Rangers, CCU game a disappointment
I bought tickets and attended the baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Coastal Carolina University. The ball game was going great. Coastal pitchers had done a fantastic job against the defending American League Champions. Then suddenly, in the sixth inning, the pitchers and the catcher from the Texas Rangers began pitching to their own team, leaving the Coastal Carolina pitchers in the dugout The ballgame took on a sour and sickening feel. Fans were booing and asking each other what was happening.
You could tell that these players subbing for the Coastal players were only going through the motions and allowing the American League Champions to score easily. I, along with several thousand fans, left in disgust.
This was a slap in the face of the Coastal Carolina players and the fans who came to see a ballgame. The powers to be who made this decision should hang their heads in shame. I have always felt that when you field a team you instill in them the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork and then teach them the skills to win and a desire to compete and win. If you don't want to and try to win in a sport, then why play at all?
As far as I'm concerned, this was not a good example to set for the young men on Coastal's team. I'm sure they went into the game wanting and trying to win, but their hopes were dashed by this decision.
Wis. protesters were peaceful
The Sun News on the opinion page regularly lists the parameters for submitting a letter to the editor. On that list is that the Sun News avoids publishing "letters that contain questionable or undocumented facts," which brings us to the letter submitted by James Gunn on April 1, concerning the Madison, Wis., protests.
In his letter Gunn said "union members, and probably individuals paid by unions to protest ... used forms of anarchy such as breaking of windows, trespassing, breaking down doors and pushing police around in order to intimidate." There is absolutely no truth in that statement.
There were between 70,000 and 100,000 protesters, depending on whose figures you believe, and these protests went on for four weeks. There were nine arrests, all on Feb. 17, the third day of protests, and the state would not release any details concerning them.
When the 14 senators returned to the state on March 12, the crowds were estimated at 85,000 to 185,000, again with no anarchy. Yes, there were bullhorns, and drumbeats, and signs, and chanting, but no violence. This is what the union movement does.
I am disappointed that The Sun News allowed this letter to be published given its obvious untruths. I am also disappointed Gunn chose to attack unions, which are the only means left for the middle class to counter corporate greed.
Red Cross volunteers give of themselves
National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, is a time to celebrate volunteers. This year's theme, Celebrating People in Action, aptly describes American Red Cross volunteers. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.
Red Cross volunteers come together from all walks of life with one common purpose: to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. ... You only need a heart full of grace."
With hearts full of grace, Red Cross volunteers are always ready to step in and help people down the street, across the nation and around the world.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Red Cross thanks the many volunteers who make our mission possible. Thank you for your selfless gifts of time, money and blood.
The writer is volunteer resource manager for the Central South Carolina chapter of the American Red Cross
NMB improvements help only a little
With the coming of the new summer season it is nice to see some improvements being done along U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, and I stress some improvements: new water lines, new sidewalks, putting utility lines and cables underground.
While improvements are being made it is a shame that the businesses along U.S. 17 and even the "Welcome to North Myrtle Beach" sign at the north end make this place look like a rundown old beach town.
I thought we were heading toward being a high class resort area.
As long as places look as they do - unkempt, weeds, dead shrubs and trees, poor grass or dead grass, no mulch - this place always has been and will continue to be the Redneck Riviera.