To the Editor:

I am being priced out of the rental market in Bluffton. Retirement accounts will not grow for me. We desperately need rent control in Bluffton! Rent control has been in New York City for years.

Why isn’t the Town discussing rent control while they discuss affordable housing?

I wrote to the Mayor and one Council member. I got a reply from the Council member who said, and I paraphrase here: “I cannot tell an owner what can be charged for rent.”

Bluffton is growing and we are pushing out people like me who make up the fabric of Bluffton. I am not the only person suffering from the growth and popularity of Bluffton.

I appeal to the Council and Mayor to please create rent control and let people like me continue to live here.

Tim Holsinger

Bluffton

To the Editor:

I’m an Independent seeing that, while Trump won the election electorally, he garnered only 46 percent of the popular vote. He is proud to point out his now keeping of right wing campaign promises.

I maintain that since 54 percent of the electorate did not vote for him, he should not only not be obligated to keep his campaign promises, but he should be obligated to infuse each one of his campaign promises with Democrat elements.

To not do so and put forward only right-wing legislation is to alienate 54 percent of the electorate and ensure that such one-sided legislation will, if and when the Democrats take over one or both chambers of Congress, be stymied, and overturned if the Democrats also take the presidency.

The one-sided (Democrat-crafted and passed) Affordable Care Act is a perfect example of what I speak, given it’s being overturned now that Republicans control Congress and the presidency.

Myles Schulberg

Bluffton

To the Editor:

The members of the League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area have asked Beaufort County Council to move with extreme caution before approving a development as large as Scratch Golf LLC is proposing for the Hilton Head National Golf Course property.

We urge concerned citizens to let their views be known by contacting Council members and showing up at meetings of the Council’s Natural Resources Committee’s Development Agreement Subcommittee, chaired by Tabor Vaux, that are expected to be held in March.

Contact information for Council members can be found in the League’s Guide to Elected Officials, available at libraries, town halls and at www.lwvhhi.org.

The impact on the natural environment would be huge – new demands on our regional water supply, possible pollution of air and water, destruction of green space and wildlife habitat. The impact on the built environment would also be huge – long lines on roads and bridges, greater use of energy, expansive impervious surfaces leading to erosion and water pollution and trapping of heat.

We are also concerned the development, as currently proposed, would overburden services provided by government including schools, the sheriff’s department and fire protection.

As stated by the League of Women Voters of South Carolina, we believe in promoting “an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest by recognizing the interrelationships of air quality, energy, land use, habitat preservation, waste management and water resources.”

Let’s hope concerned citizens will make a difference.

Fran Holt, President

Sally McGarry, Natural Resources-

Land Use Committee Chair

League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area