Bottled water serves a crucial purpose
I see that the Herald's editorial page has decided to carry the "selective water" of the religiously zealous environmental movement.
I find it curious, if not suspicious, that of all of the hundreds of consumer and industrial products packaged in plastic that bottled water is singled out over soda, prescription drug containers, milk, juice, mouthwash... and the list goes on. Leading bottled water brand containers have substantially less plastic than any other consumer beverages. With the country changing its refreshment habits from less healthy sweetened soda to healthy portable water, this fact is important to note. Consumers are not fools; they know that water from different sources tastes different, i.e., tap water (even that which contains residue from prescription drugs), spring water, processed water, sparkling water, enhanced water, still water, etc.
They also know that in times of disaster, bottled water is not a foolish luxury but a life-giving necessity when municipal water is not drinkable. Ask survivors of Katrina and the floods of the Midwest! Evil bottled water producers donated millions of bottles of water to these desperate people. That would have been a formidible task for your metal container.
"The sour economy might be accomplishing what environmentalist have been trying to do for years" is a remarkable and chilling statement when one considers that environmentalists are singling out an industry for destruction that enjoys wide health-conscious consumer acceptance, not to mention thousands of jobs. Your readers may want to consider that attempting to destroy an industry, as environmentalists and The Herald are doing here, is quite a different matter than being involved in solving disposal and recycling problems inherent in all packaged convenience products in America. Is your job next on the hit list of environmental rage?
Blind hatred of our capitalist institutions and their cures and conveniences is simply no longer enough to solve the problems of a prosperous and complex society. But balanced and informative editorials might be a step in the right direction. Or should we continue to turn increasingly to the Internet for our news and information?
Safety Patrol Trip was great experience
I would like to express my gratitude to the Rock Hill Police Department for sponsoring the Safety Patrol Trip this year.
All of the men and women involved in this trip should be proud. It is so nice to see a program designed to reward young men and women who are willing to sacrifice their time and effort for this service to the school.
My son had a wonderful time with the many activities planned. He of course had a great time at the Dixie Stampede and Dolly World. The meals eaten were definitely appealing for a hungry fifth-grader.
However, as a parent, the thing that I loved the most about the trip was the time my child got to spend with these dedicated police officers. In a time where role models are hard to find, it was great that the kids got to spend some quality time with these positive role models.
I would especially like to thank Mr. Mckeown who has diligently worked with the safety patrol at Mount Gallant for many years. He is another wonderful role model, and my son has enjoyed working for him this year. My son will cherish the memories and experiences he had on this trip.
Welcome back, Chef Lou!
I, too, was one of the millions of people watching the latest episode of "Hell's Kitchen." One day I stumbled across the show and decided to see what it was about. As a Winthrop student, I was extremely shocked and surprised when I saw our chef, Lou Petrozza, on the show.
I then continued to watch the show and root for our very own Chef Lou. As many have said, I was very disappointed when Lou did not win, but I want him to know that everyone at Winthrop was cheering him on, and we welcome him back with open arms and a big, "Congratulations!"
Trash bins are too expensive
I am writing about the trash bins the city thinks we need. There are a lot on older people in Rock Hill who only get a small check, once a month. What do you think is gong to happen when the have to pay $50 for something they don't need?
This $50 could buy their food and medicine. If the workers would pick up all the grass and leaves left beside the road, the storm drains wouldn't get stopped up. But they come by and leave more then they pick up. Give fireman and policeman a raise using the money we are supposed to buy the bins with.
Who needs $50-dollar bins. How do other people of Rock Hill feel about this?