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Yes, the following is an opinion on the same old story line, bike rallies. I find it hard to believe that the taxpayers of Myrtle Beach are not up in arms regarding the proposed property tax increase to fund additional police, security, etc. in support of the rallies.
I would think that the taxpayers would be more inclined to support a tax increase to supplement lost revenue if the city were to put a halt to the rallies. Most residents that I come in contact with dread the start of the event and are relieved when it ends. However, I may be speaking for the minority and not the majority.
It would be interesting to poll the residents of Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, etc. to get a better feel of who is in favor of these events. Art Burns hit the nail on the head in his recent letter. Our elected leaders need to listen to its citizens and not special interest groups looking for a payday.
North Myrtle Beach
Supreme Court ignored
will of the people, states
The Supreme Court was cowardly by deferring to the lower courts on the issue of same-sex marriage. Thirty one states voted to protect marriage. It is arrogant for judges to treat those votes as if they do not mean anything.
The ultimate authority of government is the people. Many elected officials, attorneys and judges think that a court ruling is the final word. It is not, as stated by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The courts are one branch of government and equal to the other two, but not superior to either and certainly not to both.
Even if the other two branches agree with the ruling, the people's representatives have to pass enabling legislation to authorize same-sex marriage and the president (or governor in the case of the state) has to sign it. Otherwise it remains only the court's opinion. It is not the the law of the land. The courts cannot make law. They can interpret it and even rule that a law is unconstitutional but they have no power to create it or enforce it.
Tom Rice is working
Congressman Tom Rice is working for you. Whether he is in Washington or back home, Rep. Rice is always in touch with his constituents. This allows him to address the issues that are most important to the people in the Pee Dee and on the Grand Strand.
In the last two years, Rep. Rice has accomplished many things for our area. He has made significant progress on our infrastructure needs, specifically the Georgetown Port and Interstate 73. I have heard him go over what he has done while he has been in office and one thing that is of particular importance – Congressman Rice has worked with local governments and developers to bring nearly 1,000 new high-paying jobs to our district.
In addition, his offices in Florence and Myrtle Beach have helped resolve over 2,100 constituent cases, cutting through bureaucratic red tape. I know Tom well; he is honest, fair and understands that working together is the only way to get things done. He will work hard and across the aisle to get things accomplished.
Daniel H. Isaac, Jr.
Myrtle Beach property owners
shouldn’t have to bear cost
Myrtle Beach is held hostage each year by the lawlessness of people present for bike week.
Now Myrtle Beach property owners will be held hostage each year financially, via a tax increase, to pay for their/our safety. It cannot be determined how much revenue is lost due to all the peole who no longer come here Memorial Day week because they do not want to encounter the bad behavior of the people participating in Bikefest. Add that lost revenue to the $1.6 million cost for safety/security in order to know the real costs/damages.
C. Norman Bennett