Student user fee 'ludicrous'
God's presence was felt
On Sunday, May 18, Unity Presbyterian Church received a special blessing when nearly 500 people gathered for worship under a tent on the site of our newly proposed sanctuary to be built on the former Bradford property, adjoining our present location.
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God's presence was truly felt as so many came forward with their commitment. On behalf of the congregation, I wish to thank the capital campaign committee for their tireless effort, "getting it all together," and to all those involved in any way.
I also wish to thank Joe, Justin, Brent and Dave serving as out brass quartet, along with Patsy and the chancel choir.
Following the service, we all enjoyed a delicious fried chicken lunch provided by A Taste Above catering.
God's family is truly a circle of caring.
Joshua Case Court
I found your article very interesting on the Fort Mill School Board's idea to charge a $50 annual fee for students who use transportation for extracurricular activities (June 4, Fort Mill Times.
First of all, I want you to know I have lived in Fort Mill since 1981 and my fourth child currently attends Nation Ford High School. I have always supported the school bond referendums and as far as my response on this article, I have no desire to serve on the school board.
I have many friends working in our school system and I am very proud of our school district.
It is evident to all Fort Mill residents our district has constantly faced budget adversity the past 10 years due to major growth. I know our district and board must get creative at times to supply the shortfalls.
However, this $50 annual fee just bugs me. Are we talking any extracurricular activities or just primarily athletics in general. In today's time of high transportation costs, a $50 fee for a three-sport athlete may sound like a deal but what about the student who may need the services for only one or two times for whatever extracurricular activity they may be involved in.
Here's an idea: Why not charge all students who ride the school bus an annual fee? How about an annual drop off fee for car riders. Charge the teachers for parking and maybe even an annual fee per student just to attend school. These ideas are as ludicrous as the $50 annual fee proposed.
Fortunately, $50 will not break me.
Garry F. Faile
Alcohol inhalants should be banned
On Sept. 20, 2002, my life was changed forever when a drunk driver swerved into my lane and hit my car head-on, causing me to lose an eye and shattering the bones in one of my legs. I am now permanently disabled because of another man's irresponsible attitude about abusing alcohol.
That is why I was so shocked and offended when I learned that one of our elected officials, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, was one of four legislators to vote against a ban on alcohol inhalants. Alcohol inhalants are devices that turn liquor into a mist so it can be inhaled into a person's lungs. the practice has grown in popularity in bars and clubs and it has only one purpose: To get you drunk fast.
More than likely, some of the people who inhale alcohol will end up behind a steering wheel, putting innocent lives as risk. Thankfully, some lawmakers offered a bill to ban the use of alcohol inhalants.
It makes me wonder exactly who Mulvaney was representing when he cast such an irresponsible vote. Certainly not me.
Larry A. Neal
Where are the solutions?
It sure seems ludicrous that all presidential hopefuls are at present working senators supposedly representing their constituencies and the whole U.S.A. to do good for everyone. As they are promising in their campaign speeches, but seem to be blind to our runaway high cost of living, causing despair throughout our country, neither one is working on a solution or a promise of one. So how can we believe anything they say?