Many ready to run Bessinger out of town
Reading the article concerning Maurice's barbecue and the reaction of our community was very unsettling to me. All the black pastors you spoke to or black leaders are ready to run Mr. Bessinger out of town before he arrives.
His stance regarding the Confederate flag shouldn't be what drives the black community in Rock Hill. Rock Hill is growing and the Dave Lyle area will grow even more as the city grows.
If people don't like an owner of a business, they do not have to visit or spend their money at the business.
Our black leaders should reach out to the community, not preach hate, racism. Hate and racism are taught, and it starts in the home.
We should look to the future, not the past, and use that as a crutch or reason people can't succeed in life. Our pastors and leaders -- and The Herald -- can and should do better in leading our community.
Bush ranch goes green
I was watching NBC Nightly News recently and was dumbfounded by Ann Curry's interview with first lady Laura Bush at first family's ranch in Crawford, Texas. It seems that President and Mrs. Bush have built a state-of-the art, "green" home at the ranch and this is where they will reside when they leave the White House. My first thought was "NOW he gets it?!"
The Bushes are to be commended for choosing to live a greener lifestyle -- something we should all be striving to do in our own lives -- but why didn't the Bush administration make "living green" a priority for the entire nation? We've had eight years of the Bush administration undoing a decade of pro-environment policies! Did it take Al Gore winning an Oscar to drive the point home?
Perhaps the larger question we should all be asking ourselves is this, if the president of the United States builds a retirement retreat that is nearly energy self-sufficient, what don't we know about how dire the energy crisis really is?
Makes you think, doesn't it?
Parade was big disappointment
First of all, thank you to all those who did participate in our Come-See-Me parade. Please do not take this wrong, but did the parade disappoint anyone else? Where were the steel drums, clowns, Shriners, unicycles, just to name a few, not to mention the DooDahs? The parade went on for just barely 30 minutes. For lack of better words, it just plain stunk.
I was so very, very disappointed. Our city has so much to be proud of and display. We can all do so much better. You can bet that come next year's Come-See-Me. I'll be doing my part to celebrate Rock Hill.