Welcome home, Warlords.
On July 11, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, Military Enhancement Committee, Military Affairs Committee, City of Beaufort, Beaufort Water Festival, and SCE&G partnered for a special event in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to welcome Beaufort's first F-35B squadron.
It was a true honor and privilege to be a part of this event as we welcomed the Marines, sailors, and their families with VMFAT-501 to our community.
I was overwhelmed with all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals in this community who came together to help put on this event for our military families.
I was proud of our community and all of the people who stepped up to the plate to help us put on this special event. A special tribute is due to Alice Howard and the chamber staff for helping to organize this celebration.
About 3,000 people packed the park to show their support and enjoy free entertainment for the kids, live music from the Parris Island Marine Band, and fireworks. Thank you, Beaufort community, for your continued support of our military families.
Editor's note: Jimmy Boozer is chairman of the Chamber Military Affairs Committee and is a member of the Military Enhancement Committee.
Shuttle service best idea for Office Park, Coligny
In order to solve the traffic problems at Coligny, why not this solution: Instead of using the newly acquired Office Park Road land to build a University of South Carolina Beaufort campus, why not create beach parking with free shuttle service to the Coligny area? The shuttles could be privately run or publicly run and operate on a set schedule, every half hour or so.
The parking area would benefit the tourists and locals alike, just what the tax increment financial plan intended. This plan would leave the Coligny land for development without the traffic or the eyesore of a parking deck. These type of shuttles have been successful in other beach towns around the U.S.
Hilton Head Island
Our federal courts are overly political
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declared, in a 2-to-1 vote, that it is illegal to provide billions of dollars of subsidies (taxpayer-funded payments) to Obamacare subscribers in states that have not set up their own insurance exchanges.
The Richmond, Va.-based 4th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it legal.
It appears that many of our courts are packed with political ideologues instead of legal scholars dedicated to a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Where the Senate has the power to approve nominees to federal courts, the nominee vetting process should include the question, "Do you swear to strictly interpret the constitutionality of all cases to come before any court on which you serve?"
Members of federal courts should not apply their political philosophies to decisions if they are true American patriots.
Harrison L. Hays III
Hilton Head Island