Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - June 13, 2007

River map had a few errors

Your map of the Catawba River basin in last Friday's Herald was inaccurate. Neither the Toe nor the Cane rivers flow into the Catawba. Both go west, ultimately to the Mississippi. So, if Attorney General McMaster is going to sue about that water, he will have to go after Tennessee.

Since I've moved up North to Charlotte from Rock Hill, let me warn you that what you really ought to be worried about is all the foreign bottled spring water being imported and processed through area kidneys and back into the Catawba. Next thing you know, the gamecocks will be cock-a-doodling in French.

Edward T. Hinson, Jr.

Charlotte

Development would add to urban sprawl

Several of my intelligent and pragmatic friends have suggested that I back off from the resisting the inevitable development by Newland Communities of the Bowater seed orchard and surrounding properties. As much as I appreciate their sage advice, I just don't see it their way. They might be right in a pragmatic, materialistic sense. But, consider for a moment: Materialism aside, what's the right thing to do?

I suggest the land that Newland wishes to conquer has been open land, green and free, with forests, streams and wildlife for millennia. It has been hunting grounds for Native Americans as well as for contemporary hunters. So what's so different about this land from other lands in the county?

What's different is that it fronts a free-running Catawba River for quite a distance. Further, it's a mere dozen miles from some of the worst urban sprawl in Charlotte Metrolina. Is York County going to add to this gross sprawl? Should we in York County be willing to sacrifice this natural park-like area to some non-resident, third-party developer to benefit their owners and shareholders? I say we shouldn't.

I'd like to know: What did York County Forever, the Girl Scouts, the state and other partners have in mind when they made a fair and just bid for the Bowater seed orchard? Newland, a for-profit, commercial group outbid them. We know what Newland plans, namely more sprawl. Is it too late for local citizenry with support from the state and national conservation groups to acquire the property for public use? Perhaps it is not.

Harry M. Dalton

Rock Hill

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