One of the downsides to having a common name like mine is that public comments -- such as Tuesday's letter concerning the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina -- can get attributed to you. I do not know which Tom Reed on the island wrote the recent letter. I just know that it was not me.
For the record, I support the center. When I first came to the island, I was part of its "Young at Art" program for young professionals. It was a wonderful program that allowed young professionals to get involved with the arts center. While I no longer qualify as being young, I do know from my time there that the people involved with the arts center work very hard to bring quality programming to the area.
For a community as small as ours, it is my belief that the center provides an unbelievable cultural experience that is unrivaled by similarly sized communities around the country.
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Editor's Note: Tom Reed is a broker at Charter One Realty.