S.C. to be trash dump?
At present counties can control the flow of trash within their boundaries. But there is a bill, H3290, which, if passed early next year, will open South Carolina to become the nation’s dumping ground.
Out-of-state waste companies are already bringing in almost 700,000 tons of garbage into our state, and their private landfills are filling up. They are looking for more capacity by running the public landfills out of business and adding more private ones so that other states can get to unload their trash on us.
The bottom line is big money from other states is flowing in to do this. Two mega-companies from Houston and Phoenix already control much of the trash stream in South Carolina and shouldn’t get the green light to do more under this so-called Business Freedom to Choose Act.
Our legislators should vote “no” on this bill and let South Carolina choose where its waste is dumped. The less control given to out-of-state corporations, the less South Carolina will be dumped on.
Drivers ignore traffic signs
Since the Christmas shopping season is upon us, I feel obligated to bring up a long-standing problem in Rock Hill. As a long-time resident of Manchester Village, I have watched time and time again as cars consistently ignore the stop signs at the intersection on Tinsley Way in the parking lot in front of Books-a-Million.
Given the fact that I travel through this intersection almost daily with my young son, I feel a responsibility to draw attention to the blatant disregard for traffic regulations at this specific intersection.
There are three stop signs in place at this intersection. Two apply to traffic leaving the parking lot area and going straight to Dave Lyle Boulevard (or turning left onto Tinsley), and one applies to traffic turning left on Tinsley towards Dave Lyle (this traffic must cross the other two lanes).
The two stop signs facing traffic leaving the shopping center are almost always disregarded completely. Rarely do drivers even slow down.
This not only causes traffic congestion on Tinsley Way but, more importantly, also puts all motorists in serious danger.
I would like to give my fellow drivers the benefit of the doubt – maybe they didn’t realize the signs were there. I am fairly certain, however, that our local police officers are aware of their existence.
I am sorry to say that I have watched on at least two occasions as Rock Hill Police officers witnessed the blatant lack of compliance by several drivers, and took no action. Therefore, the unpredictable traffic pattern continues.
During this busy shopping season, please be mindful of the traffic signals that surround your vehicle. I shudder to think of how serious the consequences would be if people continue to ignore these signs.
Did fan write editorial?
It is Tuesday, and I just finished reading The Herald's editorial about the USC-Clemson football game played Saturday. I was just wondering if the author of this piece is a Clemson grad and/or a Tiger fan.
Oh well, what does it matter. I will just do what I always do with The Herald’s editorial page.
I will go into my kitchen and use it to line the bottom of my trash can.