APRIL 2011: Letters To The Editor
Author: Our Readers
BLAST FROM THE PAST
It’s been a long time! I hope you are well! I’ve been following the magazine, and it continues to look great month after month. Although the guy’s biceps on the cover for this month aren’t as sculpted as mine, it was still a good read. I’m in LA right now working with legendary producer, Jim Scott (Wilco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty), and I’m very excited to release my new album this coming May. It’s been three years in the making and it’s almost done!
Editor’s Note: We featured Luke when he was still a plucky young kid three years ago. Look for a follow-up interview (now that he’s hit the big time) in our June issue! Check out the first story at http://www.celebratehiltonhead.com/article/693/ready-to-rock-luke-mitchell-to-release-debut-cd.
GROWTH IN BLUFFTON
I read with interest two articles in the March issue of CB2, one an editorial “Look Before You Leap” and “Lucky To Live In Bluffton”. I believe that Mayor Lisa Sulka and the people of Bluffton had better consider the words of the editorial and look before you leap.
I live in a town in Michigan that once was a quaint and beautiful place and residents also thought they were very lucky to live there. The city council had other ideas though and decided that growth was a great idea. Permission was granted for a mall and other businesses to begin building in the area. Now fifteen years later the town is reaping the benefits of growth, a huge increase in traffic, a huge increase in cost to maintain the new roads and the infrastructure that comes with growth, and most importantly a huge increase in crime.
Residents who never thought twice about leaving their house and car doors unlocked were in for a rude awakening. “I never thought this would happen in our town” was repeated over and over as the crime rate increased. People were also shocked that drug dealers were arrested in the area and again could not believe that this was happening.
Bluffton is a unique and beautiful town and I imagine a great place to live, but do you really need a “state-of-the art” bowling center, a fast food place on every corner and beautiful trees cut down for new subdivisions? Believe me that if growth is allowed without very careful planning and input from all citizens of the area the things that happened in my “quaint and beautiful” town in Michigan will happen to Bluffton, and that would be a shame.
A BIKE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
This is a great article and a tribute to these folks who are elevating the wonderful aspects of biking in Hilton Head. Providing extended pathways for bikers of all ages is an outstanding way for all of us to get additional exercise and also become more healthy. For the young, it is an excellent method of using fun, strength, and stamina to gain body muscle which will last for a lifetime. Thanks to all involved and especially Frank Babel and the leadership team. (Something we need in this country more than ever.)
R S Swift