Letters, October 25, 2013
I have known Jack Scoville for more than thirty years, both personally and professionally as an attorney. His years of experience in law and government make him uniquely qualified to lead this City in the coming years. Under Jack's leadership as mayor, Georgetown has made progress on many fronts. City government is leaner and more efficient. Many innovative upgrades have been made through the use of technology which cut costs. City properties are well maintained and attractive, which has the effect of making the whole City look better and more appealing to tourists and businesses seeking to locate.
Jack has worked hard to maintain the integrity of the Historic District and Front Street, which is vital to the tourism industry.
Since 2009 when Jack was elected mayor, the City's expenses have been reduced, while it has maintained the level of municipal services it provides daily to its citizens. At the same time, major projects have been started in the West End and Maryville.
Georgetown is at a crossroads because of the Front Street fire. Now, more than ever, Georgetown needs a steady, experienced hand helping guide the City through these difficult times. This is especially true during a crisis period such as we are now experiencing.
I strongly urge the voters of Georgetown to “Back Jack” Scoville in the November 5 election, and continue good, competent government.
Tommy Howard, Editor
Dear Mr. Howard:
After reading [Wednesday’s] front page article “Temporary Harborwalk repairs made without permit,” and the letter to the Editor “Thanks to Progress for Georgetown,” I’m a little confused. Let me see if I’ve got this straight.
1. The City does nothing to advance the opening of Harborwalk for 22 days prior to the Wooden Boat Show.
2. The private sector weighs in 3 days before the event.
3. The private sector completes temporary repairs in less than 12 hours.
4. The City Building Official gets thrown under the bus for getting out of the way.
5. The City collects thousands in taxes and untold good will directly attributable to the event.
6. The City declines to pay the private contractor the approximately $4,000 he spent to complete the temporary repair.
With our “Strong Mayor” form of government, where was he and why did he let this happen?
Has he hired an Engineer to design a permanent fix? Has a RFP been prepared? Has a contract been issued? If not, why?
I understand that the City thinks permanent repairs will cost around $100,000. Private sector estimate is around $25,000. There has to be enough savings between these to pay the private contractor the $4,000 for bailing the City out.
I urge every Georgetonian to vote for Paige Sawyer for City Council on November 5.
I have known Paige for many, many years and have found him to be a man of integrity and outstanding principles. He is very conscientious about his duties and performs them to the best of his ability. Paige is a sincere Christian man with exceptional values, and he is a true southern gentleman. He has served well on City Council for the past 16 years, and his service has been exemplary. He is honest, a family man, an active member of his church, and an all-around good man. Paige serves the community in many ways and is active in a number of organizations in Georgetown.
During his time on Council, Paige has worked tirelessly for our City. His main concern is for a prosperous Georgetown, and he has been dedicated in his efforts to bring this to fruition.
Not only has Paige worked hard for our City, but he has fought for our country serving on active duty in Vietnam for over two years.
All citizens of Georgetown owe Paige a great debt of gratitude. Had he not been so observant and so quick to call in and report the recent tragic fire on Front Street and then to alert the occupants of the buildings, I fear we would have lost more than 7 buildings and probably some lives.
Paige truly has the welfare of Georgetown and all of its inhabitants as a priority and will continue to be a great asset to City Council, so please return Paige Sawyer to City Council on November 5 so that he can continue his work for all residents of our fair City. I am sure Paige will greatly appreciate all the support given him at the polls.
I appreciated Lee Padgett’s thoughtful letter about the need for the public to be heard by our elected officials on important issues, and the equal need for those officials to listen.-
What troubled me was City Councilman Paige Sawyer’s response.
Instead of agreeing with the need for more public participation in public policy decisions, the main point of Mr. Padgett's letter, Paige goes into a shrill defense of his 2010 vote to use costly tropical rainforest wood, ipe, to renovate the Harborwalk instead of less expensive, traditional and locally produced pine.
It's obvious that Paige is touchy about his vote, but why take it out on a conscientious city taxpayer, who is simply calling for more public participation in local government? What can be wrong with that?
Then Paige has the audacity to berate Mr. Padgett for not protesting the use of ipe at private marinas in the area.
Beyond trying his best to make Mr. Padgett look bad, Paige is confused about the difference between private enterprise and the use of taxpayers’ money. Most elected officials know the difference. To suggest that the public should have a say in the type of decking materials used by private marinas is utterly ridiculous.
Is Paige not in favor of private property rights?
No official should be representing taxpayers with this kind of thought process. Paige definitely is in the wrong job as a city councilman.
I thought Paige was a conservative Republican, but his actions and words speak otherwise.
Like voting to use the much more costly imported and expensive to install materials on the Harborwalk, instead of low cost, Georgetown County produced lumber, that supports county jobs.
“For almost two centuries, timber and related wood products have had a solid footing in Georgetown. More than 1,500 people are employed in the wood products industry in the area…,” says a county Economic Development Department promotional flyer about the significance of county wood products.
It seems like elected officials, like Paige, would buy into the importance of the local timber industry and its jobs to the county’s economy, instead of enriching the economy of Brazil. Especially when our lumber is many time less expensive to buy and install and more environmentally sound to harvest.
I hope city voters will heed these important words from Mr. Padgett's letter: “our ‘supposed’ leaders have shown little interest in listening to those of us who elect them … Until we show them we are paying attention they will assume we give them a blanket permission slip to act and act without accountability.”
