To the Editor:

In an ideal world, money wouldn’t be wasted on studies, in which the answer in known. Since the Town of Bluffton appointed itself Master of the May River, the water quality has steadily declined.

Covering up the watershed with concrete and asphalt in the quest for tax money, is the main problem. Additional fresh water runoff is diluting the salinity of the river, leading to higher bacteria count.

Nonporous surfaces like the widened Hwy. 46 flow freely into the river, no sediment pond required. After all, no one oversees the government.

DHEC reports that approximately 800 sewer overflows happen statewide each year. Bluffton (6,500 gl 01/14); the Vernon River outside Savannah (124,000 gl 01/18); the Stono River near Charleston (2.4 million gl 03/18); the Herb River near Savannah (580,000 gl 03/18); and, upriver from us, Columbia (842,000 gl 2011) are among the ones close to us. Nearly 4 million gallons of raw sewage from the ideal sewer systems.

That’s 4,000 septic tanks at 1,000 gallons each, to create such a spill. Even the smallest spill would be 6.5 septic tanks, all overflowing their continence, in the exact same location.

Maintained septic systems can last decades without issue. Sewer systems are one equipment failure away from disaster.

More money will be thrown at studies, which point to the same problem, 874% growth since 2000. Yet the town will build on every square inch, in the name of revenue.

The “state of mind” is now the state of decline.

Paul McCue

Bluffton

To the Editor:

If you attended the Oyster Festival on Hilton Head Island Nov. 8-9, you may have seen small children walking around, pretending to shoot each other with life-sized, brightly-colored, inflatable AR-15 toys.

This event was put on by the Island Rec Center, a local organization that does so much good for kids in this area, which is why I was so appalled to see this happening. As I walked around the event to find the source of these assault weapon toys, I discovered them in the kids area, which took up a third of the event space and included multiple bouncy houses and games for kids of all ages.

These toy AR-15’s were offered as one of the prizes for the games. The kids zone was presented by Firehouse Nutz, an entertainment company based in Bluffton.

I brought the automatic weapon toys to the attention of a representative from the Island Rec Center who was in charge at the Oyster Festival. She said “nothing can be done about it in the middle of the event.”

I then called the Island Rec Center to share my concern regarding these toy guns. The person who answered the phone sounded concerned and said she would notify someone at the festival. I noticed towards the end of the event the inflatable AR-15’s were still there, hanging with the other prizes.

Is this the message we want to send to our children? That these assault rifles are a fun toy to play with?

I ask that the Island Rec Center and other civic organizations prohibit toy guns at future events in our town. Our children need to understand the gravity of holding a weapon. They should not be treated as toys.

Steve Mardell

Bluffton

To the Editor:

Right at Home Hilton Head/Savannah has partnered with Apprenticeship Carolina to offer $20,000 in grant money from the Department of Labor for current Right at Home caregivers to acquire their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) licenses at any of the Technical College of the Lowcountry locations.

We worked with Demetrius Smith, apprenticeship consultant with Apprenticeship Carolina, in the spring of 2019 to acquire the grant. Then, Right at Home caregivers who had expressed interest in furthering their education enrolled in the CNA program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry location of their choice.

They were also able to choose their schedule to complete their course work and practical exams. Each caregiver needed to demonstrate proficiency in all competencies before receiving their CNA license.

We at Right at Home, including our new CNAs, would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Apprenticeship Carolina, the Department of Labor, and the Technical College of the Lowcountry, which made this possible.

Nancy Rosen

Human Resource Manager

Right at Home Hilton Head/Savannah