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by | April 24, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: April 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Cottageville Police should be commended
Dear Editor:
Our family would like to thank the Cottageville Police Department for the outstanding job it did in capturing two of the thieves who stole property from us. Due to their investigation, perseverance, insightful and sagacious minds, they have put at least one repeat offender behind bars.
These officers should be commended for their allegiance to their profession and to the town of Cottageville. They are an asset to this small community and are making great strides in trying to control this corruptible behavior in our town.
One of these particular suspected thieves also stole property from my father about a year-and-a-half ago. My father caught up with the suspect and tried to pull the key out of the ignition but was dragged along beside the car. My father was greatly hurt and hospitalized. Can you imagine an elderly man (age 82) being dragged by a moving car? And it was your father? Then the same hoodlum comes on your property, steals from you and urinates on your vehicle. (Yes, that’s correct. It was all caught on my deer camera.)
To add insult to injury, this was not even the suspect’s first offense — he was on probation before this. Yet he was set free, again. How could a judge possible allow this? Is this individual allowed to keep on repeating crimes until someone else is hurt or dies? This needs to stop, here and now.
A special thanks to Sheriff Andy Strickland and his deputies for all their help with this case and helping the Cottageville Police Department.
Last of all, thank you to all of our friends and neighbors in the community for their help and involvement in capturing these suspects.
Please help put criminals away and help clean up our communities. We don’t want or need these undesirables where we live. We all deserve better than this. People who work hard for what they have do not deserve to have their property stolen or vandalized. Perhaps if something is done to those arrested (and not a slap on the wrist, bond and probation), honest people could quit filing losses and thefts on their insurance, making premiums higher for all of us. Hoodlums should be held accountable for their actions and judged accordingly.
After all, a thief is just a low-life coward who always tried to live within another man’s means. They need to be held accountable for the ramifications of their actions.

Danny Lee Reeves
Kim B. Reeves
Cottageville

All should be proud of ACE Basin complex
Dear Editor:
How many Colleton County residents have never visited the ACE Basin Sports Complex (Recreation Center)?  What a joy to spend a day there!  Last weekend there were about 20 teams from throughout the state visiting for a girls’ softball tournament (ages approximately 8–13).  The athletic ability of these girls was impressive, but to see them without a phone, earbuds, iPad, totally “unplugged” for the day, was even more amazing.  Through experiences such as these, young people learn so much to carry forward in life — sportsmanship, cooperation, dependability, compassion, teamwork, respect, discipline, time management, and much more. They have constructive activities to keep them occupied — very little time for mischief.
One couple traveled from California to visit family here.  They were so complimentary of our community and the sports facility.  Other local first-time visitors were surprised to see so many cars and people.  When children say we have nothing to do in town, perhaps they should check out the activities at the Rec Center, or better yet, join a team.  We noticed families having picnics in the parking lot; many others followed the aroma of burgers, fries, and funnel cakes to the concession stand.  Everyone was so respectful of the area — putting trash in appropriate places, cleaning up after picnics.  Restrooms were clean and well-maintained.  I was proud to claim “ownership” of the ball park.
After all, county money was spent to provide this facility, and visitor money was spent during the weekend. Of course, there was a modest admission fee, and plenty of food available on site or at local fast-food facilities or restaurants, but several teams stayed in local motels.  Ching! Ching!  Don’t forget about gas!  As I was returning to the field on Sunday afternoon for the championship game, a SUV with a team trailer pulled in to the gas pumps at The Loop.  This vehicle was followed by two other cars (traveling as a team I suppose) that also headed to the pumps.  These three vehicles alone added to the economy of Colleton County.
Often at such tournaments, games need to start about 10 a.m. on Sunday in order to complete the competition so that teams can return to their homes — many traveling 2–3 hours.  After the morning game with our girls, the two competing teams gathered in a circle, holding hands, with one of the coaches leading in prayer. What a great example!  They were not in church, but “church” was displayed in them.
I failed to tell you who won the championship game.  Our Lowcountry Lightning (under age 12) coached by Tiger Martin, Mark Tomedolskey, Clark Hiott, and Alan Weathers went undefeated in six games for the championship!  The man credited with putting Colleton County girls’ softball on the map was also working at the tournament — preparing the fields, doing whatever was needed for a successful weekend event: none other than Coach Rusty Adams!
Thanks to the civic and economic leaders who had a vision to make the ACE Basin Sports Complex a reality, the employees who work there diligently daily with upkeep, coaches, parents, team members, fans.  It takes all of us working together to make this a worthwhile project, and we are well on the way to success!

Cheryl Murdaugh
Walterboro

Don’t take Hamilton off $10 bill
Dear Editor:
Alexander Hamilton should remain remembered on the $10 bill. He is one of the one percent who formed the USA and still keeps our economy the best in the world.
Remember, the Continental Congress’ script which got to be worth about a penny on the dollar. That was what it was worth to Continental soldiers during and after the Revolutionary War. The British counterfeited the script as well. Not much of a reward for the patriots and their retirement!
Yes, Hamilton’s father-in-law bought up much of the script before Hamilton, as secretary of the treasury, authorized the sale of federal lands at $1.50 an acre and that script was accepted at face value.
Since then, goods and services (including land) have basically replaced gold as a real measurement of value in the world economy. The one-percent still invest wisely and direct the flow of our labor and material toward greater public goods, services and profits.
The federal government is still the biggest landowner in our USA.
Certainly, Alexander Hamilton should remain as is on the U.S. $10 bill and the same for our other heroes of the one-percent!

Arden Lommen
Walterboro

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