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Cure for rally woes?
Make visit painful
The strategy for Bikefest should be simple. If the governor won’t put an end to it and Atlantic Beach won’t take responsibility for it, then make it as unwelcoming as possible for the bikers and their lawless trouble-making hangers on so that they never want to return here again.
The 40-mile route is a great idea. Expand its hours. Further, require the sponsors of this event – Atlantic Beach – to register every bike and vendor. Turn the registration list over to local authorities. Share the registration fees with the other jurisdictions that must increase manpower to police it.
If a bike doesn’t have a registration sticker clearly displayed on the front of the bike, it doesn’t gain access to Ocean Boulevard during certain times. Further, make the local hotels responsible for the behavior of their guests. Disturbances that require police responses also come with stiff penalties for the establishment. The more severe the disturbance, the more severe the penalty. The message must be clear. Get your trouble out of our community.
I am really delighted that Vida Miller is a candidate for the seat in the state legislature she so ably filled a few years ago. Her knowledge and effectiveness in office have been badly missed for four years. During her years in office she contributed positively to the needs of the district.
She is a strong supporter of quality public education, health and human services, public safety (Safe Routes to School legislation for instance) and improvement of our infrastructure. She won endorsement from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, for as as they stated, “she is committed to protecting both the special history and environment” of the area and “her sensible approach to conservation makes her the best choice.” She believes in a reasonable balance between growth and environmental protection.
As another writer stated, she makes herself accessible to constituents. I experienced her helpfulness personally during a former term after I witnessed the death of a dog on South Causeway by a speeding motorist. I wrote about needing a lower speed limit there, contacted Vida, and she was instrumental in getting that speed limit reduced.
Vida is respected for her experience, hard work, dedication to service, and the ability to achieve cooperation and results that benefit the community.
Tasty event marred
by voting process
I recently enjoyed attending the Surfrider Foundation's Chilympics in Murells Inlet. The day was perfect, and the event was very well organized. There was, however, one problem. In previous years, I had been provided a ballot to choose my favorite chilis. When I asked where to cast my votes this year, I was told they had found it too troublesome to count votes, and a panel of judges selected winners.
OK, I thought, but how about the People's Choice award? That, I am informed, was determined by the number of tickets each chili provider had collected. That means that of the 15 samples I tasted, I “voted” for at least eight that I would not have cast a ballot for if they had been the only ones in the competition. I support the goals of the Foundation, and am very glad to have some money to put toward their efforts. But if you want to declare a chili as my “choice,” please let me have a voice in that choice.
Vote ‘yes’ on referendum
to fund needed port prodject
I like the 1 cent referendum or the Capital Penny Sales Tax (CPST) because it is a tax paid by consumption for specific projects. And it has a time limit of four years — May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2019.
The tax does not only apply to residents, but also to the tourists, truckers and other transient, non-resident consumers who use our resources, which will equate to about 30 percent of the revenue that will be generated. As the campaign slogan states: “Everything raised here, stays here!” We will reap the benefits of having a better Georgetown County.
Perry R. Collins