All I have to say regarding Laura L. Lillie's letter "ProtectUs" (published in the Lake Wylie Pilot Dec. 9) is she is exactly right -- people will scream it's our Second Amendment right, because it is.
If the federal government passed laws making it harder for the common people to purchase guns, all they would be doing is making it hard for the honest people. The criminals and gangbangers will still get the guns to do what they do.
I'm not saying that gun safety isn't important, but the individuals who purchase guns should be more responsible.
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It's kind of like you lock your house or you lock your car, all you are doing is keeping the honest people out.
When I wake up in the morning and I hear a homeowner shot and killed an intruder, all I say is, "Good for him." My hat is off to the homeowner.
It is a shame that we have to protect ourselves like that, but if you look at how many police officers we have compared to the number of criminals, the police officers are outnumbered.
I noticed one glaring falsehood in the city of Tega Cay's Ordinance No. 353, "An Ordinance to Establish a Stormwater Management Utility Enterprise Fund and Stormwater Utility User Fee Rates."
The second paragraph of Ordinance 353 reads as follows: "WHEREAS, the City of Tega Cay (City) is required to apply for, obtain and comply with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II permit for discharges of Stormwater runoff into the water of the State of South Carolina."
The second reading and adoption of Ordinance 353 occurred Sept. 15 at Tega Cay City Hall.
I have some important news for the Tega Cay City Council: Tega Cay had already obtained its NPDES Phase II permit for discharges of Stormwater runoff Aug. 1, 2007. A copy of the permit was provided to me by City Manager Grant Duffield. Just for accuracy, I received a backup verification of the NPDES Phase II permit date from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
So, it is crystal clear the Tega Cay City Council does not need to apply for a NPDES Phase II permit as Ordinance 353 authorizes them to. They already possessed this permit for one year preceding the adoption of Ordinance 353, and the permit doesn't expire until Feb. 28, 2011.
They could have prevented this mess by holding public hearings on stormwater and empaneling a citizens advisory board as other municipalities have done. I know this issue of stormwater is complex. The more eyes looking over these regulations and real citizen involvement (as in a task force or advisory board) is crucial in these matters. It is imperative that when the citizens' tax dollars are at stake every angle is thoroughly explored.
I am calling on the Tega Cay City Council for Ordinance 353 and its Stormwater Utility Fee to be repealed.
Frank M. Adams
The Tega Cay Lions Club held their 33rd annual Christmas party Dec. 8-9 for senior citizens of York County with about 300 men and women from county retirement homes and area churches attending.
This great event could not have been possible without the generosity of so many dedicated people. The Lions Club collects small gifts and banana breads to give to each senior, and the afternoon is filled with entertainment, Bingo, singing and, of course, Santa. The highlight of the afternoon was a performance by the Copy Cats who regaled the audience with songs from the past for a toe-tapping, hand-clapping time.
The celebration would not be of such wonderful caliber without the help of so many people. We would like to thank the Women's Club of Tega Cay, the ladies of St. Philip Neri, Grace Presbyterian Church, individuals who heard about the event and showed up to help in whatever way possible and especially our expert Bingo caller Donna Britsch.
These people donated and helped wrap gifts, baked cakes, greeted vans full of people, set up and took down tables and chairs, cleaned and distributed gifts. All unused food was distributed to the Pilgrim's Inn and the Children's Attention Home to help with holiday festivities.
What a wonderful community of dedicated people. The Tega Cay Lions Club appreciates all their support during the year.
Lion Sue Gulasky