Please give us some privacy
I would like to preface this letter with my knowledge that public servants are held accountable to their constituents. I will not argue with anyone about that. By choosing to serve the community, they open the door for themselves to public scrutiny.
That being said, I am a private person and so are my children. We have lived in this area for more than 20 years and, more specifically, in this town for 12 years. We have all been contributing members to this town and its betterment since we moved
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here. Quite frankly, I am sick and tired of the ridicule this specific group of individuals and the Fort Mill Times has chosen to serve my family. It is a very private and sensitive issue that is none of your business. Sure, Ken contacted the proper authorities prior to running and was told he was in his right to run. There was no deception intended. He didn't choose to move to Tega Cay; he didn't want to! He had to so that me and my children could stay in our main residence that they've grown up in. And it kept the kids in their school.
We at the time didn't know if our situation would be temporary or permanent. As time has gone by and it appeared that it was going on longer, the apartment in Fort Mill was rented to make things legitimate. We cannot control the fact that the apartment's certificate of occupancy has not been granted yet.
I would like to close by saying Ken at his core is a good man with integrity and character. He chose to run because he loves this town and the majority of people who live here. I believe he deserves to be on the town council, because I think he has a lot to contribute and he does a good job. Neither of us chose or anticipated our fate, and as angry as I feel right now, I wouldn't wish it on any of you. What is happening to my family is very private and we have tried to take the "high road" and not discuss it publicly. I beg you to do the same. Search your soul for a little compassion! We're dealing with enough.
P.S. Ken didn't ask me to write this. I didn't even tell him that I did.
Mary Mack Lane
Editor's note: Marion Starnes is the wife of Fort Mill Town Councilman Ken Starnes. Questions about Starnes' service on the council arose after he moved out of town limits following what has been described as family difficulties.
Is Jeff Shrewsbury on the felons' side?
On the occasion of the U.S. Supreme Court affirming our right to have guns for self-defense in the Heller case, your columnist Jeff Shrewsbury mocks the decision ("Speaking of fundamentalists," July 2 Fort Mill Times), with statements like he'll be needing a machine gun for deer season.
So he believes that forks are all we should have to fight off felons? He doesn't want us to hurt his precious felons?
Pretty obvious to me whose side he's on.
'Mac' McCallum will be sorely missed by all
Last week, I had to let go of a friend and mentor. I had been blessed to teach for "Mac" McCallum for eleven years. During that time he taught me about caring about teachers, students, and people in general. He prepared me to replace him as principal when he retired. When he turned over the keys and walked out of the doors of Fort Mill Junior High, I felt a loss.
He was always available if I needed him. I graduated with his daughter Frances in 1963. I worked on the newspaper staff at Fort Mill High with Phoebe. Hugh, his son, always kept me up with the movies. I was blessed with his family. If I could have
said something to help the hurt I had, I would have quoted Juliet in Act III of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. "when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine, That all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun."
We need worthy candidates
What's wrong with this picture? The Fort Mill School District eliminates teacher certification bonuses, does not have money to hire the number of teachers needed, raises taxes on commercial properties, charges a participation fee to students for certain afterschool activities, and spends millions of dollars to add gymnasium space to a brand new school and a stadium that will be empty 95 percent of the time.
The school board and administration have demonstrated their inability to establish fiscal priorities and to be open and up front with the public. Managers in the private sector would be fired if they made these types of decisions. At no time during the bond referendum campaign were the above cuts and charges mentioned.
There will be two vacancies to fill on the board in November. I encourage people with business and budget management backgrounds to file for these vacancies. If not, I am sure they will be filled by people who will fall into line, lockstep, and follow the leader. There are qualified people in this community who can make a difference. Let's seek them out and work for their election.
David L. Bauschard
East Cheval Drive