Friday, April 25, 2014
Where are the parents?
To the Editor:
My son and I visited Georgetown in late February after the ice storm. After nine days without power, we wanted a good hot meal. We decided on KFC. A hot buffet was a welcome sight. We went and had a great meal but when we exited to my car, on the driver’s side on the door, was carved with a knife or nail: CRIP in large letters.
Metal against metal.
We called the manager and owner out, then called the police. The proper paperwork was filled out and signed. The police said it was a young gang that was over the U.S. that was trying to be like adult gangs.
I do feel the good people of Georgetown don’t deserve this kind of treatment. I was a merchant for 25 years in Kingstree and wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention.
It is the principal of the thing people! How much do we have to take? Where were the parents after school?
Scratched up in Nesmith.
No oil drilling
To the Editor:
Headlines in a local newspaper read this week said, “Of?cials Split Over Drilling – SouthCarolina’s push for off shore drilling.” What has caused this turnaround?
I agree with Mayor Riley of Charleston when he said, “He doesn’t understand why the political tideamong South Carolina state leaders seems to have turned toward favoring off-shoredrilling after long years of debate.”
I hope this isn’t a result of the recent supreme courtdecision that removes many restrictions on the amount of monies that are donated topolitical campaign funds.
We cannot allow off shore drilling...there are too many dangers, particularly in a state that bends over backwards to give big industry all kinds of leniencies without solid regulations! Let’s follow a big business’s lead – Apple – and invest in renewable sources of energy.
SELL needs high priority
To the Editor:
Over the last month, the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study Policy Committee, the body responsible for federal transportation planning and funding in the metropolitan areas of Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick counties, has sought public input into its draft traffic congestion management process, which is a part of GSATS’ 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan.
A survey of over 300 Grand Strand residents, referenced in the 2035 LRTP, indicates that 56 percent were not satisfied or very unsatisfied with existing congestion. Without needed transportation improvements, like the Southern Evacuation Lifeline (SELL) highway, the level of service on most area highway corridors is predicted to dramatically deteriorate.
The population of the three county area of GSATS was 436,880 in 2010. Population totals for the three counties by year 2035 are projected to surpass 660,000.
The draft congestion management process states: “Assuming only existing, committed, and improvements for which federal funds can be anticipated are constructed and open to traffic, in 2035, 43 percent of the profiled corridors will be ‘Congested’ and 31 percent of the profiled corridors will be ‘Severely Congested.’” This is not good news for area residents.
The SELL is a highway project included in the LRTP that can both reduce congestion and dramatically reduce hurricane evacuation times, particularly for southern Horry County.
As proposed, the SELL would be a nearly 30 mile highway that would connect the Surfside Beach and Garden City areas with US 501 and SC 22 to the north of Conway, eventually creating a full circular limited access road around Conway.
The draft states that the “ability to widen East US 501 between Cox Ferry Road and US 378 is limited by natural features and adjacent land uses” and identifies the SELL as part of an alternative to relieving congestion by widening US 501. SCDOT states in the SELL Draft Environmental Impact Statement that the preferred alignment would reduce the vehicle hours traveled, thereby reducing congestion; and reduce the vehicle miles traveled, thereby improving the efficiency of the road network.
SCDOT also states in the SELL DEIS that the highway would reduce hurricane evacuation time in the year 2030 by 30 percent for Horry County. The “Proposed I-73 and SELL Corridors Hurricane Evacuation Analysis,” produced by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012, also documents the importance of the SELL in substantially reducing evacuation congestion and times.
The Surfside Beach Town Council has formally recognized the importance of the SELL project to town residents in terms of both congestion reduction and expediting hurricane evacuations, by adopted numerous resolutions supporting construction of the project.
It’s clear that to reduce growing traffic congestion and significantly improve hurricane evacuation times, particularly for southern Horry County, the GSATS Policy Committee must give the SELL project a much higher funding priority.
Clif Smith is a candidate for Horry County Council District 5.