It’s clear Paige is not listening.
Today, as the temperatures cool off in anticipation of a new season, I feel compelled to write of the opportunity for a “NEW Season” for the city of Georgetown.
There are some new faces on the political scene and they offer a “new season” for Georgetown. Fresh ideas and business savvy, these folks can elevate city hall and work hard towards bringing the entire city together for the common good.
These new faces are not new to me; I have known them all for years and applaud their willingness to work for our benefit.
Please vote for Richard Powers, Carol Jayroe , Ed Kimbrough and Paige Sawyer on November 5th. Better yet, be sure to take a like-minded friend along with you to vote.
Anne B. Starnes
Supporting Paige Sawyer for City Council
I am supporting Paige Sawyer for re-election to Georgetown City Council. Paige takes his responsibilities as a city councilman very seriously. In his sixteen years on council he has not missed a single City Council meeting. There have been several occasions that I have approached Paige with questions and concerns about issues with the city government. He has always responded promptly with the answers or guidance that I needed.
Paige is a conservative voice on City Council who believes in keeping our tax burden as low as possible. I appreciate his support for maintaining the unique architecture and character of our downtown historic district. He has been an energetic ambassador for Georgetown who promotes our wonderful city tirelessly.
Paige is truly an asset to the City of Georgetown and to Georgetown City Council. Please join me in voting for the re-election of Paige Sawyer for City Council on November 5th.
To The Editor:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, was the 30th Anniversary of the car bombing of the Marine Peacekeeping force in Beirut. Two hundred forty one American Servicemen died as a result, Two hundred twenty-one Marines, Eighteen Sailors, Two Soldiers.
I am a retired Army surgeon. On October 23, 1983, I was stationed at the Second General Hospital n Landstuhl, Gernany. In the first 24 hours after the bombing, of the Marines who were evacuated to Europe, the most seriously injured Marines were evacuated to Landstuhl. I had a glimpse of the carnage they endured.
One Marine I remember particularly well. He arrived shortly after midnight 23/24 October 1983, with third degree burns from the waist down. Clinically he was in shock, no palpable pulse, no measurable blood pressure, but he was conscious and able to talk to us, which is an impressive training the Marines undergo-he would not have been able to retain consciousness under those conditions had he not been exceptionally trained, exceptionally fit. We resuscitated him. He went into respiratory distress and had to be intubated and placed on a ventilator. Hours after that he partially collapsed both lungs and had to have chest tubes placed.
He was then evacuated by air to the Army's burn center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. I learned afterward that he had gone into Cardiac arrest during the flight and his attendants, my colleagues in Europe, then LTC John Parker, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Landstuhl, and Major Vish Piratla spent most of the flight resuscitating him. He survived to arrive at the burn center.
In December of 1983, I returned to the US, to attend a CME activity in Chicago. One morning I read a small item in a Chicago paper that he had died at Brooke.
We remember 9/11, Mogadishu, the Murrah Federal Building. It seems to me we do not remember Beirut. These men deserve to be remembered.
James M. Ryan
LTC, MC, USA (retired)
Georgetown hospital, staff and surgeon
I have had two hip replacements this year. The first was in February 2013 and the second was last week, October 2013. I used a fantastic surgeon, Dr. Petra Gheraibeh with Bay Orthopedics of Georgetown. Not only is she a wonderful surgeon with a great staff but she is cute as can be. Loved her the minute I met her. If you need hip or knee, go to her.
I also went to Georgetown County Memorial Hospital both times and could not have had any better service than I got there. They are very professional and so kind and considerate.
I want to send out a big thank you to my recovery room team, Lauren, Sherry, Tricia and Lindsay. Next a big thank you to my wonderful nurses, Ashley Thomas, Brittney Bass, Leslie Foerster, Katie Moore and Shannon Elliott. There are so many I have missed, but I appreciate each and every one of them for all the loving care they gave me.
Over the years I have been to many hospitals with different problems, but these guys surpass any of them in cleanliness, efficiency and professionalism. Plus the food they offered was fantastic …
Since I came home on Monday I have received many cards and phone calls from the hospital and it is so appreciated. If you need good care I highly recommend Georgetown County Hospital. I give them a 10+. Thank you all!
Carlene S Gauler
Heartland needs “Friendly Visitor” volunteers
“It takes a village to raise a child” is a well-known expression. We'd like to submit to the wonderful people of Horry and Georgetown counties that there is no better way to raise the spirits of those dealing with serious illness than having a village of caring hearts.
Volunteers, known as Heartland Hospice's brigade of Friendly Visitors, bring support and joy to local patients and families every day. We read, listen, knit, play games, tell stories, laugh, cry, sit quietly … basically, we provide friendship and assistance any way we can.
We are so proud to be part of the Heartland staff — the hospice we choose to give our time to — and contribute to its stellar reputation for providing excellent care.
The number of people that turn to Heartland Hospice for help grows every day. It's almost mind-boggling how many patients and families in our little corner of the world need care, and Heartland never turns a single one away.
We do need more volunteers, though. More villagers to raise up spirits with their friendly visits. Training is free and at your convenience. Other types of volunteers are needed, too, including those that prefer administrative, marketing and special projects work.
Call Heartland's friendly volunteer coordinator, Kathie Hill, today at 248-2061 and let your time and talent help someone in need.
Jo Ann Telven
Scott R. Johnson
Heartland Hospice's offices are in Conway.
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