York needs more recreational venues
I am concerned about the younger generation growing up around the city of York. Each week, I see a lot of younger people in the police blotters, many not even out of their teens, and I believe the reason is that there is nothing for them to do to keep them out of trouble. This is happening all over the United States, not only in York.
I understand how it is to be young, and the last thing they need is more restrictions, but what they do need is something fun and attractive to everyone. We've got only one movie theater and several restaurants, but nowhere to socialize. Sure, anyone could go to Rock Hill, but even there the only places for socializing with new people are nightclubs, and with gas prices at almost $4 a gallon, it's hard for anyone to afford a half-hour drive unless you have wealthy parents or a really good job. As is, I have to go out of town to find anything more exciting, and that shouldn't be; the idea should be to attract people to our town.
What York really needs is a family atmosphere dance hall or dinner theater/barn dance with a live band and a large dance floor for line dancing, square dancing, slow dancing or whatever you choose. This would be fun for people of all ages and a great way of meeting new people and bringing the community closer together. This would also make York much more attractive to outsiders and, once it is advertised, could draw crowds in from miles around -- boosting business in York.
There is a band native to York of which I am a member, called The Hudson Family, and we would love to have a place such as this to play. It also would be great for parties, reunions, wedding receptions or just a fun night out.
I am curious to know what the public has to say on this matter. Please send me an e-mail at email@example.com, and let me know what you think and what we can do to get something started towards improving our community and the community our children are growing up in. I only hope that my fellow citizens can see the potential in having such a place in York.
Buffets need sanitary control
Recent reports of salmonella outbreaks and tainted foods have the CDC, state health officials and consumers deeply concerned. Various sources of bacteria are being investigated. The time is long overdue to inspect the serving utensils in buffet-styled restaurants everywhere.
Patrons can be observed on any given day entering the food areas without washing their hands. This occurs after exchanging money with cashiers and with little regard to any illnesses such as colds or flu that they may have. The thought of these same hands touching serving utensils that rest in favorite dishes is enough for alarm.
Young children can also be seen touching cookies and other morsels with bare hands. This letter is surely not meant to ruin business nor appetites, but let's face it, reality bites. Surely, in the wake of these serious reports, any preventive measures should be in place to avoid contamination for ourselves and others. Now is the time to add the best order to any menu in our restaurants -- a healthy, clean server for all patrons.
Rosa Beckham Wilson
Thanks for help after collision
My husband and our 14-year-old daughter are here in Rock Hill on vacation visiting my children, grandchildren and family. On a recent afternoon, my 26-year-old daughter Johnna came to the motel we are staying at to pick up my 14-year-old and take her to her house. Johnna, my 14-year-old and my grandson had just left the hotel, turned on to Red River Road and gone a couple of miles when a white truck with a male driver crossed the center line and caused my kids to flip three times and land upside down in a ditch, totaling the truck Johnna was driving.
The man in the truck neither slowed down nor stopped to see if they were OK. The reason for this letter is to thank the people who did stop to help them. I'm so sorry I didn't get their names, but they know who they are.
It's a parents' nightmare to ride up on a wreck where the vehicle is upside down and your kids are lying on the ground, bloodied and hurt. The man in the white truck really doesn't know the hurt and scare he put us through, and I pray he never goes through what he put my family through. But just remember, what goes around, comes around, and God was not only watching out for my kids but is watching the man as well. I hope he can sleep and at night, because it will be a long time before I'll sleep again!