Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 27, 2007

Special-needs students lack adequate resources

I commend Evelyn Dornbush for stating what we, as parents of students with special needs, hear every day: "Yes, I know your child would benefit from more speech therapy, or a piece of technology, or a 'shadow' in the classroom, but there is no money."

I have to agree that, if we have additional money, it should be spent where it is most needed and to benefit all children.

As the parent of three children who went through the Rock Hill school system, the services and equipment made available to my daughter, Whitney, who has special needs, had to be fought for. Now, as the Area Coordinator for Family Connection (a nonprofit organization that helps families who have children with special needs), I hear daily from parents who just can't understand why other area school districts provide so much more for their children who have disabilities. It is a horrible thing to know that this one piece of equipment, or this one service being denied, might make the difference in whether a child will ever walk or talk.

One of our biggest needs is an after-school program for children who can't just be dropped off at home by their bus. In this day and time, we have many single parents or families where both parents need to work to meet the special needs of their child. No after-school programs in the area will take our children. Our children can't participate in the athletic programs, school clubs, etc. Even when schools have their fundraisers, rarely are items purchased that our special needs children can benefit from.

I know there are lots of folks thinking, "Well, this doesn't affect me; my children are all 'normal,' so why should I care about this issue?" Let me quickly remind you that a person doesn't have to be born with a disability to acquire one. With the current rates of children being born within the autism spectrum (one in every 150 births, and one in every 60 boys) those of you who are fortunate to be blessed with typical children have a much higher chance of having a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker who will not be as fortunate.

Please, lets all think, for once, about what can be done for our children with special needs and disabilities. It's time.

Hollye Reid

Family Connection of S.C.

Rock Hill area coordinator

Academic needs should come first

I think if the school board would ask teachers where they think the $1 million should be spent, it wouldn't be for artificial turf. Our teachers generously spend money of their own to make sure every students' needs are met. The needs of the schools should come first.

Carol Powell

Rock Hill

Writer doesn't speak for all

We think that Linda White of Rock Hill should get all her facts correct before submitting a letter for public view. It would be wise for her not to use the term "we, the American people," because most Americans do not concur with her views. In fact, we find that President Bush is perhaps one of the greatest presidents to ever serve in office.

Look at the facts: Two million citizens have not died in Iraq, and we have not destroyed the nation but, in fact, have given that country and its people freedom. Yes, soldiers have lost their lives, but they did it serving the country they love and protecting the freedom we take for granted.

President Bush went into Iraq to take down a dictator and stop terrorism. The soldiers of the U.S. armed forces are still fighting terrorism today in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Bush is not at fault for the problems in the Middle East. The Middle Eastern people caused their own problems when they attacked our country on Sept. 11, 2001. That's a day that people seem to have forgotten, but it's a day that over 2,000 innocent American citizens died because cowards hijacked airplanes and flew them into buildings in the United States.

Linda White needs to think before she speaks, because we are two citizens who strongly disagree with the statement "we, the American people," a statement from the Constitution that was poorly used.

Sandra and Tracy Johnson