Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 28, 2007

We are fortunate to have teachers who care

Thank you, Andrew Dys, for your column of Sept. 16 regarding teachers who teach children as pupils who deserve an opportunity to learn regardless of their parents' economic status. Thanks to you, now I know the rest of the story. As a long time admirer of Judge Lee Alford, I was well aware of some of the unfortunate circumstances regarding his father's death in a car accident in the 1950s.

I lost track of Judge Alford after I graduated from high school, joined the Navy and then went to college in Michigan. I was so proud when I first learned he was a judge in South Carolina and have been impressed over the years with what I have read and learned from talking with others about him. We are all fortunate to live in a city where teachers truly care about their students.

Frank H. Black

Rock Hill

Herald should expand local sports coverage

Regarding your Sept. 19 editorial, "S.C. kids don't play sports":

My initial reaction to your opinion was that I certainly agreed, but also felt your own sports department/editor does a disservice to our own community by not providing more thorough coverage of "other sports."

Most of your pictures and articles of interest are always of football (high school to pro), basketball (mostly boys), baseball and any coverage of "other sports" is usually always about Winthrop or the pros.

Hardly ever are there pictures or articles of high school girls' golf or swimming, or tennis, etc. There are athletes in these sports that have even earned "All Region." "All State," etc. -- and they never receive local news recognition.

I understand the popularity and the income producing need of high school football, but I would like to strongly urge you to consider adding a page to your sports section to include and support all sports in our very own local community. Though Winthrop sports can be fun to follow, it seems a shame that our own high school athletes who number many times more (therefore offering you a larger reader pool) often only get a tiny printing of a final score of their game/match.

I have to also say, if everyone looked back over all of your sports sections from the last year, they would find a very small percentage of pictures of female athletes.

Seeing one's sport (not to mention your own picture) in the paper can be a wonderful motivator for kids to stay or get active. I hope The Herald will help in this endeavor.

Lydia B. Lochocki

Rock Hill

Separation of church and state is fundamental

I love America. I love her today. This country was founded upon a secular constitution that laid out a democratic republic. The only mention of religion in the main body is in Article VI: "... no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." And the only mention of religion in the amendments is in the First: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The same amendment guarantees freedom of speech and of the press.

Something is right in America when people question the acts of our government, particularly when such acts lead to war. Something is right in America when indoctrination into a particular religion is not allowed in public schools. Something is right in America when public school students are taught about how their bodies work along with the other skills they need to thrive in the world today. Something is right with America when we elect leaders who oppose intolerance of groups whose private actions harm no one, even if some moralists find those actions distasteful.

Stay the course, America. Our founding fathers' choice to separate church and state has helped to make us the envy of the world. Look around at the countries of the world that allow one form or another of religion to rule and see if you'd care to live in any of them.

Jim McKim

Fort Mill