State senator’s email reveals lack of racial understanding



This image shows the portrait of Stephen Swails, which now hangs in the chambers of the State Senate. This image was attached to the email sent to state lawmakers on Thursday, October 15, 2021.

Words hurt

Being a proud native of South Carolina, I was appalled after reading the recent article on Senator SC Sandy Senn, R-Charleston, who emailed 46 other Senators regarding Stephen Swails, the first black president. pro tempore of the Senate SC. “It’s definitely the whitest black I’ve ever seen,” the email said.

Stephen Swails, a man who has made many contributions to this state, deserves better. He was a businessman, lawyer, newspaper editor, and served in the SC Senate from 1868 to 1878.

I think we should all take a step back and realize the harm that words can do. There is much more we can do for this united state than divided, and Senator Senn’s words will only serve to divide us. Let’s be proud of the contributions to this state and country that ALL people make, regardless of skin color.

Priscilla Fuller, Conway

Repair existing roads

Horry County Council last week rejected a funding proposal to allocate $ 4.2 million in hospitality costs over 30 years to build part of Interstate 73 in Horry. I want to thank the council for rejecting such an irresponsible proposal and for recognizing that there are more urgent needs than a brand new highway of almost $ 2 billion.

The board also supported a resolution to devote the remainder of RIDE II to improvements to the SC 90 motorway. While I appreciate the attention given to the matter, simply budgeting unclear sums of money in order to improve. that they can continue to work as usual is not a solution. We need to tackle the flooding, widening of roads, excessive wear and tear of heavy trucks, and lack of public transportation to start meeting the needs of the community.

We are injured on SC-90, in Bucksport, in rural Sorry, and everywhere else, battling floods and rampant development. Rather than funding a new highway, I hope that Horry County will spend money on improving existing infrastructure, preserving our natural infrastructure, and ensuring responsible and sustainable growth.

Amelia Wood, Conway

Preserving the marshes

Above coastal development has been wanted by many who have not appreciated nature’s gifts from our salt marshes despite public outcry to protect wetlands and wildlife. Today, the failing coastal area is facing a rising sea level. The potential for loss is devastating.

In 1993, Myrtle Beach hosted a symposium on sustainable development in the southeastern coastal area and science emphasized the needs of natural systems by making it clear that environmental considerations should not be overlooked in development planning. The best science at the time recognizing the sustainable development value of our coast was not enough to steer us towards sustainability measures.

The fact remains that the salt marshes support the life of estuaries and that without them, the collapse of ecosystems is our future. The way we have managed these irreplaceable systems in the past is not going to put it in the hands of the same decision-makers, planners and developers who until now have relied on profits without due regard for the resources they were responsible for.

Can we learn from the mistakes of the past and preserve what’s left of our salt marsh or do we have to sacrifice everything?

Sandra Bundy, Murrells Inlet

Thank you

At a time when we lack care for our neighbors, we are fortunate to have over 60 volunteers picking up litter in the area once a month, every month on behalf of Beautify Carolina Forest.

Special thanks to them and to the companies that help with both median projects and funding.

Thank you so much for caring about Carolina Forest and helping to make a difference in her care. We couldn’t do it without your help.

We welcome new volunteers to join us.

Visit our website ( if you are interested in volunteering or donating to our non-profit organization.

Betsy Fay, President Beautify Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach


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