Here's one way to save fuel
We have all been looking for ways to conserve to help combat high fuel prices. One idea that came to mind is parking a ways from our destination. For example, a 30-miles-per-gallon vehicle at $3 per gallon would go 10 miles on $1 of gas. One mile would claim only 10 cents.
Using this formula, every 528 feet short of your destination that you park you can claim 2 cents back into your pocket because 528 feet becomes 1,056 feet when it is time to make the return trip. That is like finding two pennies on the ground and picking them up every day. In large parking lots, it is possible to stay back three or four times the distance. Just don't forget where you put your car.
Also, 528 feet is about 170 steps for a grown man. This can really help trim down your "waste" line. No, this is not a misspelling. We waste quite a bit of money on the tremendous excess of food we eat every day. This really is a powerful solution because it helps solve both issues.
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Who knows how many illnesses it could help us avoid, saving us possibly more than we know in the long run? For good finances and good health, let's start fighting over the spaces furthest away from the store for a change.
Officers recognize asthma inhalers
A few weeks ago, I sent a letter to the editor criticizing state Rep. Mick Mulvaney for opposing a ban on alcohol inhalers (devices that turn liquor into a mist so that it can be inhaled into a person's lungs, getting them drunk quickly). As the victim of a drunken driver, my point was that we don't need any devices that get people drunker faster because who knows how many of them will end up behind the wheel of a car.
Mr. Mulvaney responded that he was just protecting innocent people with asthma who might get pulled over by policemen who can't tell the difference between a legal inhaler and an illegal alcohol inhaler. I give policemen more credit than Mr. Mulvaney does, and so does my mother. She's 76 years old and uses inhalers for her illness (COPD) and they are all clearly marked with the prescription label.
Mr. Mulvaney seems to have also forgotten the real reason he opposed the ban on alcohol inhalers. Just Google "Mulvaney alcohol inhaler" and you will see that he is quoted in both The State and The Herald newspapers as saying he opposed the law because, "I'm just worried that we're going to outlaw shot glasses next."
That's right, no mention of asthma, just shot glasses. It's nice to know where his priorities are.
Larry A. Neal
License plate colors are inappropriate
As a proud graduate of The University of South Carolina, I was shocked when I recently received my new state-issued license plate. The new plate boasts colors of orange, white and a shade of blue eerily reminiscent of purple.
The only thing missing is an IPTAY logo or a Clemson Tiger paw! After putting this embarrassing license plate on my car, I immediately ordered a USC tag from the state Department of Transportation. Fortunately, a percentage of the required fee will benefit USC.
While I realize that the citizens of South Carolina were able to vote on the new plate design, I sincerely hope that the DOT uses better judgment for future license tag designs and selects a more neutral color scheme -- one that does not offend the proud graduates of either of South Carolina's two largest universities.
Motorcyclists should have access to roads
Regarding the Andrew Dys column, "Freedom, common sense and my 2 cents":
I will admit to not being the best educated person around, so maybe it was me who missed the connection with having the freedom to take from individuals or force individuals or private corporations to provide rules to your liking. Such as forcing a store to give you the freedom when they have chosen to provide a service to customers with fewer items.
McDonald's should have the ability to decide how much or how often one could refill, and yes, it hopes customers will use common sense. But what does that have to do with an unjust law?
The unjust law I am referring to is the law that restricted legal and safe access to the highway system by motorcycles. Motorcycles pay the same at the pump as any other non-commercial motor vehicle yet have been denied access to the same roads due to technology that would not recognize a vehicle of smaller mass.
ABATE of South Carolina, with Reb Richardson leading the way, pushed not to allow motorcycles to break the law as it appears some want to believe, but to allow safe and lawful access to the highway system, which we have been helping to support. Kind of like looking for representation for our taxation.
In reality, ABATE isn't trying to break the law, but just the opposite, not to be threatened with the loss of liberty through fines or incarceration for using our freedom of travel.
While your examples may have made good filler for your column, they have nothing to do with this situation.
It does, however, show that someone can petition the government for redress of grievances, something that was hoped for when this experiment of representative democracy was started.
Hot-dog eaters helped charity
On July 4, the Ebenezer Grill hosted their annual hot dog eating contest. Lloyd Ardrey has done this for several years now. About 50 people showed up to cheer on the fellows with an unusual ability to stuff down the dogs.
This year, the event was also a fundraiser for the York County Cancer Association. The Board of Directors wants to express our gratitude for this opportunity and for the chance to let folks know what we do and our need for community support.
Since 1954, the YCCA has helped qualified individuals who've been diagnosed with cancer with cost for travel, medication, specialized equipment and other related expenses.
We look forward to continuing this service to York County citizens.
All-Stars had great attitude
I would like to recognize and congratulate each individual who had an outstanding regular season and was selected by their coaches to represent Rock Hill as National League All-Stars during the sub-district tournament.
I cannot praise these kids enough for their attitude and work ethic during preparations for the all-star tournament. I would especially like to thank the parents of these children for enduring the late-night practices and the numerous dirty uniforms that had to be cleaned. It was an honor and a privilege to coach this group of players, and I hope that each one of them continues to participate in recreation baseball.
It's unfortunate that youth sports in Rock Hill do not garner the same attention from our local media as high school, college and professional sports. I'm sure the parents, grandparents and other relatives of these young athletes are just as interested in their accomplishments as those of older, unrelated athletes.
Congratulations on a great season!
J. Kelly Clayton
President's actions lowered oil prices
In the July 15 Herald, our local not-so-fair-and-balanced newspaper informed us that President Bush lifted the ban on off-shore oil drilling. The Herald "informed" us that the lifting of the ban "is likely to have no impact on prices or supplies anytime soon, if ever."
Well, guess what? The price of a barrel of oil has plummeted over 12 percent from a high of $147.30 on July 11 to $128.90 one week later on July 18. Wow, I would say that the lifting of the ban did have an impact on the price of oil. But wait, The Herald reports that the falling price is due to worries about the economy. Either way, it appears that the falling price is due to speculation and not actual supply and demand? Visit www.pickensplan.com for what the USA should be doing now about our energy sources. If we started pushing these actions, prices could be half of today's prices.
Concerning the speed limit discussed in the July 18 Opinion section, I agree that the speed limit should not be reduced to 55 mph to save fuel and save lives. Interestingly, if people actually drove the speed limit, it would be a great help. Driving conservatively, proper car maintenance and driving the speed limit could reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent or more without any other changes.
Oh, by the way, you should push Congress to allow the sale of diesel-powered passenger cars. I get 46 mpg in my 2006 VW Jetta, combined city and highway, reducing my annual fuel usage by 400 gallons and saving over $1,000 per year from my previous 25 mpg gasoline-powered car.