Three people blocking best use of old mill
Three against 30,000 is not my idea of democracy in action. Yet three people have stubbornly refused to listen to the voice of the people of Chester County.
The Chester County Forfeited Land Commission, or FLC, consisting of three elected officials, has for the past three months stubbornly rejected the requests of the people of Great Falls and Chester County. The FLC consists of the county treasurer, the county clerk of court and the county auditor. They are charged by state law to dispose of property in the manner that is most beneficial to the county and the state. They are required by law to act in the best interest of the county, and to do otherwise is to take action contrary to the law and what is required of them.
Two parties are attempting to buy the No. 2 Mill in Great Falls. Although the FLC did not perform a background check on either party, a private individual had this done.
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There has been a public outcry against the first party because of the many red flags in his business background and the fact that he intends to put a $2 million undesirable industry in an area of Great Falls that the Great Falls Master Plan clearly designates for commercial use only.
The Great Falls Master Plan attracted the second party to the property. His proposal to invest $20 million in an apartment/hotel complex is in keeping with the vision for Great Falls as presented in our Master Plan. Both the Great Falls Town Council and the Chester County Council are on record of unanimous support for the second party. Background checks indicate that this person has an impeccable record of previous accomplishments much larger than this project.
Because of the stubborn refusal of three people on the FLC, the taxpayers will have to spend approximately twice the amount that the county will realize from the sale of the property due to impending legal action.
Do three people of the Forfeited Land Commission have the right to block a proposed project that is clearly in the best interest of Great Falls, Chester County and South Carolina? This is not democracy in action -- it is oligarchy personified.
Carter needed trusted adviser
Tom Teepen (The Herald, June 30) is right: The political elite continue to underestimate the contributions of Jimmy Carter and malign his presidency. Carter was not one of them and didn't cotton to their conventional wisdom. He, for example, spoke truth to Big Oil and to the American people -- a no-no then and now. He supported international human rights and respected the Constitution. Contrast that with Bush's support of torture and his contempt for habeas corpus.
Bebe Smith was Carter's first real political strategist. She helped make him governor and worked tirelessly early on in his campaign for president. She urged him to get out of Atlanta and go out across the country to meet voters. Only then did his campaign really take off. Ham Jordan and Jodie Powell, Carter's good ol' boy aides, resented Bebe because she was smarter and more politically savvy than they were. They squeezed her out, leaving Carter at their mercy.
I think Carter would have been a first-rate president if he had not allowed his sexist minions to drive away the one person he needed most. Bebe's brilliance and sound judgment would have greatly enhanced his governing capabilities, especially his relationship with Congress. Unlike Jordan and Powell, she did not have a chip on her shoulder, and she understood that substantive governance and sound policies should always take priority over public relations and image building.
Although she had no position in the Carter administration, dregs like Democratic consultant Bob Shrum and Newsweek correspondent Eleanor Clift courted Bebe constantly in hopes of obtaining inside information. She had plenty of that because she was liked and respected by most of the people from Georgia who went to Washington with Carter. But she gave away little but gossip, and remained more loyal to Carter than many of those he put in responsible positions.
I don't know Carter's mind, but I suspect that on many occasions the old peanut farmer has regretted choosing the chaff over the wheat.
City should pay for new bins
I read in the newspaper where the city wants the citizens of Rock Hill to buy new trash cans, and they were saying it was going to save us money.
Every time you hear something that comes from them, they don't want to do anything, and they are wanting us to pay full price for the cans, saying it was not in their budget. That's a lie; they are getting enough money out of the people in Rock Hill now, and on top of all that, they half do their jobs by leaving trash on the streets, and you can never get them to pick up the material you leave on the street in front of your home on pickup days, and we get charged full price and have to haul away pretty much of the material we put out.
I think we need to put some new people on the City Council.
Larry Wayne Gregory