The Island Packet - - Opinion -


Let me see if I have this right. We spent nearly $25 mil­lion of tax in­cre­ment fi­nanc­ing money to build a USCB hos­pi­tal­ity cam­pus at the south end of Hil­ton Head Is­land. The stated ob­jec­tive was to bring about 200 stu­dents into the com­mu­nity so that they could in­ter­act with lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses and gain work ex­pe­ri­ence in our restau­rants and ho­tels. This would not only en­hance their education, but would help with the la­bor short­age prob­lem plagu­ing our econ­omy. Wor­thy goals, with the only po­ten­tial down­side be­ing in­creased traf­fic around Sea Pines Cir­cle.

But what has hap­pened? We now hear that only about 100 stu­dents will use the facility at start-up. They will be bussed 21 miles from the Bluffton cam­pus to Sea Pines ar­riv­ing at about 10 a.m. (traf­fic per­mit­ting) and leav­ing again at 3 p.m. Classes will run Mon­day to Thurs­day from 10 a.m. un­til 2:15 p.m. — less than four hours a day if you as­sume a brief lunch break, or 16 hours a week.

So, where are the ben­e­fits?

The stu­dents get to en­joy a min­i­mum 90minute round trip bus ride in­stead of a walk across the Bluffton cam­pus; they have no op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with lo­cal busi­nesses or gain work ex­pe­ri­ence; and they have no “beach time,” un­less they opt to drive them­selves.

Hil­ton Head gets noth­ing ex­cept a large prop­erty tax ad­vance to pay off. Good deal for all.

– Chris Garm­ston Hil­ton Head Is­land GET A GRIP, AND REAL NEWS

Please stop pub­lish­ing ac­cu­sa­tions and sala­cious ar­ti­cles that have ab­so­lutely no bear­ing on the lives of the pub­lic. This only serves to fur­ther dis­ap­point those of us who ac­tu­ally pay to read a news­pa­per.

Hard-copy news is rapidly de­clin­ing as a re­li­able and ex­pe­di­ent method of stay­ing on top of the lat­est “news.” Print­ing and reprint­ing al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing the pri­vate lives of pub­lic fig­ures fur­ther den­i­grates the value of re­ceiv­ing the daily news­pa­per, es­pe­cially when the “news” has noth­ing at all to do with any­one but the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved.

Clearly the pa­per gets some sort of de­light in re­port­ing al­le­ga­tions of the in­dis­cre­tions and mis­for­tunes of oth­ers, es­pe­cially when they have ac­com­plished great things in the com­mu­nity, be it doctors, teach­ers, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers or oth­ers. Get a grip, and some real news.

– Lynda Laff Hil­ton Head Is­land CUN­NING­HAM GETS GOOD START

Kudus are in or­der for U.S. Rep. Joe Cun­ning­ham. He has be­gun his con­gres­sional ca­reer by keep­ing his prom­ise of not vot­ing for Nancy Pelosi for the House Speaker po­si­tion.

Pelosi’s road to vic­tory re­sem­bled elec­tions that we see in ba­nana re­publics: one can­di­date, no op­po­si­tion. Pelosi won hands down with­out our con­gress­man’s vote. For­mer U.S. Sen. Ge­orge McGovern would have won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 1972 if he ran un­op­posed. Un­for­tu­nately for him, Richard Nixon won 49 out of 50 states in his win­ning bid.

Let’s see where Cun­ning­ham goes from here. When he votes on is­sues, will he have his Low­coun­try con­stituents’ needs and de­sires in mind? Hope­fully he will reach across the aisle and not vote in lock­step along party lines. We need a gov­ern­ing body of Democrats, Repub­li­cans and In­de­pen­dents that can work to­gether in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems that plague our na­tion.

Let’s see if Joe is up for the job.

– Howard D. Sass­man


Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s talk to the na­tion was so con­vinc­ing of the se­ri­ous­ness and depth of our na­tional cri­sis, which is in the Oval Of­fice and not at our south­ern bor­der.

– Calvin Jor­dan


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