Roddey would be great public servant
Any and every candidate running for public office thinks they're the best choice for the job, or they wouldn't run for public office.
Education and economic growth will always require all branches of government along with community efforts to achieve high standard goals. And the changes are an ongoing process.
I'm glad to know that York County Council candidate William "Bump" Roddey has realistic ideas and goals that make sense to me. Personally, I started calling him "The Pride of District 4."
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Why? Well, I'm of the working class. He's shown that he cares about the people of District 4's views, thoughts and opinions by his genuine interest of how our tax dollars are spent. And he has great concerns of the development of District 4 and the role and responsibilities of developers.
His voice is original, and it's good to know that he makes it a priority to be accessible. He answers questions concerning his agenda and made it clear that he will serve the people. I know this to be true from what I've witnessed, not what I've heard. Roddey has been a resident of York County since birth and shows passion when he speaks on just about anything concerning District 4 and York County as a whole.
I can see the dedicated, strong leadership and commitment he demonstrates. I also see a leader who has vision without limits. His priorities are in line with resources that are available.
It's a blessing to get to know and have someone like Roddey interested and happy to serve.
Chappell dedicated to county and people
Republicans will be going to the polls Tuesday, and things are starting to heat up. Some Republicans appear to be working the same agenda the Democratic politicians are noted for -- down and dirty! Some people are receiving calls from an individual taking a survey, asking questions that lead up to a personal attack on Councilman Curwood Chappell. When the interviewer was asked who he was with, he replied, "It is confidential." What a coward!
If you have to demean your opponent to sell yourself, that tells me a lot about the weakness of your character.
Councilman Chappell does not mislead his constituents by making promises that he cannot keep! He is trusted by all who know him and continues to serve and do all he can to improve York County. Taxes would reach an ultimate high if Chappell did not work to stretch the dollars and use a common-sense strategy.
In one article, Chappell's age was addressed in a derogatory manner. Age is a sign of wisdom!
I refer to the comment as disrespectful.
Some speak of intimidation; I call it passion.
Some referred to him as being stuck in an era from the past. I call it preservation and conservation. He is one who genuinely cares about the future of York County and its citizens.
Councilman Chappell has been elected to eight terms because of his dedication and passion for York County and the citizens. He has concerns about how our tax dollars are being spent, and implementing the York County Comprehensive Land Use Plan for structuring growth in York County. He, like the rest of us, does not want York County to become an extension of Charlotte!
She knows this candidate personally
My grandson, Montrio Belton, is the most able and suitable candidate for South Carolina House District 49. As a more than 70-year resident of this community, I am uniquely aware of its successes and challenges. I also have the privilege of knowing Montrio personally.
Not only is he a committed husband and father, he also is truly a well-researched scholar when it comes to the most critical issue facing our community and state -- education.
Chappell looks to the future
This letter is in response to the article in Monday's Herald on the County Council District 5 race. I was very surprised and disappointed that the headline writer used these words for a five-column, front-page article: "District 5 challenger says Chappell not looking toward the future."
I trust that the voters in District 5 will read the entire article to see that it is undocumented, untrue and a poor use of words. Voters, Curwood Chappell is a 16-year incumbent and a loyal supporter of the people in York County, especially in his district.
Curwood Chappell has always looked to the future, for example:
1. When folks in the northern part of the county wanted to pour solid waste into Fishing Creek, polluting it for cattle and horses in farms that depend on it for drinking, Curwood fought and won, denying that request. That's looking to the future.
2. When an industry wanted to place a plant in the area where 200 to 500 big trucks would drive through a residential development each day, he fought and won, denying that request. That's looking to the future.
3. When a request for a landfill came to the council, he looked into the matter, discovered that it would be detrimental to the South Pointe High School area and, until now, no landfill has been approved, thanks to Curwood.
Voters in District 5, I urge you to vote for Curwood Chappell, my friend for 20-plus years, instead of this young lady who just relies on false accusations to get attention of reporters.
Motz' record not impressive
As a fairly new resident of York County, I read The Herald's endorsement of Buddy Motz with objectivity. And what I saw were excuses for failures, such as the "Pennies for Progress" project (he blamed everything except poor planning). If Mr. Motz has been such a great leader in his 10 years on the council, why are his most recognized accomplishments support for a countywide Martin Luther King holiday and an understanding of environmental issues?
Sounds to me like its time for new blood on the council. Guess my endorsement goes to Alex Haefele.
Motz manages balancing act
In a representative government, our elected officials must constantly balance the needs of the minority against the needs of the community as a whole. Often, this means that some of us will pay a heavier price for improvement of the community than others. What seems to us to be critical is the ability of our elected officials to maintain this knife-edge balancing act.
This requires that our elected officials bring a sense of reason, an ability to listen with respect to alternative points of view, an ability to educate oneself about complex issues and a deep sense of personal integrity to "do the right thing."
We have no doubt that Buddy Motz is the right person to continue on the York County Council. He has shown moral leadership that seeks to balance the demands of population growth in York County against the encroachment on our quality of life that such growth often brings. He has shown time and time again that he can work with those who have alternative points of view to reach common ground.
While the York County Council meetings have often been less than harmonious, imagine how they would have been without Buddy Motz as chairman. Trying to lead a council of such strong personalities is a very difficult task. Buddy has maintained a calming presence and has brought a sense of fairness to the council.
Buddy Motz has demonstrated his concern for the lesser of us on many occasions. He was recently publicly honored for his work in improving the lives of those who live on Blackmon Road in Rock Hill. He was instrumental in having Dr. King's birthday named an official York County holiday. In addition, Buddy was instrumental in the development of a new county animal shelter.
Buddy recognizes that growth in the county is a reality and the planning for it is a difficult but necessary process. He understands the need for good land planning, the need of having good infrastructure, the need to recruit quality companies, and the need to protect our environment. Buddy would never have sought to place a controversial business in a residential neighborhood. Compare this with others running for York County Council. Clearly, Buddy Motz is the best person for this difficult job.
Ross and Sally Tucker
Larry and Suzie Doggett
Paul and Mary Watson
Everett and Marion Stallings
Updike committed to preserving land
I support Jeff Updike in the upcoming primary and ask that you vote for him as well. Jeff strongly supports the Land Use Plan to efficiently manage growth and provide the proper mix of development to enhance our tax base.
Through his experience on the York County Economic Development Board, he has the experience to recruit desirable businesses to York County. Jeff's many leadership roles in the county over the past several years have demonstrated his commitment to the preservation of our natural resources, the school system and to the people of York County.
Please join me in voting for Jeff on Tuesday.