Letters to the Editor

Commercial leaf blowers a huge problem on Hilton Head

In the name of quiet: Local landscape giant trades gas blowers for battery-powered

Employees with landscape giant The Greenery, which has contracts with several area municipalities, and with Beaufort and Jasper Counties, on April 29, 2016, showed us the difference in sound level between their new, battery-powered leaf blowers an
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Employees with landscape giant The Greenery, which has contracts with several area municipalities, and with Beaufort and Jasper Counties, on April 29, 2016, showed us the difference in sound level between their new, battery-powered leaf blowers an

A recent column by David Lauderdale concerning noisy leaf blowers resonated with me since this is obviously a huge problem on Hilton Head Island.

I’ve contacted the town many times in an attempt to see what noise abatement measures could be taken against leaf-blower machines. I explained how the extreme decibel levels occur from the stand-up blowers that landscapers use, even a mile away as they roar down Shelter Cove Lane for several hours four to five days per week.

The response was that since they cannot prevent every landowner from using leaf blowers, therefore they can’t regulate commercial practices. So how is it that the town compares the detrimental impacts from a machine that equates to an F-35 fighter jet to a simple, hand-held, gas, polluting leaf blower?

Clearly, the commercial leaf blowers are probably faster and more cost effective than someone strolling around blowing leafy debris off streets and parking lots, but denying/ignoring the well-documented detrimental health effects of those within earshot of our residents is dangerously negligent.

How is it that with modern technology we can find black holes in space but we can’t design a leaf blower that doesn’t blow our mind?

If the town can’t solve this problem, perhaps we can move onto an easier issue: the noisy trash trucks that descend on Shelter Cove at 4:30 to 6 a.m., waking everyone up even before the birds.

Hilton Head, are you listening?

Daniel Shinder

Hilton Head Island

Enforce law, not morality

America was not created as a Christian nation. It was settled by those seeking religious freedom, and freedom from religious persecution. Accordingly, the Constitution and Bill of Rights include specific language to the effect of protecting religious freedom, separating religion and government, church and state. Government “by the people” means exactly that, and there is no single religion that represents all of “we the people.”

The president claims to be a Christian, but he lies, cheats, is a racist and sexually amoral (to name a few). His followers give him a pass on these transgressions, yet they claim to be Christian too. Many of them wish to impose their religious dogma on everyone, but apparently not on the president. They, and he, want their beliefs to be codified into law for the nation, even going so far as to use taxpayer dollars to fund religious schools.

It’s not government’s job to enforce morality, only to enforce the law. It is the family and its chosen religion’s job to teach morality. Government must protect and enforce our freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of choice, freedom of religion, and all the freedoms we are guaranteed in the Constitution. The family and church teach you how to live rightly in human community. Family and school teach you what you need to know to navigate the world and be a successful independent citizen.

If we confuse these roles, we risk the tyranny of a theocracy and loss of all freedoms.

Cheryl L. Kanuck

Bluffton

Don’t publish pictures of mass shooters

A recent Island Packet included the second article that I have seen regarding the tragic shootings at UNC Charlotte. In both articles, you included a photograph of the shooter. Please STOP!

Instead of giving him such wide publicity, it would be much more appropriate to publish the picture of the student hero who was murdered by this shooter. It is outrageous that this shooter is getting the kind of notoriety he is seeking by having you publish his picture.

Nancy Brown

Hilton Head Island

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