Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Council

Officials everywhere are self-interested

Re the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council:

It never stops. Regardless of whether it is business, government officials, local officials or appointed boards, they all have their rotten and opportunistic members who are ready, willing and able to manipulate their responsibilities for their own selfish ends.

Most of the people who died in Chile were killed by a tsunami, and the state of California, which has the greatest exposure on the West Coast, is delinquent in addressing this critical issue.

Then, on the local scene, we have the Whites in Georgetown who were convicted but received a paltry fine and suspended sentences for their malfeasance.

I also read that there are numerous scams aborning about the newly passed health care legislation, and the list goes on and on.

What does it take to find honest people in this country? I think it is a condemnation of the moral climate that exists today.

L F Leonard

Longs

Environment

Man's actions have undeniable effect

Perhaps the Earth and its atmosphere is one giant, homeostatic organism, capable of sustaining itself, no matter what humans do in the pursuit of energy needs. This is the implied belief by global warming naysayers, and it may be plausible. There are, however, other extensive questions to consider.

Are there infinite supplies of fossil fuels? Fossil fuels are a nonrenewable source of energy. Disregarding the arguments for and against the impact man-made carbon dioxide has on the atmosphere, there are other man-made gases to consider. Fluorocarbons, nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide are man-made byproducts. Can we assume these gases have a negligible impact in our lives?

We have the sources, technology and expertise to wean ourselves from the broader need for oil. Our economy will survive any transformation to a greener world. A goal for cleaner air shouldn't distress even the naysayers.

Patrick Westmoreland

Myrtle Beach

Air travel

Democrats' baggage effort brings tax

In January the Treasury Department ruled carry-on bags aren't essential for air travel. Because of that six Democratic senators have proposed a law to designate carry-on bags as a necessity. All this was sparked by Spirit Airlines, who announced that, starting Aug. 1, it will impose a charge for carry-on bags, the first airline to do so. If no change to "essential status" is made, the fees would stay and be legal. However, the status change to "essential" would subject the fees to a 7.5 percent federal tax.

So I ask if the true motive for the requested change is to discourage carry-ons, as the six senators claim - or is it, instead, to raise additional tax dollars? With nonessential status the fees would be tax-exempt.

While Spirit may have made a poor management decision on this, I strongly support its right to do so. Whether, or to what extent, its proposed fee survives is something for the free marketplace to determine. Since the tax would be passed on to the customer, the cost for a hypothetical $45 bag would jump to a tax-included $48.38.

Steve Radics

Murrells Inlet

Safety

S.C. ranks poorly on deadly roads

The April Readers Digest has a special report on the best, worst and deadliest roads in the nation.

The best roads were ranked using the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration factoring in safety, congestion and condition of roads and bridges, ranking each state in each category. The average of the ranks was used to determine the final score. The deadliest ranking is a simple ranking of fatalities per 100 million miles driven

Guess how South Carolina fared: No. 35 in the Best Roads rankings and No. 3 in the Deadliest Roads rankings.

South Carolina was also ranked No. 2 deadliest for DUI and No. 3 for speeding.

Wonder where South Carolina would have stood in rankings for speeding while crossing double yellow lines and ramming into unlicensed, unlit trailers?

Robert Muhl

Conway

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