I'm not prone to writing letters to the editor, but the March 23 letter titled "What's in a name?" stirred up one of my pet peeves -- snobbery.
The letter writer says, "Sun City Hilton Head in no way resembles Hilton Head Island." He is correct. Hilton Head beats out Sun City in three ways that I can think of: property taxes are higher, homeowners insurance is higher and the rate of crime is much higher.
In Sun City, we can walk the streets at night without fear of being mugged. There are many couples in Sun City who moved here from the island, but I haven't found any that have moved from Sun City to the island, although I'm sure there are some that have made that move because the fast pace of life here in Sun City was too much for them.
Also, why have so many commercial businesses moved off the island to Bluffton and Okatie?
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I'm sure the letter writer represents a small minority of island residents; my friends on the island do not share his opinions on Sun City. Where would the restaurants and the remaining retail stores on the island be without Sun City's 13,000-plus residents? Where would the nonprofit organizations on the island be without Sun City's volunteers?
I hope islanders will continue to welcome Sun City residents to spend money at their stores and restaurants and continue to feed the parking meters at the beautiful beaches there.