Monday, November 10, 2008

Council Candidates Should Tone Down A Little

The bulk of the elections are behind us and I want to get back to the people’s business as soon as possible. The o­ne election locally that is apparently not done is the Bluffton Town Council race. I believe it will be rerun as a result of a series of voting mix-ups that disenfranchised a number of our residents. I want to respectfully request that some of the candidates dial back the rhetoric a notch or two. At the end of this process, we are all going to have to work together, and some of the language I am hearing is disappointingly inflammatory.

Tomorrow will be our first delegation meeting in quite a while. It will also be the first meeting with our new senator-elect, Tom Davis, in attendance. I have worked with Tom for many years, as he was the chief of staff for Gov. Sanford until he undertook the race for the state senate from District 46. He survived a tough primary and went o­n to run a classy campaign against a game opponent in the general election. We all looking forward to having Tom o­n the delegation team, and expect great things from this smart, dedicated public servant.

Also, tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. Please seek out the veterans in our community and recognize them for their service. I personally don’t think we can overstate the debt of gratitude we owe to these men and women. Our recent election, with all its rancor and emotion, was made possible by the sacrifices of veterans starting a couple of hundred years ago. Our rights to choose our leaders, to speak our minds, to practice our religions without interference, and to live in a decent, prosperous society are the result, in no small part, of the courage and sacrifice of our veterans. We won’t forget.

As always, the Sun City Veterans are going all out for Veterans Day. They are holding their community appreciation tomorrow from 10:30 to 11:30. There will be a flyover by F-18 fighter jets, and the address will be given by retired U S Army Major General Larry Budge.

Be aware that American Legion Post 205 is having their Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament at Old Carolina Golf Club. The format is a nine-hole two-person scramble, and should be very interesting. Call Old Carolina Golf Club for details.

New this year, Hampton Hall and Toll Brothers have donated 240 rounds of golf o­n their excellent Pete Dye golf course to active duty or retired military personnel. All this week, just call the Hampton Hall Pro Shop at 815-8720 and make a reservation with military identification. They will also be serving drinks and snacks at the clubhouse after the golf outing. The cart fee is not included.

Let’s hope that the good example set by Hampton Hall is followed by other developers with high level amenities they might make available to our brave military.

Next week, I will have a report o­n the Coastal Caucus event at the Waddell Mariculture Center. We will not o­nly be talking about this critical facility, but also the need’s of the coastal area, in terms of roads, education and environmental dollars. This meeting has been a long time coming, and will feature much of the best of the Lowcountry.