Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

For shame

Abandoned veteran burned into memory

I have recently had the displeasure of overhearing and watching a woman abandon her father-in-law at a veterans hospital. It made me so ill.

Your parents brought you into this world and nurtured you. They took care of you when you were ill. They loved you unconditionally. This man left to die alone fought for you and your country so you could live free. How dare you trick him into going to the hospital and drop him off and leave without shedding a tear? I shed plenty of tears - not for you but for the gentleman left there. I sit here now with tears in my eyes because he kept asking where his family went; no one wanted to tell him he was abandoned by his own. Why didn't you stick around and tell him he was no longer wanted or needed because he was dying?

I am disgusted that this woman thought of herself and never gave this man a second thought.

To the woman who left him, you should be riddled with guilt for the rest of your life and be totally ashamed of yourself. I will pray for the gentleman for the rest of my life as his face is burned into my memory forever.

Beverly Hebert

Myrtle Beach

The arts

Support orchestra to save quality of life

After reading about the plight of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, my husband and I just joined. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra has been performing for the past 75 years. We as an S.C. community must not let this organization go down. Music and the commitment to offer it to our citizens are critical to our quality of life. It cannot sustain itself without our support.

I urge you to go online and donate to this very worthwhile organization that has given so much to our state for so long. You do not have to give a lot, just $124 to be a donor.

The arts are often seen as a luxury, but please think about where we would be without music and the beauty it gives us.

Debbie Mallow

Pawleys Island

N.Y. church

Episcopal leader acts in un-Christian way

If I could start over with my life, attending the Episcopal Church would not be on my agenda. My three children were baptized, confirmed and married in the Episcopal Church. Because of an unfortunate association with a gay priest, my children disassociated themselves from the church.

With the election in 2003 of a gay bishop from New Hampshire, and just recently the election of a lesbian bishop from California, the position my family takes toward the Episcopal Church angers me. However, my anger is mild on these matters if you compare my contempt toward the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Binghamton, N.Y., withdrew from the Diocese of Central New York, and joined the Anglican Church. The parishioners of Good Shepherd tried to keep their property, made an offer, were sued and lost. The bishop evicted the rector and his young family. The family was homeless.

The diocese sold the property to Muslims, who reportedly paid one-third of the amount offered by Good Shepherd. I can imagine the sorrow some members of Good Shepherd must be feeling. Family members who donated items, paid endowments in memory of loved ones, now find out these items are being used by non-Christians.

Gordon R. Thompson

Myrtle Beach


High standards valued in writer

Re Terry Munson letter, "Anti-Obama letter equal to hate mail," March 23:

Mr. Munson, you should be ashamed of yourself. Bill Johnston doesn't have a hateful bone in his body. I know Bill Johnston as a loyal friend , a Pawleys Island neighbor, a fellow Marine rifleman, a gentleman, a loving husband and father, and a faithful Christian. We also are fellow members of the Marine Corps League-Grand Strand Detachment.

Bill has held every elective office in the Detachment. There is a reason his fellow Marines would elect him to various positions of responsibility: his high moral character, integrity, and the courage to run for an elective position before a group of men who look for high standards in a candidate.

I agree with Bill wholeheartedly with his political opinion of the Obama administration. Based upon the president's drop in recent polls, it is safe to say that some of the country's electorate who voted for "hope and change" in 2008 are now a bit shocked to find that the shape of our country has become much worse.

Art Blenk

Pawleys Island

S.C. House

Hardwick helpful to all, earns trust

It is very rare when I write a letter to a newspaper. As a little girl raised in North Carolina I learned to be seen and not heard. This lesson I carry until today. I am breaking my rule because I admire and respect Rep. Nelson Hardwick, whom I know quite well. Nelson is a very good person who will go out of his way to help anyone at anytime. I know very little about politics (my husband, John, knows politics) but what I know is that Hardwick is the person I will want to represent me. Nelson is always prepared to be of service to his community, plus he will assist anyone in or out of his district with guidance or a possible solution to a problem.

I don't see many in government work as hard or as dedicated to public service as Hardwick.

I understand the election for the Republican primary is June 8. If you are like me, please vote for Nelson Hardwick, a person you can count on and trust.

Betty S. Bonsignor

Myrtle Beach

Pawleys festival

Culinary Symphony participants, thanks

As director of the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, I would like to thank the wonderful citizens of our area for opening their homes to the Culinary Symphony. And a special thank you goes to all the gracious restaurants and chefs for donating their time and talents by providing the gourmet dinner parties. This year's Culinary Symphony was a huge success and involved over 200 wonderful people who gave of their time, talents and money. All income received from this event goes to the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to support the arts in our area.

Delores Blount

Executive director,

Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art