LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Opinion -

WE STILL NEED PLAS­TIC BAGS

I read with in­ter­est the re­cent con­trib­u­tor who opined on the fruit­less­ness of our county ban on plas­tic bags. I whole­heart­edly agree, but for an en­tirely dif­fer­ent rea­son.

You see, like most re­spon­si­ble dog lovers, we take our ca­nines for fre­quent walks to let them sniff out their sur­round­ings and to re­lieve them­selves. For years, we had re­lied upon those han­dled gro­cery store plas­tic bags to se­cure and trans­port the de­posits — all with­out in­ci­dent.

No more.

Here’s the prob­lem. Our neigh­bor­hood gro­cery stores have been guilted into the re­cy­cling myth and no longer of­fer pa­per or plas­tic — only en­vi­ron­men­tally-sen­si­tive pa­per.

Pa­per bags may save the planet, but they sim­ply do not work for dog­gie de­posits. Ask any dog owner. Our en­viro friends quickly point to the ex­emp­tion pro­vi­sion au­tho­riz­ing han­dle­less dog­gie lit­ter bags. The prob­lem is that the ap­proved bags are de­signed for a dog the size of a ham­ster — mine are 80 pound labs.

Rather than fight Town Hall, we have re­sorted to hoard­ing old gro­cery store plas­tic bags with han­dles. Youmay be sur­prised as to how many friends and neigh­bors have a stash. Those sym­pa­thetic to our plight have gra­ciously gifted many of them to us. As our garage fills to ca­pac­ity, my thoughts have turned from ne­ces­sity to op­por­tu­nity. Given the num­ber of dog walk­ers in our com­mu­nity, we plan to start a lit­tle Bluffton cot­tage in­dus­try. We will call it The Bag Lady. Only in Amer­ica.

– Joel Ru­di­cil

Bluffton

THIS IS REA­SON FOR PLAS­TIC BAG BAN

In re­sponse to the let­ter writer of “pa­per bags no sil­ver bul­let,” the rea­son we are ban­ning plas­tic bags is to keep the­mout of our wa­ter­ways and harm­ing our wildlife. If we hap­pen to re­cy­cle ei­ther pa­per or plas­tic, it’s a plus. – War­ren God­dard Lady’s Is­land

DAY-TRIP­PING GOES SNARKY

Enough al­ready with the “day trip­per” snark­i­ness com­ing from the main­land. We Hil­ton Head Is­land res­i­dents know how so very im­por­tant you all are to the sur­vival of Hil­ton Head.

Geez, if it wasn’t for Bluffton, where would I eat Viet­namese cui­sine? I’ll make sure all the is­land’s peo­ples un­der­stand they need to pros­trate them­selves upon the ar­rival of the main­lan­ders. I like old town Bluffton. It re­minds me of Croy­don, Pennsylvania, with Span­ish moss. The rest of that area is be­com­ing, sadly, “Any Town USA” very quickly.

It’s what I drive through to get to Sa­van­nah, Charleston, In­ter­state 95, Day­tona. There’s a bowl­ing al­ley some­where over there I hear. It’s where they pro­duce the “Is­land Packet,” I’m told. Ah yes, sin­cere apolo­gies to all you put-upon day-trip­ping main­lan­ders. Wel­come to Hil­ton Head. Make sure to bring your wal­lets ... y’all.

– Chuck LeBold Hil­ton Head Is­land

HIL­TON HEAD NOT A PRI­VATE CLUB

Hil­ton Head Is­land, what planet are you on?

Ev­ery­body loves the beach. Ev­ery­one ev­ery­where vis­its the beach. Hil­ton Head is tak­ing a stance against peo­ple who visit the is­land?! What kind of pompous, elit­ist, snooty junk is this? Who do you think you are in your gated plan­ta­tions? You are an ag­ing di­nosaur, and if you can’t ac­cept the waves of vis­i­tors who come to frolic on the sand and splash in the wa­ter and eat fried shrimp, then you are the prob­lem.

This isn’t a pri­vate golf club (close, but not yet).

If that’s what you want, put a gate at the bridge. If you don’t have a pass, you don’t get on the is­land.

– San­don Pre­ston

Bluffton

‘‘ IF YOU CAN’T AC­CEPT THE WAVES OF VIS­I­TORS WHO COME TO FROLIC ON THE SAND AND SPLASH IN THE WA­TER AND EAT FRIED SHRIMP, THEN YOU ARE THE PROB­LEM.

San­don Pre­ston

CAN’TWE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

As I sit here read­ing yet an­other flurry of let­ters ad­dress­ing “day trip­pers” to Hil­ton Head Is­land, I am re­minded of the in­spir­ing words of that es­teemed Los An­ge­les philoso­pher, Rod­ney King, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Ames­sage worth con­sid­er­ing?

– Joe Sab­batino Hil­ton Head Is­land

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