Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Your views on the news and editorials in your newspaper are welcomed.

Reefs

Off-shore structures

magnets for sharks

Have the leaders lost their minds? Don't they realize Paradise artificial reef will attract sharks and now the white sharks. We in New Jersey are seeing a new shark population increase at the coastal beaches due to the subway car reef offshore.

The cars generate a feast — like a salad bar — of fish food. So swimmers, surfers and feet dangling over the side of a boat, beware. Life jackets will not help.

Peter Esser

Wayne, N.J.

The writer, who teaches advanced high school biology in New Jersey, recently spent five weeks in Myrtle Beach.

Representation

Pay-hike support

reflects wisdom

Vida Miller apparently wants only rich people to represent us in House Seat 108.

Currently a state representative is paid a salary of $200 a week. For that, plus other reimbursements for real expenses while on state business, a representative is expected to be available in Columbia nearly 6 months every year, make countless trips to and from Columbia and countless hours at home attending meetings and serving voters.

Rep. Stephen Goldfinch recently supported a long overdue pay raise for House members by adding a whopping $230 a week for a total of $430 a week, and Vida Miller screams that they must be getting rich. Mrs. Miller, unlike you, the vast majority of us could not afford to be elected, but we deserve the opportunity.

Our government was set up to be run by the common man. How many of us can afford to take on the job of a state representative for $430 a week? If we are not willing to pay even more than $430 a week, we will never have the representation from regular folk like ourselves. I say raise the salary to $60,000 a year and get what we pay for.

Bill Hills

Murrells Inlet

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