Perhaps it's time you left the voting for "The Best of Folly Beach" to those of us that live on Folly Beach. It is understood that we, "the voters" made these selections and that you and the staff at your publication were merely "the messengers." However, having said that, being a longtime resident of Folly Beach, it is frustrating to see more deserving establishments of our community get overlooked by the majority of your "voters." A majority that, I'm willing to bet, probably don't live on Folly Beach and therefore have different criteria than those of us who do live here.
While criteria such as ambience, cuisine, and price are important to us here on Folly, when it comes to our dining establishments, even more important is the attitude of the clientele. The people. Not necessarily the employees or owners, but, the people they serve. And until Taco Boy can establish itself with the laid-back, comfortable, shorts and flip-flops, attitude that is Folly Beach, it'll have a long way to go before it can achieve the level of respect that a place like The Lost Dog Cafe has earned and deserves from those of us who really know Folly Beach.
Save "damn fancy" for downtown. For those of us here on Folly, we'll take the friendly, neighborly, relaxed atmosphere from such places as The Lost Dog, Woody's, Dolphin Deli, and our other eating establishments here on the beach over "damn fancy" any day. Here on Folly, it's more than just about the food -- it's about the attitude. The people.
And since that seems to set our criteria apart from the one's voted on by those outside of Folly, perhaps it's best if "The Best of Charleston" was voted on by those who live in Charleston, and "The Best of Folly Beach" be voted on by those of us who live on Folly Beach.
Do Unto Chickens ...
Any person should be able to look at the photo of the chickens in the battery cages and see that it is cruel and torturous to treat living beings this way. Many people and religious groups have found ways to justify their cruel actions and it's about time a spade was called a spade. Moral behavior does NOT exclude chickens. If you wouldn't do it to your pet, why on earth would you support it being done to chickens?
Regarding PETA's investigation of the Mepkin Abbey egg farm ("Scrambled Sacraments," 2/28/07):
I share my home with a number of birds rescued from egg-production farms. When I bring them home from the egg facility, the chickens are filthy and nearly featherless from living in tiny, overcrowded wire cages like those used at Mepkin Abbey. They are kept in the cages all the time--their feet never touch the earth. When I set them on the ground in their new home, most can't walk -- they don't know how. While most recuperate and regain their beautiful feathers, they have lifelong difficulty eating because they were debeaked as day-old chicks. The conditions the investigators found at Mepkin Abbey are standard in the egg industry. Please, spare these wonderful birds from this horrid life by leaving eggs off your plate for good.