Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 23, 2007

Many Americans have a different view

It is truly wonderful that we live in a society where anyone can feel free to express their opinion of our government and its leaders.

I would, however, ask that people such as Linda White not presume to represent "the American people" when expressing their simplistic view of the president and his policies.

Mike Betz

Rock Hill

Can outside forces control civil war?

It seems reasonable to assume that a huge influx of soldiers into Iraq would have a positive effect on curtailing the violence that has been rampant there since the initial military invasion and occupation of that country. However, the question still remains, will the Iraqi government be willing and able to set aside over 1,000 years of sectarian resentment and hatred in order to create a secure and unified country?

A look at our own history regarding our Civil War may be instructive. Imagine gaining an audience in 1863 with President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America, where a proposal is made to have Davis unite his government with that of President Lincoln to stem the violence and loss of life while creating a unified country capable of fending off outside aggression. Given the feelings at this time, how would such a proposal be received by President Davis and his cabinet?

Even if an outside power were to invade these two warring countries, how long would this foreign country have to maintain a military surge in an attempt to ensure that all the Antietams and Gettysburgs would be a thing of the past? Given that the underlying issues that led to the Civil War are not being addressed, how long must external force be in place to achieve final peace and unification? Would Davis and Lincoln ever be able to see eye to eye with regard to the divisive issues of the time?

In short, in our present situation, how long are we willing to keep our troops in harm's way trying to keep order in a country engaging in a full-blown civil war? Also, does our military presence put us on a direct collision course with other countries in the region, such as Iran and Syria?

Kurt Lemhouse


Trucks with heavy loads are necessity

Halting overweight trucks is a misinformed statement! I drive truck for a heavy hauler based in Rock Hill and routinely gross in excess of 130,000 to 165,000 pounds, servicing paper mills and power plants in the Southeast.

What you don't understand is, to get a State Overweight Permit for anything over 80,000 pounds, the load must be only one indivisible piece or assembly. My rig has 8 axles, which also has a permitted weight limit set for each axle. The state also sets strict routings on their permits, to ensure these heavy trucks do not cross any deficient bridges. State Transport Police enforcement is at its highest, with thousands of dollars paid each year for our daily overweight permits, just by my company.

Your statement that overweight travel makes no sense fails to take into consideration the need for moving heavy equipment and products by tax-paying industry.

Hans M. Boden


Heavy trucks add to highway risk

This is in response to the editorial piece regarding overweight trucks. Recent tragedies have brought this issue to the media forefront, but those of us who live in growing suburbs see its effects every day.

In the panhandle area of Lancaster County, we are fortunate to be growing by leaps and bounds. With that growth comes the companies that fuel it. We have no less than four concrete plants in this small area, and they, along with other construction trucks travel our small, two-lane, secondary roads on a daily basis.

As you point out in your editorial, the weight limit on interstate highways is 40 tons. We don't know the weights on the trucks running our local roads, the DOT doesn't appear to be monitoring them. But it shouldn't have to. These trucks should not be using these secondary roads to access building sites, especially sites in North Carolina.

Yes, it would be a bit out of the driver's way to drive down U.S. 521 to access S.C. 75 into North Carolina, but our secondary roads were not constructed to withstand the heavy pounding they receive each day from construction equipment. These roads have deteriorated much more quickly than they should have. It's like running an obstacle course to traverse them, dodging potholes and broken shoulders. This situation puts all drivers at risk.

Karen Smith

Indian Land

Jaywalkers, watch out!

I am confused about the jaywalking ado. My first thought was that it presented the perfect Darwinian opportunity for natural selection. However, after many perspectives were revealed, it has become clear that this is all about alcohol.

Allow me to make a humble suggestion to all concerned.

For those opposed to the law, after a good Sunday sermon about Lot or Noah's sobriety, take target practice with your cars at the inebriated patrons who break the law. And for those who partake of the demon rum at that sinful establishment, be sure to obey the rules, or else.

Seems fair to me.

Dan Wilt

Rock Hill