Development would lead to urban sprawl
Newland Communities, now the owners of a large tract of land on the Catawba River just above the Indian Reservation, is a major urban sprawl threat to the area.
Should Newland be allowed to build nearly 3,000 homes in an area now zoned for only 750?
Should the people who live in the county and near the property find themselves without representation or participation in the planning process?
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Should this pristine land be accessed by a road that will cost over $120 million when our other roads need repairs desperately?
Should the city spend millions of dollars on services and infrastructure to this planned community which will never be recouped when we have such areas as Blackmon Road in Third World conditions?
Should the county, which apparently is opposed to this development, be once again pitted against the city, which apparently favors it?
Should we lack the vision, as we have in the past, to secure this land for recreational purposes, public use and preservation of the environment?
Should the taxpayers bail Newland out at tremendous financial expense, building roads and supplying services, because Newland invested some money in land which can not be reached without the $120 million David Lyle Boulevard extension?
Should Newland be trusted to provide the amenities it may have promised when it has violated its obligations in other communities it has developed in the nation?
The answer to all these questions is a resounding "no."
Spurrier should get priorities in order
For a coach supposedly so strict, Steve Spurrier seems to be having trouble getting a hold on his players this off-season. There have been some negative headlines coming out of Columbia.
Most notable, was the behavior of big-time quarterback recruit Stephen Garcia. Shortly after he arrived on campus, this guy resisted arrest for public drunkenness and urinating in public in one incident, which was bad enough. However, not long after that, he keyed the car of a professor. To complicate matters, when he was caught in the act, he tried to explain just who he was and offered to pay the man a measly amount that wasn't even enough to cover the damages. When that didn't work, he tried to deny what he did altogether.
Spurrier "punished" him by not allowing him to participate in spring practice. (We're talkin' about practice, man! Not a game!) He could watch, he just couldn't take part. The irony is how two very similar situations were handled, one across the state and another on the very same campus. Last year, when one of Clemson's best players got caught smoking pot right before the bowl game, Tommy Bowden suspended him for the game. This would have been his last game and Clemson sure could have used him, but it didn't matter.
This very spring, two high-profile freshman for USC's nationally ranked baseball team got in trouble for stealing computers (sound familiar at USC?) and money, among other things. Coach Ray Tanner kicked them both off the team and took away their scholarships, no questions asked. Bowden and Tanner knew it was best for the kids to be held accountable for their actions. I'm curious if Spurrier would have reacted differently if it would have been a lesser player who got in trouble.
The funny thing is, Spurrier has taken some shots at Clemson for tightening their admissions process. At the same time, USC has relaxed its conduct policy from two strikes to four. Aren't they supposed to go to class and stay out of trouble? Maybe if USC didn't just let anybody in, they wouldn't have to worry so much about conduct. This is a school whose last coach left under NCAA scrutiny that they have since suffered sanctions for.
Maybe Spurrier should worry more about his players and less about the Confederate flag. Who cares what he thinks about it? He's a football coach, not a politician. His only concern about it is recruiting, no matter what he says. And I couldn't care less about the flag. I, like a lot of other people, wouldn't even notice the thing if certain people would just shut up about it! My point is, Spurrier needs to get his priorities in order.
Insurance should pay for preventive measures
My mother recently had to pay for a mammogram even though she pays for health insurance. I am disgusted that legislation has not been passed to limit the abilities of insurance companies to deny preventive and necessary care. It is shameful. I am shocked to discover the low price for which our representatives are bought.