Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Use Lake Busbee for recreation

I do not buy into the theory that Lake Busbee is too contaminated and too expensive to repair.

Get C L Benton to give you a bid. Divide the cost among Santee Cooper, the county and the town of Conway. It is worth saving.

Step 1. Drain the lake. That will get rid of lots of contamination there in one dumping.

Step 2. Remove all the old stumps and debris — put it in some old mine hole somewhere.

Step 3. Take the area of contaminated soil off the bottom of the lake and build a parking lot around the lake. Take soil samples. I would imagine that the contamination is no more than one foot deep. Coastal’s Marine Biology Department can take all the samples you will need.

Step 4. Build a concrete wall around the parking lot to shield the contamination from the lake. The contamination will not pass through the concrete wall and the contaminated soil will be underneath the parking lot. You can asphalt the lot to seal it in.

Step 5. Build a road around the lake with an entrance on the west end and an exit on the east end.

Step 6. Bring in good soil and cover the concrete wall and build a beach of about 20 feet of good soil (sand).

Step 7. Place swimming areas around the lake by bringing in sand to cover the bottom of each swimming area.

Step 8. Place a few little nesting islands in the lake for the birds.

Step 9. Fill the lake with water.

The lake must have flowed for Santee Cooper as I never saw it stagnated anywhere. It can be made to flow.

Get a bid on this and then divide it by 3. It will profit Conway and the county to have this for recreation. If Conway wants tourists and hotels, it needs the lake to attract them. The river gets very crowded.

Use the opposite side of the road for ball fields!

Patricia G. Milley, Conway

A bully is a coward

After reading the bullying story on Keaton Jones, if this was taking place in school, I don’t understand why the school did not get involved, after all if it was on school property — they have some responsibility. Dumping milk and food on anyone is a case for assault, which would be a wake-up call for a bully, after they are arrested.

I hope the parents of any bullies read any comments from readers. If they don't correct bully behavior while a child is still under their roof, the child will probably end up in prison once they are an adult. After all, a bully is a coward.

Beryl Andrews, Myrtle Beach

Tax bill isn’t for average income

Did Tom Rice read the tax bill? If he did, he would not be able to exclaim how wonderful it is for those making around $100,000. The “big savings” amount to about $38.46 per week. How about those of us with an average income? Our taxes may go up. Where is the fairness in that?

Jeff Mortensen, Conway

County still needs smoking ban

I was, and still am, heartbroken to learn that the Horry County Council has put to rest, at least for now, a vote on a county-wide smoking ban in public facilities. Usually when such highly-controversial action is delayed or shelved, it dies a slow death (somewhat like someone who smokes); and is ultimately put to rest for the foreseeable future.

I can only speculate that some of the council members were inundated with intense feedback to "nip this ban in the bud" from constituents who either smoke, or from those whose livelihoods are dependent on catering specifically to tobacco users. Regardless, I feel that the council is clearly making a "fatal" mistake by not taking swift and decisive action to ban this deadly, but preventable, behavior in public places within the county; particularly since it (smoking-related diseases) claims an average of over 7,000 lives in South Carolina each year.

In comparison, that death rate is over seven times higher than the statewide death rate from automobile accidents. It is somewhat ironic that there are existing laws in effect across the state which require the use of seatbelts when riding in motor vehicles; which certainly serves to reduce that death rate. Yet, we cannot somehow convince our locally-elected officials to muster up the moral courage to do "the right thing" by banning smoking in public places. That is, indeed, a very sad testimony to share with those of us who have lost loved ones due to this deadly, deadly behavior.

I am hoping and praying that we can resurrect the passage of this ban by electing pro-tobacco-ban candidates to the county council in the near future.

Beatrice L. Brayboy, Myrtle Beach

Push for tougher gun laws

This past week marked the fifth anniversary of the horrific massacre of first and second graders at Sandy Hook Elementary. I spent Thursday morning at a protest rally outside of the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. It is up to you, Congress, to quit kowtowing to the gun lobby and push for tougher gun control laws.

It is ridiculously easy to buy a gun in this country, and assault weapons should not be accessible to anyone. I know you are controlled by the powerful gun lobby, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing what’s right!

Mothers and fathers shouldn’t kiss their little kids goodbye in the morning, and then have to see them in a morgue at day’s end. Shame on all of you for putting the NRA and the gun lobbies ahead of human decency.

Carole Bellacera, Myrtle Beach

Tax the products that make us sick

With Congressional Republicans rushing to place a new tax bill on President's Trump's desk before Christmas, here comes the respected British publication The Guardian suggesting a new source of tax revenue — meat. Yes, a tax on meat, to beat the health and climate crises.

The concept is hardly radical. We already pay taxes on tobacco, alcohol, sugary sodas, plastic bags and other consumables that afflict the public health and other social costs.

The revenue would reimburse Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs for treating victims of chronic diseases that have been linked conclusively with consumption of animal products. It would contribute to the costs of restoring air and water quality and wildlife habitats that have been devastated by production of these items.

Benjamin Franklin noted that nothing is certain except death and taxes. However, death can be deferred substantially by taxing the very products that make us sick.

Miles Biggs, Myrtle Beach