Donate sleeping bags

To the Editor: The Grand Strand Department #873 of the Marine Corps League is once again fulfilling a request from the Co-Director of Help4Kids to once again collect donations of various sized children’s sleeping bags for children from homeless families. Some children reside in campgrounds or in family cars and vans. In some cases, there may be more children than beds in what is classified as inadequate housing. You can imagine that recently Mother Nature in the guise of named hurricanes has treated the aforementioned children cruelty. Most of their possessions have been ruined due to water damage. A vital part of their possessions is sleeping bags that were obtained in past years from concerned Grand Strand citizens through their generous donations. United States Marines, their early active duty service to the Nation were trained to fight in battles in various lands around the world. Now, in their retirement years, the old Marines are fighting a battle in their home communities. You may call my home, 843-235-1328, to provide clear directions to your location and a convenient time for a Marine to pick up the donated item. Checks may be sent to Help4Kids, 2523 Forestbrook Road, myrtle Beach, SC 29588. Please mark in memo line Sleeping Bags. Art Blenk, Past Captain Pawleys IslandSC Department of South Carolina, Marine Corps League

A f riend lost

I lost a friend today in a tragic car accident. He was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road. This is my tribute to his life. This man was Virgil Lee Davis Alfred. He was born March 27, 1978 in Ohio. His heart was big, always willing to help. He did not have a large number of friends. He lived on the streets of Garden City. I knew Virgil through the store I owned, Atlantic Discount Spirits. For 10 years he was in the store almost daily doing chores for me. I took care that he was fed and clothed and his medical needs were met. We had a friendship because he was a good person who would hurt no one and he had a kind soul. He was trustworthy. Let us remember the good person he was and there are many others like Virgil who need a kind word once in a while to let them know they are of value. As we enter the holiday season, when we go shopping, remember the disheveled person we see is of value with a heart and feelings. The person deserves our thoughts and to be cared about. They are like you and I. English minister John Bradford once said, “There but for the grace of God, go I.” Virgil will be missed. He called me “Daddy” because I took care of him as one of my own. I won’t forget him. In so many ways I am a better person for having had him in my life. Heaven has gained a good man. Jim Varcadipane Pawleys Island

Can you trust plan?

Rural households across our nation spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy bills. It’s a huge problem in the South especially in low-income homes. Since 2012, Santee Cooper, the state-owned and largest utility has increased rates by 15% to build the VC Summer nuclear plant that ultimately failed. The immediate impact felt by laid-off workers and the local rural community was horrendous enough but the fall-out will continue for years to come because of the lingering debt of $10blliion. Rates are expected to increase unless major changes take place. This is a real negative impact on low-income, marginalized communities where regular, everyday folks working 2-3 jobs, lack transportation make real-life decisions about keeping the lights on. Santee Cooper is conducting a getting to “know the CEO” tour of our state with “movers and shakers” but where is the concern for those folks who can’t afford the admission fee for private receptions or closed forums. If Santee Cooper is sold to a private company, it will be accountable to our Public Service Commission and have to justify raising rates before implementation. Right now they are not accountable to anyone and it shows in who gets face-time with the new, acting CEO. Where is the accountability? Marilyn Hemingway Georgetown

Donate sleeping bags

To the Editor:

The Grand Strand Department #873 of the Marine Corps League is once again fulfilling a request from the Co-Director of Help4Kids to once again collect donations of various sized children’s sleeping bags for children from homeless families. Some children reside in campgrounds or in family cars and vans. In some cases, there may be more children than beds in what is classified as inadequate housing.

You can imagine that recently Mother Nature in the guise of named hurricanes has treated the aforementioned children cruelty. Most of their possessions have been ruined due to water damage. A vital part of their possessions is sleeping bags that were obtained in past years from concerned Grand Strand citizens through their generous donations.

United States Marines, their early active duty service to the Nation were trained to fight in battles in various lands around the world. Now, in their retirement years, the old Marines are fighting a battle in their home communities. You may call my home, 843-235-1328, to provide clear directions to your location and a convenient time for a Marine to pick up the donated item. Checks may be sent to Help4Kids, 2523 Forestbrook Road, myrtle Beach, SC 29588. Please mark in memo line Sleeping Bags.

Art Blenk, Past Captain

Pawleys IslandSC

Department of South Carolina, Marine Corps League

A f riend lost

I lost a friend today in a tragic car accident. He was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road.

This is my tribute to his life. This man was Virgil Lee Davis Alfred. He was born March 27, 1978 in Ohio. His heart was big, always willing to help.

He did not have a large number of friends. He lived on the streets of Garden City. I knew Virgil through the store I owned, Atlantic Discount Spirits. For 10 years he was in the store almost daily doing chores for me. I took care that he was fed and clothed and his medical needs were met. We had a friendship because he was a good person who would hurt no one and he had a kind soul. He was trustworthy. Let us remember the good person he was and there are many others like Virgil who need a kind word once in a while to let them know they are of value. As we enter the holiday season, when we go shopping, remember the disheveled person we see is of value with a heart and feelings. The person deserves our thoughts and to be cared about. They are like you and I. English minister John Bradford once said, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

Virgil will be missed. He called me “Daddy” because I took care of him as one of my own. I won’t forget him. In so many ways I am a better person for having had him in my life.

Heaven has gained a good man.

Jim Varcadipane

Pawleys Island

Can you trust plan?

Rural households across our nation spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy bills. It’s a huge problem in the South especially in low-income homes. Since 2012, Santee Cooper, the state-owned and largest utility has increased rates by 15% to build the VC Summer nuclear plant that ultimately failed. The immediate impact felt by laid-off workers and the local rural community was horrendous enough but the fall-out will continue for years to come because of the lingering debt of $10blliion. Rates are expected to increase unless major changes take place. This is a real negative impact on low-income, marginalized communities where regular, everyday folks working 2-3 jobs, lack transportation make real-life decisions about keeping the lights on. Santee Cooper is conducting a getting to “know the CEO” tour of our state with “movers and shakers” but where is the concern for those folks who can’t afford the admission fee for private receptions or closed forums.

If Santee Cooper is sold to a private company, it will be accountable to our Public Service Commission and have to justify raising rates before implementation. Right now they are not accountable to anyone and it shows in who gets face-time with the new, acting CEO. Where is the accountability?

Marilyn Hemingway

Georgetown