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.
Hilton Head Island
Editor's Note: Tom Reed is a broker at Charter One Realty.