Regarding the recent article on the local Convention and Visitors Bureau, the CVB is too “golf-centric.” Before the room tax is doubled, look at provided services.

My husband and I managed horse shows for 40 years and reached out to the CVB for help in various areas, including finding a pet-friendly host hotel. We always got the polite brush-off.

Pinehurst Harness Track and Carolina Horse Park attract a significant number of visitors year-round, as do soccer tournaments and many other outdoor sports. Before the CVB gets a “raise,” it needs to address its mission statement and provide assistance to event planners who actually put the “heads on beds” here.

Sue Smithson, Southern Pines

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Kent Misegades

Just as Wimbledon will remain an iconic venue for tennis, the Pinehurst courses will likely survive the recent rapid decline in the sport. One article I just read reported a 50% drop in participation from 2002-2016. It is hard to imagine the sport growing again, but who knows? Any business that keeps all its eggs in one basket is in for some lean years if its only customer gets sick. Promote great golf of course, but look for more legs to stand on as golf continues to decline.

Peyton Cook

This is a golf community. The evidence is the many golf courses in the area. There are eight on Midland Road. Yes, there is a welcomed presence of trotters every Spring and Fall and a large number of horse farms golf is still the biggest draw. I do not favor any higher taxes for any reason.

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