Letters to the Editor

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

YMCA says thank you after festival success

Dear Summerville Community,

The Summerville Family YMCA would like to say thank you to all those involved in making the 2014 YMCA Flowertown Festival a huge success.

A special thank you is extended to the Town of Summerville and their employees, and also our fine police officers, EMS, Fire

Department and first responders. With their help and the help of countless volunteers, the 42nd Annual Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival was a huge success that showcased the southern charm and beauty of the Summerville community.

The festival is the Summerville Family YMCAís largest fundraiser and the net proceeds enable us to financially assist those who need us most. In 2013, we offered over $200,000 in financial assistance, which allowed 2,000 men, women and children to enjoy the benefits of the YMCA. We taught over 2,000 kids swimming lessons and served over 3,000 kids in soccer, basketball, baseball and gymnastics programs. Each day during the summer, we serve over 300 kids in our summer camp programs, which teach children the benefits of healthy living and character development.

The YMCAís goal is to instill a safe, family-orientated environment, where the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are encouraged. The YMCA has become a trusted place in this community and we open our arms to everyone to enjoy our services. Our promise remains faithful ... to serve and enrich the lives we touch.

Again, we want to thank all those who helped put on a fabulous weekend and for supporting the YMCA mission.

Gary Lukridge

Summerville Family YMCA CEO

Reader impressed by candidate

Dear Editor:

This July I will be a hearty 67 years old. Frankly, I thought I had ďseen it allĒ but I was recently bowled over by something I could have never imagined.

On April 11, I attended a meeting in Ashborough for the candidate Lester Dempsey who is in the running for District 7. I had researched Mr. Dempsey and agreed with his positions, yet wanted to meet him firsthand. Well, I met Mr. Dempsey and, in addition, was introduced to a candidate for District 2, Mr. Scott Inabinet, who is presently the Chief of the Ashley River Fire Department.

Mr. Inabinet graciously and patiently detailed his positions. One item he is staunchly standing up for is the manner by which the Capital Fire fees, taken from our local property taxes, are by no means staying local. Instead, they, by large margin, are being given to other district fire departments miles and miles away from us!

Mr. Inabinetís solution to this matter impressed me. He said that he would advocate the County to either return the funds so they go to their intended purpose (to remain in the district in which they were collected), or allow the residents of the district to determine where their dollars go.

Because of Mr. Inabinetís understanding of the needs of his district, I wanted to contribute to his campaign. What bowled me over is that there was no way to give money to Mr. Inabinet! Not through his website, or any other way!

Heís a husband, father, veteran, and fireman. He is distinctly not a financially well-to-do politician! He is us!

Canít give a politician money? Now Iíve truly seen it all!

Frank Silvestro

Ashborough East

Byars shows leadership

Dear Editor:

Iíve known Jay Byars for more than 10 years. We met at Old Fort Baptist Church, and I consider he and his family to be great and wonderful friends and people. Lately, there seem to be some pitiful negative attacks on him which are classless and unbecoming. Jay is a good man, and a zealous representative of District 7.

Jay has used smart and conservative ideas to ensure a better quality of life for our county. He understands the issues and takes time to think and research solutions before taking action. Just a little history Ė prior to Jay taking office the voters approved a property tax increase for conservation and to buy park land and facilities. Jay, while campaigning against it for a lack of a clear plan, took it upon himself to take on a leadership role and ensure the $5 million that the voters approved was best utilized. Jay saw an opportunity when the market was down to use those funds to get the best return on investment for the taxpayer by acquiring properties once slated for almost 1,000 more new homes. Now those properties will be parks my children and grandchildren can access to enjoy our Lowcountry lifestyle.

Governing means making tough choices and leading. We donít need more pandering rhetoric and empty promises. Jay leads: with ideas, by example, and with thoughtful solutions.

Jay is making sure we donít repeat mistakes of the past. We need to keep moving our county forward and not take a step back. Jay understands this and has earned our trust to continue the job he started. I guess the attacks will come when you disrupt the status quo, or if you are lacking in genuine ideas, but in the end, I know voters will choose the man I know - one of faith, family and solutions.

Lisa McKenzie


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