August 2012

AUGUST 2012: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

Dear Editor,
I am thrilled there are so many pre-school options in the area but would have loved to have had our very special and unique Junior Kindergarten program at Hilton Head Prep included in your recent article about choosing a preschool. Our well established JK program offers a full and half day option for 4 years olds. Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Junior Kindergarten (JK) program offers a dynamic learning environment that balances developmentally appropriate academic skills with exploration. Our curriculum is based on national and state standards combined with Montessori philosophy. The JK program is multi-sensory in nature and provides positive learning experiences in a warm, safe and supportive environment. Educating the whole child includes focusing on the social, emotional, physical, moral and cognitive development of each student. Our JK students develop a sense of belonging and a joy of learning through our child-centered and interactive curriculum.

The collaborative partnerships we have established with local community specialists are also vital to our program. Our teachers work with occupational therapists to develop best practices for fine motor and sensory development and have consultations with a nationally-recognized language therapist. The environmental specialists at Coastal Discovery Museum provide monthly local field trips with our JK students that enrich their educational experience at Hilton Head Prep. These programs enable us to offer of the most unique, leading research-based early education programs in the area.

Thanks CH2 for all you do for our community.

Best,
Jane Inglis
Head of Lower School
Hilton Head Preparatory School

An Unfortunate Misspelling

Your July 2012 issue (page 27) notes The Inn at Harbour Town received a “Certificate of Excellance.” While no explanation is offered why said award was conferred, one may safely assume it was not for spelling. As information, the correct word is Excellence.

Tom Treacy

Ms. Washo, Who fact checks what you place on your cover? While Elton John did record a version of “In the Summertime”, the song was originally written by Ray Dorset, the leader of the band Mungo Jerry. While it is highly likely that more of your readers would recognize the name Elton John before they would Mungo Jerry or Ray Dorset, that does not give CB2 the right to improperly credit a song to another artist. Doing so is an affront to journalistic integrity.

Regards,
Michael Lambuth

Dear Maggie,

I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your including the Jazz Corner in your “Top 10 List of Things to do” article in the July issue of CH2 and say a special, thank you. David wrote a terrific article. One little correction… It was mentioned that we were ranked as one of the top 150 jazz clubs in the country but it’s one of 150 jazz clubs in the world. Again congratulations on a super issue and thank you for thinking of us.

Sincerely, Lois

Dear Maggie,
I appreciate Kitty Bartell’s article in this month’s CH2 about tipping, and agree with her points. She correctly points out that a standard of 15% (20% for excellent service) is for the food/beverage portion and does not include the tax portion of the bill. However, many Island restaurants cheat on this point. Sometimes when there is low light, I have problems reading the fine print of the bill and therefore I will ask my server to “please add 20% gratuity.” In restaurants in New York and other major cities, the bills usually come back correct —- with 20% added to the pre-tax portion.

But for some unknown reason, most Hilton Head places add the percentage to the tax portion also! This infuriates me, but when I complain they say it is standard. I realize this seems like a minor point, as the money is never too large, but that’s even more reason for the restaurants to get it right. Perhaps you could pass this along to your restaurant customers.

Best,
David Pardue
Sea Pines resident

Editor:
On June 18, Governor Nikki Haley signed a new law to address human trafficking, a lucrative, secretive and brutal criminal enterprise that occurs throughout the world, including the United States.

Her signature culminated months of hard work to bring South Carolina out of what a national organization had termed “the dirty dozen,” states without adequate laws to
address exploitative labor practices and forced prostitution.

For the first time, our legislature has clearly defined the crime of human trafficking and has convened a task force to implement a comprehensive strategy for combating it. Among the many changes to state law, the courts can now seize assets from people convicted of human trafficking and the offender can be required to pay restitution to his or her victims. An extra 15 years of prison time can be tacked on if the victim of the crime is under 18-years-old.

Many of the lobbying efforts for this important piece of legislation occurred at a grassroots level. Members of the Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking and citizens across the state lobbied the legislature in-person and from afar. We would like to especially thank state Sen. Tom Davis, state Rep. Shannon Erickson and state Rep. Andy Patrick for co-sponsoring the bill and for guiding it to passage. We are also grateful to Solicitor Duffie Stone for his public support of the bill and for working tirelessly for its approval.

This law empowers investigators, prosecutors and the court system to root out and address human trafficking, but it will be up to all of us to learn the signs of this horrendous crime, to report it to the proper authorities and to help the victims rebuild their lives.

Janice Dyer
President, Lowcountry Coalition of Human Trafficking
Hilton Head Island

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