Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 9, 2007

Folks with private wells also need to conserve

In case you haven't heard, much of South Carolina is in a severe drought.

I commend York County for imposing mandatory water restrictions. However, I only wish these restrictions would apply to people who are served by private wells, also. For the past several weeks, I have observed numerous abuses and have reported these to Rock Hill's water hotline.

Most of these abuses have occurred in Rock Hill, and, I believe, the water department is serving these customers. On several occasions, I have observed one particular business and church abusing our water supply. I was informed by the York County hotline that they are being served by private wells, and there's nothing they can do.

People have to realize that we're all in this together. The drought affects us all. Since fines cannot be imposed, perhaps public humiliation will encourage those with private wells to use water more carefully.

Although the mandatory water restrictions only cover those customers served by public utilities, private well users need to abide by these restrictions, also. I, too, am served by a private well, and I know there's a possibility that my well may go dry. I don't know about you, but if I had to choose between having drinking water versus a nice green lawn, I'd pick drinking water. Look around you. If your yard is too green and your neighbor's lawn is brown, yours will stand out like a sore thumb! Also, watering the street will not help your grass grow!

Rest assured, as long as we're in a drought, you can count on me to keep my eyes open to abusers of our precious natural resource -- water -- and to report these abusers.

Kathy Lewis


Williams lights beacon for growth

Gary Williams' courageous investment to rebuild the Rock Hill Cotton Factory is as important today as it was 125 years ago when it was first constructed.

In the late 1870s, parents had to be concerned about the future livelihoods of their children. Agriculture was no longer the healthy lifestyle it once was. Cotton had to be shipped up North to be finished, so the South lost valuable job opportunities.

Rock Hill was fortunate to have men who embraced the future and decided to "bring the cotton mills to the cotton." These forward-thinking men, J.M. Ivy, A.E. Hutchison, W.L. Roddey and A. H. White, all decided to make a bold investment and incorporated The Rock Hill Cotton Factory in 1880. This courageous investment in Rock Hill started the textile industry boom that stabilized our community with abundant jobs and security that lasted a century.

Today, we are embracing change again. Factories no longer dominate our local economy, so those of us that grew up during the textile industry boom must once again wonder about the future livelihoods of our children.

Now steps up Gary Williams. Like the visionaries before him, he carries the torch and makes a courageous investment in Rock Hill's future. Along with the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation (RHEDC) and his other partners, Gary has brought the old mill back to life with over 200 jobs and a beacon to ignite new growth and economic prosperity to the Textile Corridor that can last another century.

Gary, thank you for your investment in Rock Hill.

Chip Hutchison

Rock Hill