Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - July 17, 2007

Prominent Democrats sound like socialists

Recent statements by Nancy Pelosi ("We will return to the 60 percent to 80 percent tax rates on the rich..."; "We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income in this country ...") and Hillary Clinton ("It's time to stop 'go it alone economics' -- shared responsibility for prosperity") sound like Karl Marx's statement, "From each according to his ability to each according to his needs!"

Winston Churchill had it right. "Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth: Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty."

Duane Hansen

Fort Mill

Local leaders aren't proactive on growth

Thanks for the informative article on the Tega Cay WalMart. I live in Rock Hill and yearn for the day our own City Council has the guts to stand up for the long-term good of Rock Hill.

Instead, they capitulate to developers and their get-rich-quick schemes. For instance, investigate the debacle of the Heckle Business Park. Five years after the process for developing that 17-acre parcel began, it is almost halfway built out with a 5- to 7-acre mini-warehouse storage facility (directly behind and in front of $200,000 to $350,000 houses.) The other development is fast-food restaurants that follow no particular scheme or design concept (we neighbors fought hard for excellence and were repeatedly mocked.) Now we're stuck with weeds and red clay streaming onto the sidewalk (at least the detention pond was required to be fixed).

Anything good at that site was hard won and without the Planning Commission or City Council as leaders. (Although John Gettys was always available to listen to complaints from us and pass them on.)

Kudos to a proactive City Council. Way to go, Bob Runde!

Stacy Peterson

Rock Hill