Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 7, 2007

More reasons to get angry

First, let me thank Sports Editor Gary McCann for his Sunday column outlining the incredibly ridiculous decision by the South Carolina High School League. Moving Rock Hill High School and South Pointe High School to Region 4-AAAA and forcing them to play games in Richland County rather than in their own county is wrong on several levels.

Mr. McCann listed several negative effects this decision is going to have on budgets, students, parents and classwork due to the extended travel distance for every athletic event. I have a few more. What about the dangers for high school students who drive to games to support their classmates? What about the pep bands, dance teams, cheerleaders and alumni supporters who will also have to travel further? Mr. McCann is right. The only thing he failed to mention is how to get your opinion heard. The SC High School League can be contacted by calling (803) 798-0120 or at schsl@schcl.org

Get angry! Do it for your kids!

While you are at it, how about contacting a few of your state legislators about a few issues. Several of them voted yes to swapping property tax for a 1-cent sales tax. Did you know that South Carolina saw a recession in May and June of this year? How do you think that is going to affect the programs our schools offer in the future?

Take a look at who is in favor of school vouchers. Ask them how a school voucher is really going to help low-income families be able to attend a $7,000-a-year private school. When you have him on the phone, mention the child may need a ride and a packed lunch. See if they might be able to help in that regard, too.

Don't hang up! I have a couple more people you may want to contact about starting school after the third Monday in August. I know we all got a longer summer this year, but guess what? The state still mandates that South Carolina schoolchildren attend school for 180 days. That longer summer was a one-shot deal. I hope you enjoyed it. It is too bad our PACT testing dates will not be any later during the school year, and our high school students have to spend their holiday vacation studying for first semester exams.

You are right, Mr. McCann, get angry, and do it for all our children!

Mikki Rentschler

Rock Hill