To Orangeburg County Council: In reference to the venue planned for Homestead Road, I realize the thought of hundreds of jobs (most part-time) and revenue to be generated must have some with visions of sugar plums dancing in their dreams.

However, before giving concessions (for gas, water, taxes, road construction, etc.), I would like to suggest that you do some independent research on this type of venue. In particular the “Carolina Entertainment complex,” which has existed off Highways 501/576 for several years.

In speaking with residents and merchants (in the area), I learned the venue has come nowhere near the projections. In fact, tickets were passed out to merchants to be given, free of charge, to patrons in hope of obtaining larger crowds.

The venue was located off a four-lane highway with easy access to I-95 hoping to draw people from Charlotte, Savannah, Charleston and Columbia (sounds like another plan I hear about).

So I respectfully ask the council members to ponder the situation before using county funds to enable this Yonder Field’s project.

-- William Boes, Orangeburg

Race summit is disappointing

Reviewing comments at the forum on race relations this past weekend, I want to express my disappointment in the dialogue.

Racism increased (or showed its ugly face) during President Barack Obama’s terms as president, but we (blacks) are still in denial and blaming it on President Donald Trump. This crisis has existed for years as we see income-related data between blacks and whites show wide gaps since the 1960s. Obama did not make narrowing this gap a priority.

Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post writer, hasn't a clue on the deplorable conditions and duress of black people today, and he antagonized candidate Trump throughout the presidential campaign, and promoted Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party agenda with all of his editorials.

My comment on the his Post articles and other writers' distortions attempted to engage, without success, the one-sidedness of the misinformation that has confused people today, especially black readers.

Until we get serious and find the courage to acknowledge that the problems of black Americans are at the doorstep of the Negro, lack of leadership in getting our people together to forge equality will leave us beleaguered. Have we lost the ability to see the plight we are in and unite to demand the respect humans are entitled to?

Congressman James Clyburn led a very aggressive fight for justice and equality while a student at South Carolina State in the 1960s. Is that fight gone? Has being high in the Democratic Party blinded him to the facts of our decline in across-the-board opportunities: jobs, education (South Carolina State and HBCUs), employment, and the indignities we face in shootings by police?

Help us organize and bring in a new direction that gives hope to America and our young people.

-- Porter Bankhead, Washington

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