Not all chaining is cruel to dogs
I am very pleased to see that people are finally becoming more aware of the continuing problem of people neglecting and abusing their pets. I agree that no dog should ever have to spend their entire life on a chain without another thought from the owner. It is cruel, and it would make me crazy, too, to sit on a chain with no love or attention. I would want to bite someone, too.
However, we also have to look at the reasons for chaining dogs in the first place. For example, I have four happy, healthy dogs and a fenced yard. However, two of my dogs dig under the fence constantly no matter how much love, attention and exercise I give them, so those two are chained. I don't like it any more than they do, but it is for their own safety so that they don't get hit by a talking-on-the-cell-phone-while-driving maniac, picked up by the pound, lost or stolen.
So, before making any judgments about people who keep their dogs on chains, think twice there may be good reason for it. Before any laws concerning chaining dogs are passed, thought should be given to the number of pets that would be acceptable in one yard and the possible reasons for large numbers of pets, such as hoarding, fighting, breeding fighters and out-of-control breeding. Honestly, no one has time for 13 dogs whether they are on chains or not.
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We should also give thought to getting more spay and neuter programs for our area, and maybe some free pet-care seminars to educate the public on these problems and give insight on the responsibility of owning a pet.
Why the unneeded parking slots?
I have been driving in Rock Hill over 50 years with a pretty good driving record, but now I get a little leery when I drive off.
I wish someone would tell me why we took a driving lane on Black Street to make parking spaces when on the other side of the sidewalk is a free parking lot and beside that is a parking deck with free parking.
Then we have White Street, at Oakland Avenue, cut down to one lane with two slabs of concrete in the driving lane and parking spaces in between. I travel that way four or five times a day, and I have yet to see anyone parked there except Sunday. Which is very good, hoping they are in church, but wouldn't it have been a lot cheaper on us taxpayers to put two or three signs saying Sunday parking permitted?
If you turn left to Elizabeth Lane off Black Street, going toward Main Street, and get in the right lane, you better be wanting to turn right because on the other side of Main Street you have no lane to get in. But we have plenty of parking spaces between Main and White streets.
I just wish someone would help me understand why we have a need for all these additional parking spaces. A lot of other people I have talked to would like to know, too.
Schools need two ceremonies
If The Herald editorial staff spent more time in church, perhaps it could solve the problem of the graduation shout-out. I attended a Fort Mill High graduation a year ago, and the people who disrupted the proceedings did so with full knowledge of what they were doing.
I suggest that high schools such as Fort Mill follow the example of many churches that hold a contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. and then a traditional service at 11 a.m. That way, graduates and their entourages could decide which ceremony to attend.
If Cousin Bubba feels that Meemaw up in heaven needs to know that Ashley done got her diploma, then he can cry out with great vigor and in all impunity at the less formal "Let 'Er Rip" graduation. The others would attend the more sedate ceremony.