Dogfighting is bloodthirsty
Regarding the article about Michael Vick July in which former Falcons coach Don Reeves is quoted as saying "I think he is basically a good person." Well, Mr. Reeves, he is not a good person. He is basically flawed. He is cruel, bloodthirsty, greedy and definitely not a fit role model for our children, especially our young men.
The things he's accused of and indicted for have less to do with his choice of friends and more to do with his moral fiber and the depraved condition of his heart. What he is accused of doing is not only illegal, but is morally reprehensible, and I hope it costs him his career.
Helen J. Bramblett
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Here are the problems to fix on Saluda Street
The recent announcement by the city of Rock Hill that it would execute a pro-active code enforcement in the Saluda Street area is an inappropriate action at this time. It will not solve the problems that exist today. If the city is serious about improving the quality of life for home and business owners, the following items should not have been overlooked in their improvement efforts:
• Illegally parked 18-wheelers;
• Public urination;
• Illegal business operations;
• Nonconforming signage on new businesses in the area;
• Damaged signage on existing businesses that has been in place for 10 to 15 years;
• Unauthorized signage throughout the area;
• Gang graffiti;
• Open drug activity;
• Public consumption of alcohol;
• Indirect sale of beer and cigarettes to minors;
• Poor trash pickup (Sometimes trash is picked up; other times it is bypassed);
• Lack of police presence (Very slow response when called, but 10 cars will show up to arrest a minor on a prior infraction);
• Poor street design -- not enough drainage (Yes, after improvements, there is still flooding on Saluda Street during a heavy rainstorm);
• Planters on Saluda Street are poorly designed and vary from 18 inches to 7 feet. How do you cut grass on an 18-inch planter?
• The water main on Saluda was overlooked during the improvements and is a problem waiting to happen.
Before fines are imposed on the hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying people who live and work on Saluda Street, the city needs to look at the services it is actually providing. City officials will realize that a big part of the problem is due to selected enforcement of codes and laws, and poorly administered services that have existed for years. Until there is a genuine concern, and not window dressing, the problems will continue to exist.
I have volunteered to be part of the solution on previous occasions and continue to stand ready to do the same today, but there isn't much you can do with a neighbor association that meets every five or six years.
Special interests block serious energy bill
At a time when we're all suffering under near-record gas prices, it's time Congress and the automakers got serious about raising fuel economy standards. Instead, the auto industry and its friends in Congress are floating a weak bill that apparently will shovel $26 billion more of our money into the pockets of the oil companies than a stronger proposal that would save us $37 billion, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Big Oil is already enjoying record profits; it's time for Congress to look out for consumers, not special interests.
S.C. senators opposed children's welfare bill
As reported from the U.S. Senate, both South Carolina senators voted against the State Children's Health Insurance Program (H.R.976 as amended). Does anyone need any more proof that Republicans care more about their own wallets than children's welfare? It's time we elect real caring people to government, instead of the self-serving plutocrats now in office.