February 2013: Letters to the Editor
Author: Special to CH2 Magazine
On behalf of the Island Recreation Association, I would like to thank you, Kelly Stroud, the staff of CH2 Magazine and all of the Bachelorettes for their generous contribution. The record amount of money they raised during the “Bachelorette of the Year” competition goes to our Children’s Scholarship Fund, which helps families in need.
Each year the Island Recreation Association is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all area residents by producing, providing and coordinating public recreation programs, “wellness” activities and community events. Through our programs and athletics we have seen many happy and healthy children thrive in a safe environment. CH2 Magazine has helped ensure that no one is denied participation in any of our worthwhile activities.
The goal of the Island Recreation Association is to make a difference in our community. With the help of donations from supporters such as CH2 Magazine, we will continue to see improvements of children building self-esteem, learning teamwork skills, creating a sense of belonging and of course, a healthier lifestyle.
Thanks again to CH2 Magazine and all of the Bachelorettes for their generous support. You have made a difference and the Island Recreation Association sincerely appreciates it.
I just read your latest issue of CH2 and I was nauseated by it. Your article on hunting was absolutely gross. Big, brave men hiding to slaughter innocent ducks! At one time, many years ago, I hunted until one day I shot a squirrel and I looked into the unfortunate animal’s stricken eyes. I never hunted again.
Hunting teaches brutality to children. They think killing a defenseless animal is alright. It is a crime against nature.
If you look at the history of many serial killers and the latest slaughter in the schools, so many of the young people who perpetrated them were hunters. Don’t tell me that hunting is a sport It is sheer murder. Ask the animals. When you arm the animals to defend themselves, then maybe, I’ll be convinced.
In conclusion, I want to leave you with a poem written by an ex-hunter, and if you still have a dry eye after reading it, you have no heart or soul.
A hunter shot at a flock of geese
That flew within his reach.
Two were stopped in their rapid flight
And fell on the sandy beach.
The male bird lay at the water’s edge
And just before he died,
He faintly called to his wounded mate
And she dragged herself to his side.
She bent her head and crooned to him
In a way distressed and wild,
Caressing her one and only mate
As a mother would a child.
Then covering him with her broken wing
And gasping with failing breath,
She laid her head against his breast
A feeble honk – then death.
This story is true though crudely told.
I was the man in this case.
I stood knee-deep in snow and cold
And the hot tears burned my face.
I buried the birds in the sand where they lay
Wrapped in my hunting coat,
And I threw my gun and belt in the bay
When I crossed in the open boat.
Hunters will call me a right poor sport
And scoff at the thing I did.
But that day something broke in my heart,
And shoot again? God forbid!
Truman P. Reitmeyer
Hilton Head Island
Yeah Ruthi! You go girl! — Sheri Brown
The comment at the end of the article was dead on. Ruthi is a unique woman, and one that everyone should be privileged enough to have in their life. — Vicki Harris
Ruthi is the real deal! Always been a winner in my book! Way to go, everybody. Great way to start the year. — Sis Sewell
Ruthi is and always has been fun to be around. I secretly had a crush on her for many years. Her younger brother “little Jim” was my best friend. I always had him as an excuse for hanging around and getting to see Ruthi. She’s still “Babe O’ Licious!” – Kenny
Dear Mr Frank Dunne & Courtney Hampson,I read your articles about the Bachelorette contest in the January edition of CH2 magazine, and wish to comment on your views. You commented that this event was about vanity and bragging rights, but you do commend the charity aspect of the event. I happen to be the male on page 55 photographed with those nine lovely ladies. These nine ladies raised more funds for this event because they wanted their friend Ruthi Collins to win. You see Ruthi was going to donate her winnings to a woman that we all know; she had just lost her husband, a cause that was important to all of us.
There was no vanity or bragging rights involved; it was to help a friend in need! I personally bought several hundred dollars of tickets because my support for a good cause was needed, and it also helped a charity. The nine lovely ladies worked hard that evening to get voters to pay for tickets not just for Ruthi, but more for Ruthi’s promise. These nine ladies knew their long-term girlfriend would come through for them, and she did!
Finally, I am please to inform you that Ruthi kept her promise; she is a queen in my eyes, not for her beauty outside, but inside! Sometimes an event like this can have a bigger impact than we realize for some people, so we all need to sometimes just sit back and smile, and not analyze.
Patrick c. McCormick
McCormick Financial Products, LLC