Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - October 5, 2007

Attorney's comment was out of line

I was amazed to read Jay Bender's comment in your story, "High court won't hear Catawbas' appeal." In the story, Mr. Bender said, "This is another example of how the United States and South Carolina is screwing Indians."

Why does Mr. Bender think that the Indian people do not have to obey the laws the same as other people do?

Chuck Trimble

Rock Hill

Don't forget Veterans Cab

I would like to respond to the story written about the so-called "cab wars" that are going on in Rock Hill. I agree that healthy competition in business is beneficial for both the customers and the business owners. It encourages the business owners to go above and beyond and to strive for their personal best, and, of course, the customers may reap the benefits of lower fares and improved customer service.

I would like to establish, however, that I am a loyal Veterans Cab rider, and they have very little to improve on when it comes to customer service. I have been nothing but pleased with the excellent "family-like" service they have provided. They have retained for years a staff of friendly drivers, whom I know by name. I feel comfortable riding with people who have become friends, and I know I can trust to get me to my destination safely and efficiently.

I am sure that the newer companies have much to offer this area, but I, for one. will remain loyal to Veterans Cab, as they have been loyal to the Rock Hill and surrounding area for over 60 years. I think this fact speaks for itself.

J. Williamson

Rock Hill

Hospital offers free treatment

Lately there's been stories about some local children having cancer and parents having events to raise funds for treatment. Have any of them considered St. Jude Children's Research Hospital? If not, they should.

For 45 years, it's been an institution where treatment, medicines, everything is paid for by the hospital, and parents don't have to pay anything, not even for lodging. Sick children from all parts of the country have registered there, and many have walked out cancer-free. Go to their Web site, stjude.org, and look into it. There are toll-free numbers to call for registering children to the hospital, finding out about how things work there, etc.

As Danny Thomas said, "No child shall die in the dawn of life." To this day, many at St. Jude haven't. If you have a child suffering from cancer, look into this hospital. It's worth it.

Brian Isaac

Rock Hill

Rezoning proposal makes no sense

I am writing in reference to the elementary school rezoning. Last week, the school district went to the York County Council and asked that members re-evaluate the intersection at Porter Road and Fire Tower. Their reasoning was that it is an intersection with safety concerns and heavy traffic. It is not that I disagree with their observation of this intersection. However, I do think that the way they have rezoned the Lesslie area contributes to the problem.

A large section of Lesslie is being rezoned and will have to drive through an intersection that the district itself deems a safety concern. Not only is this intersection a problem, so is the Belleview/Main Street intersection. There is less than one-tenth of a mile from this intersection and the left turn onto Fire Tower Road. It is almost impossible to turn left out of Belleview Road. Turning right isn't much better when you have to cross a railroad crossing and three lanes of traffic just to be able to turn left onto Fire Tower.

It would seem logical that the district would want to take this into consideration when rezoning. They felt strongly enough about Porter Road/Fire Tower to go to the York County Council. If the council chooses not to do anything or even to do something, but later, where does that leave all of us who have to drive through this intersection every morning and afternoon?

It seems as if our area is a portable area. Five years ago, our area was moved from Lesslie to Independence. Now they want to send us to Belleview. There are three schools less than three miles of our area. We are getting farther and farther from home. It means double the time and double the gas for those of us who drive our children and volunteer in the schools. It will mean earlier mornings and later afternoons for those who drive and/or ride the bus.

Kim Neely

Rock Hill

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