Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - June 9, 2007

Flag critics don't understand 'cause'

Misunderstanding is the key factor feeding the lost cause. The lost cause used to be connected to the Confederate states losing the War Between The States. That one is difficult to comprehend, since federal troops left the South realizing that they had captured some territory but not the hearts and spirit of the people.

If anything, the blundering of the United States government after the war guaranteed that the war would continue even to this day. While the bullets may not be flying, the cause burns in the heart and soul of every true Southerner.

Newspapers stir up the controversy at every opportunity to sell newspapers. They are so desperate for news, they will blow out of proportion the importance of prejudicial remarks against the South made by a virtually unknown football coach.

Politicians, both white and black, stir up the issue for selfish political reasons just to keep their name in the press.

This is stupid politics, since no South Carolina governor has served over one term if they failed to support the Confederate flag. And so, why do would-be leaders in the South continue to call for the removal of the cause?

They fail to understand just how close we Southerners are to the war. As an example, this writer is just 16 years removed from an actual participant in that war. My great-grandfather, Perry Ferguson, former owner of Nanny Mountain in York County, passed away just 16 years before I was born. There are hundreds of thousands just like myself throughout South Carolina. Many are alive today who actually knew Confederate veterans. The last Confederate veteran did not pass away until 1956.

For those who insist on removing the symbols of the Confederacy, I have some advice that will save you a lot of frustration. Come back in about 100 years with your desire and misunderstanding.

William W. Ferguson

Fort Mill

Event raised money for Boys and Girls Clubs

The 2007 Festival Golf Classic was a great success. We had a 30-team field with 120 players participating.

Each year, our net proceeds are donated to local charity. This year, with the help of our players purchasing raffle tickets and our corporate sponsor, Fort Mill Ford, we were able to present a check for $3,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of York County. It's impossible to thank each and every one who helped to make this year's event the best in my eight years as chairman, but I would like to thank all the players, the merchants who sponsored teams' "T" Boxes or donated prizes or services.

I would also like to thank four members of the Boys and Girls Club board of the directors -- Tiffany Thompson, Dr. Mark Landrum, Todd Lumpkins and David Williams -- and The Festival Golf Classic committee for a job well done.

Jerry Coucot

Chairman

Festival Golf Classic

Fort Mill

Schools should serve healthier food

I will be a ninth-grader at South Pointe High School starting Aug. 21. I already have a problem with middle schools. From the time I started third grade at Oakdale Elementary until the fifth grade, I had no problem maintaining my weight. I had no problem with being overweight. But as soon as I started the sixth grade at Saluda Trail Middle School until the eighth grade, I gained more weight than I weighed in the second grade.

The schools tell us that we should learn to eat in smaller portions and maintain a healthy diet, but the schools sit here and feed you greasy cheeseburgers, foot-long hot dogs, pizza you have to fold to eat, and it continues on. That is more hypocritical than you know. I mean, yes, the schools have a salad line, but come on, do you really think that stuff is freshly prepared? I sure don't! The lettuce is sometimes brown, and the dressing isn't fat- free. Just that in itself isn't healthy.

Schools wonder why kids are so overweight. I can't understand why they have to choose those certain types of food. I can remember when I was in sixth grade, they served french fries, funnel cakes, cheeseburgers and pizza every day. And, of course, as kids we are all tempted to buy them. And ever since I've been out of school, which let me remind you has only been about two weeks, I've lost five to 10 pounds, which proves something to you. I cut out all that food from school, and look at my results.

It's pathetic for the schools to serve the kids all this food. I'm sure that if you took all the kids' weight from fifth grade and looked at them now, you would be shocked. The reason I wrote this was to inform everyone that school foods aren't healthy. And maybe parents should rethink their kids' health habits and tell them they have to take their lunches. It would benefit everyone if you did that.

Caitlynn Conley

Rock Hill

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