Letters to the Editor

Hilton Head better off leaving South Carolina

South Carolinians wanting to celebrate the 150th anniversary of secession has me thinking it's time for Hilton Head Island to secede from South Carolina.

Here is why: Hilton Head residents didn't know they were going to be part of South Carolina when they decided to retire here. I mean, they knew, but they didn't know what the state was really like.

Take the new governor, for example. Nikki Haley recently said that people would have to make tough decisions on cutbacks in education, health and public safety, because she is not going to raise taxes on hunting and fishing licenses or driver's licenses.

South Carolina has one of the lowest public school graduation rates in the country. As for public health, just don't get sick or have to visit a hospital outside the three major cities in the state. And as for public safety, I am assuming she is talking about the sheriff's offices and police departments in the state.

Look at how they patrol Hilton Head. Tweedledee and Tweedledum don't think solving murders on our island is as important as stopping that racing tourist going 45 mph downhill over the Cross Island Parkway bridge. And let's not forget the Ridgeland Police Department, which is supposed to uphold the law, but decides to neglect it-- in a classic redneck speed trap on Interstate 95.

Yes, I think it is time for not only Hilton Head to secede from South Carolina, but also for the U.S. to secede from South Carolina.

Sylvio Maestro Hilton Head Island