Don't let pets run loose
The Herald recently published yet another letter from an irresponsible pet owner blaming someone else for the death of his dog. He says he has owned many dogs. What happened to all the others? I have not owned many dogs, only these -- a German shepherd that died of old age at 16 years, and the two miniature schnauzers I presently own. They are ages 18 and 14. My dogs live long, healthy lives. Mr. Clawson's do not. I wonder if he will ever figure out why this is.
Just a reminder sir: York County not only has speed limits, it also has a leash law. Your dog is dead. At present, our animal control offices do not have the authority to issue citations. This situation needs to be changed so that the law can be enforced. Hopefully, the day will come that an animal control officers can issue a citation involving a hefty fine every time people allow their pets to run loose, dogs and cats alike.
Please don't get another pet, Mr. Clawson. You obviously don't know how to care for them.
Helen J. Bramblett
College programs serve state well
As a member of the board of trustees of the College of Charleston, I have had many opportunities to learn about the exceptional commitment of the faculty, staff and students to community partnerships.
I have seen tremendous growth in enrollment and in industry support and private gifts for programs at the School of Business and Economics, particularly in Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Economic Partnership and Real Estate programs, and the Global Trade Initiative. The interest and demand for these programs are truly remarkable.
I have seen great enthusiasm and energy from faculty and staff at the Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, who work with teachers and students from "at-risk" schools. We are all very proud of the positive outcomes we have realized in partnership with these schools.
State funding for these important programs, which serve hundreds of college students and respond to the needs of businesses and educators across South Carolina, was in serious jeopardy this legislative session. As a trustee of the college, I wish to extend my utmost thanks to our senators and representatives for recognizing the value of these programs by reinstating their state appropriations. This will allow the college to continue providing academic and partnership opportunities that do not exist elsewhere in the region.
Frank M. Gadsden
Medicare is a real value
Although being relatively healthy until age 65, since then I have found it necessary to be treated by hematologists, ENT specialists, family practitioners, etc. If you are a senior you should truly appreciate Medicare, one of the best insurance deals in the world!