Letters to the Editor

Expansion threatens history, pocketbook

In these hard economic times, when people are begging for fiscal responsibility, why are we even contemplating extending the Hilton Head Island Airport runway to benefit very few people?

Construction estimates range from $20 million to $50 million, and I can't understand who really benefits. These dollars could be better spent on educating our children and preserving our rich heritage.

One of the greatest assets of Hilton Head Island is its unique history. Mitchelville is a national treasure, and we can be a model for the rest of the world in preserving our precious historical areas. This is where freedom started for all Americans in 1862. This is where required education began in South Carolina.

Hilton Head does not need more cement, more noise and fewer trees. It has always been a battleground between development and preservation, but this is more than that. A culture, an important part of our community, is under attack. It is to our economic advantage and our town's responsibility to preserve the Gullah culture. We now need to work together to preserve what we have and not bring senseless development to this sensitive area.

Charlie McOuatHilton Head Island