Thanks due to base authority
On March 22, the Myrtle Beach City Council gave a formal "thank you" to the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority. This was a well deserved and appropriate action by the council on behalf of the community. Little was known what the year 2011 would bring when our good neighbor, the Air Force, closed the base in 1993. I am proud and honored to have served on the authority and had the opportunity to work with the great group of citizens.
I commend the authority and staff on the great success. The result is a continuation of the "community" that was the Air Force.
However, during the dark days of closure and the turf war that resulted, several other individuals with a dream of what it is today stepped forward. This group endured the sometimes scorn and naysaying but persisted in forging ahead to convince the community, the Air Force and the FAA that the land belonged in the community and the city could put it to the best use.
I was equally as proud and honored to work with that group. So a special thanks goes out to Bob Logan, retired FAA executive, Ralph Panzrino, retired Air Force, Ed Shaw (deceased), a real number cruncher and Cliff Rudd, the original authority director. I believe that without their doggedness we would not enjoy what is there today.
A belated thanks from all of us.
Thanks to worker for finding wallet
Recently while in Myrtle Beach for the hotel and restaurant show I lost my wallet. Of course, I immediately stopped my credit cards and my wife and I never would see the wallet again.
Having been born in Charleston I knew that South Carolinians were honest, and I said someone would find it and mail it to me. Even so, wow, was I surprised to receive a call and my wallet by FedEx. What a pleasant treat to reaffirm my faith in Carolinians.
Everything was intact - cash, credit cards, driver's license - everything. Thank you so much.
Starwood Vacation Ownership is fortunate to have employees like Camie Blackmon and the others involved in the return to me of my wallet. I appreciate their honesty and trouble.
Again, a heartfelt tip of the hat to South Carolina.
Gilbert L. Grainger
NMB High put on a great weekend
On behalf of the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association, I wanted to personally thank the administration and staff at North Myrtle Beach High School for hosting the 62nd North-South High School All Star Basketball game. Principal Trevor Strawderman, Athletic Director Joe Quigley, head coach John Trussell and event chairwoman Naomi Cook did another outstanding job of coordinating this statewide event. We also appreciate Horry County School Superintendent Cindy Elsberry for her participation in the event.
We also want to extend our most sincere appreciation to Bi-Lo for serving as our primary corporate sponsor, whose generosity makes this such a memorable experience for the athletes. Special thanks also to Bocock Sports, The Avista Resort, North Myrtle Beach Baptist Church and Thrifty Car Rental for their contributions to the game. We could not do what we do without these fine folks.
This is the fourth consecutive year that North Myrtle Beach High School has hosted the All Star Weekend, and they only get better each year. Our association looks forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come. The high school served as an excellent ambassador for both the town of North Myrtle Beach and Horry County Schools. Thanks again, and go Chiefs!
The writer is president of the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association
Dogs shouldn't be on the beach
As a non-animal lover, I do not think dogs should be allowed on the beach, period. Leash or no leash.
Sure, most people clean up after them (we have encountered several "piles"), however, they still urinate. Now that the weather has turned warm and I am walking barefoot in the sand and children are playing in it - how sanitary/healthy is that?
If people feel the dogs need to be walked, take them to the Barc Parc; that's what it's for.
We owe plenty
to the sun
To refer to the sun as a star is to recognize its true nature, drastically different from that of the planets or other moons. The sun is a tremendous seething inferno, generating its own energy from within through hydrogen and helium gas.
Imagine enjoying yourself at the beach on a sunny afternoon; you would be affected by three distinct forms of radiant energy. Infrared (radiant heat) is sensed by your body as warmth, light is sensed by your eyes and ultraviolet is sensed by your body in the form of a tan or sunburn.
It is the sun's energy that warms air masses, creates differences in pressure and that creates winds. Winds in turn create swells on the ocean surface that eventually produce the breakers crashing on to the seashore. It's the sun's energy that lifts the water (through evaporation) from the seas only to dump it back onto the Earth in the form of rain. It is the sun's energy that causes the chemical changes of photosynthesis in plants that convert elements such as carbon, hydrogen and oxygen into food for our consumption and releases oxygen for us to breathe. In fact, most of the energy sources on Earth can be traced back to the sun. Fossil fuels such as coal and oil are derived from once living organisms that were dependent upon the sun for their existence and for the chemical organizations within the cells of their bodies.
Life as we know it could not exist were it not for the energy received from the sun. The sun is exactly 93 million miles from the planet earth, just right for us to have four seasons of the year, because our planet is tilted exactly 23.5 degrees as it rotates and revolves around the sun. It is the same sun that was shining on the Romans and many others before the birth of Christ.
Sometimes I think I might be called a sun worshiper as I study the sun.
Sunset Beach, N.C.