea of some kind of health insurance reform. About the same time, the Republicans began subscribing to the lie-of-the-month club. We began to hear about death panels, government takeover, bureaucrats who would intervene between doctor and patient, rationing, government-funded abortion, etc. Confusion led to distrust and lack of support.
During the last presidential campaign, a woman at a John McCain town hall meeting denounced Barack Obama viciously. McCain took the mic back from her and said, "No, ma'am, he is a decent man with whom we have philosophical differences."
Is there one Republican who will take a cue from John McCain and attempt to correct any of the distortions? I think not, because it is reform that the Republicans are objecting to, just as they are objected to most, if not all, of the 20th century social programs.
Predictions bold in face of blind spots
The Democrats believe they can insure 31 million uninsured people with the new health care program without rising taxes. They predict that 10 years from now there will be a surplus of funds. If they are so good at predicting the future, let's review what they haven't foreseen: the mortgage loan collapse, the Wall Street financial collapse, housing market collapse, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac bailout, auto manufacturers failure, unemployment record highs. More recently they haven't handled the immigration problem that is still out of control, unemployment numbers spiraling upward, and we are still dependent on foreign oil. I ask the people who make the laws and are responsible for this pathetic situation we are in, why aren't we drilling for oil? Where is solar energy? Why are we not producing goods to ship overseas to equal the amount that we import? I urge all Americans to vote the incumbents out.
Government activity borders on criminal
"The Senate overwhelmingly defeated Sen. Jim DeMint's bid Tuesday to freeze spending earmarks for a year in a bipartisan rejection of the S.C. Republican," as reported March 17.
Earmarks are nothing more than a way to buy votes. If I did business the way our senators did, I would be prosecuted and jailed.
The national debt is more than $12 trillion. That's equal to $41 thousand per American citizen. The debt increases at $4 billion per day. Not only are our elected politicians conducting business unethically, they are bankrupting us in the process.
Now [the Obama administration has pushed through a] health care bill, which has an expected cost of $1 trillion dollars. Now I feel better. Everyone knows the government can run 15 percent of our economy (health care) better than current free enterprise system. Just look at how much money the post office loses vs. the huge profits of Fed Ex and UPS. Makes sense, right?