Fort Mill Times

Letters to the Editor - April 9, 2008

You can't have it both ways with lower prices

Dear Editor,

Thank you for pulling the curtain back on the ethanol fuel fraud (Inflation: We're about to burst). But you miss the boat on economics 101. Inflation is devaluation of the currency. Higher costs due to ethanol for fuel is supply and demand, and has nothing to due with currency valuation.

Also, how is it you tell us to "Plan ahead, make fewer trips and take advantage of sales and coupons," when two weeks ago (The Wal' is closing in) you railed against Wal-Mart's proposal to build a new store on Flint Hill Road? Wal-Mart brings low prices to all. Another store in the Flint Hill area will reduce driving distance for people.

So you want us to save money, as long as it's not at Wal-Mart?

Joe Baxter

Amberly Crossing

Fort Mill

Don't complain - get involved with town

Dear Editor,

It was time for change regarding Fort Mill's spring festival.

I've been thinking lately about some of the issues that have been brought up in the paper regarding our new town festival, and I wonder how many of those opposed to SpringFest called and questioned things before they wrote in?

Well, I called and asked questions, so what I am writing about is based on fact.

For years, the town's public safety officials voiced concerns about holding Fest-i-Fun on Main Street. It was a nightmare for our police to effectively secure an area with so many nooks and crannies, along with the areas behind storefronts to contend with. The past few festivals have seen violence (resulting in injuries and arrests) and a major fire that, had it occurred while Fest-i-Fun was in full swing, could have made the fire fighters' jobs more difficult and more buildings could have been lost.

It is a compliment to the professionalism of our police, fire and emergency rescue departments that everything turned out as well as it did. While it is true that there could be negative events and situations no matter where you have a festival, our public safety officials feel much better about their ability to address a situation at Walter Elisha Park versus Main Street. We need to let the ones who protect us make the important decisions regarding our public safety.

Furthermore, there were serious liability and insurance concerns relating to Fest-i-Fun. If the holding of a festival puts the town at risk of liability, then the town should have control of the festival. If so many of our police, streets/sanitation, and clerical (in-kind contributions) are going to be largely responsible for causing the festival to happen, then the town should control the festival. That is the bottom line.

I believe instead of putting all this energy towards fussing over a festival, let's work on something more important like working together to better our community rather than bringing it down. If you want to have a say in what happens in our town, then go to the town council meetings, volunteer and get involved. But the sad truth is that there seems to be more people writing complaints in the paper than there are citizens attending town council meetings.

Julie Faile

Nims Street

Fort Mill